Capital Plan 2015-2018

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Three years ago, in 2011, Eye on Norquay “participated” in the City of Vancouver Capital Plan process for 2012-2014. Back then, we argued strongly that our 2010 mass-rezoned 300-400 acres of Norquay should be put in line for some corresponding amenity and benefits. Check out the history in this posting from August 2011. The results were, to put it mildly, disappointing. Zilch for payback in 2012-2014.

Since that time, our tag-line for Norquay’s rapid redevelopment without promised corresponding increase in amenity has become all take no give.

     Busy Brock Park — Early March 2014

Norquay has so far been treated as a location for resource extraction and density dumping. All those fine planner words during the lead-up to mass rezoning start to look like pure blather. So far, even outright-promised new garbage cans for Kingsway have failed to appear.

Future prospects look dubious, with impending shift to an even less-accountable four-year cycle. If nothing shows up for Norquay in 2014, it’s hard to believe we’ll ever see recognizable benefits. This round feels like do-or-die for Norquay. Can anyone believe that our 2010 Norquay plan would not be dismissed as “old” by 2018?

Drawing a lesson from 2011, Eye on Norquay has attempted an earlier lead-time. Previous experience made it pretty clear that solicited official Capital Plan consultation — will there even be any in the always inconveniently timed summer of 2014? — amounted to a going-through-the-motions seal on a done deal.

For whatever it proves to be worth, Jeanette Jones has exhumed stated promises, assessed reasonable priorities, consulted with relevant officials, and sent in a 2015-2018 Capital Plan submission.

Topping the list is improvement to Brock Park, which the official 2013 Norquay Public Benefits Strategy said

        is considered to be the first priority for upgrading in the first 10 years of the Strategy.

Already into the fourth year of the 30-year Norquay Plan, little evidence is yet seen of intention to deliver. If Brock Park does not get slated for a significant upgrade in the upcoming capital plan, making the ten-year timeline looks like a squeeze.

In the immediate area of the park, recent and approved large-scale development already exceeds 20% of the population growth projected for all of Norquay over a period of thirty years.

Wonder why City of Vancouver wonders why no neighborhood wants to see increased development?


Written by eyeonnorquay

9 April 2014 at 9:23 pm

Posted in Events, History, News

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