COPE Councilor Ellen Woodsworth is
bringing a motion to council this week, asking that staff report back on
a process and a
timeline for a West End community visioning process. The West End,
while the densest neighbourhood in the city, has not had a community
visioning process to determine community amenity needs and priorities in
over 20
years.

There has been recent tension in the community due to
new STIR developments which do not require community consultations as
they are spot rezonings. According to Woodsworth, "the West End is a
unique community which is finding itself in a fight with neighbours
against neighbours due to a lack of a community visioning process.
Whether it is a casino at NEFC or spot rezoning in the West End, all
neighbourhoods deserve to be consulted before major developments are
implemented."

According to Brent Granby, President of the West
End Resident’s Association, "the City needs to be responsive to the
urgent priorities of its citizens. What makes the West End such
desirable neighbourhood to live in is its high-density affordability and
amenities which make for great livability. The STIR program, while
having merit in creating much needed purpose built rental units, needs
to be reviewed to ensure affordability, ecological sustainability and
high quality community amenities in consultation with residents.”

The
motion also calls for staff to hold a community open houses as soon as
possible to gather information on CAC priorities in the West End for the
two upcoming developments coming to Council (1401 Comox and Beach
Towers).

COPE brings forward motion on a plan for the West End

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