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Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly offers important opportunity to help shape community plan

June 25 2014

Buildings in Grandview on the Drive

If you are a resident of Vancouver’s Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood, you have a chance to serve on a special Citizens’ Assembly to help shape a community plan for future growth and development in the area.

Grandview-Woodland Community Plan

Community plans are official policy documents that the City uses to guide neighbourhood growth, as well as investment in public spaces and facilities over a 30-year period. In 2012, the City began working on a community plan for Grandview-Woodland.

During public discussions, several important issues and questions arose on the:

  • Types and sizes of new buildings
  • Neighbourhood character and affordability
  • Future of key areas such as Broadway and Commercial, Commercial Drive, Nanaimo Street, and Hastings Street

Citizens' Assembly

To strengthen the neighbourhood’s involvement in the creation of the community plan, the City is now convening a Citizens’ Assembly as part of a renewed consultation and engagement process. The Assembly will bring together a representative group of local residents, business, and property owners for in-depth discussions on the future of Grandview-Woodland.  In serving on the Assembly, members will be making an important contribution to the community.

Volunteer for the Assembly

Starting this week, households and businesses in the area bounded by Clark Drive to the west, Kamloops Street to the east, East 12th Avenue/Grandview-Highway to the south, and the Burrard Inlet to the north, will receive information packages on volunteering for the Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly. The City will also be promoting the Citizens’ Assembly through newspaper ads, social media, flyers, posters, and at community events.

Criteria

Forty-eight members will be selected via a random draw of various demographic groups from the pool of registered volunteers to create an Assembly that is representative of the community.

Assembly members must be:

  • 16 or older
  • Be a resident, business, or property owner in the study area

Register to volunteer by July 31, 2014

Register online or by:

  • Mail
  • Calling 1-800-858-0435

Sign up to volunteer

The Citizens’ Assembly will be selected on August 6, 2014.

Assembly meetings

The Assembly will hold 10 meetings between September 2014 and April 2015 to discuss specific topics ranging from building heights and density to streets and community spaces. They will also hear from other local residents at three public roundtable meetings. The Assembly will present a final report to Vancouver City Council by June 30, 2015, outlining its recommendations for the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

Meetings hosted by independent specialist

The Assembly is being designed and hosted by MASS LBP, an independent specialist in public consultation. Their work with the Citizens’ Assembly will be impartial, with the City providing planning and logistical support.

About the model

The Citizens’ Assembly in Grandview-Woodland will be the first time this model has been used at the municipal level in Vancouver. The Assembly model has been successfully used in Canada and around the world for a wide range of topics, including electoral reform in BC and Ontario.

Other ways you can be involved in the development of the community plan

The Citizens’ Assembly will be one of several tools of that will help create the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan. Over the following year, the City will also be hosting other community-wide workshops, focus groups, and engagement activities.

Learn about the Grandview-Woodland community plan

Grandview plan

Grandview-Woodland community plan

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.