Laneway Houses – July 8th meeting

LANEWAY HOUSING:Everything you Wanted to Know, But Didn’t Know Who to Ask!

GWAC has assembled a panel of experts to speak to their first hand knowledge of everything you may want to know & definitely need to know before committing to infill housing.  

Date: Monday, July 8th at 7pm at the Learning Resource Centre under the Britannia Library. ​Richard Bell LLC, a lawyer,  will speak to the legal aspects; Jake Fry, of Smallworks,  who co-founded Small Housing BC, will speak to the challenges & opportunities of laneway housing,  as well as the ins & outs of development from the contractor’s perspective; Matt Henry,  realtor, will describe how one can market a laneway house; as well  Dan & Felicia Cooper,  who are in process of tangling with the City for approvals for a laneway house in Hastings Sunrise, will describe their experience seeking those permits and more.

GWAC has also invited some occupants of local laneway houses to share their experience of living in infill housing.

So please, come, and bring your questions!

GWAC meeting April 1st

The next GWAC meeting is on Monday, April 1st, 7 pm at the Britannia Ice Rink Room.
Come out to meet the new GWAC Board and Executive. We expect some follow-up discussion of the AGM’s temporary modular housing presentation and to discuss future public meeting topics and local issues.

Monday May 7th meeting: 4-storey area-wide rezoning (City’s proposed upzoning of several arterials and adjacent side streets)

Find out more about the City of Vancouver’s proposed upzoning of a number of arterial streets and adjacent side streets in the Grandview planning area.

Date: Monday, May 7th, 7pm – 9pm
Location: Learning Resource Centre, (LRC),
Under the Britannia Library, 1661 Napier Street

The proposed zoning changes to create new 4-storey zones may go to Public Hearing at Vancouver City Council later in the spring or during the summer.

A presentation and analysis of the City’s proposed new 4-storey zones will be followed by open discussion, questions and answers. Additional guests will include Elizabeth Murphy and a former City of Vancouver planner. Joseph and Jeanette Jones will speak about the experience in the Norquay area in East Vancouver (around Kingsway and Nanaimo) following the City’s upzoning and creation of new zones in 2013 and 2016 in that neighbourhood (further documented on the Eye on Norquay blog).

The City of Vancouver’s materials from the March 14th and 17th Open Houses can be found online at vancouver.ca/gw. The area-wide zoning changes would allow for townhouses/rowhouses, 4-storey apartments and 4-storey mixed residential/commercial on parcels of land that are currently zoned for duplex and multiple family dwellings. Certain zones would encourage lot assembly by allowing for additional increases in density. The information panels from the City’s last Open House and the proposed changes are listed in the following links:

Proposed Area-Wide Rezoning in Grandview Woodland, meeting September 5th (Tuesday) with special guest speaker Elizabeth Murphy

The City of Vancouver is proposing changes to the zoning that covers a large portion of Grandview-Woodland. Find out more about the proposed heritage (RT-5) area wide rezoning at GWAC’s monthly meeting.

TIme: Tuesday, September 5th, at 7pm
Location: Britannia Community Centre (Learning Resource Centre / below library)
Guest speaker: Elizabeth Murphy

Details about the proposed changes to the zoning can be found in the City of Vancouver’s staff report: http://council.vancouver.ca/20170725/documents/p3.pdf

The following diagram shows the areas that would be impacted:

April 18, 2016 – Letter: Policy Report to Council for 3365 Commercial Drive is Premature

Mayor & Council of the City of Vancouver, City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue,
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 1V4 April 18, 2016

Dear Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councilors,

Re: Policy Report to Council for 3365 Commercial Drive is Premature

The Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC) agrees with Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours (CCAN), a fellow member group of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods, regarding this proposal.

We ask that you do not refer Policy Report #4 (CD-1 Rezoning – 3365 Commercial Drive and 1695- 1775 East 18th Avenue) to Public Hearing at the Council meeting scheduled for April 19, 2016.

This rezoning application includes a significant heritage component. At its meeting on May 4, 2015 the Vancouver Heritage Commission stated:

THAT the Vancouver Heritage Commission does not support the application to relocate and rehabilitate 3365 Commercial Drive due to the relocation of the house, its new siting and its condition;

FURTHER THAT the Commission is willing to consider a revised application that would address the position of the heritage house on the site with a reduced, more compatible infill project adjacent.

A revised application was submitted to the City of Vancouver by the developer in December 2015, but staff failed to send that application to the Heritage Commission for reevaluation. While the “infill project adjacent” has been slightly reduced in the revised application, we do not believe that this single change adequately addresses the concerns expressed in the initial evaluation of May 4, 2015. The relocation and the condition of the house have not been addressed at all; the siting has been addressed only minimally.

This application should not proceed to Council until the Vancouver Heritage Commission has reviewed the revisions. The evaluation of the Commission is essential information that needs to be provided to Council before a legitimate decision can be made to refer the application to Public Hearing.

Sincerely,

Dorothy Barkley, Chair

Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC)