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Walkshops Invitation: Community Plan

What follows is a message from the West End Community Plan city staff.

West-End-Community-Plan-WALWest End Commercial Streets “Walkshops”

The West End’s four commercial streets (Davie, Denman, Robson and Alberni Streets) are part of the community planning process.

We invite you to attend a “walkshop” where we will encourage you to think about the way we design buildings, sidewalks, roads, landscaping, street furniture, signage, weather protection, patios, and other elements that make up a vibrant, active and viable commercial street. You will have an opportunity to learn about the history and character of these streets, and to observe and discuss how we design these important community places. The walk will be followed by a two-hour facilitated workshop intended to allow participants an opportunity to share what they think is working, and also where there are opportunities for improvements.


Alberni Street

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 2 to 5 pm

For more information and to register: http://alberniwalkshop.eventbrite.com


Davie Street

Friday, March 8, 2013, 1 to 5 pm

For more information and to register: http://daviewalkshop.eventbrite.com


Robson Street

Friday, March 15, 2013, 1 to 5 pm

For more information and to register: http://robsonwalkshop.eventbrite.com


Denman Street

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 1 to 4 pm

For more information and to register: http://denmanwalkshop.eventbrite.com

Note: We have scheduled most of the walkshops on weekday afternoons to help ensure participation by members of the local business community. If you are unable to make it to your preferred walkshop(s), we will be posting the material and feedback summary from the sessions on our webpage. You’ll be able to review this and submit your ideas and feedback to us online.

Best regards,

West End Planning Team

Cultural Asset Mapping, July 27

Cultural Asset Mapping
Friday, July 27, 9 am – noon
Barclay Room, West End Community Centre (870 Denman Street)

Join City of Vancouver staff from Cultural Services and the West End Planning Team for a West End cultural asset mapping session.

Participants will be asked to identify and map cultural assets in the West End and explain their significance. For this session we want to take a wider and inclusive definition of culture that would include businesses, organizations and programming that goes beyond the dominant definition of culture.

The results from this session will help identify key cultural assets in the community as well as ideas, opportunities and values related to these assets. In turn, this will help shape the West End community planning process over the next 15 to 18 months.

Participants can drop in at any time between 9 am and noon.

For more information, call 604.871.6007

West End Ideas Fair – June 23

The following message is from the City’s West End Community Plan Team:

On June 23, from 11am-3pm, we will have a West End Ideas Fair where Community Circles can share their ideas from their Discussion Guide(s) using a small display. The Ideas Fair will be open to anyone in the West End who is interested in coming to hear about some of the ideas that have been generated and to meet their neighbours.
If you are hosting a Community Circle, be sure to mark this date down in your calendar if you are interested in sharing your Circles ideas.
The Ideas Fair will be on Barclay Street, which will be closed, at Barclay Heritage Square (between Nicola and Broughton). This will coincide with the West End Seniors’ Network’s Strawberry Festival, which will be from 1-4pm in the park area at Barclay Square. At the Fair we will also announce and display the winners of the Photo Contest, share what we’ve heard so far at our launch events and open houses, and provide general information about the planning program.
The display should be approximately 1 metre (3 feet) wide, and can be anything ranging from a poster, to sketches, annotated images, a few words on a board, etc. Be creative! We will provide table space for the displays under tents. A more detailed description of the event will be on our webpage shortly.
Warm regards,
West End Community Plan team

West End Community Plan terms of reference approved

The Terms of Reference documents for the three new Community Plans (in Marpole, the West End, and Grandview-Woodland) were approved at City Council’s Planning, Transportation & Environment Meeting on March 28.

The staff presentation can be found at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20120328/documents/ptec2Presentation-NextCommunityPlans-TermsofReference.pdf.

The combined staff report (19 pages) and three Terms of Reference documents (27 pages each) can be found at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20120328/documents/ptec2.pdf. The staff report also includes an amended Rezoning Policy for all three Local Areas.

Council Liaisons

In addition to approving the Terms of Reference, Council also appointed two Councillors to act as Council liaisons for each of the community plans. The council liaisons for the West End are Tim Stevenson and Adriane Carr.

For more information, see the City’s official West End Community Plan webpage at: http://vancouver.ca/westendplan.

WERA in the News: Fireworks, Pride and a Community Plan

WERA has been in the news lately, thanks to the upcoming Festival of Light and Pride Parade and a new community planning process for the West End.

WERA president Christine Ackermann was quoted on CBC, asking firework spectators to remember they are gathering in a residential neighbourhood when they head out to watch the fireworks. The story is available on the CBC website here. She also appeared on the Bill Good Show on CKNW Friday morning discussing whether West Enders are making special fireworks preparations after last month’s Stanley Cup riot. An audio archive of the interview will be available in a few days here.

Ackermann also spoke to Radio Canada television about the Pride Parade and whether or not we still need Pride considering how far gay rights have come in Canada. And recently Xtra! quoted her twice on the news that City council is asking staff to investigate whether staff can work on three community plans concurrently, including one for the West End. Those stories can be found here and here.