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City rushing to rezone WPG and city-wide

The public’s urgent attention is needed as the city rushes to rezone city-wide during the summer when people are away and before the upcoming election when most of current council will be stepping down.

Vancouver Sun: Outgoing Vision council doing ‘chainsaw massacre’ to city zoning without public consent

The first of the public hearings are July 17 & 18, 2018, followed by a major policy report going to council July 25, 2018. Please become informed, send letters, and attend to speak. Further details as follows.

Tues. July 17 Public Hearing 6 pm : Agenda

This below is in a miscellaneous text amendment report to change all RS zoning intent from single family character to residential character, to allow multiple front doors, and to decrease front yard setbacks. It is being snuck through without consultation as a miscellaneous minor text amendment when it is actually a huge change.

  1. TEXT AMENDMENTS: Development and Building Regulatory Review – Minor Amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law, the Downtown Official Development Plan, and Various Land Use and Development Policies and Guidelines Policy Report

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

A.THAT the General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability be instructed to make application to amend the Zoning and Development By-law, generally as presented in Appendix A, to amend:

(i)the intent statements for the RS District Schedules to better reflect the form of development in those districts;

(ii)Section 4.17 in the RS-1, RS-3, RS-3A, RS-5, RS-6 and RS-7 District Schedules to allow more than one front door;

(iii)Section 4.4.1 (d) in the RS-1 District Schedule and 4.4.3 in the RS-3 andRS-3A Districts Schedule to allow covered porches to extend further into the front yard;

(vi)references to the Director of Planning and Development Permit Board, throughout the by-law, to clarify authority and improve consistency of language; and

(vii)an incorrect reference in Section 4.5.3 of the RS-4 District Schedule;

Note: from above: (VI) References to the Director of Planning and Development Permit Board – Gives more power to Director of Planning without having to go to Development Permit Board.

Wednesday July 18 Public Hearing 6 pm – Agenda

No public consultation – only industry. Affects all RS zones to allow larger and higher outright laneway houses without design guidelines.

  1. TEXT AMENDMENTS: Amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law – Laneway Home Regulations Policy Report

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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’

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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

https://www.change.org/p/b-c-voters-and-members-of-legislative-assembly-say-no-to-new-provincial-surtax-on-property-拒绝省政府新施的物业附加税/share_for_starters?just_created=true

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

https://elizabethmurphyblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/canadian-property-taxes/

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

http://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/gordon-gibson-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

CityHallWatch

https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2018/03/28/property-tax-school-surcharge-wpgra-letter/

Globe and Mail – Justine Hunter

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-new-bc-tax-on-high-value-homes-goes-largely-unnoticed/

The Province – Gordon Clark

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

Canadian Mortgage brokers Association of BC – Letter to Province

http://www.shpoa.ca/pdf/correspondence/CMBAletter.pdf

Jonathan Rubenstein – Letter

http://www.shpoa.ca/pdf/JR.pdf

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

http://davidebymla.ca/newsletter/issue-update-schools-tax-an-open-letter-to-concerned-constituents-march-2018/

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

https://www.straight.com/news/1066791/bc-liberal-leader-andrew-wilkinson-describes-new-school-tax-dangerous-precedent

Andrew Wilkinson, MLA, Leader of the Opposition  – Letter

http://bcliberalcaucus.bc.ca/

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

http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-weaver-says-new-housing-taxes-more-cash-cow-than-crisis-solver

Scrap the Surtax – website

https://www.facebook.com/scrapbcsurtax/

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

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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.

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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:

  1. Download the file to your computer and then open it with Adobe Reader
  2. When complete, save a copy and email it to us at info@wpgra.ca.

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