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Candidates respond to four CVN questions for Vancouver election 2018 (Mayor + Council)

Voters in British Columbia vote in civic elections on Saturday, October 20, 2018. (Official city information is here.)

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) asked the candidates for Mayor and Council to each answer four questions of great importance to all Vancouver neighbourhoods. Here are the questions and responses.

Download PDF: CVN_2018 Vancouver election responses from candidates

To ensure there is no confusion, please note that we, the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) are exactly what the name says and have existed for years, and we have absolutely association with the political party recently created for this election, named Coalition Vancouver.

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The Questions

Trust: What specific actions would you take to increase the public’s trust in Vancouver’s governance?

Participation: What specific actions would you take to increase neighbourhood participation in planning changes to their own neighbourhoods?

Affordability: What specific actions would you take to increase affordability, retain the city’s most affordable housing, and reduce homelessness in Vancouver?

Liveability: What specific actions would you take to enhance liveability in Vancouver?

Candidates were strongly encouraged to:

  • Be brief
  • Avoid generalities
  • List as bullet points the specific actions that they would commit to if elected.

The Responses

Responses to date (as of 17-Oct-2018 evening) have been received from some, but not all of the candidates. Candidate responses are listed below in alphabetic order, first for Council, then for Mayor.

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Responses by Council Candidates

Christine Boyle, One City

Trust

We believe that trust comes from keeping promises and holding fast to values. As elected Councillors, we’ll work hard to bring forward policy motions that reflect our policy, connect with and listen to Vancouverites across the city, and maintain our values.

Participation

We believe that the current consultation process could be improved. We want to work harder to reach people in their communities, and talk to all residents, not just those who are able to show up to a public hearing and speak publicly. We believe that access to the planning process could be improved through increased access to translation services, training for planners to work across cultures, and improving rates of participation for families with young children and people with disabilities.

Affordability

We have extensive policy on affordability, all viewable at http://www.onecityvancouver.ca/affordable_city. In general, it focuses on raising funds through strategic taxes like a Land Value Capture to build non-market housing on city-owned land and with non-profit and co-op partners.

Liveability

We believe that small businesses and culture organizations are central to livability, which is why we’re proposing a plan to waive property taxes for arts and culture organizations and offer differential property tax rates for independent businesses.

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Barbara Buchanan, Independent

Trust

I will and can work with everyone with respect and tolerance. I hope the council can treat each other with respect and set a tone that will inspire confidence. Once that is achieved and demonstrated it
should reflect in our decisions and raise confidence with the public.

Participation

I suggest that each council take an east side and west side area and be their champion. It will increase the contact with the neighbourhoods and the planning process.

Affordability

City land and leases can be looked at. Public private partnerships and working with the other levels of government to achieve common goals of affordability.

Liveability

Keeping the city liveable is a top priority, that includes setting the goals for affordability,
transportation which including walking, biking, driving and transit and encouraging the arts. The Arts make the city liveable and are being squeezed out. There is a shortage of studio space and housing.

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Adriane Carr, responding for Green Party candidates

Trust

If re-elected, I, along with fellow Green Councillors, will champion:

  • Putting public good, not developer or special (including partisan) interests, first
  • Full transparency in all public decision-making, including line-by-line operating budgets and making public details including pro formas regarding negotiations with developers

Participation

If re-elected, I, along with fellow Green Councillors, will champion:

  • a new, fast-tracked city-wide plan for Vancouver, to be co-created with residents, with a liveable, affordable city as its goal. The new plan will review recent city-wide zoning changes such as to the RS zones.
  • establishing neighbourhood advisory committees that will be involved in the planning and implementation of the new city-wide plan
  • new guidelines for all public engagement to authentically and democratically engage residents so their input is ultimately reflected in plans and decisions. Incorporate a focus on genuine listening, collaborative decision-making and sufficient time for public review of reports well before decisions are made so people have the time to determine if their input has been incorporated.
  • empowering communities through neighbourhood-based city planning offices that enable communities to provide input at the start of and throughout city planning processes and local land use developments.

Affordability

If re-elected, I, along with fellow Green Councilors, will champion:

  • Defining affordability in city by-laws in relation to local incomes (people paying no more than 30% of their pre-tax income on housing), not fixed to market rents as it currently is. (I’ve tried to do this before…hopefully there will be a more sympathetic set of Councillors!)
  • Setting a goal of 50% below-market-rate housing overall for all new multi-residential development, achieved through adopting the “Whistler Model” of resident-worker housing where developers produce a large share of every multi-residential development at lower cost and lower sale and rental price for local resident-workers.
  • Changing building by-laws and the building code to enable less expensive building construction and favour the retention of currently affordable older housing through providing more density for retention and much less density for demolition and new construction.
  • Allowing two or more secondary suites as incentives for retention and conversion of character homes, and changing building codes and bylaws to make it easier to build, upgrade and legalize secondary suites
  • Fast-tracking permits for construction and retrofits of affordable housing.
  • Ramping up retrofits of SRO hotels, including purchasing them if necessary.
  • Placing a moratorium on demolition of affordable purpose-built rental housing unless replacement units rent at the same affordable rates, or until new plans to protect existing affordable purpose-built rental housing are in place.
  • Prioritizing city land and negotiations with senior governments for supportive housing for the homeless, including temporary and long-term modular housing. Consider, until long-term housing is in place, establishing a sanctioned, supportive, well-serviced area for homeless campers to replace the use of doorways, streets, parks, boulevards and other public or hidden spaces.

Liveability

If re-elected, I, along with fellow Green Councilors, will champion:

  • Fast-track, and co-create with residents, a city-wide plan that has a liveable city, not a growth strategy, as its goal.
  • Require cumulative assessment impacts of growth and development on all city services and public amenities and re-adjust the need for public services accordingly. (As a Councillor, I’ve been asking for this for the last 7 years!)

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Dr. Hamdy El-Rayes, Independent

If elected I commit to:

Trust

  • Ensure public consultations on all issues that affect the community.
  • Make decisions based on the public input
  • Reply to any concerns or complaints, and immediately resolve them.

Participation

  • Hold public consultations to discuss any plans for the neighborhood.
  • Directly receive community concerns and interests regarding various issues of importance to them.
  • interact with the public on various issues

Affordability

Rental inventory:

  • Make low-rise areas Rental Zone to protect existing inventory.
  • Ban Airbnb until we have enough rental inventory.
  • Encourage having secondary suites in single home areas.
  • Encourage & support UBC of building dorms on campus to accommodate its students who occupy low-rent housing in Vancouver (50,000 students).
  • Protect seniors from demo-evictions or reno-evictions. Developer should provide a substitute apartment with the same rent or subsidize a new rental units for the evicted tenant.
  • Prioritize rental property permits

Ownership:

  • BAN selling housing properties to foreigners until needs of our citizens are satisfied.
  • Encourage coop housing
  • Lower cost of permitting and fees CACs to increase affordability
  • Audit the City to examine where its taxes are spent and lower taxes for small businesses to help them survive

Liveability

  • Increase funding of community centres, arts, increase childcare centres
  • Lower cost of transportation (Translink) by auditing the corp. and cut excesses in its spending.
    Improve green public areas in the city.
  • develop a plan to eliminate drug addictions from the city of Vancouver
  • turn the drug addiction into a health issue and focus on prevention of drug addiction.
  • provide treatment and recovery for drug addicts
  • provide substitute medication for drug addicts to weed out drug trade
  • Make police enforce the law and arrest bosses of drug dealers
  • Urge federal & provincial government to slow down immigration and temporary foreign workers to give the city enough time to digest the large immigrant numbers in the past 10 years.

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Larry Falls; Independent

If elected I commit to :

Trust – being honest and transparent when engaging with individuals and community groups.

Participation – encourage community celebrations, notifications and personal involvement.

Affordability – Rent freeze to increase higher housing density to stabilize and preserve the character of the interior of the neighbourhoods

Livability – To improve the quality of life by planning, transportation, community development, education and resilience.

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Pete Fry, Green Party

Trust

Trust can only be achieved through transparency. We call for:

  • Transparent proformas on rezonings and public benefit negotiations.
  • City budgets with clear line items.
  • Audits on affordability and performance of tax-payer subsidized housing
  • Review of third party city communications contractors
  • Reinstating third party appeals at the Board of Variance
  • Establishing a Vancouver ombudsperson
  • Improve FOI process with less r

Coalition writes Council opposing by-law changes in RT-7 RT-8 RT-10 zones (Public Hearing Sept 18)

CVN sent the following letter to Mayor and Council as official input on Agenda Item #6 for the Public Hearing scheduled for September 18, 2018.

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September 17, 2018

City of Vancouver Mayor & Council

Dear Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councillors,

Re: Public Hearing Sept. 18, 2018, Changes to RT7-RT8-RT10 Zones –
6. REZONING: Amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law for RT-7 and RT-8 Zones (Kitsilano) and RT-10 and RT-10N Zones (Kensington-Cedar Cottage) https://council.vancouver.ca/20180724/documents/p3.pdf

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods is opposed to this rezoning and how these changes have been brought forward without a proper consultation process with the affected neighbourhoods.

This report proposes to make major changes to large portions of neighbourhoods, without providing any public consultation. It is entirely inconsistent with standard planning practice.

The rezoning of Kitsilano from RT7 and RT8 to RT5 is alarming, since this zoning was created through an extensive planning process with the community of over 5 years duration. The existing zoning continues to be broadly supported as it has worked successfully to retain character houses and rental suites while allowing appropriate new development. It has helped to avoid the demolitions and empty monster houses that have plagued the rest of the city. The RT5 zoning that is being proposed to replace RT7/8 is far inferior to the current zoning, will result in more demolition and lacks adequate design guidelines. It will act as an incentive to the removal of existing, affordable rental units. The RT7-RT8 should be used as a base model for change through amendments where needed, not replaced by an inferior zoning.

The RT10 also was created through a community process, of CityPlan, and should not be replaced.

This report should not be approved and instead referred back to staff for a meaningful public consultation process with the affected neighbourhoods before consideration by Council after the fall election.

Sincerely,
Larry Benge, Co-Chair
Dorothy Barkley, Co-Chair

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Coalition writes Council opposing by-law changes in RS (one-family) zones (Public Hearing Sept 18)

CVN sent the following letter to Mayor and Council as official input on Agenda Item #5 for the Public Hearing scheduled for September 18, 2018.

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September 17, 2018

City of Vancouver Mayor & Council

Dear Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councillors,

Re: Public Hearing Sept. 18, 2018, Changes to all RS Zones –
Item #5. REZONING: Amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law for Most RS Zones
https://council.vancouver.ca/20180724/documents/p6.pdf

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods again finds itself seriously concerned with the lack of proper planning processes at City Hall. This letter is opposed to how these changes have been brought forward above without proper process.

This report proposes to make major changes to 68,000 properties in RS zones, without providing any public consultation. It is entirely inconsistent with standard planning practice.

Most of the areas affected went though the CityPlan process and have a community vision that has not been properly implemented as intended under terms of reference. Others like Upper Kitsilano were part of a comprehensive planning process that allowed for a mix of housing types in their neighbourhood. Each neighbourhood is unique and should not be blanket rezoned for outright new development.

Each CityPlan neighbourhood strongly supported retention of character houses and this rezoning proposal will undermine that direction by giving outright development as a further incentive for demolition.

This report should not be approved and instead referred back to staff for a meaningful public consultation process before consideration by Council after the fall election.

Sincerely,
Larry Benge, Co-Chair
Dorothy Barkley, Co-Chair

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Coalition writes Council on Changes to all RS Zones (Public Hearing July 17, 2018): Major changes misrepresented as minor amendments

CVN sent the following letter to Mayor and Council as official input on Agenda Item #2 for the Public Hearing scheduled for July 17, 2018.

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July 16, 2018

City of Vancouver Mayor & Council

Dear Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councillors,

Re: Public Hearing July 17, 2018, Changes to all RS Zones –

  1. TEXT AMENDMENTS: Development and Building Regulatory Review – Minor Amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law, the Downtown Official Development Plan, and Various Land Use and Development Policies and Guidelines https://council.vancouver.ca/20180619/documents/rr1d.pdf

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods again finds itself seriously concerned with the lack of proper planning processes at City Hall, and is opposed to how the above changes have been brought forward without following a proper process.

This report proposes to make major changes to the RS zones, while misrepresenting them as minor text amendments with a number of unrelated items in a miscellaneous report that doesn’t include these issues in the subject. The city is proposing this without advising the affected neighbourhoods of these major changes or providing any public consultation.

The recommendations affecting all RS zones include major items such as changes to the intent of the zoning, front yard setbacks and the number of front doors allowed. It also proposes changes that allow the Director of Planning more authority without any involvement of the Development Permit Board.

These are not minor text amendments, but in fact are substantive in nature. They are pre-empting the proposed changes to zoning in the Making Room program rather than considering them as part of the overall zoning changes.

This report should be referred back to staff for a meaningful public consultation process on each related zoning bylaws separately, within the context of any further zoning changes as may be contemplated through housing policy, and before consideration by Council after the fall election.

Sincerely,
Larry Benge, Co-Chair
Dorothy Barkley, Co-Chair

On behalf of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods

Member Groups of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods:

Arbutus Ridge Community Association
Arbutus Ridge/ Kerrisdale/ Shaughnessy Visions
Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours
Chinatown Action Group
Citygate Intertower Group
Community Association of New Yaletown
Crosstown Residents Association
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council
Dunbar Residents Association
False Creek Residents Association
Grandview Woodland Area Council
Granville Burrard Residents & Business Assn.
Joyce Area Residents
Kitsilano-Arbutus Residents Association
Kits Point Residents Association
Marpole Residents Coalition
Norquay Residents
NW Point Grey Home Owners Association
Oakridge Langara Area Residents
Residents Association Mount Pleasant
Riley Park/South Cambie Visions
Shaughnessy Heights Property Owners Association
Strathcona Residents Association
Upper Kitsilano Residents Association
West End Neighbours Society
West Kitsilano Residents Association
West Point Grey Residents Association

 

Coalition writes Council on Amendments to Zoning and Development By-law – Laneway Home Regulations (Public Hearing July 18, 2018)

CVN sent the following letter to Mayor and Council as official input on Agenda Item #2 for the Public Hearing scheduled for July 18, 2018.

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July 15, 2018
City of Vancouver Mayor & Council
Dear Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councillors,

Re: Public Hearing July 18, 2018, Changes to Laneway Home Regulations

  1. TEXT AMENDMENTS: Amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law – Laneway Home Regulations. https://council.vancouver.ca/20180619/documents/rr1c.pdf

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods opposes the above changes without a proper planning process that includes meaningful public consultation with the affected neighbourhoods.

This report proposes making changes to all zones with laneway housing across Vancouver, but has only consulted with industry and users rather than pursuing a planning process that also includes the affected communities.

Adding outright provisions for larger laneway houses without design guidelines will mainly benefit demolition and full site redevelopment. One option that has not been considered is that this could instead only be used in combination with the retention of character houses, as part of a broader discussion of housing policy through a proper planning process.

This report should be referred back to staff for a meaningful public consultation process before consideration by Council after the fall election.

Sincerely,
Larry Benge, Co-Chair
Dorothy Barkley, Co-Chair

On behalf of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods

Member Groups of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods:

Arbutus Ridge Community Association
Arbutus Ridge/ Kerrisdale/ Shaughnessy Visions
Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours
Chinatown Action Group
Citygate Intertower Group
Community Association of New Yaletown
Crosstown Residents Association
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council
Dunbar Residents Association
False Creek Residents Association
Grandview Woodland Area Council
Granville Burrard Residents & Business Assn.
Joyce Area Residents
Kitsilano-Arbutus Residents Association
Kits Point Residents Association
Marpole Residents Coalition
Norquay Residents
NW Point Grey Home Owners Association
Oakridge Langara Area Residents
Residents Association Mount Pleasant
Riley Park/South Cambie Visions
Shaughnessy Heights Property Owners Association
Strathcona Residents Association
Upper Kitsilano Residents Association
West End Neighbours Society
West Kitsilano Residents Association
West Point Grey Residents Association

Coalition supports Amendments to Chinatown HA-1 & HA-1A Dist. Schedule, Design Guidelines and Policies (Public Hearing June 28, 2018)

CVN sent the following letter to Mayor and Council as official input to the Public Hearing.

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June 27, 2018

City of Vancouver Mayor & Council

Dear Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councillors,

Re: Public Hearing June 28, 2018
Amendments to the Chinatown HA-1 and HA-1A Dist. Schedule, Design Guidelines and Policies
http://council.vancouver.ca/20180515/documents/p8.pdf

We are in support of the proposed amendments in the above report for Chinatown.

We also encourage you to add the amendments requested by the community to:

1. Limit outright development lot widths to 25ft or existing lot size; and
2. Make dwelling use conditional to encourage social housing development and retention of existing affordable housing and commercial spaces.

These proposed amendments are the first step in reversing the harm done to Chinatown through the 2011 Heritage Area Height Review (HAHR) policies. Neighbourhoods and individuals from across the city were strongly opposed to these changes in 2011. They have proven to be very destructive to the important historic area’s architecture, culture and affordability for both residential and commercial businesses.

It is urgent that Council take action now to reverse the damage from the HAHR and the recommendations above are a good first step.

Sincerely,
Larry Benge, Co-Chair
Dorothy Barkley, Co-Chair

On behalf of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods
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Coalition writes City Council on “Housing Vancouver Update” (June 19)

June 18, 2018
City of Vancouver Mayor & Council

Dear Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councillors,

Re:  Council June 19: Housing Vancouver Update and Related Reports RR-1(a), RR-1(b), RR-1(c), RR-1(d) http://council.vancouver.ca/20180619/regu20180619ag.htm

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods again finds itself seriously concerned with the lack of proper planning processes at City Hall. This week’s agenda has a 681-page package of proposals for Council’s consideration, including referral to public hearing, without giving adequate time for affected communities to view, comment or to have their input reflected prior to referral. These reports should be accepted for information only and referred back to staff for a meaningful public consultation process before consideration by Council after the fall election, not rushed through in the summer.

The problematic proposals presented include the following:

  • New housing initiatives produced in consultation with industry stakeholders only.
  • Changes to zoning across the city being referred to public hearing with no consultation.
  • RT7 & RT8 to be eventually rezoned to the new RT5 from Grandview, with some changes for more infill proposed to be referred to public hearing now with no prior neighbourhood consultation.
  • RS zones across city to be rezoned. First changes being referred to public hearing include changing the RS zones to outright strata duplex by changing intent, allowing for two front doors and reducing front yards to allow for infill, with no public consultation.
  • Changes to parking bylaws across the city. Reduced requirements with new development and increased requirements for street permit parking.
  • Changes to laneway houses to allow larger and taller with no design guidelines. Only               consulted industry and users. Designed to benefit new development not character               retention.
  • Allowing the Director of Planning more power so fewer projects need to go to Development Permit Board. This affects all kinds of existing zoning bylaws, which will all be amended.
  • Changing RT10 in Cedar Cottage to RT11 from Norquay. Referral to public hearing.
  • Many Guidelines and Policies being repealed including CityPlan Rezoning Policy.

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Coalition writes City Council on NE False Creek Update and Related Reports (June 19, Item 2)

 

June 18, 2018

City of Vancouver Mayor & Council

Dear Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councillors,

Re: Council June 19: Item #2. NE False Cr. Update and Related Reports RR-2(a), RR-2(b), RR-2(c) http://council.vancouver.ca/20180619/regu20180619ag.htm

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods is deeply concerned that these major reports are coming forward in the summer holidays without adequate time for the community to respond. Many member groups have volunteered significant time and energy over the last decade working on these issues, only to find that the final reports do not reflect their input.

We recommend that these reports be amended to reflect the community’s input as noted above.

Some of the outstanding concerns that still need to be addressed are as follows:

Size and location of park. The park orientation reduces the public benefit by changing it inland north-south rather than being on the waterfront east-west. It is designed to maximize developer profits rather than community interests.

Towers in view cones. The stadium site, Lot 10, has a 40-storey tower that pierces the view cone. The Concord site, not yet before rezoning, will have two 42/43-storey buildings, also in the view cone. View cones were designed to benefit the entire city, and should be protected and respected.

Sincerely,
Larry Benge, Co-Chair
Dorothy Barkley, Co-Chair

Coalition writes Vancouver Council on “Millennium Line Broadway Extension of SkyTrain – Municipal Requirements” (Council topic May 16)

On May 15, 2018, the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods wrote to Vancouver City Council on the headline topic. On the City Council agenda for Wednesday May 16 is an endorsement proposed by City staff for the “Broadway Subway Extension.”

Meeting agenda: http://council.vancouver.ca/20180516/pspc20180516.htm
Staff report: Report: http://council.vancouver.ca/20180516/documents/pspc1b.pdf

Here is one of the staff recommendations:
THAT Council endorse the Millennium Line Broadway Extension (MLBE), a primarily tunnelled SkyTrain extension under Broadway from VCC-Clark to Arbutus Street, as a key element in helping the City achieve its liveability, transportation and environmental objectives.

In that connection, here below is the text of the letter from CVN to Council.

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May 15, 2018,

City of Vancouver Council
Dear Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councillors,

Re: Council Report May 16, 2018
Millennium Line Broadway Extension of SkyTrain – Municipal Requirements
http://council.vancouver.ca/20180516/documents/pspc1b.pdf

We would like to comment directly about Recommendation A in the above Report, to which we are opposed.

Although we generally agree with the logic to connect the Millennium Line from VCC to Cambie Line, we continue to disagree with the unaffordable option to extend along Broadway to Arbutus with a subway for the following reasons:

• The revised budget is not transparent and there is a concern that it will be significantly higher than the updated estimates of $2.8B.

• Once committed, it may be mostly cut and cover with the same problems as the Canada Line. There is no commitment to bored tunnel and each station is planned to be cut and cover regardless.

• There are much more cost effective options that would provide more transit to a much broader area, giving access to good transit to more people in a wide network, rather than a short subway to Arbutus.

• The subway is about $470m/km, trams $16m-$40m/km, electric trolley rapid bus $1m/km + $1m per double electric trolley articulated bus.

• We are opposed to the use of the city’s tax base of property taxes and development fees to subsidize this subway. The civic tax base is needed for civic services.

• The development along the corridor will be very large and out of scale with the surrounding area, which will require significant subsidies for services through increased property taxes. Development fees only cover about 10% of the costs of growth as it is. Now these development fees will also have to cover the subway itself.

For more information, please refer to the attached letter and appendix recently sent to the province. [Visit this link for that letter and appendix.]

Larry Benge, Co-Chair
Dorothy Barkley, Co-Chair

On behalf of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods
Member Groups of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods

CVN writes Premier Horgan on transit plans for City of Vancouver: Questions, costs, alternatives

On April 23, 2018, the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods wrote the following letter to Premier John Horgan and other key officials.

Discussions are at an advanced stage regarding a multi-billion dollar transportation plan for the Metro Vancouver region, with a large portion of the funds supposedly being dedicated to a “Broadway Subway” from Commercial Station to Arbutus, and eventually to UBC. CVN raises questions, asks for clarification, and suggests alternatives.

As of May 4, CVN has still not received any acknowledgement of receipt from any recipients.

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April 23, 2018

Premier John Horgan
Hon. Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
Mayor Corrigan, Chair of Mayors’ Council, Metro Vancouver
Vancouver MLAs

Re: Transit Mode for City of Vancouver

Recently, we have seen the release of promised Federal and Provincial funds earmarked for transit improvements in Metro Vancouver. The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) has some concerns with how those funds could be implemented.

Completing the Millennium Line from the VCC Station to the Cambie and Broadway Station makes logical sense. It provides the link for the Skytrain system for passengers travelling from Surrey (and the Valley) to the Airport.

What needs to be reassessed is system progress from that point. The Mayors’ Council Vision has called for rapid transit along Broadway from Commercial Station to Arbutus, and eventually to UBC. The mode of this extension is not spelled out in the Mayors’ Vision. In an atmosphere of limited funds and a need for fiscal responsibility, we should be wise and frugal, while meeting the needs and requirements of the future. Barring an unexpected economic downturn, prices will not decrease, but will continue to rise. All of which brings many questions:

  1. What mode supports best options resulting in less single occupancy vehicle travel?
  2. What mode supports best options for housing affordability?
  3. What mode supports best options resulting in enhancement and growth of existing neighbourhoods?
  4. What mode supports best options resulting in support for local businesses?
  5. What mode supports best options resulting in earliest build out and transition to full service on widest coverage?
  6. What mode supports best options resulting in lowest cost while providing needed capacity?

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