What do you think about our priorities for implementing the plan?
May 1, 2013 – If you weren’t able to make it to the planning open house on April 27th, or would prefer to provide input from the comfort of your own home, this is your chance.
Share your views about the four priorities for implementing the Mount Pleasant Community Plan. The detailed information sheets and comment form are available online until May 15, 2013.
- The questionnaire closed May 15, 2013. Thank you for your interest.
Ribbons of Colour Street Fair and open house - April 27
April 10, 2013 – Join in a celebration of Mount Pleasant by taking part in a neighbourhood cleanup and dropping by the street fair and open house on the progress of the Mount Pleasant Community Plan implementation.
When: Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 5 pm
- Keep Vancouver Spectacular neighbourhood cleanup - 10 am – 12 noon
(Meet at Fraser Street and 8th Avenue at 10 am)
The day will kick off with community members coming together for a neighbourhood cleanup event. Join the City’s Keep Vancouver Spectacular crew and Mount Pleasant CARES to pick up litter from the streets and lanes in the area.
- Ribbons of Colour Street Fair - 12 noon – 2:30 pm
(near Sahalli Park at Fraser Street and 8th Avenue)
The street fair will feature local entertainment, information on community programs and Broadway East revitalization, food and prize draws, a friendly, neighbourhood street hockey shoot-out and appearances by the Vancouver Police Department mascots and mounted squad. It's also a chance to offer ideas for a Fraser Street plaza/park near Sahalli Park and find out more about the Weaving Policy, People and Place Together initiative and other area programs.
- Mount Pleasant Community Plan Implementation Open House - 2:30 – 5 pm
(800 East Broadway)
Follow the ribbons of colour, brightly hued fabric that will lead the way to the open house where you'll learn more about the Mount Pleasant Community Plan implementation priorities which include ideas for new development, streets, open spaces and public benefits for the community. City staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather input.
March 5, 2013 – Arno Matis Architecture has applied to the City of Vancouver to rezone 2290 Main Street for a proposed 9-floor mixed-use building. You are invited to a community open house to view the plans, speak to the applicant team, and provide feedback. City staff will also be in attendance.
Event date and time: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 4:30pm-7:30pm (drop-in)
Event location: NEC Native Education Centre, 285 East 5th Ave
March 5, 2013 – Edgar Development Corp invites you to an introductory community open house to share their initial thinking for 275 Kingsway and to hear your feedback. The proposed vision is for a 100% rental residential project that will also provide ground floor commercial space along Kingsway. Review the display boards, talk to the project team, and give your thoughts and comments. Beverages and light snacks will be provided.
Event date and time: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 5:00pm-7:30pm (drop-in)
Event location: NEC Native Education Centre, 285 East 5th Ave
For more information, contact Brook Pooni Associates, 604-731-9053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public realm plan workshop, March 7
February 27, 2013 – Join us and provide input on the public realm plan for Mount Pleasant. Meet the consultant team, PWL Partnership Landscape Architects, and share: what is important to you in the public realm; knowledge of special places in Mount Pleasant; what you enjoy about the neighbourhood's shopping districts; and ideas on how particular features of the public realm can reflect Mount Pleasant's essence. The workshop is free, but you must register, as supper will be served.
Event date and time: Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6:00pm-9:30pm
Event location: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E Broadway
This workshop is supported by Weaving Policy, People and Place Together (Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House), and by the City of Vancouver.
What we heard at the follow-up design session
On February 27, 2013, we shared some draft urban design principles and emerging urban design framework concepts for Broadway East and Lower Main (2nd to 7th Avenue). Visit the Documents tab to find out what we heard.
Implementation launch workshop
November 18, 2012 – More than 60 participants attended the City’s Mount Pleasant Community Plan Implementation Launch at the Native Education College on November 18, 2012.
We walked the neighbourhood and shared ideas in workshops on the design of buildings, streets, and public spaces. The implementation event was focused on Broadway East, Main Street from 2nd to 7th Avenue, and the Uptown/Broadway West shopping area.
Participants talked about what is unique about Mount Pleasant and how that uniqueness could become part of new and restored places to live, walk, gather, work, create art, and explore. Staff are planning a follow-up workshop for February 2013.
Learn about this community plan in-depth
Mount Pleasant Community Plan Implementation Open House - April 27, 2013
Information boards from the plan implementation open house:
Public realm workshops - March 7 and April 13, 2013
What is important to you in Mount Pleasant's public realm? Workshop report for community stakeholders, PWL (landscape architecture consultants) and City of Vancouver. Produced with the support of the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House by Weaving Policy, People and Place Together facilitator Sylvia Holland.
Follow-up design session - February 27, 2013
This session focused on the emerging urban design framework concepts for Broadway East and Lower Main (2nd to 7th Avenue). Here is the material that was shared with participants, and what we heard.
Launch workshop - November 18, 2012
The November 18 workshop launched the City's implementation of the Mount Pleasant Community Plan. It focused on Broadway East, Main Street from 2nd to 7th Avenue, and the Uptown/Broadway West shopping area.
Participants discussed ideas for the public realm, and started to explore issues around urban systems, built form, and character for these areas.
Here are the key Council documents on the Mount Pleasant community plan:
Background on this community plan
Mount Pleasant is a neighbourhood rich in history and character. In order to inform the Community Plan Update, the City retained heritage consultants, Donald Luxton and Associates, to produce an Historic Context Statement which responds to a broader range of values (beyond simply architectural merit) and expands our understanding of the places that are important to a community.
The Mount Pleasant Community plan is being completed in three key steps.
Step 1: Start-up and Getting in Touch
This step included initial outreach to community groups, businesses, and service agencies; a newsletter, and recruitment of members for a Community Liaison Group (CLG).
A Feedback Form seeking community input on priorities for action was developed. Two Community Plan Fairs were held as kick-off events to increase community awareness of the program, publicize opportunities to participate, and help set priorities for subsequent program steps.
Step 2: Workshops and Community Action Projects
A) Shopping Area Plans and Policies for Key Themes
The Shopping Area Plans involved concurrent work on the three existing shopping areas and for the light industrial/commercial area on Main Street from 2nd to 7th Avenues.
The Key Themes explored in the planning process included housing, transportation, safety and services, parks and open space, heritage and character, and culture. To produce these plans and policies, the process steps included:
- Reviewing existing issues and policy, and land use and transportation patterns in Mount Pleasant
- Discussing needs, challenges, and opportunities in a series of public workshops, open houses, focus groups, and other engagement vehicles
- Urban design analysis of built form options, including alternative land uses, public realm, traffic and parking, and public open space opportunities
B) Community Action Agenda/Projects
This part of the program focused on taking coordinated action on pressing social issues. The main steps included:
- Drafting a Community Action Agenda based on Feedback Form responses
- Forwarding the Community Action Agenda to Council for approval
- Forming a Social Coordinating Group (SCG) of key stakeholders
- Developing action plans for specific community projects
- Recruiting additional working group members to implement action projects/plans
- Implementing 12 projects to address 4 key social issues: homelessness; support for the vulnerable; open alcohol, drug, and sex trade; and community safety and security
- Coordinating and monitoring project implementation
Step 3: Open Houses and Completing the Plan
At this stage all the elements of Mount Pleasant’s Community Plan were brought together for broad community validation and Council approval. The main steps included:
- A final broad public review of the draft Community Plan through a series of five Open Houses held across the community
- Modifying and refining the draft Plan based on feedback
- Presenting the draft Plan to Council for adoption