Recent developments with this area plan
Council's approves additional time for the DTES Local Area Planning Process
September 27, 2013 – On September 25, 26, and 27, Council met to discuss the "Community Plans: Next Steps" report.
Summarizing the components related to the Downtown Eastside, Council approved the following next steps:
- Consider the draft DTES Local Area Plan by January 31, 2014
- Refer plan-related zoning and bylaw changes to a public hearing in early 2014
- Extend the DTES Local Area Planning Process Interim Rezoning Policy and Development Management Guidelines until adopting the plan and enacting related zoning and bylaw changes
Staff to update Council on next steps for community plans
September 17, 2013 – Staff published the report "Community Plans: Next Steps" about the process and next steps for community planning work in Downtown Eastside, Grandview-Woodland, Marpole, and West End. Council will discuss this report on Wednesday, September 25 at 9:30am, at the City Finance and Services Committee meeting
Thank you for commenting on the emerging directions
August 19, 2013 – The questionnaire on the Local Area Plan emerging directions is now closed. Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback. The comments collected will be used to make further refinements to the Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan.
Council directs staff to review community plan schedule
August 1, 2013 – On Tuesday, July 23 Council directed staff to review the schedule for the four Community Plan processes currently underway.
Staff will look at progress to date and feedback gathered through the consultation process so far, in order to identify options for possible additional steps and a revised timeline and budget for each of the four plans. Staff will present a report and recommendations to Council on this matter in late September.
The staff report will be available online prior to the meeting and community members will have the opportunity to provide comment on in writing (via mail or email) or in person, on the day of the meeting.
Details on the specific meetings dates and times will be posted here as soon as they are available.
Come to a mini information session about the emerging directions
July 26, 2013 – Following the recent open houses, we are holding additional small events for you to see and chat with staff about the emerging directions for the DTES.
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: Ray Cam Co-operative Centre, 920 East Hastings Street
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Woodwards Atrium, 111 West Hastings Street
Date: Saturday, August 3, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Chinatown Plaza foyer, 180 Keefer Street
Date: Thursday, August 8, 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Carnegie Centre, 401 Main Street
What do you think of the emerging directions for the plan?
July 18, 2013 – Unable to attend the open houses on July 18th or 20th? Or prefer the convenience of providing input online? This is your chance. View the open house information boards in the Documents tab, then share your thoughts on the emerging directions in our online questionnaire.
The questionnaire is available until August 16th, 2013.
Join us at open houses on emerging directions, July 18 and 20
July 8, 2013 – Emerging directions have been developed with input from the DTES Local Area Plan Committee, as well as from residents, businesses, and stakeholders.
Come to one of our upcoming open houses to learn more about the emerging directions and tell us what you think.
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013, 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Vancouver Japanese Language School, 475 Alexander Street
Date: Saturday, July 20, 11 am to 3 pm
Location: Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer Street, Gymnasium
(Chinese translation will be available.)
An online questionnaire will also be available. A draft Local Area Plan will be presented for further public consultation this fall.
What do you think about the DTES draft emerging directions?
June 13, 2013 – We will be hosting two open houses for everyone to come and see the draft emerging directions, which are the results of the issues, concerns and ideas identified from recent meetings, open houses, workshops and round table discussions. The open house will showcase a variety of proposed community-wide policies and neighbourhood level directions. It is your chance to have a look at what is being presented, ask staff questions, and provide further input. Your feedback will help refine the draft directions as we move toward a draft of the DTES Local Area Plan by September, where it will be shown to the public again for additional feedback.
The open houses are tentatively scheduled for summer 2013. Please check this page in July for the dates.
Meetings and open houses
May 6, 2013 – Since the “What Are We Hearing” event in September 2012, at the Vancouver Japanese Language school, we have been out in the community listening to what you have had to say on a range of topics that affect your neighbourhood at two open houses: RayCam community centre in November 2012, and Pigeon Park Savings in May 2013. We have also had meetings with residents groups (Gastown and Crosstown), and the local Business Improvement Associations (Hastings Crossing, Strathcona, Gastown, and Chinatown).
Round tables and workshops
April 30, 2013 – After the September 2012 “What Are We Hearing” event, two series of round tables were held to discuss the four key themes: Our Wellbeing, Our Livelihoods, Our Homes, and Our Places. These round tables involved the DTES LAPP committee members, and key stakeholders and agencies. (See “What Are We Hearing” opening presentation).
The purpose of the first series of roundtables were to review and discuss key issues, and with input from the stakeholders/agencies, draft principles and possible actions.
The second series of roundtables involves the integration of common issues between the four themes, followed by the drafting of possible actions and directions.
"What are we hearing?" workshop
September 28, 2012 – Come to this workshop on Friday, September 28 to check in on the Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan's progress so far, including achievements and draft outputs. It's your chance to find out what's happening in the process and share your ideas to help create a vision for the Downtown Eastside.
Workshop on working together
April 28, 2012 – City staff worked with area plan stakeholders and partners to establish how all members of the planning process would work together, and to get going on planning to build a stronger community.
Council approves Interim Rezoning Policy
March 28, 2012 – There are a number of development concerns in the Downtown Eastside affecting low-income residents such as the rapid rate of market residential development, higher rents displacing residents from their homes, and the transformation of the retail environment leading to socio-economic hardship.
The interim rezoning policy was adopted to avoid making the situation worse during the planning process.
Members of the Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan Committee are announced
Presentation to Council
March 27, 2012 – The Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan framework, Interim Rezoning Policy, and Development Management guidelines were presented to Council
City Council instructs staff to start work on a DTES local area planning process
January 20, 2011 – Vancouver City Council established a committee to enhance and accelerate the creation of a local area plan for the Downtown Eastside.