The Draft Vancouver has been released here:
Viewpoint will have more too – but we wanted to get this post up so readers can provide their first impressions too. Comment below.
I have three quick perceptions (that I am quite prepared to revise), with a more deserving analysis as the details and implications become apparent.
The first impression confirmed an expectation. After hundreds of days in process, thousands of people consulted and millions of dollars spent, much of the plan is what was to be expected and could have been accepted in a motion to Council years ago: “Equitable Neighbourhoods. An Economy that Works for All. Climate Protection. Anyone against? Passed unanimously.”
It is painfully woke, to the point of parody.
Other than four white guys in Kerrisdale (it could have been five, but one has tinnitus), who doesn’t qualify as equity-denied? (“I’m a woman, I qualify. I’m a senior, I qualify. I’m Asian, I qualify. I have income below the average, I qualify …”). That list must include minimally three-quarters of all Vancouverites, who will all presumably deserve special consideration and precedence.
But there are two unexpected elements to the plan that I didn’t expect: the Metroplex and 41st-49th Highrise Corridor.
Here is the detail on Metroplexes:
The even more contentious issue will be what is coloured as a Transit Area running between King Ed and 49th Avenues on the West Side, and between 41st and somewhere in the 50s on the East Side. That area, according to The Sun‘s map, will allow for 25-storey highrises. The Sun had to combine the information on several maps to explicitly reveal something that I suspect City staff and council will not appreciate – unless of course The Sun got it wrong.
I’m expecting some imminent clarification – or campaign literature that writes itself.
CITY COUNCIL IS GOING TO REZONE THIS BLOCK FOR MASSIVE HIGHRISES!!!
AND THIS ONE TOO!!!
In the meantime, add your insights and observations below.