HELP REQUESTED FOR DRY TREES!

Joe McLeod, city arborist and supervisor of urban forestry for Vancouver, is asking residents to water dry trees on Vancouver Boulevards twice a week, for up to a 10-minute period.

It’s best to water the trees under the entire canopy of the trees, between the stem and the farthest branch.

Watering should be done early in the morning or in the evening to avoid water losses from evaporation.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-trees-dry-out-1.6091094?fbclid=IwAR3ClWeiCwARCdJ7jRarUVpixe-CCFUxiC5lXwLLK2o8jjw833FvMEZHiJs

GWAC July Meeting – Monday, July 5th. A Discussion about Rats, Other “Urban Wildlife” and Tips for How to Live with Them

Join the Grandview Woodland Area Council for

Understanding Vancouver Rats
A Discussion about Rats, Other “Urban Wildlife”
and Tips for How to Live with Them
This Monday, July 5th at 7:00PM

Dr. Kaylee Byers will speak about the Vancouver Rat Project, Canada’s first interdisciplinary program of research which studies urban rats, the risks they pose to human health, and how we can better manage and live with them. Bring your questions.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88924939957?pwd=QzJwV1hadjZLeDJ5R0pVZ24rSFRPUT09
Meeting ID: 889 2493 9957, Passcode: 105840

Just a reminder that there will be no August meeting during our usual summer break. See you all in September.


Community Updates:

No Megatowers at Safeway
The No Megatowers citizens’ group has lawn signs available for supporters. If you’d like a sign, get in touch at: fightthefortress@gmail.com.
More information at: nosafewaymegatowers.ca.

Join the conversation on non-market housing on Britannia Community Centre campus

For reference, we’ve reproduced the following details about meetings related to the topic of non-market housing on the Britannia Community Centre Campus:

JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON NON-MARKET HOUSING The Britannia Renewal Master Plan identifies opportunities to locate non-market housing at the renewed Britannia site. Help us understand opportunities and concerns relating to this by sharing your thoughts at one of our online events: WHAT? Community Conversations: Non-Market Housing 

WHERE? On Zoom by link Or call 7789072071 

WHEN? Saturday, June 19, 10 am – noon https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83652487283?pwd=ZytPaU94VDFFV3h4aTJ1ZGN4SEREdz09 [us02web.zoom.us]
Meeting ID: 836 5248 7283
Passcode: 435320

Tuesday, June 22, 2 – 4 pm Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84428374784?pwd=VXdBZndHNW9SWUxQcVR4Nk0vWnREdz09 [us02web.zoom.us]Meeting ID: 844 2837 4784Passcode: 282588

Thursday, June 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82391816558?pwd=QTJBMDYvdm5xcDVMN2R4WUhpdEFQQT09 [us02web.zoom.us]Meeting ID: 823 9181 6558Passcode: 560897

COMING SOON: In fall 2021, partners will be facilitating more Non-Market Community Conversations that will include initial discussions on height, density and the potential number of units of non-market housing. https://shapeyourcity.ca/britannia-renewal
Contact the Britannia Society website http://britanniarenewal.org/, the Information Centre at 604-718-5800 (ext. 1) or info@britanniacentre.org for more details. 

A Discussion about Temporary Modular Housing

1580 Vernon Drive

Join the Grandview Woodland Area Council for A Discussion about Temporary Modular Housing
on Monday, June 7th at 7:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89426499490?pwd=S1ZrZE5HaGwzcUFzZGFSVndIWGNWUT09
Meeting ID: 894 2649 9490, Passcode: 118142 
Find out more about the Temporary Modular Housing (TMH) units that are nearing completion at 1st and Clark.

BC Housing in partnership with the City of Vancouver announced plans to provide 98 units of housing for people experiencing homelessness last September.

We’ve invited the operator, Community Builders Group, to speak about the upcoming opening of the TMH at 1580 Vernon. The new housing is expected to have occupancy in mid-July.

Learn more about the Temporary Modular Housing and how it fits in with initiatives to help people who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.

Continue reading “A Discussion about Temporary Modular Housing”

1885 E Pender St Rezoning Application

We would like your feedback on a rezoning application at 1885 E Pender St. The proposal is to allow for the development of a 6-storey social housing building for the Aaron Webster Housing Cooperative. The zoning would change from RM-4 (Residential) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. This proposal includes:

  • 64 social housing units as defined by the City of Vancouver’s Zoning and Development Bylaw
  • A floor space ratio (FSR) of 2.92
  • A floor area of 4,805 sq. m (51,718 sq. ft.)
  • A building height of 19.5 m (64 ft.)
  • 29 vehicle parking spaces and 144 bicycle parking spaces

More info or Feedback here: https://shapeyourcity.ca/1885-e-pender-st
Public Hearing: May 18th, 2021

An Interactive Consultation on the Proposal to Add Housing to a Renewed Britannia Community Centre

Susanne Dahlin, Chair of the Britannia Planning and Development Committee, will provide some context for our discussion of the proposal from the City of Vancouver to include up to 300 units of residential housing on the Britannia Community Centre site, as part of the Renewal process.
Following Ms. Dahlin’s introduction, GWAC will lead a series of discussions to better understand the preferences of the participants regarding housing on the community centre site.

Each discussion will be followed by a web poll in which participants can privately declare their preferences. The results of the polls will be shared with the participants and forwarded to Britannia for consideration.
Monday, April 12th at 7:00PM
Zoom LInk: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88413712267?pwd=QjdwdzBHRUxOUXhialJPR2loYWFBZz09

Three Unique Grandview – Woodland community groups to consider Joining for 2021

Grandview Heritage Group
https://grandviewheritagegroup.ca
We meet to talk about the history of the Grandview neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC, including the heritage buildings, commercial history, and the evolution of our dynamic high street, Commercial Drive.
Join us! We meet most months on the third Thursday at 7:00 pm, currently via Zoom. To get in touch with us, email grandviewheritage@gmail.com

Grandview Garden Club
https://grandviewgardenclub.blogspot.com
We have a speaker every month on a topic of relevance to Vancouver gardeners. Yearly membership is $20 and we meet via Zoom on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. A Zoom meeting link is sent to members a few days before each meeting. (When we return to face-to-face meetings, we’ll invite occasional drop-ins again.) Our past two meeting topics were “How to use shrubs as small trees in your urban garden” and “Ferns”. The joy of Zoom meetings means we can recruit speakers from outside Vancouver. For April, the talk will be “Attracting birds to your garden”. Join the club!
To get in touch with us, email grandviewgardenclub@gmail.com

Britannia Neighbours
http://britannianeighbours.blogspot.com
We are a little group that looks after the Napier Square Greenway (between Choices and Sweet Cherubim at the Napier St. entry to Britannia). We’ve been maintaining this garden for over 20 years! Weather permitting, we meet most spring, summer, and fall, on Monday afternoons at 3:00 to weed, prune, plant, rake, chat. We learn a lot about gardening and we invite you to join us. Please wear a mask and bring your own tools for COVID safety. For more information email britneighbours@gmail.com

Grandview Launches the Slow Zone

As of today, roads in the section of Grandview bounded by Clark Drive, Grandview Highway, Commercial Drive, and First Avenue have a new speed limit of just 30 km/h, down from the city default on local streets of 50 km/h. This is a trial for what many hope will become a more widespread change in traffic habits in Vancouver.

Read more about it on the City of Vancouver’s press release:
https://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/city-pilots-first-30km-h-slow-zone-on-local-streets-in-grandview-woodland.aspx

Reimagining Streets and the Public Realm: Towards a Green & Connected City

How can we rebalance our relationship to nature and reshape our city?

Join us to discuss this question and more at the fifth event of The Future We Want: The Change We Need series. Hosted by the City of Vancouver in partnership with Simon Fraser University, this inclusive thought-provoking morning will feature a panel of knowledgeable presenters, each bringing diverse perspectives.
March 4, 2021 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Register for free here—>https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reimagining-streets-and-the-public-realm-towards-a-green-connected-city-registration-142715484857

Citywide Parking Permits

Residents who want to weigh in on the proposal have until Feb. 28 to fill out a survey on the city’s website.
That feedback will be reviewed, and used to focus a second round of consultation this spring.
A final proposal is anticipated to arrive at city council by the summer.

Help us build a cleaner, healthier city while better managing street space.
In November 2020, Vancouver City Council directed staff to explore a citywide residential parking program with a carbon surcharge as part of the (External link)(External link)Climate Emergency Action Plan(External link)(External link)(External link).
The program would help us reduce pollution while addressing current and future parking issues in a growing, changing city. It would:

  • Make it easier for residents, visitors, and service providers to find parking
  • Encourage people buying new vehicles to choose electric ones
  • Enable space to be converted to other uses like wider sidewalks, green infrastructure and public space

In general, residents would need a permit to park on the street. Permits in new zones would have a low base rate, with additional fees for polluting vehicles built after the program comes into effect.