Managing growth – designate the City as a Special Study Area

Voices comment:  This article is from the Vancouver Sun and is very timely given that the Public Hearing for our OCP is tomorrow, March 3rd.  Quoting in part:

‘It is now openly being discussed by some members of the planning and development community, community organizations, and academics, but not by city council, that Vancouver needs a coherent city structure that can manage growth in a transparent and integrated manner. It needs to be strategic to define the city’s vision and the strategies and allocation of resources needed to realize this vision.’

link to article:   Opinion: Vancouver needs a city-wide plan to manage growth.

The Official Community Plan:   ‘Under the Local Government Act section 875, an OCP is a statement of objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management, within the area covered by the plan, respecting the purposes of local government.’

In the article there is reference to “the City (Vancouver) is becoming a patchwork of developments” and “we could have a zoning map which would guide future development, rather than one that needs to be constantly cut up to affect change.”

We (Voices) could hope that the new OCP will do just that, and provide some certainty for the future.  However, sometime over the weekend, a new information report was added to the agenda for Tuesday.  It talks about special study areas – Cloverley/Lucas and a new area for Hollyburn Properties – the 1300 block of Lonsdale.  There is a new application and OCP amendment for a possible 22 storey building there.

What is the easiest way to slip this in?  Designate it as a ‘Special Study Area’ – notification to residents that change is likely to happen.  Why?  Why not just designate the whole City as a ‘Special Study Area’?

link to revised agenda: http://www.cnv.org/~/media/City%20of%20North%20Vancouver/Documents/Council%20Meeting%20Agenda/2015/2015-03-03%20Special%20Agenda%20Package%20for%20March%203%202015.pdf

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