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After two years of community consultation with input from over 7,800 participants at 115 public events and meetings, City Council voted last night to approve a balanced and inclusive new 30-year community plan for Vancouver’s Marpole neighbourhood, which includes more affordable housing and the development of a 10 acre waterfront park.

“Marpole is an important gateway to Vancouver and one of our city’s oldest neighbourhoods, and it’s home to an especially high number of seniors, young families, and renters,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We took the time to listen to the community and get it right, and the new Marpole Plan reflects that input by focusing new density on major arterials and protecting neighbourhood character. It’s a balanced and inclusive plan that focuses on building new affordable housing, creating jobs, improving transportation, and creating significant new green space throughout Marpole and along the Fraser River, and I am very proud to support it.”

The plan will support the construction of 1,085 units of new social housing, 835 new units of rental housing, and over 6,800 new home ownership units over the next 30 years. It also supports significant community amenity upgrades, crucial new park space – including a 10-acre park along the Fraser – and the creation of over 9,500 new jobs and 478 new childcare spaces.

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Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council voted today to approve a new, forward-looking Oakridge Centre project that will support over 5,000 jobs, provide $228 million in new community amenities, and deliver important new family and social housing on Vancouver’s Cambie Corridor.

“The new Oakridge Centre will support thousands of new jobs, build urgently-needed new affordable housing, and offer remarkable community benefits, including new childcare spaces, a new community centre and library, a new seniors’ centre, and significant new park space,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy identified Oakridge as a regional town centre, and this project helps ensure that Vancouver’s growth is managed in a way that is responsible, transit-oriented, and delivers unprecedented new services to our residents.

“Close to 1.5 million more people are moving to Metro Vancouver by 2040. By focusing new development at a major hub like Oakridge, we can manage future growth while protecting the character of our single-family neighbourhoods. This is a forward-looking project that addresses some of Vancouver’s most urgent needs: more job space, more affordable housing, more child care spaces and better support for seniors.”

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Following a meeting of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus in Ottawa today, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says that mayors from across Canada are united in their focus on affordable housing and transit, and the need for support from the federal government.

“The Mayors from Canada’s biggest cities are clear: affordable housing and transit are serious challenges in their communities, and we need the federal government at the table. This year’s budget was a disappointment, and simply did not address the serious issues of traffic congestion and lack of affordable housing in our cities,” said Mayor Robertson.

“Cities are the economic drivers of Canada, yet our transit systems are overstretched and our affordable housing is in need of renewal. The longer these issues are ignored, the bigger the risk to Canada’s economy.”

Mayor Robertson is the Chair of the BCMC, and today’s meeting included mayors from across Canada, including Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.

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Five years after the launch of the Greenest City Action Team, new programs and policies are delivering benefits in neighbourhoods across the city, says Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“Vancouver residents have really stepped up and helped the city become healthier, stronger, and greener,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “No matter what street you walk down in Vancouver, you see the results of our Greenest City Action Plan. We have weekly food scraps collection in place. We’ve supported the big growth of car sharing with Modo and car2go. New buildings are built to the greenest building code in North America, saving residents money on energy and water costs.

“These are important changes that make our city a better place to live, creating sustainable jobs in Vancouver’s growing economy while protecting our environment. Vancouver can lead the world and set the green standard for cities around the globe. We should aim to be the best.”

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The City of Vancouver filed for intervenor status with the National Energy Board today on the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, to express the City’s significant concerns about the impact of a seven-fold increase in oil tanker traffic and damage from a potential oil spill.

“The proposal to massively expand the amount of oil shipped through Burrard Inlet from Kinder Morgan represents all risk and no benefit for Vancouver,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

To view the council presentation from Vancouver city staff on the risks of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, see http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20131204/documents/ptec2presentation.pdf

Today the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation announced the community grant recipients of the second cycle of the Greenest City Fund, which will help support projects related to the City’s greenest city goals. The fund has distributed nearly $1 million of the earmarked $2 million in funding toward environmental sustainability projects throughout Vancouver.

“The Greenest City Fund is building community capacity that supports our greenest city goals, and the public’s response to this popular program has been tremendous,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “It is inspiring to see so many residents, especially young people, taking action to help make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020.”

The Greenest City Fund was created April 2012, with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Foundation contributing $1 million each to start the fund. Since launching, the fund has made grants totaling $933,000 in support for 286 projects that reinforce the City’s Greenest City Action Plan.

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