More open houses on Active Transportation Corridor on Point Grey Road-Cornwall Ave

image from CoV website of Cornwall St. looking east.

image from CoV website of Cornwall St. looking east.

From Active Transportation at the City of Vancouver

Point Grey Road-Cornwall Avenue Active Transportation Corridor Project Update

Following up on our last update, this email is to provide you with information about the upcoming public open houses for the second phase of consultation for the Point Grey Road-Cornwall Avenue Corridor Project. The open houses will be held on the following dates at three local community venues:

Thursday, May 23, 2013
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM*
Henry Hudson Elementary School (Gym)
1551 Cypress Street
Staff presentation at 7:45 pm
 
Saturday, May 25, 2013
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM*
Bayview Elementary School (Gym)
2251 Collingwood Street
Staff presentation at 10:45 am and 12:45 pm
 
Monday, May 27, 2013
4:00 – 6:00 PM*
Kitsilano Public Library (Basement)
2425 Macdonald Street
Staff presentation at 4:45 pm

Drop-in to one of the following open houses to view the design proposals for the corridor. City staff will be available during the times listed to discuss the project, answer questions and gather input.

If you are unable to attend any of the open houses, project information and a questionnaire will be available online starting on May 23. The questionnaire be open until the second week of June.

Over the next month, staff will continue to reach out to a broad range of local residents, businesses, stakeholders, children/youth, seniors and other individuals to discuss the progress of the project including the proposed design options.

Feedback that we receive during this phase of public consultation will be used to refine the recommended design that will be presented to Vancouver City Council this summer.  We will report back to Council with the public consultation results from both phases of consultation, data analysis, technical transportation review and a cost estimate for corridor.

Thank you again for your interest in this project, we look forward to speaking to you soon. Please pass this information along to anyone who is interested, and we will add them to our distribution list.

Sincerely,
Active Transportation
City of Vancouver
link to project info

Update from the City on Active Transportation Corridor on Cornwall Avenue

image from CoV website of Cornwall St. looking east.

image from CoV website of Cornwall St. looking east.

From Engineering at the City of Vancouver

Point Grey Road-Cornwall Avenue Active Transportation Corridor Project Update

Since the last project update on February 21, 2013, staff have been working to analyze the results from the phase one online questionnaire, and develop feasible design options for the Point Grey-Cornwall Corridor.

Please find a report summarizing the first phase of consultation between January 2 and February 28, 2013 that includes the project context and goals, consultation methods, consultation summary and next steps.

Using all of the feedback received to date, along with existing City policy context, project goals, data analysis and technical transportation considerations, staff are developing feasible design options to present to the public for further feedback as part of a second phase of consultation. Public open houses are now being scheduled for the end of May 2013, with stakeholder meetings and workshops beginning the week of May 13th, 2013, to allow staff more time to fully develop the design options and analyze potential impacts and tradeoffs. Meeting details will be circulated shortly by email, posted on the project CoV website at and through the mail.

For questions or additional comments and feedback on this project, you can continue to email us at pointgrey.cornwall@vancouver.ca, and the project team will respond as quickly as possible.

Thank you again for your interest and input into this active transportation project, and we look forward to speaking with you soon.

Project Manager
David Rawsthorne, PEng.

Want to help grow the urban forest? Get a tree from TreeKeepers.

treesWEWRThe TreeKeepers Program is now offering discounted trees is six pilot neighbourhoods and the West End is one of the selected communities. One can obtain a discounted tree by  register at TreeKeepers. TreeKeepers is a Greenest City 2020 program to plant more trees on private property. Partners include Tree City, the EYA, The City of Vancouver, The Vancouver Foundation and you, if you choose to plant a tree.

Residents of the West End must pre-register and pre-pay online at TreeKeepers. Choose from a selection of 10 tree species, including varieties suitable for small spaces such as balconies. Prices are $10 for trees in small pots and $20 for fruit tees in larger 5-gal containers. Trees will be included in the TreeKeepers database and monitored in the future by Citzen Forester volunteers. All trees paid for must be picked up on the distribution day:

West End Community Centre
870 Denman St.
Saturday May 4
2pm – 4 pm

West End Planning, 3 Open Houses to offer feedback. Be part of the process

Cardero Street Mural

Cardero Street Mural


From the West End Planning Team: Plan directions open houses

Since the planning process launched in April 2012, we’ve received a wide range of feedback from residents, businesses, and other stakeholders, which has helped shape a set of directions. Drop in to an open house to learn more about the directions and have your say. Your input will help refine the directions and create a draft plan.

Event date and time: Thursday, April 4, 4-7pm
Event location: Best Western Sands Hotel, 1755 Davie Street

Event date and time: Saturday, April 6, 11am-2pm
Event location: West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street

Event date and time: Tuesday, April 9, 4-7pm
Event location: Blue Horizon Hotel, 1225 Robson Street

A Copenhagen winter moment

Re-thinking Lanways in the West End

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From the West End Planning Team:
Laneway use “Walkshops’

Attend a “walkshop” and think about how West End laneways could be used in the future, including surface and landscaping treatments, pedestrian facilities, benches, lighting, traffic calming, parking, and infill housing possibilities. Learn about the history and character of the laneways, and observe and discuss how we design these places. The walk will be followed by a two-hour facilitated workshop where you can share your ideas for laneway improvements.

Friday Laneway Walkshop
Friday, March 22, 2013, 1 to 4 pm
For more information and to register:
RSVP
Saturday Laneway Walkshop
Saturday, March 23, 1 to 4 pm
For more information and to register:
RSVP

Quick Council update on the Mayor’s motion on the expansion of coal terminals.

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The Mayor’s motion to study the health consequents of the expansion of a coal terminal passed with the support of Vision and Green Councillors. The NPA voted against the motion. Apparently NPA are okay with coal dust and climate change and it does not need to be studied.

Interesting development from yesterdays debate from Council is the Port of Metro (PMV) did not send anyone to speak to the motion, which seems curious. A new group called the “Coal Alliance” spoke against the Mayor’s motion. The groups representative is an former journalist from CTV named Alan Fryer. Apparently the group just formed and just started a website. The website does not come up on a Google search ( ok I just found the site, but there is no content. Here is the link). It would be interesting to know where the group gets it’s funding and who are their members groups.

Its understandable that PMV does not want it’s CEO or the vice president of corporate social responsibility, Duncan Wilson, standing at Council defending coal exports and its connection to public health and climate change. It demonstrates a hunkering down into a bunker mentality when a CEO or a VP steps aside and lets the professional PR folks deliver the message to deflect the heat.

Mayor of Vancouver getting serious about Port of Metro Vancouver’s plans to expand coal terminal.

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March 12, 2012 Council Update: The Mayor’s motion is referred to the Standing Committee of Planing, Transportation and Environment, on Wednesday March 13, at 1:30 pm, in Council Chambers.

At the next Vancouver Council meeting, Mayor Gregor Robertson will introduce another motion on the Port of Metro Vancouver Plans to expand it’s coal terminal. It makes sense because coal is the worst emitter of Green House Gases (GHG) and if coal exporting increase if will negate all the work that is being done by the City in its Greenest City Action Plan. Also, the transportation of coal has many public health risks that need to be studied.

Here is Mayor Robertson’s Coal Expansion Motion:

WHEREAS

1. Port Metro Vancouver has expansions planned for coal loading capacity at the Fraser Surrey docks and Neptune Terminal; which would make the Port the biggest exporter of coal in North America,

2. The transport of coal by train to PMV exposes residential communities to diesel exhaust and coal dust;

3. A February 2013 study “Human health effects of rail transport of coal through Multnomah County, Oregon” by the Multnomah County Health Department stated that “there are significant gaps in the scientific literature regarding how much coal dust is shed by trains carrying coal, how far coal dust travels from rail lines, and the health effects of inhaling this environmental coal dust”;

4. PMV has no responsibility for impacts from Port activities outside of the Port;

5. Metro Vancouver has the regulatory authority for air quality within the Greater Vancouver area;

6. Metro Vancouver’s Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan calls for continuous improvement in local air quality;

7. The BC Lung Association, the BC Public Health Association, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and several other public health experts wrote to PMV in December 2012 urging PMV to delay any
decision on coal export expansion pending broader public engagement and review of potential health impacts;

8. The Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health Authorities both wrote to PMV in December 2012 requesting to be involved as a key stakeholder equivalent to government agencies, due to the potential for upstream
and downstream impacts of Port activities to impact other jurisdictions;

9. VCH and FH Authorities both requested that Health Impact Assessments take place to evaluate current and future Port expansions, as is the case at the Port of Los Angeles;

10. Coal is the single biggest source of climate changing CO2 pollution;

11. The Province of BC, through the Greenhouse Gas Reductions Target Act, is required by law to reduce GHG emissions by at least 33 per cent below 2007 levels by 2020;

12. The City of Vancouver, through its Greenest City Action Plan, has set the target of reducing its GHG emissions by 33% below 2007 levels by 2020.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED

A. THAT City staff report back on a bylaw to prevent the expansion of, or creation of new, coal export infrastructure within the City of Vancouver;

B. THAT the City of Vancouver write to the Prime Minister, the Premier, and Port Metro Vancouver stating that:

(i) The City has concerns about the GHG and health impacts of increased coal exports, particularly the unknown impacts of coal dust on human health;

(ii) The City supports the call by Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health Authorities to be involved in PMV planning and project review processes as key stakeholders equivalent to government agencies, and that Health Impact Assessments be undertaken for all new coal export expansion proposals.

C. THAT the City of Vancouver forward a copy of this motion to Metro Vancouver to support the integrated air quality and greenhouse gas management plan and its goal of continuous air quality improvement.

It is quite a daunting list of “Where as” that could be potential health hazards for residents of Vancouver. The step to instruct staff to to draft a bylaw to prevent the expansion is a serious shot across the bow of the Port of Metro Vancouver. Is this the first shot in war of jurisdiction between the City of Vancouver and the Port?

Does the City of Vancouver have a displacement plan for renters evicted for redevelopment?

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Public Open House
Proposed Development of 1365 Burnaby Street

-Pre-Development Permit application Open House
-New Construction of a 21 Unit Rental Aartment
-6 Storeys within conditional parameters of RM-5A Zoning Bylaw

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time: 4 pm-8pm
Place: Sandman Suites Hotel
1160 Davie St reet
2nd Floor Meeting Room

For futher information, please contact:

Project Coordinator: Derik Giner: mail@amanatarchitect.com
Presented by Amanat Architect
Suite 100-1515 W.7th
Vancouver BC
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1365 Burnaby now WR
It is widely known that the rental stock in Vancouver is aging and is in need of renovation or redevelopment. Particular with the ambiguous 3 storey walks up of the West End are coming to end of their viability as housing stock.

For example,1365 Burnaby Street is a 10 unit rental building that is in much need of renovations. While the owners of the building are permitted under the rules of the Rental Tenancy Act (RTA) to evict tenants to do major repairs, what happens to these renter when they are displaced from their homes? While there is much need in Vancouver for affordable rental stock, there is no plan by the city to assist tenants to find new homes when their building is being renovated or redeveloped. Also there is no rules in RTA that state tenants have the right to come back to their homes after it has been renovated or redeveloped. With a large portion of the rental stock coming to the end of its viability the city should be planning with such low vacancy rates, to assist tenants who will be displaced through renovation and redevelopment.
Related article:Does the City of Vancouver need a rental advocate?

Endorse Kevin Washbrook for the Board of the Port of Metro Van

My friend Kevin Washbrook, who is a founding director with Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC) and a long time activist, is campaigning to be a director on the board of the Port of Metro Vancouver. I wholeheartedly endorse him for this position.

I hope you too will endorse Kevin by writing a letter to Port Nominating Committee and the Federal Minister of Transportation. Select Here Endorse Kevin to send a message.

Recently, the Port of Metro Van announced that they were going to expand their coal terminal without a rigorous consultation process. Kevin with others has been shepherding a grass roots campaign, highlighting the lack of consultation on the coal terminals expansion and the consequences that this will have on global warming.

In a “policy note” for Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative with co-author David Green, Kevin noted the following:

“Coal is the “dirtiest” fossil fuel – it produces the most global warming pollution of all fossil fuels when burned to make electricity, and virtually the same amount of pollution when used to make steel. BC is the biggest exporter of coal in Canada. When the emissions from all the coal exported from BC are added up, they are equal to the emissions we produce here at home.”

Here is link to the whole artile that is well worth a read: CCPA Policy Note

The part that really crystallized the issue for me is there is a huge effort by the City of Vancouver to build a more sustainability city and I support this. In my own humble way, I have tried to reduce my own carbon footprint. But my own efforts and the city’s would all amount to nothing if the coal that is in the ground now were mined. Right now the mining industry wants to expand extraction of coal at a time when we know that we dramatically need to reduce the amount of Green House Gases emitted. The short-term gain to the economy with the development of coal does not out way the long-term impact of climate change.

The Port of Metro Van argues that they did a full consultation with the users of the port facilities and this all that their mandate requires. Additionally, the Port stated that the issue of climate change is not within their mandate to consider as a factor in whether the port terminal for coal should be expanded. This wilfully blind corporate double talk is exactly why we need Kevin Washbrook on the Board of the Port of Metro Van.

Here is what Kevin pledges to do if he is on the board:

1. push for thorough and transparent consultation with the residents and municipal governments of all Metro Vancouver communities, prior to any decisions by the Port Authority on major developments, so that regional impacts of these developments can be properly evaluated;
2. call for recognition of Regional Health Authorities as government-level stakeholders in all Port Authority decision making processes;
3. initiate full disclosure of the regional and global health and environmental impacts of major exports, and seek to ensure that those impacts are duly considered in Port decisions;
4. develop a closer working relationship with municipal and regional governments, as well a non-governmental organizations from all sectors of society, so that the region’s concerns and aspirations are fully reflected in the Port Authority’s vision, mission, values, strategic goals and day to day operations;
5. call for an internal review of those powers delegated to Port Authority staff, to ensure that the Board of Directors provides good oversight of Port Authority operations and maintains a strong focus on environmental sustainability and social equity in all its decisions and practices; and
6. work to ensure that the Port Authority strives to meet the entirety of it’s federal mandate, including the requirement that it operate with broad public support in the best interests of Canadians.
We know that we are living in a time of climate change that has resulted from the human activity of burning fossil fuels. If we are going to avoid the calamitous effects of climate change we need to develop a more sustainable economy that reduces CO2 emissions in the atmosphere that we know are causing this problem. What the future economy will look like and be is not entirely clear but given that we know that coal is the major source of green house gases it would make sense that as a global economy we need to find a way of reducing its use.

This is a time for change and to envision our economy and well being in a new way. The expansion of coal exports that cause climate change, at this time when we need to radically rethink an economy based on resource extraction, is morally and fiscally irresponsible.

The Government of BC estimates that over the next 100 years the effects of climate change and rising sea levels will cost $9.5 billion. The cost could be much higher by some estimates. It’s perplexing that Port of Metro Vancouver would have plans to expand coal export facilities at a time when we know that we need to be reducing its use. Coal emits greenhouse gases when it is burned to make steel or to create electricity. The effects of climate change will affect the entire planet.

All residents of BC should have an opportunity to express their concerns about the expansion of the coal export facilities in Metro Vancouver. I am supporting Kevin Washbrook for the Board of the Port of Metro Van because he is a person of exemplary character. I am confident that he would make a significant contribution to the board. He is deeply committed finding the responsible solutions to how Canada will mitigate the cause of climate change while still pursuing a vital and sustainable economy now and for the future of our children and grandchild.

I hope you too will endorse Kevin by writing a letter to Port Nominating Committee and the Federal Minister of Transportation. Select Here Endorse Kevin to send a message.