Vancouver Communities Unite to Fix Planning Mess
Residents’ Associations Seek Better Consultation with the City of Vancouver
The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) represents twenty-seven community residents’ associations across the City of Vancouver. Our member associations include a broad cross-section of the Vancouver population. CVN is both non-profit and non-partisan.
Vancouver, B.C. – Twenty seven community and residents’ associations, covering almost the entire City of Vancouver, have joined together to form the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods with the specific purpose of demanding a more respectful relationship between the City and the communities. The Coalition is working on creating a new development/planning paradigm that will stress community involvement and local influence over land use and zoning decisions.
Virtually every neighbourhood in Vancouver has suffered through the disaster that is development and “community engagement” under the present planning process.
Whether it is the failed Community Plans in Marpole, Grandview-Woodland, the West End and Downtown Eastside, or specific developments around False Creek, the Pearson lands in South Vancouver, the Rize and other projects in Mount Pleasant, the downtownification of Oakridge, and the overriding of community opinion in Norquay, the outrage expressed by the affected communities has been the same.
In each and every case, residents have been refused genuine involvement and influence over decision-making. Even in the few cases where residents have been allowed a form of consultation, such as in the Mount Pleasant Implementation, their positions have been ignored or curtailed or both. We have witnessed public hearings where hundreds of people have vocally and loudly opposed developments only to see City Council vote in support of the developers. This has squandered the time and energy residents have put into engaging with these proposals.
We hope that the City will quickly recognize that something is badly broken in the way they engage with communities and return to the concept of community-based planning that was so successful in building Vancouver. The Coalition works together to support individual neighbourhoods in their disputes over unacceptable planning decisions and proposals.
The disenfranchisement of neighbourhoods must end. We will not accept with equanimity any more faux “engagement” circuses in which “consultation” produces nothing but disappointment and damaged communities. Communities demand genuine involvement and the right of local residents to have the highest level of influence over the future of their own communities.
About the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods
The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods comprises the following community and residents’ associations, which all share a common interest in collaborating with the City of Vancouver.
Arbutus Ridge Community Association
Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours
Citygate Inter-tower Community Group
Chinatown Action Group
Community Association of New Yaletown
Crosstown Residents Association
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council
Dunbar Residents Association
False Creek Residents Association
Grandview Woodland Area Council
Joyce Area Residents’ Association
Kits Point Residents Association
Marpole Residents Coalition
NW Point Grey Home Owners Association
Oakridge Langara Area Residents (OLAR)
Our Community, Our Plan (Grandview)
Riley Park/South Cambie Visions
Shaughnessy Heights Property Owners Association
Strathcona Residents Association
Upper Kitsilano Residents Association
Vancouver Heights Ad-Hoc Residents Committee
VGH Neighbourhood Association
West End Neighbours
West Kitsilano Residents Association
West Point Grey Residents Association
We encourage residents to join and become involved with their local associations, and we invite all such associations to join us in this Coalition.