Schools of the Future:

A Dialogue with VSB School Trustees about pursuing excellence in East Van Schools

Tuesday, February 7th from 6:45-8:15pm (Join via zoom – Add to Calendar)

Join via zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89374158835?pwd=aHZkZG5HWE1meUIxbWwzWlB2cWg3UT09
Meeting ID: 893 7415 8835, Passcode: 078497, Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kes4hmBYtT

Join parents, caregivers and educators in our community to connect with three VSB School Trustees for a discussion of:

  • parent priorities
  • the School Board’s mandate for this term and implementation of the Education Plan
  • ideas and plans to invest in programs, technology and resources in East Van schools for excellence in education

***Trustees Victoria Jung (Chair), Lois Chan-Pedley and Janet Fraser will be joining us in person with a presentation on the Education Plan 2026!

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Santa Barbara Market Flash Mob!

Tuesday, January 31st, 1:00PM

Farewell Celebration for Santa Barbara Market! Music! A couple of short speeches! Singalong! Festivities!

Tuesday is the last day our wonderful Santa Barbara Market will be open!

Yes, it will be reopening, but the new store will reportedly have a new name and new staff. Most, if not all, of the current staff will be leaving.

It would be so sad if the store just closed quietly and if our great community wasn’t able to give them a big send-off.

So let’s meet at Santa Barbara at 1:00 on Tuesday, January 31st, and let them know how much we love and appreciate them … and thank them for their many years of hard work and wonderful fruits and veggies and deli foods!

Spread the word to everyone you know who shops there!

Commercial Drive as a Pedestrian-First High Street

Monday, Jan 9th at 7PM

Commercial Drive
As a Pedestrian-First High Street

Monday, Jan 9th at 7PM

GWAC will be joined by
Paul Storer and Lon Laclaire

Two of the City’s Big Wheels on Transportation for a discussion of Council’s Motion
“Prioritizing Commercial Drive as a Pedestrian-First High Street”

What changes are coming to The Drive?

Come hear about their plans and share your thoughts about the best street in Vancouver!

Join Zoom Meeting
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Full Motion: https://council.vancouver.ca/20210519/documents/pspc20210519min.pdf (see page 18)

Safeway site Public Hearing is set for July 7th. Scot Hein’s analysis of the project and history is available for review

Former City of Vancouver Senior Urban Designer Scot Hein presented an overview of the current state of the Safeway site Rezoning Application on June 6th, 2022 at our monthly GWAC Public Forum (click image to see the video of the presentation)

The Public Hearing for the development proposed for 1780 East Broadway on the Safeway Site will begin on Thursday, July 7th at 6pm. The agenda for this Public Hearing is up and it’s already possible to send in comments. Speaker registration for the meeting will open early in the morning on Friday, June 24th, and will be available by 8:30am. A “Request to Speak” button will be available once the speaker sign up is available on the agenda page.

Former City of Vancouver Senior Urban Designer Scot Hein presented an overview of the current state of the Safeway site Rezoning Application on June 6th, 2022 at our monthly GWAC Public Forum. This presentation is available in its entirety in the following video.

Further details about the rezoning application at 1780 E Broadway is in a staff policy report that was referred to Public Hearing earlier this month by City Council. The No Safeway Megatowers group also has further analysis on this rezoning application.

The Safeway Site Public Hearing will be in early July. GWAC Public Forum – Monday, June 6th at 7PM

GWAC Public Forum Monday, June 6th at 7PM

Where to Next? The Safeway Site Public Hearing will be in early July
Get the Facts

Join Zoom Meeting
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Join us for a discussion about a generational decision for Grandview-Woodland.

Former City of Vancouver Senior Urban Designer Scot Hein will present an overview of the current state of the Safeway site Rezoning Application (1780 E Broadway).

According to City planners, this three tower proposal will be sent to a Public Hearing around the beginning of July.

Find out more about this proposal and how to have your voice heard in the public hearing process.

The agenda page of the June 7 Regular Council Meeting includes a policy report will be considered for referral to a Public Hearing. If the majority on Council choose to refer this this report, then a Public Hearing will likely begin on July 5th or July 7th. You can read what planners are proposing by downloading this policy report.

Temporary Modular Housing Public Hearing on April 12th for 1325-1333 East Georgia Street

Example of Temporary Modular Housing building at 220 Terminal Avenue

There’s a Public Hearing starting at 6pm on April 12th to consider changing the zoning designation on two lots at 1325 and 1333 East Georgia Street to allow for Temporary Modular Housing units. This rezoning application is the third item on the Public Hearing agenda. The Temporary Modular Housing proposal appears under the following name:

3. Amendment to the Regional Context Statement Official Development Plan By-law for 1325 -1333 East Georgia Street

Full meeting agenda: https://council.vancouver.ca/20220412/phea20220412ag.htm

Comments can be sent to City Council with the ‘Send Comments to Council’ button on the agenda page and there’s also an option to ‘Request to speak’ if you’d like to address Mayor and Council either in person or by telephone.

The policy report estimates that one Temporary Modular Housing building on the property could yield an approximate total of 30 self-contained studio units. Lu’ma, a non-profit housing society, would be the owner and operator of the temporary supportive social housing. Lu’ma has a portfolio of approximately 500 units.

There’s a house constructed in 1908 at the north end of the lot that would be preserved and used to provide tenant services and a kitchen. There’s no design or approximate site layout in this application. This would be part of a later development permit process if City Council were to approve the rezoning.

The site is currently zoned as Industrial Land and it is protected under Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy. This rezoning application seeks to change the land designation to General Urban to allow for residential uses such as Temporary Modular Housing. A similar process was undertaken at 1580 Vernon Drive, the current site of two Temporary Modular Housing buildings that provide a combined total of 98 units of housing on a site with an area of 60,810 sq. ft. The property at 1325-1333 East Georgia is considerably smaller at 12,486 sq. ft. A Community Advisory Committee for this housing site is not planned. Community Advisory Committees are fairly common and one was formed for 1580 Vernon Drive.

There’s another temporary modular housing nearby at 1131 Franklin Street with 39 units of housing.

1325-1333 East Georgia Street site

The City of Vancouver website has a compiled list of Temporary Modular Housing Buildings. All of the Temporary Modular Housing has been built east of Oak Street. Current City regulations allow the approval of Temporary Modular Housing through the development permit process; however, in this case the extra rezoning stage is needed as 1325-1333 East Georgia Street is Industrial Land. The site is expected to be used for Temporary Modular Housing for a period of 10 years.

1325-1333 East Georgia Street site

Port Update: Public comment period Oct 15 to Nov 14 regarding Centerm Expansion Project permit extension to April 30, 2023

There’s a 30-day public input comment period regarding the sought extension of the permit for the Centerm Expansion by a year. Further information about the permit amendment review can be found in the text of the letter reproduced below (emphasis added):

The Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project received a project permit from the port authority in April 2018, and the current permit will expire on April 30, 2022. The port authority is seeking an amendment to extend the project permit up to April 30, 2023.

While the construction of all components are progressing well in the midst of a global Covid-19 pandemic, the project completion date is now expected to be in April 2023. This permit amendment will allow the project flexibility to complete some construction activities before the project can be deemed complete.

The Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project is the largest infrastructure project that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has ever undertaken. The project includes an expansion of Centerm Container Terminal, and updates to port roads along the south shore, which connect to and service the terminal.

As part of the port authority’s permit amendment review process, a notice has been posted on the Impact Assessment Agency website and a 30-day public comment period is being held from October 15, 2021 to November 14, 2021. The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the permit amendment request by visiting this website.

We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete this important project as safely and efficiently as possible.

If you have questions about this project, please feel free to contact the project team at centerm.expansion@portvancouver.com or by phone at 604.665.9563. For more information about these projects, visit www.portvancouver.com/centerm-expansion.  

A Conversation with the Port of Vancouver (Monday, October 4th at 7:00PM)

Waterfront in Grandview-Woodland (via Port Authority access)

Join the Grandview Woodland Area Council for
A Conversation with the Port of Vancouver
This Monday, October 4th at 7:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82835290626?pwd=cFp4Ti9hdFl4YmpaYXBKUTRWeVRBUT09
Meeting ID: 828 3529 0626, Passcode: 777437
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kWEqo8fdc     Have you always had questions for the Port? What goes on down there? Why can’t we go down there? Who is down there?  Well this is your chance to find out answers to those and other questions such as:
•     when will the community have waterfront access,
•     hazardous materials transiting,
•     air quality management,
•    marine  environmental initiatives & protections
•     port expansion & development (containers vs other) *CEP & SSAP
•     effect of ongoing expansion to Crab Park & New Brighton Park *tidal impacts
•     what are the environmental controls, both marine & land
•     who is monitoring results of such controls & results to date of monitoring
•     consequences for failing to meet goals, if that is the case

Come discuss all these topics and more with our guests from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

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.

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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.