The Grandview-Woodland Community Plan sets out a thoughtfully-managed framework for future change and anticipated population growth of about 10,000 people over the next three decades.
The plan protects the heart and soul of the neighbourhood's character, while responding to challenges facing this community and building upon its potential.
Over the coming decades, the plan will preserve the independent and eclectic nature of the Commercial Drive and East Hastings shopping streets, as well as protect the apartment stock, heritage buildings, and the social diversity of the area.
The goal is for the community to continue to evolve as a mixed-income, socially-sensitive place that is transit-oriented and rich in heritage and culture.
Future change and development in Grandview-Woodland would contribute to the plan's strategy to deliver amenities to benefit the community.
Existing facilities and infrastructure will be renewed to address current gaps or community needs resulting from population and job growth.
The Grandview-Woodland plan's Public Benefits Strategy is valued at approximately $800 million in investments over the life of the plan.
A two-minute snapshot of the plan's goals in the next 30 years.
A 10-minute summary about how the plan will manage the future of each unique area in the community.
A longer read about managing future change in each area, housing, transportation, public spaces, arts, culture, health, and much more.
Thanks to everyone who filled in the questionnaire on the zoning changes being proposed to allow new housing choices in the community. The questionnaire is now closed.
The feedback gathered through this phase of consultation will inform further detail on the proposed regulations and design guidelines, which will be shared with the community in early 2017.
To implement the Plan, we're proposing zoning changes to allow for new housing choices in Grandview-Woodland: duplexes, townhouses, and some 4-storey apartments in specified locations.
Learn about the proposal, ask questions, and share your thoughts at our open houses.
The online questionnaire is open until January 15, 2017.
We'll share a summary of what we heard in early 2017.
We're proposing improvements to the 10th Avenue Corridor to be more safe, convenient, comfortable, and fun for people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle. In Grandview-Woodland, the project includes the segment between Commercial Drive and Victoria Drive. Learn more and give feedback on the recommended design at our November 29 open house at the Croatian Cultural Centre.
We're proposing to create a complete street on Commercial Drive that increases the safety and comfort for people who walk, bike, take transit, and drive.
The Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood has a new community plan.
City Council approved a framework on July 28, 2016, that will:
July 22, 2016 - Thanks to everyone who participated in our questionnaire on the proposed plan. The questionnaire is now closed. Feedback will be summarized and presented to Council on July 26 along with the community plan.
July 19, 2016 - Since the release of the draft community plan on June 25, we held a series of consultation events to explain the proposed policies and gather feedback from the community. The response from the community has been generally positive with nearly seven out of every 10 participants in support of the plan’s values, approach, and policies.
The community feedback has generated some further refinements to the plan. A final recommendation is now ready for review and consideration by City Council and will be published here on Wednesday morning.
Council will receive our recommendations for the new Grandview-Woodland Community Plan at its regular meeting on July 26, and will hear from speakers and consider adoption of the plan beginning on Wednesday, July 27 starting at 9:30am.
June 25, 2016 - We have completed the draft Grandview-Woodland Community Plan – an important milestone in the four-year planning process!
The Grandview-Woodland Community Plan will provide direction on growth and change in the community over the next 30 years and cover housing, transportation, heritage, character, community facilities, parks, and open spaces. It aims to set out a thoughtfully managed framework for future change, striking a balance between the input and ideas of community members and important citywide policies.
Learn about the plan, ask us questions, and share your thoughts:
We will summarize and present your feedback to City Council in July along with the community plan.
April 25, 2016 - Thanks to everyone who participated in our questionnaire on Little Italy. The questionnaire closed on April 24. The results will be shared shortly.
April 7, 2016 – The Commercial Drive Business Improvement Association asked the City of Vancouver to designate a portion of Commercial Drive as Little Italy. On April 6, City Council directed staff to consult with you on this proposal, in advance of this year's Italian Day festival.
Share your thoughts on this proposal in our online questionnaire until April 24. Your responses will help inform the Commercial Drive BIA about what the Little Italy designation could look like for Commercial Drive.
Get to know Little Italy by reading a brief history of the area (620 KB).
April 7, 2016 – We're continuing our analysis of the Citizens’ Assembly’s 270 recommendations, and our review of the input we received from the sub-area workshops, the earlier Emerging Directions, as well as other community engagement activities. Thank you for your patience – it's a large amount of work!
October 8, 2015 - We're continuing to review recommendations made by the Grandview-Woodland Citizens' Assembly in their Final Report, in addition to all the community feedback received in earlier stages of the planning process. We plan to share our response in late fall or early winter once we've incorporated all the input into a revised community plan.
June 22, 2015 - The report on the Grandview-Woodland Citizens' Assembly will be presented to City Council this Wednesday, June 24.
June 11, 2015 - The final report by the Citizens' Assembly on the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan is now available on the Citizens' Assembly website , on their homepage under the tab "Citizens' Assembly materials".
May 4, 2015 - Materials from the May 4 planning event on the future of the northwest corner of Venables and Commercial are now available online. Key engagement questions can be found on page 15.
April 27, 2015 - Join members of the Grandview-Woodland Citizens' Assembly for the third and final public roundtable. The focus of the evening will be a discussion of the Assembly's combined community-wide and sub-area recommendations. Give specific feedback to Citizen Assembly members about their emerging recommendations.
April 24, 2015 - On Monday, May 4, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, we are hosting an evening drop-in event to discuss the proposal to expand the Kettle Friendship Centre, integrated with new market and supportive housing. Come learn about what we've heard to date, and share your ideas for the site.
April 15, 2015 - Materials from the recent sub-area workshops are now online. The materials include workshop summaries, maps, photos, notes, and backgrounder documents.
February 21, 2015 – The Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly will host its second public roundtable meeting on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
The assembly will share its draft neighbourhood-wide recommendations and its consideration of some outstanding issues. Give the assembly your feedback on this important work.
Please register to participate:
November 2014 to March 2015 – What’s the future look like for Cedar Cove, Britannia-Woodland, Grandview, Nanaimo, Hastings, Commercial-Broadway, and Commercial Drive?
As part of the Grandview-Woodland’s community planning process, the City held a full-day public workshop and optional walking tour for each area. At the workshops, participants explored policy directions to help shape the next few decades for each area. The Commercial-Broadway workshop built on earlier community engagement activities held in July 2013.
September 30, 2014 – After many months of preparation, the Citizens’ Assembly had its first session on September 20.
For those of you who are curious about the Assembly, portions of future Assembly sessions will be open for the public to drop in and observe.
Additional information on these observation sessions can be found on the Citizens’ Assembly website.
August 12, 2014 – From a pool of 504 community members who actively volunteered to be part of the Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly, 48 have been randomly selected. The members who were selected reflect the characteristics and diversity of the community they represent.
The Citizens’ Assembly will convene for its first session in September, when they will begin to receive background information and hear perspectives on community planning work that has been done to date.
June 24, 2014 – Information packages for the Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly are being mailed out this week. Do you live or own a business or property in Grandview-Woodland?
Look out for an information package which will give you the chance to serve on a special Citizens’ Assembly. Forty-eight Assembly members will be selected via a random draw to discuss topics ranging from building heights and density to streets and community spaces.
The Citizens’ Assembly will be one of several tools of that will help create the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan. To apply for a spot on the Assembly, you must register as a volunteer by July 31, 2014.
Mail in the response card from the info package, or register online at www.grandview-woodland.ca
May 8, 2014 – Five key documents related to the proposed Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly are now available. The following two documents outline the results of our community consultation:
The next three outline the resulting design choices, draft Terms of Reference, and frequently asked questions:
The summary of design choices and draft Terms of Reference (TOR) map out next steps in the assembly process. The TOR will help guide the work of the assembly once it is underway.
We encourage you to review these materials and share them with your neighbourhood networks.
February 11, 2014 – Thanks to everyone who participated in our questionnaire on the Grandview Woodland Citizens' Assembly. The questionnaire closed on February 9. The results will be shared shortly.
January 24, 2014 – Share your views on the Grandview Woodland Citizens' Assembly. The questionnaire closes February 9.
January 14, 2014 – To help with the community planning process, the City is creating a citizens' assembly in Grandview-Woodland.
In the Grandview-Woodland community planning process, members of the Citizens’ Assembly will deliberate on a set of specific planning questions. The assembly’s work will be one part of the larger community planning process taking place in 2014.
Help us with this process by coming to a workshop to share your ideas on how a citizens’ assembly might work in Grandview-Woodland. The workshops take place on Saturday, January 25, 12:00 noon – 3:00pm, and on Tuesday, January 28, 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
September 27, 2013 – On September 25, 26, and 27, Council met to discuss the "Community Plans: Next Steps" report. Council passed a motion on next steps.
Summarizing the components related to Grandview-Woodland, Council directed staff to:
Staff were also requested to report back to Council on items 2 and 3 by December 2013.
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.
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.
July 25, 2013 - City Council understands that residents in the Grandview-Woodland community have concerns about the current planning timeline. On Tuesday, July 24 Council directed staff to review the schedule for the Community Plan process over the summer. Staff will look at progress to date and feedback gathered through the consultation process so far, in order to identify options for additional steps and a revised timeline.
On July 29 and 31, we are holding events to follow-up on the July 6 Broadway and Commercial sub-area workshop. We also expect to hold workshops on other sub-areas of the plan as part of the expanded process. Staff will provide a report back to Council on the overall process and timeline in September.
July 12, 2013 – We are hosting two open houses so you can review the materials and outcomes from our July 6 workshop, provide more input, and learn more about next steps.
View the open house information boards in the Documents tab.
During the July 6 workshop, we looked at options for the Broadway and Commercial area, and explored principles, ideas, and potential built form options with participants. We also committed to reporting back as soon as possible on the day’s events, and to continue to provide opportunities for people to get involved.
July 5, 2013 – We have heard clearly from the community that there is serious concern about the extent and height of tower building forms in the vicinity of Broadway and Commercial station. We will not be proceeding with the proposal as presented in the "Emerging Directions" sub-area policy for Broadway and Commercial.
We are taking a step back to explore options with the community. This will be done via a series of in-person events and online engagement, so that you will have a number of ways to share your ideas on the future of Broadway and Commercial.
Details on these events and activities will be posted shortly.
June 27, 2013 – If you are unable to attend one of our June public open houses, you can still tell us what you think about our emerging directions for Grandview-Woodland.
Your input on the proposed policy directions is very important. Share your views on the emerging directions by taking our online questionnaire. All of the information we presented at the open houses is included on the questionnaire. You can also find it in the Documents tab.
The deadline for the questionnaire has been extended to Friday, August 2, 2013.
June 26, 2013 – Grandview-Woodland is a community with a very rich history and culture. What are the histories, places, or events that are meaningful to you?
As part of the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan, the City of Vancouver has retained Donald Luxton & Associates to prepare a Historic Context Statement for the neighbourhood. An open house will be held with the Aboriginal community to build on previous dialogue sessions, share some key findings so far, and hear back from the community to ensure that the final project is accurate and reflective of the diversity of people in Grandview-Woodland.
Event date and time: Thursday, July 4, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Event location: Chief Simon Baker Room, Vancouver Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings Street (at Commercial Drive)
Join us for a workshop to explore a range of options for creating a high-density, transit-oriented community at Broadway and Commercial. We’ll discuss building form, opportunities for housing, office space, retail, and public realm improvements. The event is free, but individual registration is required. Space is extremely limited.
Event date and time: Saturday, July 6, 2013, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Event location: to be announced
As part of the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan, the City has retained Donald Luxton & Associates to prepare a Historic Context Statement for the neighbourhood. Monday's Open House is being held at the beginning of the Historic Context Statement project and builds upon the previous Planning through Dialogue workshop. At this Open House, the consultants hope to gather additional information from the community, which will guide the formation of the Historic Context Statement and ensure its accuracy and relevancy.
Event date and time: Monday, June 24, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Event location: The WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac (at Victoria)
View the display boards from the open houses under our Documents tab.
May 17, 2013 - Coming up in June, we'll be hosting three open houses for everyone to come and see the draft “emerging directions” that have been developed out of the workshops held this past winter. The events will showcase a mix of proposed community-wide policy and sub-area directions. It's your chance to review the material and provide further input. Your feedback will help refine the directions as we move towards finalizing the new community plan this fall.
Join us at an open house:
May 8, 2013 - Share your views on the future of Nanaimo Street, as part of the development of the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.
May 7, 2013 – Join us to share your ideas for the future of Grandview-Woodland. Help shape the plan at a special forum held at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre.
Topics will include: housing; transportation; parks and public space, social issues, urban health and safety, arts and culture; heritage and character. The event is free but registration is required.
April 4, 2013 – Help shape the plan at a special workshop conducted in Cantonese and Mandarin. Topics will include housing, transportation, parks and public space, social issues/safety, arts and culture, and heritage and character. You must pre-register to attend.
March 20, 2013 – If you were unable to attend our social issues, urban health and safety workshop on March 7, it is not too late to share your thoughts. Our workshop materials and questions are available online until April 1, 2013.
March 13, 2013 – If you were unable to attend our Housing workshop on February 27, it is not too late to share your thoughts. Our workshop materials and questions are available online until March 24, 2013. Over the next few weeks our team will be working to write up the 9 Dialogue sessions (combining notes, questionnaires, maps and drawings). Our plan is to share this synthesis back with you on a theme-by-theme basis – likely starting at the end of March.
February 26, 2013 – Our next workshop will focus on social issues, urban health and safety in Grandview-Woodland. We'll discuss social well-being in the neighbourhood; how best to respond to key social and safety issues; what can we do to improve or enhance social services and housing facilities; and how these ideas can be part of the community plan directions.
February 25, 2013 – If you were unable to attend our transportation workshops on February 13 or 16, it is not too late to share your thoughts. Our workshop materials and questions are available online until March 17, 2013.
February 25, 2013 – Our parks and public spaces online questionnaire is now closed. Stay tuned for transportation and be sure to register for our upcoming housing workshop.
February 15, 2013 – The next workshop in our Neighbourhood Planning through Dialogue series will look at housing in Grandview-Woodland. Join us to discuss issues and offer your input on how the City can best support housing in the neighbourhood, and how directions on these elements can be integrated into the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.
February 8, 2013 – If you were unable to attend our Parks and Public Spaces workshops on January 30 and February 2, it is not too late to share your view. Our workshop materials and questions are available online until February 23, 2013.
February 5, 2013 – If you were unable to attend our Arts and Culture workshops on December 3 and January 23, it is not too late to give us your opinion. Our workshop materials and questions are available online until February 15, 2013. Review our workshop presentation, and then tell us what you think in our online survey.
February 4, 2013 – We've got two new workshops coming up to talk about transportation in Grandview-Woodland. We'll discuss the current transportation options in the neighbourhood; what can we do to improve or enhance transportation; and how these ideas can be part of the community plan directions.
Workshops are free, but registration is required. Both sessions will be the same, so you only need to sign up for one.
February 1, 2013 – The online discussion on heritage and culture is now closed. Thank you for your input.
January 22, 2013 – Come and discuss parks and public space in Grandview-Woodland at our next Neighbourhood Planning through Dialogue workshop. It's your chance to talk about the issues and opportunities and share your ideas on the ways the City can help improve and maintain parks and public space in the neighbourhood. We'll also look at how all this fits into the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.
Workshops are free, but registration is required. Both sessions will be the same, so you only need to sign up for one.
January 9, 2013 – If you can't make it to a workshop or would prefer to provide input from the comfort of your own home, our workshop questions will be posted around the date of each workshop and will be available for 10 days. Stay tuned for details or be notified when each questionnaire is available online by joining our email list today (see sign-up form on right).
January 2, 2013 – The next workshop in our Neighbourhood Planning through Dialogue series will look at heritage and character in Grandview-Woodland. Join us to discuss issues and offer your input on how the City can best support heritage and character in the neighbourhood and how directions on these elements can be integrated into the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.
The workshop is free, but registration is required.
November 22, 2012 – The new Grandview-Woodland Community Plan will set out long-term directions for the neighbourhood, including ones for arts and culture. Join us at a workshop to discuss arts and culture issues and offer your input on how the City can support its arts scene as effectively as possible.
Workshops are free, but registration is required. Both sessions will be the same, so you only need to sign up for one.
An online component will be available in January.
November 2, 2012 – More than 150 people came to our open houses in September and October at the Cultch, Legion and Princeton Grill. These open houses were designed to get feedback on foundational principles that will guide the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.
The principles are intended to inform comprehensive planning in the neighbourhood and are derived from a range of city-wide policies, including the Greenest City Action Plan, Housing and Homelessness Strategy, Culture Plan and many others.
Participants reviewed the principles to see how they aligned with community input on Grandview-Woodland’s key assets, opportunities and issues. They were also invited to help “translate” the principles and objectives to the neighbourhood level.
We took the priorities we heard from you over the last few months and connected them with city-wide policies to come up with some foundational principles that will guide the Grandview-Woodland plan. Come to the open house to learn more and offer your thoughts.
October 3, 2012 – The information boards from the latest open houses are now online, providing a summary of our planning principles and how they’re shaped by city-wide and regional policies/initiatives and community input.
City staff are hosting a series of neighbourhood urban design walking tours for community members. Four tours will take place, looking at Broadway and Commercial, Nanaimo Street, Cedar Cove (north of Hastings), and Hastings Street.
September 30, 2012
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 12:15-4:00 pm
1607 East Hastings Street (near Commercial Drive)
September 2012 – Remember the asset mapping that we were doing at our community events? We asked people to help us map the important places in the neighbourhood… and in so doing collected just over 1000 different ‘points’ from the community. This was one of the most popular activities we did over the past few months… and the exercise appealed to people of all ages and backgrounds.
We’ve since taken the big paper maps, digitized the data, and categorized the input we received – assigning each point to one or more key planning themes (e.g., housing, transportation, etc.). The work is still ‘in progress’ – we’ll be turning these maps into still other kinds of tools for our Phase II work – but the first draft is available for you to look at.
August 16, 2012 – Congratulations to the creative folks in the community who are the Grandview-Woodland photo contest winners! Twenty photos were selected – 10 in the People's Choice category and 10 in the Jury Selection category. Thank you to everyone who took the time to send submissions and to the jury members (Damian, Wendy and Cyndy) for taking the time to select the winners.
The photo site will remain open through to the end of 2012 so you can keep submitting, rating, and commenting on photos.
August 8, 2012 – Thank you to everyone who completed the Community Assets, Issues and Opportunities Questionnaire. Here are the prize draw winners who were randomly selected after submitting a questionnaire and “Picture This” comment card:
July 2012 – The Grandview-Woodland planning team reported out on what the community wants for the future of their neighbourhood at three outdoor events on July 16 (Commercial Drive), July 28 (Pandora Park) and July 29 (Grandview Park).
The results from the asset mapping, questionnaire and open houses were on display and visitors were treated to hot dogs at Pandora and Grandview Parks.
June 23, 2012 – Lead planner, Andrew Pask, joined the local community at a fundraiser awareness event for stroke survivors. Participants at the event stopped by to find out more about the community plan, sign up on the Grandview-Woodland mailing list, and to comment on what they love and what they would like to see change in the community.
June 21, 2012 – The Grandview-Woodland planning team set up an interactive display at the National Aboriginal Day celebration at Trout Lake engaging people who attended the celebration to get involved with the community plan. People took the opportunity to share their ideas on the future of Grandview-Woodland.
June 19, 2012 – The City of Vancouver, Museum of Vancouver and Spacing Vancouver revisited the special Jane's Walk tours that were held in Marpole, Grandview-Woodland and the West End in Home: An Exploration of 3 Vancouver Communities. This event, held at the Nauseam of Vancouver brought together planners and tour leaders from Marpole, Grandview-Woodland and the West End along with residents for a reflective dialogue that explored similarities between the three neighbourhoods currently undergoing community plans.
June 17, 2012 – The Grandview-Woodland planning team, with the City’s Transportation 2040 team and the Home Energy Loan Program joined the festivities at Commercial Drive’s Car Free Day on Sunday, June 17. Information about the planning process was provided, questionnaires were available and people shared their ideas for the future of Grandview-Woodland.
June 17, 2012 – Our Grandview-Woodland photo contest is now closed. We will announce the winners soon. If you would still like to share your images of the neighbourhood, the photo site will remain open through to the end of 2012 so you can submit photos, add comments, and rate images.
June 10, 2012 – Planners joined the festivities on Commercial Drive to experience “La Dolce Vita” and to spread the word about the 18-21 month community planning program in Grandview-Woodland. Hundreds of people placed dots and wrote comments about what they love and what they would like to see change in Grandview-Woodland.
June 9, 2012 – The second workshop on energy futures took place in the grand Simon Baker room at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre on Saturday, June 9. Together with facilitators from UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability and City of Vancouver staff, 35 participants worked together to plan and design what low carbon neighbourhoods might look like in the future. After facilitators introduced the Grandview-Woodland community, highlighting land use and energy trends of the community.
June 8, 2012 – We need your input and ideas to help assess community priorities in Grandview-Woodland. The Community Assets, Issues and Opportunities. The questionnaire will help us to identify what we have in the area now, what you feel we need and ways we can improve things. Your answers will shape the planning process over the next 18-21 months. (The questionnaire closed on June 29.)
May 16, 2012 – Café Deux Soleils hosted the second Grandview-Woodland Community Plan Open House, offering residents the chance to share their ideas on the future of Grandview-Woodland.
May 13, 2012 – The City held a Community Planning Open House, which featured an opportunity to learn more about the planning process, and how to get involved. The event feature music, face painting, button making, asset mapping, and more.
May 13, 2012 – Show us the hidden gems, your favourite routes, the places you like to visit, or the ones you choose to avoid, in this community planning photo contest. Submit your favourite photos, and we will choose the winners.(The contest closed on June 17.)
May 12, 2012 – The planning team joined the Stone Soup Festival at Britannia Square to celebrate the culture of food and community, as well as spread the word about the planning program.
May 11, 2012 – We held the Grandview-Woodland Community Storytelling Event at the WISE Hall. It was hosted by local storyteller Naomi Steinberg, and featured local resident and musical talent, Jess Hill.
May 6, 2012 – Coordinated by the City of Vancouver and its partners, Museum of Vancouver and Spacing Vancouver, residents joined hosts Dan Freeman and Marta Farevaag Long as they explored the diversity of features that make Grandview-Woodland unique. City of Vancouver planner, Andrew Pask, was on hand to answer questions about the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan and discuss opportunities to get involved. This walk was park of the Jane’s Walk series.
July 28, 2011 – City Council voted to direct staff to begin a new community plan program for Grandview-Woodland.
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The early draft maps and drawings collection of JPG, TIF, and PDF files is very large, so it's divided into four parts.
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Below is an overview of the phases of activity associated with the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.
Note: The initial Terms of Reference call for a four-phase planning process lasting 18 to 21 months (March 2012 – December 2013). In September 2013, Council approved an extension for the process. The following is a revised timeline.
The City has conducted a number of planning programs in Grandview-Woodland since the 1970s:
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