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)

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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.

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.

Towards a More Equitable Housing System: Is Vancouver a City for Renters?

With the majority of the city’s residents living in rental housing, what does this mean for the next generation of Vancouverites? Or for seniors and families, for low-income, racialized and marginalized households, and for the many others who do not see a secure housing future in Vancouver?
How must the City of Vancouver think differently about housing and the housing market to better meet the needs of its residents, ensuring priority for those with the greatest need? And how can a new city-wide plan ensure the urgent and transformative change necessary to establish an equitable housing system?
Join us to discuss these questions at our free webinar on January 21, the second event in “The Future We Want: The Change We Need” series, hosted by the City of Vancouver in partnership with SFU Public Square, the SFU City Program, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and SFU Urban Studies.
Towards a More Equitable Housing System:
Is Vancouver a City for Renters?

Thursday, January 21
3 p.m.–5 p.m. PST
Speakers: Khelsilem (Squamish Nation Councillor), William Azaroff, Leilani Farha, Evan Siddall, Barbara Steenbergen, Andy Yan
Moderators: Kerry Gold, Meg Holden

​Register Here: https://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/upcoming-events/the-future-we-want/towards-a-more-equitable-housing-system.html

Centerm Community Fund application intake now open

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to inform you that we are now accepting applications for the third and last application intake period for the Centerm Community Fund. The Centerm Community Fund is a $500,000 fund for projects and programs run by organizations in the Downtown Eastside, Strathcona, Hastings-Sunrise, and Grandview-Woodland. Applications can be submitted until April 2, 2021.

Construction of the Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project has been underway since the summer of 2019. As part of this project, and our commitment to supporting local communities, the port authority, in collaboration with Centerm container terminal operator DP World, is donating $2 million to community organizations and initiatives in East Vancouver. 
For more information see the news release issued in July 2019.

Part of this donation included the creation of the $500,000 Centerm Community Fund to provide support for projects proposed by organizations in the Downtown Eastside, Strathcona, Hastings-Sunrise, and Grandview-Woodlands. This fund is one way we’re saying “thank you” to the community for your patience while significant construction is completed on the Centerm terminal and along the south shore of the Burrard Inlet.

During two previous rounds of funding, the port authority provided grants to 29 local organizations. The selection committee chose a variety of programs that support many people in our port city, including some of the most vulnerable—children, elders, low-income families, Indigenous peoples, unemployed, and newcomers to Canada—and contribute to enabling thriving communities over the long term. For a list of recipients, see our website.

Starting on January 5, 2021 until April 2, 2021, the port authority is accepting applications for the third and last round of funding. Applications must be received during the intake period to be considered. 

Organizations that submitted in previous intakes are welcome to re-apply.

https://www.portvancouver.com/centerm-fund?doing_wp_cron=1610664585.1876029968261718750000

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.

A “State of the Drive” Update: How are our local merchants faring? And a discussion of Commercial Drive safety and security.

Join us:

Monday, November 2nd at 7PM
online via zoom

Nick Pogor, Executive Director of the Commercial Drive Business Society will give us an update regarding the state of our local merchants and share some concerns about safety and security in Grandview.

Jak King will give an overview of recent changes on the Drive.

Eileen Mosca will bring us a view from the Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre.

Join us online for our monthly GWAC meeting and join the discussion.

Please email for the Zoom link: info [at] gwac.ca