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Joyce Area Residents Association says City Plans
for Joyce Collingwood are Cause for Concern

Vancouver, British Columbia ­ (November 30, 2015)

The newly formed Joyce Area Residents Association (JARA), hosted two Community Information Nights this past week (November 26 & 28, 2015) as an alternative venue to review the Joyce­Collingwood Station Precinct Review. All three options of the review would increase new tower heights in the area from 17 to as much as 35 storeys. This rapid change would displace much of the existing community by increasing rents and forcing low­income families to relocate. Previously, the City was allowing for a mere two weeks of comments from the community before JARA released a petition to request for further consultation. The comment period was then extended to November 29.

The Community Information Nights were multi­lingual, creative, kid­friendly and participatory. Attendees commented on their fears concerning incoming development and their visions for the future of the neighbourhood. Long­time residents, homeowners and business owners highlighted their concerns about displacement and forced relocation, increasing unaffordability and the lack of genuine, community consultation.

Chanel Ly, a 23 year old resident and JARA organizer asks, “What is the plan for the people who are living here? Many business owners were shocked that the plan featured condos built where they are already operating. Development needs to meet the needs of the existing neighbourhood. We need the City to assess the social impacts of incoming development.”

Following the event, JARA compiled a report of the two Community Information Nights entitled, “Community Response to the Joyce­Collingwood Station Precinct Review” and sent it to the Vancouver City Council early Monday morning. The group is awaiting a reply from the City while they are still in communication with residents and local business owners.

Arielle dela Cruz Yip, another JARA organizer says, “We hope the City will work closely with us to determine policies and protections that serve the current residents and retailers. Development should not dictate drastic changes in the community. Those most impacted by development in the community need to have a genuine seat at the table.”

For more information, please contact:
Joyce Area Residents Association
Vancouver, British Columbia
Phone: Chanel Ly / 778­889­3088


Written by eyeonnorquay

30 November 2015 at 4:00 pm

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Renewal of Norquay Park IS NOT a Special “Benefit”
Norquay Resident Exposes Misrepresentation

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Vancouver city planners latch onto an ordinary capital plan expenditure for upgrade of Norquay Park as specious evidence that their Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre planning has already brought “benefit” to Norquay!

The falsity of the “benefit” assertion is documented in detail in Renewal of Norquay Park: a Case Study in Misrepresentation.

These untrue claims must stop. An honest amenities and benefits strategy, with genuine community involvement, must move in tandem with the intentional acceleration of development. Community Vision policy must be respected. Building a livable and sustainable community requires much more than export of quick profits to come-and-go developers.

A reactive July 18 email from planners has just followed trenchant criticisms of Norquay planning made at the July 12 public hearing on the rezoning of 2667-2703 Kingsway. Will the supposed core of planning for Vancouver’s future — implementation of CityPlan through neighbourhood centres — again spawn only empty promises and vague reassurances, while opening up one more swath of East Vancouver to developer land rush?

All that Norquay has experienced from planners recently is:

    •  Being told during many 2009-2010 Norquay Working Group sessions that amenities are hard to come by, and that Norquay should expect nothing beyond a scrounging from minimal ordinary funding sources (not the Capital Plan, not the Property Endowment Fund)
    •  Suffering November 2010 imposition of a widely opposed Plan (augmented at last minute with massive increases to scale and density), a Plan that specified no certain benefits
    •  Enduring February 2011 unilateral termination of the Norquay Working Group that has represented community residents
    •  Seeing an April 2011 open house already disrespect parameters for new housing types set out in the November 2010 plan
    •  Undergoing the second of five anticipated major rezonings for Norquay on 12 July 2011 — with shockingly little payback to the community

Norquay residents also look forward to joining together with unhappy local communities from across Vancouver at a gathering in front of City Hall on the evening of Tuesday, July 26.

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Media contact:  Joseph Jones

Joseph Jones will be present at the opening of Norquay Park on Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Countering an Insidious Spin Campaign
Seeking Transparency, Equity, and Respect for Policy
All for Livability and Sustainability in Norquay

Written by eyeonnorquay

19 July 2011 at 5:31 pm

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