Mark your calendars for the next set of open houses which will cover the refined community plan draft directions.
Wednesday, June 19, 4-7 pm at Best Western Sands Hotel (1755 Davie)
Saturday, June 22, 1-4 pm at West End Strawberry Festival (Barclay Heritage Square)
Tuesday, June 25, 4-7 pm at Blue Horizon Hotel (1225 Robson)
ABOUT THE WEST END COMMUNITY PLAN
In April 2012, the City initiated a new Community Planning process for the West End. When completed, the plan will provide long-range guidance on a variety of issues – including housing, transportation, parks and public space, social issues, arts, culture, heritage and more. The new plan will replace the older West End Commercial Policy Plan (1986) and West End Residential Areas Policy Plan (1987).
For information on our planning work to date, upcoming events and opportunities for public involvement, please stay in touch via the following means:
Vancouver trash talk is hosting 2 meetings next week for recycling enthusiasts living in West End or Mount Pleasant multi-unit residential buildings.
Come to one of the following meetings in May to learn more about how to start up a food scraps recycling initiative in your own building, meet like minded folks in your community, and share engagement strategies to involve your neighbours in recycling.
Note that free childminding is available, please register as soon as possible.
- Wed May 8, 2013, 7-8:30pm at Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton St)
- Sat May 11, 2013 from 2-3:30pm at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (800 E. Broadway)
For information, visit our website: vancouver trash talk
The City has received a Development Application from Amanat Architect to develop a new 6 storey, 21 unit residential rental building with 2 levels of underground parking accessed from Burnaby Street.
Further information on this project can be found by clicking on the link below:
Trashtalk Project Seeks Recycling Champions
Then we need you for a unique project that seeks recycling champions to take the lead in creating innovative food scraps and other recycling programs for residents in multi-family buildings.
With leadership from the Mount Pleasant and Gordon Neighbourhood Houses and the Recycling Council of BC, this is your chance to make a difference!
For project details and information about how to get involved, visit the Trashtalk website: vancouvertrashtalk.wordpress.com
Plan directions open houses
Since the planning process launched in April 2012, we’ve received a wide range of feedback from residents, businesses and other stakeholders which has helped shape a set of directions. Drop-in to an open house to learn more about the directions and have your say. Your input will help refine the directions and create a draft plan.
Thursday, April 4, 4-7pm
Best Western Sands Hotel, 1755 Davie Street
Saturday, April 6, 11am-2pm
West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street
Tuesday, April 9, 4-7pm
Blue Horizon Hotel, 1225 Robson Street
What do you think of the housing issues we have identified in the West End?
Were you unable to attend our housing info session Feb 26th? View our consultation materials under the ‘documents’ tab (vancouver.ca/westendplan), then give us your comments by filling out our questionnaire. Materials provide you with an opportunity to find out more about the housing issues facing the West End, and also what we’ve heard about housing from both the community and the area housing providers. The feedback you provide here will help inform the draft West End Community Plan directions that we will be coming out with April 4, 6, and 9.
The survey is open until March 24, 2013.
These walkshops are part of the West End Community Plan
Attend a “walkshop” and think about how West End laneways could be used in the future, including surface and landscaping treatments, pedestrian facilities, benches, lighting, traffic calming, parking, and infill housing possibilities. Learn about the history and character of the laneways, and observe and discuss how we design these places. The walk will be followed by a workshop where you can share your ideas for laneway improvements.
WERA President, Christine Ackermann, is quoted in this March 4th XtraWest story about the West End Community Plan process:
“I think it’s important to get involved and engaged with city planning for the West End,” says West End Residents Association (WERA) president Christine Ackermann, who attended the session. “Housing, in particular, is such an important issue. It’s good to have diversity at the table.”
But Ackermann says she is aware of community concerns regarding the planning process.
“I have heard [from the community] that the process is very rushed,” she says. “That doesn’t mean that they’re not doing a good job. It’s just difficult with the timeline. Less time for a community means less outreach to the community.”
Read the article by Shauna Lewis.
The Vancouver Foundation has funded Gordon Neighbourhood House (GNH) since 2011 to fund community projects and to assist individuals to fulfil their ideas, dreams and goals to make the West End a greater place to live.
Gordon Neighbourhood House is hosting a series of free information workshops to assist residents in formulating their ideas and or creating a working budget for their grant.
Also GNH is here to completely dissolve any fears or intimidation that you may have surrounding grant applications. This is a very simple process and we will personally assist anyone who requires assistance with this process.
These workshops are scheduled as follows:
- Wednesday March 6th 11am – Noon
- Wednesday March 13th 6pm – 7pm
- Saturday March 16th 10am – 11am
- Wednesday March 20th 5pm – 6pm
- Wednesday March 27th 6pm – 7pm
Check out the Vancouver Foundation website where all information can be found regarding these Grants.
Sandra Goodridge - Coordinator, Neighbourhood Small Grants Project 2013
Gordon Neighbourhood House
1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver BC V6G 2A7