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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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The 2014 budget released today proposes low taxes, controls spending and invests in key programs, all with city services being enhanced and more Vancouver residents enjoying key community programs than ever before.

“This budget delivers low taxes and even better services for Vancouver, once again reflecting our consistent commitment to strong business discipline at City Hall,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “In a difficult time for many local governments, we’re keeping taxes among the lowest and taking care of the services people rely on.”

With the proposed property tax increase limited to 1.9%, the City of Vancouver will have the 2nd-lowest residential tax rate and 4th-lowest business tax rate in the Metro Vancouver region.

Vancouver’s total debt outstanding has declined by $191 million since 2009, with the Vancouver Services Review initiated in the same year having now saved taxpayers a total of $53.1 million.

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Mayor’s email, June 25 2013:

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Today City Council heard a comprehensive staff report on the future of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts and what opportunities could arise for Vancouver’s future with their potential removal.

This latest report is a turning point: it clearly outlines the major benefits that could be realized in terms of adding extra green space, more affordable housing, and remarkable potential benefits for Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and Strathcona neighbourhoods.

It also addresses many of my concerns about ensuring strong business access to the downtown, clearly demonstrating how bringing Georgia Street down to Pacific Boulevard will create an easy 2-way street in and out of downtown Vancouver.

It’s clear that removing the viaducts represents a major opportunity to positively shape Vancouver’s future, but we want to get it right – and that’s why we still need to hear more from citizens, nearby neighbourhoods, and stakeholders.

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Vancouver City Council passed the 2012 City Operating Budget tonight at a Special Council Meeting, investing in affordable housing, parks and recreation services, and libraries, as part of a forward-looking fiscal plan for the coming year.

“Even in the midst of a challenging economic climate and a $52 million budget gap, we’ve delivered a budget that is balanced, progressive, and pragmatic,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This budget fully protects and supports programs that impact Vancouver’s most vulnerable, including priority investments for homelessness and affordable housing, child care and seniors. We’re protecting all funding and support for arts and culture programming, continuing our support for Vancouver’s Greenest City goals, and increasing support for Vancouver’s public libraries and parks and recreation services.”

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After six years of planning and consultations, City Council approved the new Hastings Park/ PNE Master Plan, which will add 50 additional acres of new park space in addition to preserving the popular 17-day PNE fair.

“This new Hastings Park/ PNE Master Plan is long-overdue and will provide much more green space and outdoor activity, both for local neighbours and the city as a whole,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With the plan in place, we can now move ahead with immediate upgrades and public benefits for the community. Hastings Park is one of the most beloved parks in Vancouver and by almost tripling the green space, we’re enhancing it for future generations.”

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