Response to Staff Report regarding Prior-Venables (GWAC letter to City Council)

September 30th, 2019

Attention: Mayor Stewart and Council,

The Grandview Woodland Area Council would like to convey our deep disappointment at City staff’s abandonment of the recommendation of the Flats Arterial Community Panel to use National-Charles as the route for the new arterial road.

Dozens of people gave hundreds of hours of their time to the Community Panel process, only to see their sincere consideration tossed aside, their time and effort wasted. Staff’s disregard for genuine consultation will undoubtedly leave a distaste in the community toward future engagement efforts by the City.

If Council truly intends to abandon the community consultation process regarding alternatives to Prior-Venables and disregard the many previous commitments made by the City to downgrade Prior-Venables to a local serving street, then strong and clear commitments must be made to reconnect Strathcona residents with their Park through a prompt and effective traffic calming process.

The only way to genuinely reconnect Strathcona with their Park is to proceed in the very near term with the following actions:

1. Prior-Venables must be downgraded to a neighbourhood collector with clear commitments to one traffic lane in each direction through the immediate restoration of all-day parking with supporting curb bulges to narrow the crossings; 

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REACH is expanding services, panel and guests at GWAC meeting Monday, October 7th

GWAC PRESENTS: REACH, your Community Health Centre
REACH is expanding its services and will soon be opening an Urgent Care Centre, available to anyone, even people who aren’t presently REACH patients. Find out all about it and about their other services and programs.

We’ll have a panel from REACH and Vancouver Coastal Health to let you know what’s happening at REACH and to answer all your questions.
Monday, October 7th at 7pm Britannia Community Centre, Learning Resource Centre (below library)

Prior Street event Sept 30th (7:30-8:30am), staff report goes to Council on Tuesday (Oct 1st)

The Strathcona Residents Association is organizing an event on Monday, September 30th from 7:30am to 8:30am at Prior Street and Hawks. The City of Vancouver will be considering a staff report that is not supporting the recommendation by the Community Panel; rather, staff are recommending that an underpass be constructed under the railway tracks at Glen and Prior Street. This staff report will be considered on October 1st; further details can be found on the City’s Council meeting agenda page:
https://council.vancouver.ca/20191001/regu20191001ag.htm