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.


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

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.

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 Association
Joyce Area Residents
Kits Point Residents Association
Marpole Oakridge Community Association
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