The public hearing on the rezoning of Maxine’s at 1215 Bidwell will be held on December 1, 2009.
The public open house on the rezoning of St. John’s at 1401 Comox will be held on November 24, 2009.
WERA is committed to facilitating a responsible and critical public dialogue among residents and City Hall when it comes to rezoning and development applications.
We encourage as many residents as possible to be engaged in the public process. WERA has invited folks to attend open houses, fill out comments forums, write to Mayor and Council and attend Council meetings. These are the ways in which you have a chance for your voice to be heard. We also believe residents need a chance to speak and listen to each other.
WERA will host a community forum on Saturday Nov. 21 (1-3pm, Crystal Ballroom, Empire Landmark Hotel at Robson & Broughton) to give residents of the West End an opportunity to share their concerns and thoughts with each other, and to become more informed about the proposed rezoning on Bidwell St. and on Comox St. We’ll review the steps in the rezoning process. We’ll talk about visioning the future of our community.
WERA views Vancouver’s future through three critical lenses: affordability, livability, and ecological sustainability. When we speak at City Council about rezoning applications, we ask these questions:
- Do these projects create more affordability in our community?
- What will this affordability look like?
- How big are unit sizes, is this livable?
- How will this project contribute to a sustainable city for the future? Does the project promote use of cars?
- How will the commercial space contribute to economic vitality of our community?
- What is our equity stake in this building? How much is the community giving up in development levies by the application of the STIR program in these developments? Is the rental stock we receive in return a worthy trade?
WERA presented these articles last year on the issues of housing, affordability, and Vancouver’s future:
Affordability facilitates diversity=economic vitality
What is the most excellent critical mass
Housing Authority for Vancouver
Again, WERA strongly encourages all residents to become involved in their community’s future by engaging in the public process. We also welcome feedback at WERA. See CONTACT US.