Archive for May 2012
Notice has just been distributed for a second open house “on the redevelopment design of the Avalon Dairy property at East 43rd Avenue and Wales Street” sponsored by Hywel Jones Architects. The open house will be held on Monday 4 June 2012 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Killarney Community Centre. The notice as distributed in pdf includes a map showing the location of the “subject site.”
The following City of Vancouver email was recently received by unspecified Norquay residents and/or property owners.
Compare this April 30 communication with the previous one of February 24 and ask yourself how much confidence can be placed in planning that cannot even see five weeks ahead — “two neighbourhood open houses planned for April.” This jerk-around adds one more failure to the frustrations piled onto Norquay residents, some of whom held open the entire month of April 2012 in trying to ensure the possibility of their own participation.
“Postponed … will advise you of the rescheduled date!” Place your bet as to whether even a minimum two weeks of notice will be given for this formality of “consultation.” These are the planners who (1) so urgently forced a premature Norquay “plan” to public hearing before Vancouver City Council in November 2010 (2) flipflopped in spring 2011 to disallow Norquay residents any participation in planning for their own public realm or public benefits strategy.
From: Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Program — email@example.com
Date: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 4:34 PM
Subject: Norquay Implementation Program Update
Hello Norquay Resident/Property Owner,
You are receiving this email because you have signed up at a previous Norquay event to be updated on work to implement the Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Plan. We wish to advise you that the Open House on the New Zones and Public Benefits Strategy has been postponed. Staff will advise you of the rescheduled date in the future and it will be advertised broadly via an invitation card to all residences in the neighbourhood.
Work on Kingsway has begun as you likely have noticed. Over the summer you will see the a centre landscaped median, improved pedestrian crossings, landscaped curb bulges taking shape. By the fall, new lighting, street furniture and landscaping should be almost complete. The improvements will begin to create an identity for Norquay as the future heart of the neigbourhood on Kingsway. Future major developments will add more crossings, wider sidewalks, plazas and other pedestrian amenities to further enhance comfort and convenience for pedestrians and add to the street character.
In the meantime if you have questions, please contact …
Jennifer White at 604-871-6474 or firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Vancouver