CityPlan

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Downds implementing Lane Way Housing in all single family zones RS-1 and RS-5. Read the full report HERE. Report includes sketches of how they could look or work.

A Bold Step by City Council – How it all started

On July 30, 1996, the Vancouver City Council approved the Terms of Reference for a “CityPlan” for the citizens of our city. It was a bnd imaginative step to involve the citizens in the development of local communities within the city in a way that met the aspirations of the residents within each community. This CityPlan Community Visions was subsequently revised in August 1999 and again in January 2002.(1)  These Terms of Reference set out:

  1. The Ground Rules setting the expectations for the visions
  2. The Product, i.e. the Vision guiding each community’s future
  3. The Process by which the Visions would be created, and
  4. The Roles and responsibilities of the various participants

Some selected observations in the document include (emphasis added):

Background
In June 1995 City Council approved a citywide plan for Vancouver. CityPlan provides a framework for deciding City programs, priorities, and actions over the next 30 years. It includes directions on a range of topics from transportation to arts, from housing to community services.
CityPlan emerged from a process that involved thousands of people submitting their ideas and making choices about Vancouver’s future. The resulting directions will affect the future of Vancouver communities how they meet their needs, how they stay the same, and how they change.
CityPlan directions do not provide detailed maps and programs. The next step of CityPlan is to work with communities to bring CityPlan’s broad citywide policies to the neighbourhood level.

Purpose
The purpose of this program is to have communities, assisted by staff, develop Visions that incorporate a wide range of community interests and describe common ground for moving in CityPlan directions. The Program asks each community to implement CityPlan directions in a way and at a scale and pace that suits the community.

Roles
CityPlan staff do not invent or delete Vision options and directions, or select or advocate the preferred Vision options or directions.

Several specific “Directions” are included in the opening Summary:

  • …create or strengthen neighbourhood centres in all neighbourhoods as a place where people can find shops, jobs, and services close to home; where there are safe and inviting public places; and which help strengthen neighbourhood identity and sense of community
  • …maintain and improve neighbourhood character, by retaining greenery and heritage, and by maintaining or creating a built character that identifies the neighbourhood
  • …target community services to need; make services more accessible to people who may face difficulty receiving services; and involve people in planning and delivering services
  • …encourage jobs to cluster in neighbourhood centres where they will be close to residents and well served by transit

Read the full document HERE.

In it you will find a map of 17 communities identified. You be the judge whether the City’s Planning Department and current City Councils are honoring this commitment – the result of many, many meetings and thousands of hours of residents’ volunteer time.

ARCA’s specific CityPlan Visions is incorporated in the Arbutus Ridge/Kerrisdale/Shaughnessy (ARKS) Community Visions publication approved by City Council on November 1, 2005

(1) Footnote: City web site: http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/cityplan/termsre.htm accessed 6/10/09

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