July 23, 2018 Update – Rezonings

Top News: July 23, 2018

  • Update on city-wide rezoning of detached housing
  • Changes to Parking Bylaw to change onsite minimum parking requirements
  • Save the Skyline – Stop Pavco tower breaking view cones
  • Jericho Lands planning update
  • Subway to UBC town hall meeting July 28

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City-wide rezoning of all detached housing without consultation

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday July 24, 2018 at 9:30 am there are a huge number of reports being referred to public hearings. Two of those reports include rezoning across the city without consultation as part of the city’s new Making Room initiative. There has been no public consultation on these proposed rezonings.

  1. Rezoning 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. Report is here.
  2. Rezoning Kitsilano’s RT7 & RT8 (character house retention duplex zoning) to a new RT5 zone that allows more infill units, multifamily and easier to demolish character houses with gutted design guidelines. This affects the area east of Alma St. and north of Broadway, as well as an area west of Arbutus. Again, no public consultation. Report is here.

There is no opportunity to speak to council on these reports now. Only at public hearing, which we do not know when that will be. Will keep you informed.

Letters can be sent to council asking them not to send the reports to public hearing without first having a public consultation process.

Letters can go to city councillors: gregor.robertson@vancouver.ca ; clrdegenova@vancouver.ca ;  adriane.carr@vancouver.ca ; elizabeth.ball@vancouver.ca ;  george.affleck@vancouver.ca ;  andrea.reimer@vancouver.ca ; heather.deal@vancouver.ca ;  kerry.jang@vancouver.ca ;  raymond.louie@vancouver.ca ;  tim.stevenson@vancouver.ca ; hector.bremner@vancouver.ca ; ccclerk@vancouver.ca

Of note, there are many reports going to council on this date as well. This includes decisions on previous public hearings last week such as the increased size for laneway houses among many. Worth watching.

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

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Changes to Parking Bylaw to change onsite minimum parking requirements

At the same council meeting on Tuesday is a policy report to change the city-wide Parking Bylaw to allow more new developments to have more units without minimum parking requirements, including in detached residential neighbourhoods city-wide. This report may be referred to Wednesday’s meeting at 9:30 am to hear from speakers. Because this is a policy report with recommendations, speakers and letters will be allowed. Report is here.

This will mean that the standard minimum of one parking space per unit will be relaxed or eliminated for new developments. More dependence on street parking will require other future measures including expanded permit parking.

Letters can go to city councillors: gregor.robertson@vancouver.ca ; clrdegenova@vancouver.ca ;  adriane.carr@vancouver.ca ; elizabeth.ball@vancouver.ca ;  george.affleck@vancouver.ca ;  andrea.reimer@vancouver.ca ; heather.deal@vancouver.ca ;  kerry.jang@vancouver.ca ;  raymond.louie@vancouver.ca ;  tim.stevenson@vancouver.ca ; hector.bremner@vancouver.ca ; ccclerk@vancouver.ca

Letters can be accepted up to the meeting that will likely be referred to Wednesday at 9:30 am. Requests to speak to council can be made here.

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Save the Skyline – Stop Pavco tower breaking view cones

Last week there was a public hearing on the Pavco towers at 777 Pacific Ave. The council decision has been referred to the council meeting on Tuesday July 24, 2018 at 9:30 am. These towers will break the long established view cones of the mountains.

Province article: Voices increasing against Pavco tower piercing downtown ‘view cones’

Further action requested. Go to www.saveourskylineyvr.ca/#take-action for instructions.

More background information at saveourskyline.ca

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Jericho Lands Planning Update

The initial step of a two year planning process for the Jericho Lands is going to council for approval of funding on Tuesday July 24, 2018. Report is here.

The West Point Grey Residents Association is listed as a primary stakeholder, so we will keep you informed as the process evolves.

As you are aware, the Jericho Lands represents a large area of the West Point Grey

neighbourhood. In the WPG Community Vision that council approved in 2010, there is a direction as follows:

26.2 Jericho Lands Planning Process – Approved – 90% Support

If the redevelopment of the Jericho Lands is proposed, the City should ensure that a major study of future uses of the site takes place with significant public consultation. Consistent with the approach taken to create the WPG Community Vision, workshops and other consultations – including a survey of WPG residents – should be held to help determine the neighbourhood’s view on issues related to the development of the Jericho Lands not covered in the WPG Community Vision. There should be early feedback to City Council on the interests and concerns of the WPG community before any key decisions are made. The outcome of a Jericho Lands planning process should be a plan for the site developed in consultation with the WPG community; the plan should be considered when implementing Vision Directions and pursuing other City initiatives in WPG.

WPGRA has sent a letter to the city emphasizing this point and note that this direction is included in the report to council. We want to see the local community having a central role in this planning process and will inform those who are interested. Please encourage your neighbours to sign up with us for further information coming in the fall.

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Subway to UBC Town Hall July 28, 2018

Plans to extend the Millennium Line subway along Broadway to Arbutus are underway, and talk has turned to the possibility of continuing the subway on to UBC. MP Joyce Murray is having a Town Hall information and discussion session.

Her panel includes:

Michelle Barile – West Broadway Business Improvement Association
Jerry Dobrovolny – Chief engineer and General Manager of Engineering Services
Michael White – Associate Vice President, Campus and Community Planning at UBC
Sany Zain – Vice President, Infrastructure Management and Engineering TransLink

Saturday, July 28, 2018
Registration 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Town Hall: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Pacific Spirit Church, Memorial Hall
(2195 45th Ave at Yew)
Light refreshments will be provided

RSVP at joyce.murray.c1c@parl.gc.ca or call 604-664-9220

Extending the subway to UBC would turn all of West Point Grey and Kitsilano into a Frequent Transit Development Areas for high density development under the Regional Growth Strategy. It would have a particularly large impact on the Jericho Lands.

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) of which WPGRA is a member, has written a number of letters recently on the subject. Letter to Province  & Letter to City of Vancouver

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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 was, Tuesday July 17, 2018, with all of Vision and NPA voting for and only Green Clr. Adriane Carr voting against based on lack of proper process. https://council.vancouver.ca/20180717/phea20180717ag.htm

Wednesday July 18 Public Hearing 6 pm – Changes to Laneway Housing

The following public hearing has concluded and now being referred to council for decision on  July 24, 2018 at 9:30 am.

Item #2. TEXT AMENDMENTS: Amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law – Laneway Home Regulations

Reference: Agenda https://council.vancouver.ca/20180718/phea20180718ag.htm

Report: https://council.vancouver.ca/20180619/documents/rr1c.pdf

Main objection: Making changes to all zones with laneway housing across Vancouver, including West Point Grey (WPG), with no input from the local WPG community, or any other affected neighbourhood, only with input from industry and current users.  Changes include making laneway houses bigger and taller without any design guidelines. Will be a further incentive to demolish rather than only allowed as an incentive to retain character houses through adaptive reuse. Needs broad public consultation.

Further information is in letter below or in report link above.

Tues. July 17 Public Hearing 6 pm – Changes to all RS zones – APPROVED

The first of the public hearings was, Tuesday July 17, 2018, with all of Vision and NPA voting for and only Green Clr. Adriane Carr voting against based on lack of proper process.

Item #2. 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

Reference: Agenda https://council.vancouver.ca/20180717/phea20180717ag.htm 

Report: https://council.vancouver.ca/20180619/documents/rr1d.pdf

Main objection: Makes substantive changes to RS zoning across the city without any public consultation and misrepresents them as minor text amendments, together with a number of unrelated items. This includes changes to the intent of all RS zones, allowing multiple front doors, reduced front yards, and increased discretionary authority to the Director of Planning without having to go back to council or the Development Permit Board. This should go back for community consultation.

Further information is in letter below or in report link above.

 

 

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