Vancouver Plan — detached home dwellers opinions not heard?

Opinion: Letters to The Vancouver Sun, April 16, 2022.

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I would like to see the April 24 deadline for the Vancouver Plan survey extended by a couple of months. Reason: I don’t think the City of Vancouver has done a good job getting the more detailed information to 52 per cent of the area of the city, the detached homeowners. That area will see the biggest changes to lifestyle and livability under the proposed new draft plan.

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We just saw the finished draft as of early April — it was the first chance I was aware of to translate the general ideas I’d heard about into specific ones for my East Vancouver area — including things like: “What, up to six storeys will be allowed on my block? One block away from us, up to 12 storeys will be allowed? Up to 12 storeys between Main and Fraser? Transit hubs and corridors up to 20 storeys?”

In this plan there appears to be hardly any detached homes left. Around the existing detached houses there is a lot of green space. That green space now helps to regulate temperature, and includes gardens and bird and insect habitat. Under the Vancouver Plan it looks like that green space will be lost — covered up by larger developments.

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I asked city staff at a drop-in information session about how many responses to the survey they had received from people living in detached homes and what percentage of the total responses were from people in detached homes. They didn’t know, politely took my info and haven’t yet responded to my questions.

I did an informal survey of our block. Of the 10 people I asked, none were aware of the height of buildings proposed for our area. None were aware of a survey where they could express their opinion. One thought they might have received a postcard from the city about the Vancouver Plan, that city staff told me was mailed out to all residences in the fall, but the rest on my block couldn’t remember the postcard at all.

I asked the city staff for a copy of the postcard, and haven’t received that yet either. There is now not enough time before April 24 to get the word out, and it seems not fair to people who have worked hard for their homes, contributed to their communities and hope to still live in them for another 20-to-30 years.

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Mary Boulanger, Vancouver

Southlands resident concerned about plans to increase density

Re: Is this the end of ‘single-family zoning’ in Vancouver?

As a longtime resident of Vancouver’s unique equestrian community I take a special interest in any initiative that aims to increase density, which in my neighbourhood means more people, traffic, construction, erosion of wildlife habitat and, ultimately, the relentless decline of Vancouver’s horse population.

I stress “Vancouver’s” because Southlands represents a natural and human resource whose benefits are enjoyed by folks who live beyond the boundaries of our little neighbourhood. I suspect as many people come to Southands to ride, work, play and enjoy a walk along the Fraser River as live here. It provides recreation, employment, solace, visual peace, calm and quiet minutes away from the stress, crowds and traffic mayhem up the road and over the hill.

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All that is threatened by the continuing loss of barns and stables, but we are holding out with the help of neighbours willing to board horses for owners and riders from all parts of the city and beyond.

As a resident with three generations living in our single-family home, I’m well-acquainted with the pressures and disappointments for those families who live in homes that don’t meet their dreams and aspirations. But well-meaning initiatives on housing, affordability and density must also take care not to diminish the livability and livelihoods of those who already live, work and play here.

Joni Mitchell said it best:
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

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Larry Emrick, Vancouver

More Level 3 chargers needed for electric vehicles

I live in a condo and have to charge my EV somewhere out in the street. There are plenty of Level 2 public chargers available but the true issue is time taken to charge your car. A Level 2 charger will take several to many hours to charge but I charge at a Level 3 unit that gives me more than 400 kilometres of range for $16 in an hour or less of charging time.

We need more Level 3 chargers to cut down the waiting time. That’s the issue.

John Lynn, Vancouver 

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