In developing a community vision, we need to identify the key issues. These are some important questions.
- What do you value in the community today? What would you like to preserve?
- What needs exist that should be met?
- What groups in the community should be considered and what amenities do they require? For example, seniors, families, singles, new immigrants, the GLBT community, and more.
- How can we make our community affordable, livable, and environmentally sustainable?
- How can our community be a welcoming home serving the needs of people of all income levels?
- How does our infrastructure (electricity, water, sewerage) need to change?
- How can our community services (schools, clinics, hospital, libraries, meeting spaces, arts and culture spaces, etc.) be boosted to accommodate a growing population?
- What community models in the world are worth studying or emulating?
- What population can/should the West End support in 2050, and what are the different ways to achieve get there (e.g., 20 storey towers versus 6-storey structures)?
- How can we incorporate key policies and goals of the city, like the Greenest City Action Plan, food security, low-carbon urban design?
- How can we make this a well-prepared community for any kind of disaster (natural and man-made)?
- How can the community be designed on a human scale, to maximize human interaction?
- How can we increase access to automobile-free corridors to move around the neighborhood?
- Should current zoning guidelines (including height restrictions) in the community be changed?
- How can the key areas of our current city council be concretely addressed in a community plan? (Note: Vision Vancouver’s four key areas in their election campaign were (1) affordable housing and homelessness; (2) safe, livable neighbourhoods; (3) greenest city and sustainability; and (4) creativity, jobs and finances.)
- What changes do we need in sports and fitness facilities?