Next Public Meeting
Small independent businesses are
the heart of The Drive. Is the heart healthy?
One of the defining aspects of Grandview-Woodland is our little urban village’s high street, Commercial Drive. North of Hastings around Commercial Drive new craft breweries and cafes are changing the ambience of the light industrial district.
Business Improvement Associations promote local business districts all over the City of Vancouver. The Commercial Drive Business Society, the Hastings North Business Improvement Association and LOCO all contribute to the vibrant small business climate in Grandview-Woodland.
What do these organizations offer to local residents as well as their members’ businesses? How do they sustain the local economy? Commercial Drive's many independent small retailers and restaurants serve local residents and visitors from across the area. Can BIAs and Buy Local organizations assist them to survive and thrive?
Meet the people who lead these organizations.
Bring your questions and suggestions to the meeting.
Dec. 1st 7-9pm
Britannia Learning Resource Centre
Check the Calendar page for details:
November 25-City Consultation with Community re: new Homeless Shelter
November 19th-Grandview Garden Club monthly meeting
November 20-23-Eastside Culture Crawl
November 20th-Grandview Heritage Group monthly meeting
November 26th-Citizens' Assembly Public Roundtable--all welcome
December 15-Heritage walk with Bruce Macdonald!
Join the Grandview Heritage Group and one of our best-known local historians, Bruce Macdonald, for a walk and talk, "The Top of
Commercial Drive — Where Grandview Began,"
Civic Election Finance Limits
Apparently, almost $41 per ballot was spent by candidates in our last election; there are no legal limits to the fundraising. We still have an opportunity to comment on what we believe to be limits and restriction on campaign finance reform until November 21st.
There were public hearings in Vancouver on November 7th and 8th; the only date left is Nov 19th in Victoria. Written submissions are still okay.
More details can be found here:
New Homeless Shelter in the Neighbourhood
The City today told the Citizens' Assembly that a Homeless Shelter is to open on East Pender. It will have 40 beds, will be open 24 hours a day, and make use of a reservation system. Access to the shelter will be through the back lane, shelter clients will be able to bring their pets and carts inside; it will offer meals 3x daily and have laundry facilities.
The City will be holding a public meeting for local residents on Tuesday, November 25th at 5:30pm in the Wise Hall (1882 Adanac) Street.
The City has asked that this information be shared within the community. [ This is not very complete information, but it is all we have at the moment. GWAC]
Citizens' Assembly Public Roundtable
The Citizens' Assembly will be hosting a Public Roundtable that is open to everyone in the community. This is a formal opportunity to have good conversations with your neighbours about what they want to see in Grandview-Woodland.
1) Getting feedback on your draft set of values
2) A discussion of the issues community members would like the CA to address in our final report to City Council.
You are encouraged to think of specific questions you’d like to ask members of the Assembly. Facilitators will be at each table to take notes, but this is your opportunity to ask questions and listen to other community members.
It is free, but registration is required to help us get a sense of numbers. You can register at www.grandview-woodland.ca, or directly at:http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/public-roundtable-with-members-of-citizens-assembly-on-the-g-w-community-plan-tickets-14179656735
Marine Gardens Residents Cry Foul on Vision Vancouver's Claims on Providing Affordable Housing and Being the Greenest City
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014Vancouver: Residents of Marine Gardens, an affordable townhouse community in Marpole, invite Media, candidates running in the upcoming municipal election, and the public, to witness first-hand the fallacy of Vision Vancouver's claims with respect to affordable housing.
This is ‘Ground Zero” – one of the first areas of ‘spot rezoning’ in Vancouver, where an affordable townhouse community - called Marine Gardens because of its abundance of trees and vegetation - is slated for demolition under Vision Vancouver. The current 70 unit affordable townhouse complex, and every tree, will be destroyed to dig a 411 space underground parking lot to accommodate two skyscrapers, 21 and 27 floors respectively, and a 7 story apartment building.
The rezoning application has been misrepresented on the City of Vancouver's website for more than one year as including 70 units of affordable housing. Affordable housing is not part of the rezoning application – the assertion that affordable housing will be created is entirely false.
Further, the land title document that would purportedly show the land as donated to the City as a park with a clause that the trees can never be cut (Delta View Park) has gone missing from the BC Land Titles Registry.
Marine Gardens residents invite you to see, firsthand, what is slated to be destroyed as part of Vision's eco-density agenda. and get the documentation to prove not only misrepresentation of the rezoning application, but a violation of the Vancouver Charter - by approving the demolition before it has gone before Council and a Public Hearing (in violation of Article 566 of the Vancouver Charter).
Displacing 70 families who are raising children in a safe and park-like environment, razing a functioning affordable housing community while providing no other option for affordable housing, is patently wrong. The City has misrepresented their plan, intends to build more high-end condos, yet is not providing or replacing existing affordable housing units.
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
445 SW Marine Drive (Inner Courtyard or Under Cover at the Daycare in the Event of Rain)
Parking on Marine Drive, Yukon Street or 64th Avenue.
Contact: Jillian 604-324-1135