Letter to Council for 21-Jul-2020: Opposed to Item A.3. Regulation Redesign – Amendments to Land Use Documents

July 20, 2020
City of Vancouver Council
Dear Mayor Kennedy Stewart and Councillors,

Re: Item A.3. Regulation Redesign – Amendments to Land Use Documents
Agenda: https://council.vancouver.ca/20200721/regu20200721ag.htm
Motion: https://council.vancouver.ca/20200721/documents/a3.pdf
(see Appendix A for list of Plans & Guidelines for amendment.)

The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) is opposed to proceeding with the proposed amendments. This motion proposes to amend many Community Plans, Area Plans and Guidelines for zoning by-laws across the city. See motion attached and linked below. However, there were initially no attached documents of what was proposed to change.

Then late this evening, the night before the Council meeting to consider this, the City has posted 38 major land use planning documents, including Community Plans, Area Plans and Design Guidelines for zoning by-law schedules, without any redlined document nor staff report to show what has changed or why.

Council or the public cannot consider this without knowing what is being proposed.

The only a link in the motion is to the redline to the zoning by-law changes approved last month. This is not what Council is being asked to amend by this motion.

The public and Council need the redlined proposed amended Community Plans and Guidelines, with an explanatory staff report, in order to comment or make an informed decision. That information is missing and there has been no public consultation on these proposed changes.

Therefore, this motion should not be approved. Please refer this back to staff to report back with more information, including redline documents of all proposed amendments to Community Plans and Guideline, with a staff report, after community consultation, for Council consideration

Thank you,

Larry A. Benge, Co-chair
Dorothy Barkley, Co-chair
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
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council
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
Joyce Area Residents
Kitsilano-Arbutus Residents Association
Kits Point Residents Association
Marpole Residents Coalition
NW Point Grey Home Owners Association
Oakridge Langara Area Residents
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


CoV motion a3 Regulation Redesign Council 21-Jul-2020