The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods has raised concerns over the proposed rezoning plans
The letter raises concerns over Housing Vancouver’s proposal for city-wide rezoning and asks for the strategy to not be approved until “meaningful participation” from the neighbourhoods affected by the plan happens. The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods is made up of 27 member groups across the city.
“We are particularly concerned about the proposals for city-wide rezoning to greatly increase new strata townhouses, rowhouses and apartments in ways that run counter to the CityPlan Community Visions and Local Area Planning processes that were promised to guide future increases of growth at the neighbourhood level,” the letter stated.
“With the new proposed strategy, character house retention incentives would also be undermined, resulting in more demolitions and expensive new development that locals cannot afford.”
The letter also raises concerns over the City not giving the public enough time to review and respond to the Housing Vancouver strategy.
“The City has provided virtually no time to review and respond to this massive 248 page report, posting it to their website only last Friday; just two business days ahead of Council consideration,” the letter explained. “This clear lack of respect for the public’s interest flies in the face of the Mayor’s 2014 apology and commitment to listen to voters in the future. Vancouver’s voters expect and deserve better.”