March 11, 2014
Mayor Robertson and Councillors
City of Vancouver
453 West 12 Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 1V4
Dear Mayor Robertson and Councillors,
Re: Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan – March 12, 2014
Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver (NSV) is opposed to this proposal for the Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan.
The plan covers very diverse neighbourhoods with many varying community interests. However, this plan is not supported by the affected communities. The process appears to have been orchestrated by the City to put these communities in greater opposition to each other to better serve development interests. A neighbourhood-based process is needed to better address local concerns and needs.
Some examples of the many concerns are as follows:
- Much of the community is made up of vulnerable low income people who will be further threatened, displaced and impacted by the increased development proposed.
- Redevelopment will not help the vulnerable populations that need senior government supports which are not addressed.
- These areas were previously heritage protected both by the province and the city. This is no longer the case. The proposed plan encourages redevelopment without adequate heritage protections that will further inflate land values and increase heritage density transfers that can now be landed in the neighbourhood instead of transferring to outside of the area to reduce development pressures.
- The tower form of development contemplated for this area is not consistent with the heritage character and will make housing more expensive without adequately addressing real affordability.
This plan should not be approved as proposed and should be reconsidered under a better process that is community supported.
On behalf of the Steering Committee
Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver
Website: nsvancouver.ca ; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Policy Report: http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20140312/documents/cfsc5.PDF
Memo to Council: http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20140312/documents/cfsc5memo.PDF
Download our letter in PDF: NSV-DTES Plan, 12-Mar-2014