CVN letter to Council (14-Apr): Vancouver Plan Consultation Process – Request for Extension and Rescheduling

April 14, 2022
City of Vancouver Council & Staff
Dear Mayor Kennedy Stewart, Councillors and Staff,

Re: Vancouver Plan Consultation Process – Request for Extension

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) is very concerned about the Vancouver Plan consultation process.

There has been no meaningful neighbourhood-based community consultation process to date and the last phase of the planning process is continuing this practice. The recently released final draft plan is filled with significant new changes the public has not previously been informed of, and it proposes massive development citywide. Most residents of Vancouver are completely unaware this process is even happening, and even fewer would be able to make their way through the complex and lengthy document and analyse or adequately grasp what it means.

Only on April 9 did staff start to notify a small subset of Vancouver’s neighbourhood groups of the final draft plan, which was released April 5. We understand that only one evening has been set for a virtual meeting for “various resident and neighbourhood groups and associations” on April 20. This date conflicts with the sole public hearing being held in the entire Metro Vancouver Region for the Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy. We request that Vancouver’s date be rescheduled to avoid this conflict and the Easter holiday week.

The only opportunity to give feedback is through a short window to reply to a survey by May 5, including the Easter holidays. We request that the survey be extended and for more opportunities for questions and discussion with staff by neighbourhood.

Thank you,
Steering Committee,
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
Dunbar Residents Association
Fairview/South Granville Action Committee
False Creek Residents Association
Grandview Woodland Area Council
Granville-Burrard Residents & Business Assoc.
Greater Yaletown Community Association
Kitsilano-Arbutus Residents Association
Kits Point Residents Association
Marpole Residents Coalition
NW Point Grey Home Owners Association
Oakridge Langara Area Residents
Residents Association Mount Pleasant
Riley Park/South Cambie Visions
Shaughnessy Heights Property Owners Assoc.
Strathcona Residents Association
Upper Kitsilano Residents Association
West End Neighbours Society
West Kitsilano Residents Association
West Point Grey Residents Association
West Southland Residents Association