July 18 Email
In the interests of transparency and widest possible communication within the Norquay community, Eye on Norquay here reposts the following City of Vancouver email, sent out earlier today to unspecified recipients — especially because an undated variant of some of this information has recently been added to the web address provided in the letter:
You may wish to consider further the content and timing of this email in the context of statements made before City Council at public hearing on July 12 — reported on July 14 by Eye on Norquay in July 12 Public Hearing.
This email to Norquay is also being archived through a link made in the Documents section of Eye on Norquay.
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From: Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Program email@example.com To: Date: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 5:17 PM Subject: Update re: Implemention of the Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Plan Mailed-by: vancouver.ca 5:17 PM (4 hours ago) Dear Norquay Residents/Business Owners, Since our April 30 information session, staff have been working to draft the detailed regulations and guidelines for the rowhouse, stacked townhouse and small house/duplex zones outlined in the Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Plan. In developing any new zoning, there is generally a long list of technical issues that need to be resolved after the basic zoning parameters have been set. In Norquay this has been particularly challenging as the Norquay Plan supports unique directions – ensuring that existing single-family property development rights are embedded in the new zoning, that infill housing, and secondary or lock-off suites are allowed in each of the zones, and that existing housing can be retained through conversion to duplexes if it is upgraded to meet appropriate building code standards. All these requirements add complexity to the regulations and have resulted in the need for more technical analysis in order to finalize the content of these zones and ensure that they will produce high quality designs and livable units. We are now anticipating completing the draft zoning regulations and design guidelines later this year and will provide an opportunity for the public to view the draft schedules and guidelines before they go to Council. We will also begin developing the apartment zoning – the fourth of four new zones in the Plan – this fall. On the public benefits work, we have completed much of the background information on the current facilities and needs in the neighbourhood and are now costing out the priority directions in the Plan and reviewing funding, development charge rates and anticipated timing of development. The public will have an opportunity to engage in this work once we have all the background information together and possible options drafted. As part of this work, we're also anticipating doing a public realm plan that will help flush out directions in the Plan, including providing guidance on the design and function for the public plazas associated with the larger development sites on Kingsway. We will advise you of opportunities to participate in this work later this year. You may have already visited the new Norquay Park – the first public amenity improvement project in Norquay. The grand opening for the Park is scheduled for this Wednesday, July 20 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Please continue to check-out the Norquay Village website at http://vancouver.ca/ commsvcs/planning/neighcentres/norquay/index.htm for further information. In the meantime, if you have questions or comments please call Titania Lam at 604.871.6302, or if you have questions or comments in Chinese, please call Angela Ko at 604.871.6598. Warm regards, Titania Lam Community Planning City of Vancouver 604-871-6302
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