CVN letter to Council (20-Apr): Vancouver Plan Consultation Process – Request for Extension and Rescheduling

April 20, 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) continues to be very concerned about the Vancouver Plan consultation process.  While we appreciate that staff responded to our letter of April 14 by adding another meeting date, it is still in conflict with other City public processes. In addition to today’s meeting that is in conflict with the Metro 2050 Public Hearing, the additional date of Thursday April 21 is in conflict with the public hearing for 1477 Broadway. Further, the addition of pop-up outdoor information booths, in the downtown core only, are not equitably distributed throughout the city.

On April 9, staff only started notifying a small subset of Vancouver’s neighbourhood groups of the final draft plan, which was released April 5. While we appreciate that there are now two virtual evening meetings for “various resident and neighbourhood groups and associations” on April 20 and 21, both conflict with City-related hearings, including the sole public hearing being held in the entire Metro Vancouver Region for the Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy and an important controversial City public hearing as noted above. We request that the Vancouver Plan consultation meeting dates be rescheduled to avoid these conflicts and the Easter holiday shortened week when many people are away.

The only opportunity to give feedback on the draft plan is through a very short window until April 24 for the survey. We also request that the survey be extended and that there be more opportunities for questions and discussions with neighbourhoods. There has been no meaningful neighbourhood-based consultation to date.

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