WPGRA Letter to City Council on Interim Rezoning Policy

for West Point Grey & Kitsilano

Link to letter: WPGRA -Kits-WPG Interim Rezoning Policy-April-23-2019


Meeting Report and Presentations:


West Point Grey Residents’ Association

Community Meeting on the 

Jericho Lands & Subway extension to UBC 


When: Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Where: Jericho Hill Gym (4180 West 4th Ave)

Community organized meeting to inform on the issues


  • Deana Grinnell, Vice President Real Estate, Canada Lands Company
  • Zak Bennet, Planner, City of Vancouver
  • Elizabeth Murphy, presenting on Jericho Lands & UBC Subway
  • UBC Professor Patrick Condon, James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments
  • Larry Benge, Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods

Meeting Topics:

  • The city initiated planning process for Jericho Lands is underway.
  • An update on the results of WPGRA survey on Jericho Lands.
  • An update on a proposed subway extension from Arbutus to UBC.
  • City Motion to define Kits & WPG as a transit corridor planning area goes back to council before April 30. Find out how this could result in provincial/TransLink involvement in land use planning in Kits & WPG.



WPGRA sends a letter to Council regarding subway extension to UBC

January 27, 2019

City of Vancouver

Dear Mayor Stewart and Council,

Re: Rapid Transit from Arbutus Street to UBC – Meeting Jan.30, 2019

Report  https://council.vancouver.ca/20190130/documents/pspc1.pdf

Appendix C: https://council.vancouver.ca/20190130/documents/pspc1-AppendixC.pdf

Agenda: Jan. 30, 2019 at 9:30 am – https://council.vancouver.ca/20190130/pspc20190130ag.htm

The West Point Grey Residents Association is opposed to the recommendations in the above reports and requests that Council receive the reports for information purposes only, not as policy.

As outlined in the letter from the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN), of which we are a member, we do not support the proposed Broadway subway, either to Arbutus or an extension to UBC. The CVN letter is linked below for reference.

In addition to the points made in the CVN letter, we are specifically concerned with the impact that a subway extension to UBC would have on the development in West Point Grey given that our entire neighbourhood would become a frequent transit development area.

This would mean substantial increased tower development at the Jericho Lands, West 10th Avenue, and across West Point Grey. We do not see this as sustainable or necessary to meet growth. It would only support the unaffordability driven by global capital.

The assumptions in the reports regarding ridership, growth projections and level of opposition/support are entirely inaccurate and are not fact-based.

There are more affordable transit options that would allow broader applications across the citywide arterial grid for electric trams and trolleys that would better serve the city at large, rather than putting all the transit funding for the next generation into only one unsustainable subway corridor.

Yours truly,

West Point Grey Residents Association Board of Directors

Reference letter from Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods


PDF: http://coalitionvan.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/CVN-Letter-to-council-Transit-2019-Jan-25-final.pdf


Civic Election 2018
WPG Candidates Meeting Tues. Sept. 25

For mayor and council candidates to answer questions

Location: WPG United Church @ 8th Ave. & Tolmie St.
Tues. Sept. 25 @ 7:00 pm

Please come and bring your neighbours!


Update on Public Hearing for citywide rezoning:

Thank you for sending your letters and speaking to council.

Council passed the rezoning for all RS, Including WPG.
There were 302 letters and +7000 petition opposed.  73 speakers.

They rezoned all RS (single detached) to duplex, allowing up to 4 units per lot. This includes 2 strata duplex units and 2 secondary suites or 2 lock off units (with waived onsite parking requirements). There has been no public consultation process and it undermines all neighbourhood-based planning, including the WPG Community Vision that council approved in 2010.

Sign the petition to save character houses:
If you have not signed already, please sign and pass it on.
Now over 7100 and growing! Need to make this an election issue.

Related Articles

Here are recent related articles in the Vancouver Sun:

Sept.1 –
City’s high housing growth rate making homes less affordable

Aug.4 – Unprecedented zoning rush continues

July 2 – Vision doing ‘chainsaw massacre’ to city zoning without public consent 


BC ‘School Tax’ Surcharge

May 27 WPGRA Town Hall Meeting: Thanks to MLA David Eby, the presenters, moderator, all who attended and the volunteers who made our event a success.

The Jericho Hill Gym was packed to capacity, including the upper balconies, at over 900 in attendance . With the exception of only a few people, the overwhelming opposition to this tax was clear. MLA David Eby committed to taking this message, including the proposed alternatives, back to the government and Minister of Finance, Carol James.

Main points often repeated by attendees:

Most cannot afford this tax.

Many cannot defer.

There are better options from the provincial tax base to cover needed revenue for schools rather than encroaching on the municipal tax base of property taxes.

The presentation by Elizabeth Murphy is here. BC Budget-Surtax-2018-Presentation

Recent media:

Georgia Straight: B.C. property surtax undermines cities and affordability

Business in Vancouver: Surtax undermines municipal tax base

Vancouver Sun: B.C. taxes need a ‘second look’


The BC Government has proposed a huge surtax onto property taxes for those assessed at over $3 million. It would substantially affect the City of Vancouver for both owners and renters, covering more properties over time.This would eventually affect everyone.

Be informed about this precedent and make your voice heard.

This is the letter sent to the province from the West Point Grey Residents Association and other information on the surtax below.

Sign the petition: Say no to new provincial surtax on property


Contact BC Province:

Send letters to Premier John Horgan and the BC government:

premier@gov.bc.ca ; john.horgan.mla@leg.bc.ca ; Carole.James.mla@leg.bc.ca ; FIN.minister@gov.bc.ca ; david.eby.mla@leg.bc.ca ; andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca ; greencaucus@leg.bc.ca

See media:

Canadian Property Taxes –

City of Vancouver currently has the highest property taxes in Canada


BC undermines municipal tax base and affordability

 http://vancouversun.com/ opinion/op-ed/elizabeth- murphy-b-c-undermines- municipal-tax-base-and- affordability 

or https://elizabethmurphyblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/bc-property-tax-surcharge/

‘School tax’ is confiscatory wealth tax on lifetime savers


NDP demonstrates irresponsibility and incompetence with new taxes http://theprovince.com/opinion/columnists/gordon-clark-ndp-demonstrates-irresponsibility-and-incompetence-with-new-taxes



Globe and Mail – Justine Hunter


The Province – Gordon Clark


Canadian Mortgage brokers Association of BC – Letter to Province


Jonathan Rubenstein – Letter


David Eby, MLA, Vancouver-Point Grey Letter to constituents


B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson describes new school tax as a “dangerous precedent” Georgia Straight on April 26th, 2018


Andrew Wilkinson, MLA, Leader of the Opposition  – Letter


BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver

Vaughn Palmer: Weaver says new housing taxes more cash cow than crisis solver

Vancouver Sun Published on: May 3, 2018


Scrap the Surtax – website


Contact BC Province:

Send letters to Premier John Horgan and the BC government:

premier@gov.bc.ca ; john.horgan.mla@leg.bc.ca ; Carole.James.mla@leg.bc.ca ; FIN.minister@gov.bc.ca ; david.eby.mla@leg.bc.ca ; andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca ; greencaucus@leg.bc.ca


Update on Jericho Lands:

We are still accepting surveys from the community as per below. The Jericho Lands planning process has been delayed due to the owners’ focus on the Heather Street Lands in the Cambie Corridor. However, consultation on the Jericho Lands may start later this year 2018 after the Heather Lands planning is completed in the spring. So please complete your survey now if you have not already. Thank you.


Have your say! Jericho Lands Survey

Redevelopment of the Jericho Lands, which are an integral part of the West Point Grey (WPG) neighbourhood, has the potential to transform the local community. A City of Vancouver planning process for both provincial and federal portions (as shown below) is expected to get underway in coming months. Consistent with the WPG Community Vision, approved by the City of Vancouver in 2010, local residents need to give early input to guide the Jericho Lands planning process. The following survey is intended to help the West Point Grey Residents Association (WPGRA) represent local perspectives.

JerichoLands-plan-colour-crop2The Jericho Lands are shown outlined in white above. Both the provincial side (on the left) and the federal side (on the right) are under consideration for development planning.

Download Survey Form Here 

Please note this is a file you can fill out on your computer. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Some browsers will display the file on your screen, but won’t let you fill it out.  If this is the case for you then:

Download the file to your computer and then open it with Adobe Reader

When complete, save a copy and email it to us at info@wpgra.ca.


Survey Clarification:
Question 3. Types of Dwellings for Jericho Lands
For descriptions of housing types continue here.