Updated on April 6, 2017
If so, you may want to offer your time to serve on the upcoming independent review of “mobility pricing” options that could be used to fund future transportation investments — roads, buses and rapid transit.
The call for interested candidates has just gone out and will continue until the positions on this large commission are filled.
It will be a fascinating experience, working on one of the biggest challenges our region faces. You don’t have to be an engineer or an accountant – people from all walks of life are needed and urged to apply.
Here’s the link again: https://www.boyden.ca/canada/opportunities/member-of-the-commission-1684730/
Updated on March 29, 2017
Every new development, regardless of size or type, will have to contribute to housing affordability, says chief city planner Gil Kelley, a measure of how significant the city’s emerging new policies are.
Under Housing Vancouver “emerging directions” approved by council today, the city will shift its housing targets to deliver units directly to meet the needs of all city residents by income group.
Until now, the city could deliver a few units — depending on provincial support — to social housing, but far fewer than required. Incentives to generate market rental are producing more than 1,000 units a year for households earning over $50,000 a year. (See the staff presentation here.)
But the “missing middle” earning below that number, or even more, are not getting relief despite the large number of new units being built each year.
Business as usual would produce a dramatic oversupply of 10,000 market condominiums, but leave unmet demand equally large for affordable rental. We have plenty of supply — but not the right supply.
The “housing reset,” as it has become known, is intended to change that.
When final policy options come to council in July, Kelley and the rest of the city team will be proposing important new initiatives to require affordability across the housing spectrum.
In this crisis, no one can sit on the sidelines. The new approach is designed to make sure that practice ends.
Updated on February 5, 2017
Removal and replacement of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts with an at-grade road system will result in a much larger future park on the north side of False Creek than is possible if the Viaducts remain. The Vancouver Park Board is working now with a major design team to see what such a park would look like.
It’s all part of the final stage of the development of the Concord Pacific lands on False Creek with a decision on the removal of the Viaducts expected by the end of the year.
One of the benefits: a much larger park than possible if the Viaducts remain, with about 50 percent more of the park on the water.
Consultations on the plan for the new park are now under way as this video spells out — make your views known.