City of Vancouver to hold "learning sessions" for West End's 30-year plan
Vancouver city staff will soon hold the first of five “learning sessions” for West End residents to help them understand the 30-year plan for their community.
The meeting on Friday (October 25) at the West End Community Centre is one of the final steps before council considers the future growth of what is already one of the most tightly packed neighbourhoods in the city.
Although council voted in September to extend planning timelines for three other neighbourhoods—Downtown Eastside, Marpole, and Grandview-Woodland—it didn’t give the West End any extension.
“The city is very conciliatory with all of the other neighbourhoods but not the West End,” resident Randy Helten told the Straight in a phone interview Tuesday (October 22).
As of midmorning that day, the plan was nowhere to be found on the city’s website, reinforcing Helten’s feeling that his neighbourhood isn’t getting a fair shake.
“The West End deserves fair treatment,” Helten said. “And for a 30-year plan, there’s a tremendous amount of detail for a community of 45,000 people. If the city is working in good faith, you’d think they would give more details early, give adequate time for groups to meet on their regular meeting cycles and review the content with the support of professionals who can help us interpret it, and then know with a confidence that comments from the public will be incorporated into the actual plan.”
City hall is eyeing more high-rises in the community. Based on its initial projections, one may go as high as 70 floors—topping even Donald Trump’s planned 63-storey hotel-and-residences project and the 61-storey Shangri-La hotel, both of which are on West Georgia Street.