September 10th & 12th, 2019 Public Hearing – Misinformation Seeks To Defeat Tortured Rental Housing – Developer Anxiety Leads To More Protections For Marpole Renters

September 10th & 12th, 2019 Public Hearing - With the end of City Council's August break, the public hearing process starts up this week with two meetings that will probably have little in common. The one on September 10th will likely be a quick affair, as there are two text amendments (1, 2), two heritage... Continue Reading →

Vancouver’s UDP Hopes Fantastic Homes will Brighten the Lives of our Senior Citizens

2010 Harrison Drive (German Canadian Care Home) After Hannah and I attend a contentious open house, I often find myself anticipating the Urban Design Panel's review afterwards. These volunteer experts might sometimes blur the line between urban design and personal taste, but it's reassuring when they share our feelings about a proposal. So, unlike those... Continue Reading →

Burdened by Elder Care and Rental Housing – Paper Millionaires Blame Minimum Wage Increases for Lost Views

2010 Harrison Drive (German Canadian Care Home) Many Vancouverites associate our western neighbourhoods with feelings opposed to change and new forms of housing. My experience with the recently approved Finish Centre senior's housing expansion revealed sentiments in our southern neighbourhoods can be just as bad. So, I expected the worst as I made my way... Continue Reading →

January 15th Public Hearing – The Choices of a New City Council – Seniors or Million Dollar Views? Are Rental Buildings Worth the Cost? & How Valuable are Community Plans?

January 15th, 2019 - Public Hearing The start of the new year marks the first time our new city council will host a public hearing, which could give us glimpse of their intentions for the next four years. Though some may believe non-market seniors housing, two simple 6 storey rental buildings on Hastings Street, and... Continue Reading →

UDP Feels Senior’s Housing will be Good for the Neighbourhood, but Needs to be Better for Its Residents

2499 East 48th Avenue (Sunrise of East Vancouver) Some proposals fit so well into their surrounding neighbourhood, it's actually puzzling why they're still required to go to the Urban Design Panel. Certainly Hannah and I didn't notice anything controversial about this application for a 4 floor assisted living building when we attended its open house... Continue Reading →

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