City Hall liveblog: Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan debate

Live from Vancouver City Hall: Deciding the fate of the DTES.

It might get loud.

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2:55pm Carr mentions the price tag: 1/3 each from City, other governments, developers. Disregard Jessie J here: price tags are crucial to this debate.

Carr: How do we define "social housing units"? Bond is using the definition listed in the appendix of the report, which is different from the existing definition. [It's a very broad definition; such housing can be for-profit, and rental apartments can count as “social housing” regardless of the amount for which they rent.]

Clr Adriane Carr

2:51pm Missed that last exchange; some guy walked into the viewing area, middle finger extended towards the door, muttering, "Fuckin' guys..." Wonder what that was all about. Bond is talking about encouraging partnerships between private developers and social-service providers/nonprofits.

2:48pm Affleck What about gender data in the neighbourhood? Zak: It's about 60/40 male/female, as opposed to more of a 50/50 split citywide.

Affleck: Any opportunities for something like 1099 Richard in the DTES plan? So far, he only sees Thornton Park as a potential for that. Where are these 8,800 new units coming from? McNaney: rezoning at a smaller scale over a wider area.

2:46pm there's an upstairs viewing gallery in the Council Chamber. Check it out.

Vancouver City Council viewing gallery

2:41 Deal asks about built-form heritage preservation and restoration. [You're at City Council now. It's not a building. It's "built form". Got that?] Heritage Action Plan extends into DTES. "Broader heritage value" mentioned, because, honestly, relatively few heritage buildings actually remain...

Cultural funding will be earmarked on an ongoing basis.

2:39pm Tang asks about LAPP Committee’s outreach efforts. Tom Wanklin, Senior Planner, DTES Neighbourhoods Group: Outreach went beyond LAPP, including groups not involved with the plan directly. He mentions holding several meetings SRA; "We tried where we could to include Strathcona." Expect to hear more about these outreach meetings in a bit.

2:35pm McNaney reiterates to Robertson that the plan isn't a blanket strategy, but each neighbourhood in DTES has its own sub-strategy.

2:33pm Robertson: Is this doable by the city, without provincial help? How far can we go with the 10-year plan without the Province or the Federal Government? Bond says the 10-year plan's "target levels are deliverable" by the City on its own, and there are also options that take into account assistance from higher levels of government.

2:30pm Reimer wonders if the DTES LAPP would benefit from more time. McNaney says, "Most people agree with the substantial" elements of the plan, but disagree over some of the details. So, more time would yield diminishing returns.

2:25pm There will be a 6-7pm break. We'll be back from 7-10pm. Reconvene Saturday, March 15 at 10am for speakers who don't get to speak today.

2:23pm The city needs nearly 10,000 social housing units in various forms. Plan calls for replacing SROs with newer social-housing units, as well as "private secured rental units", a new definition. That will be argued intensively during the speakers section of this hearing.

30-year plan has targets for housing construction/conversion as well as local economy. Bond describes Hastings Corridor as the future sight of a "new High Street". For non-Brits, that's a walkable commercial/retail zone.

End of PowerPoint presentation.

2:15pm Hastings Corridor targeted for rezoning, ostensibly for more social housing. [You'll be hearing this phrase a lot today]. Kiwassa targeted for more business/creative development. Strathcona earmarked for more heritage preservation, as well as "intensivizing" social-housing sites.

The viaducts were treated as marked for distruction, though that's not yet a done deal. Chinatown will see [more] rezoning. Victory Square will see additional height for social and "secured market rental housing".

Abi Bond: Healthy homes for all: Affordability for low-income singles and moderate-income families; crappy housing conditions in SROs; and social support for those living with mental health and/or addiction problems.

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