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.

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.

Annual General Meeting

Join the Grandview Woodland Area Council
Annual General Meeting
Monday, March 1st at 7:00PM
VIA ZOOM:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88677469965?pwd=UUNudXNGYnFiditOZkg0SFROZEl3dz09You’re all invited to join us for the GWAC Annual General Meeting – come, bring your friends and please encourage anyone you think would be a good fit, to run for the Council. We welcome new Directors and the role need not be daunting – make it yours.
Come be a voice for your community
During our AGM, author, historian and activist Jak King has kindly offered to regale us with his compelling perspective on the process of neighbourhood area planning as he experienced it during the recent formulation of the Grandview Woodland Community Plan.

He’ll take us through the bumps and bruises of a planning process driven by a City rich on developer contributions. He’ll give us his analysis, warts and all, and undoubtedly he’ll offer a vision of a better way.

GWAC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: GWAC AGM
Time: Mar 1, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88677469965?pwd=UUNudXNGYnFiditOZkg0SFROZEl3dz09

Meeting ID: 886 7746 9965
Passcode: 442205

Dial by your location
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcGGyzFRhv

Public Hearing 1766 Frances Street

February 11th, 2021 at 6pm
Vancouver City Council will be considering a proposal for a 9-story building at 1766 Frances. It’s your last chance to speak up and to make your voice heard. City Council will hear residents by phone only.
Sign up speak: speaker.request@vancouver.ca or call 604-829-4238
Send in your letters: via the City’s web comment form
For more information on the Public Hearing, please go to the City’s website at vancouver.ca/meetingschedule
select: Get Agenda and Minutes, February 11th Public Hearing and to send comments choose: Send Comments to Council
Application details: https://shapeyourcity.ca/1766-frances-st
Note: the City is only looking at new correspondence on this rezoning.
If you’ve already written Council on this matter in the past, please consider writing again.

Affordable Housing Yes! Mega Towers No!

An avenue to voice your opinion, and gather more information on the proposed towers at the Safeway site at Commercial and Broadway.

Fight the Fortress!

  • These impersonal skyscrapers will spoil our neighbourhood, the tallest towering  over 340 feet high, equal to 39 storeys.  
  • The developer says they will be 30, 29 and 25 storeys tall – on TOP of the retail “plinth”. When the retail “plinth” – section – is taken into account, the building heights will be equal to 39, 34 and 30 storeys above ground level.
  • The Grandview Woodland Community Plan, which was passed in 2016 after painstaking consultation with the Grandview community, agreed to new housing in buildings ranging from 12 to 24 storeys at that Safeway site.
  • The Grandview Woodland plan calls for a generous, centrally-located public plaza.
  •  There is no real plaza – only a wide passage beside the noisy skytrain, all in shadow.  Bleak.

VERY LITTLE SOCIAL BENEFIT  20 non-market housing units is completely inadequate:
–for the massive size of the site
                  –for the height bonuses being requested
                  –for the city’s housing affordability crisis

There is a better design!

This previous design concept is more in keeping with what the community and City felt appropriate for this site.

Get Involved!

  • Tell the City what you think in this short survey
  • •Talk to friends and neighbours 
  • •Write letters of concern to Mayor and Council

The website includes a pre written letter to send to the Mayor and councillors, as well as a link to send to the organizers for more information.

GWAC Zoom meeting, Dec 7th, 7:00 — The Proposed Development at the Safeway Site, Broadway & Commercial Drive

This is the biggest development proposal to hit East Vancouver in decades. The site has languished for a long time, but now the developer, Westbank Corp., is putting forward a massive three-tower proposal, with heights up to 30 storeys above a six-storey retail and office plinth and almost 700 residential units — market rentals and condos. The City of Vancouver has designated this piece of property as a “transit-oriented development” site with two and possibly three transit lines converging there.

The Westbank proposal is very dense — definitely NOT the more moderate, lower, mixed-height concept envisioned in the City’s approved Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.  

And the massive scale of the proposal threatens forever the very nature of the much-loved and low-rise Commercial Drive area.

Join Grandview-Woodland Area Council (GWAC) at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 7th, via Zoom, to learn more about the proposal and have your say on whether or not this is the way the city should proceed. 

If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail to info [at] gwac.ca and we’ll send you the Zoom link.