Better protection for renters, new community facilities, more parks and revitalized shopping areas: the Mayor and City Council voted today to approve a new Community Plan for Vancouver’s West End.
The new West End Community Plan, developed over a consultation period of more than 20 months that included 107 engagement events, outlines how growth in the West End will be managed over the next 30 years. Key elements of the plan include:
- Protection of existing rental housing, in a neighbourhood where over 80% of households rent;
- Investing roughly $600 million in new and upgraded community amenities over the next 30 years, including more parks, affordable housing, child care, and a new community centre and library;
- A focus on revitalizing commercial areas on Robson, Denman and in Davie Village by including more patios and public spaces, wider sidewalks, and strengthening Davie Village as a hub for the LGBTQ community
“The West End is one of Vancouver’s most unique and celebrated neighbourhoods,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This plan first and foremost protects what makes the West End great, and lays out a vision for building on its strengths. Affordable housing, vibrant shopping areas, walkable neighbourhoods that work for people young and old – the new West End plan focuses on the priorities we heard from local residents, and will guide change in a responsible way in the coming years.”
The new West End Community Plan makes protecting the distinct character of the neighbourhood a priority. Existing rental housing, in areas like Nelson slopes, south of Davie and west of Denman, maintain their zoning. The 124 character homes in the West End are also protected by allowing for new development to be built in laneways.
The Public Benefits Strategy invests roughly $600 million over thirty years in new and upgraded community amenities.
“Many of the facilities in the West End are either out-of-date or at capacity,” added the Mayor. “Whether it’s upgrades to the community centre and library, the aquatic centre or ice rink, we heard clearly from the public that their favourite recreation facilities are in need of renewal. The new Community Plan reflects what we heard and will make that happen.”
The Mayor also supported final amendments by Council at the vote that strengthened the Plan’s focus on affordable housing for seniors, as well as ensuring transportation improvements work for all ages and abilities.
To read the plan, visit http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20131120/documents/AppendixA.pdf
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