Eye on Norquay

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Now that the dust has mostly settled on last week’s back-to-back public hearing items for Norquay, it’s time to highlight the lack of support for what the City of Vancouver has done to a half a square mile of East Vancouver.

Focus in this posting is on Item 1 of the 9 April 2013 public hearing agenda, because the two zoning schedules for RM-7 and RT-11 are the broad-scale realization of an action taken about two and a half
years ago.

Back on 4 November 2010, when Norquay effectively got mass rezoned through adoption of the Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Plan, the minutes of the meeting [1] show these statistics:

        The Committee heard from 23 speakers; eight of whom spoke in general support and 15 who spoke in
        opposition to some or all of the recommendations and expressed concerns.

That was an opposition ratio of 2 to 1.

There is no record here of written submissions. Copies of negative written comments other than our own have been seen. Council knew that we (Joseph Jones and Jeanette Jones) would not be able to make a Council meeting on that date, due to travel planned months ahead of time. No allowance was made for our years of engagement with the planning process. Even without our presence on the scene, opposition was strong.

Afterward, we received two reliable eyewitness reports that City of Vancouver staff openly engaged in telephone solicitation for additional speakers. There was also an impression that staff had coached speakers to support the plan. So the apparent support probably was not as real as the record might suggest.

Now compare the results from the 9 April 2013 public hearing that executes much of the intent of the Norquay Plan. The minutes of that meeting [2] show these results for written correspondence:

        4 emails and letters in support;
        27 emails and letters in opposition; and
        3 emails and letters regarding other matters in relation to the application

and for speakers:

        4 in support and 17 opposed

Those are opposition ratios of 7 to 1 for written comment and 4 to 1 for speakers. Council chambers and gallery were also filled with known supporters who chose not to waste their time speaking.

If Norquay residents had believed that anything they had to say would make any difference, those opposition ratios would have been far greater.

As time passes, lack of support for the all take no give tendencies of City of Vancouver policy swells like a festering pocket of pus.

[1] http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20101104/documents/penv20101104min.pdf

[2]  http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20130409/documents/phea20130409min.pdf


Written by eyeonnorquay

16 April 2013 at 12:36 am

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