The new Grandview Woodland Community Plan – which will guide the future of the neighbourhood for the next 30 years - goes to City Council at the end of July.
As a long-time resident and current neighbour, it’s exciting to see a roadmap for the future but no matter where you live in the city, you'll want to take a look.
It’s been a long process. In 2011, Grandview Woodland was prioritized as the community most in need of an updated plan due to factors like loss of low income rental, declining population and a resulting negative impact on the availability of badly needed services.
So far, the plan has had four years of consultation including more than 2600 responses through more than 50 open houses, workshops, and online engagement, and innovative approaches to ensure all voices in the community have been heard including Canada’s first Citizens’ Assembly for a community plan.
Here are some key things in the Plan:
- Protecting existing rental housing is front and centre in the plan, by adding 7000 new rental, social housing and co-op homes to the neighbourhood.
- It protects the current zoning of the majority of Commercial Drive, ensuring local independent businesses can continue to thrive and character is maintained.
- The plan prioritizes adding new family housing by allowing for 3-storey townhouses along Nanaimo Street.
- It responds to the need for new community amenities with a $767 million amenity package that includes renewing and expanding the Britannia Community Complex and adding 430 new childcare spaces across Grandview-Woodland.
- In recognition of the importance of gathering spaces identified by the community, the plan creates up to five new or improved public plazas, including new 'street to plazas', and a new social heart for the neighbourhood with an urban plaza at Commercial and Broadway.
The plan also takes a thoughtful, pragmatic approach to Commercial and Broadway. It recommends taller buildings right by the station - which is the busiest transit hub in the entire province - but it scales back significantly from the proposal in 2013 for many high-rise towers. The new plan respects the community's concerns while ensuring we're adding new homes and job space right by transit.
We believe the plan takes a balanced approach, but it's really important that we hear from you. What do you think?
There’s a few ways you can provide feedback:
1. An online feedback form is open to collect public feedback on the draft plan.
2. A series of Coffee Talks, small group chats with the City planners, will provide more opportunities for people to come out and discuss the draft plan. Coffee Talks are beginning this week and times and locations are available on the website at vancouver.ca/gwplan
Or you can send us an email with your thoughts.
It's taken a lot of work to get to this point – five years! - but we wanted to make sure we get it right. We hope you'll take a look at the Community Plan.
Thanks for your continued feedback and input!