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.

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
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Meeting ID: 886 7746 9965
Passcode: 442205

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West Coast Reduction – Plans to Increase Emmissions

You know that foul cloying odor of cooked rotten flesh, sulfurous rotten eggs, and burned hair and bones that drifts over and sometimes hangs in the neighborhood in nice weather in the summer? Well, it’s set to get worse.
Sign the petition here—>https://bit.ly/2LwsHX7
In 2010, after years of campaigning by the neighborhood to get West Coast Reduction (WCR) to control the odours coming from the plant at the foot of Commercial Drive the B.C. Environmental Appeal Board rejected calls for stricter odor limits coming from the plant.
The plant processes animal waste including fish, bones, fat, blood, and feathers, with the odor drifting across our neighbourhood sometimes as far as Penticton or Slocan Streets.
In recent years the situation finally improved somewhat when the odours have only occurred during the nicest weather carried into the neighbourhood by the westerly winds common during fair weather. Now with the permit extension application, the company intends to increase its emissions output.
In the application West Coast Reduction states that it plans to increase emissions of Ammonia from 1.692 tonnes per year to 2.16 tonnes, Nitrogen oxides (NOx) from 52.782 tonnes to 67.534, Sulphur Oxides (SOx) from 1.082 to 1.384, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) from 2.901 tonnes to 3.712, Total Particulate Matter from 42.555 tonnes to 49.899 tonnes and Methane from 102.234 tonnes to 126.257 tones.
In addition, they wish the permit period to extend for 15 years from 2021 to 2036
If you wish to provide comments on this application, you may do so by either:
Email to WestcoastReductionComments@metrovancouver.org;
webform by visiting www.metrovancouver.org and searching for “Air quality Notification” then clicking on Westcoast Reduction Ltd.; or by regular mail to
Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Division
Metro Vancouver
4730 Kingsway,
Burnaby, B.C.,
V5H 0C6

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.