Principles for an Adaptable City embody a long-term view for the City of Vancouver. They encompass current topics and anticipating strategies to adapt to future pressures in our private and public realms. These principles form the cornerstone of the Commission’s Vancouver Change Charter, the culmination of the Commission’s work between over the past two years. The topic of adaptability was a common thread through much of the Commission’s work during this period, specifically the A City Built for Change initiatives. Continue reading “Principles for an Adaptable City”
There has been a lot of hollow talk about housing affordability during
the campaign leading up to today’s civic election, but very little
discussion about specific initiatives that will help spur the
construction of new market rental housing — a key to providing more
affordable housing in the region. Continue reading “Op-Ed: Incentives needed to spark rental growth”
The citizen-led Vancouver City Planning Commission argues for immediate City Council response to our evaporating rental housing supply.
According to recent Census figures, more than half of all Vancouverites rent their homes. Fifty two percent of our city is an extraordinary number – over a quarter million of us. Projections for population growth within city boundaries range from 15-30% within a generation. Today, however, there is no purpose-built rental accommodation being built in Vancouver.
Parks, recreation centres, childcare facilities, libraries and transit are what planners and most Vancouverites typically consider community amenities. But two local planning groups want to hear what else we treasure about our neighbourhoods. Continue reading “NEWS: Mapping Neighbourhood Needs and Assets “