News in our community:
Infrastructure upgrades to SW Marine Dr. May-Sept 2016
Plan your route to avoid SW Marine Drive between Granville to Camosun. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times however parking is restricted in some places.
Public Hearing for Casa Mia rezoning drags on for more than two years now
May 24,2016: While the large yellow Rezoning Application sign remains posted at 1920 SW Marine Dr. (Casa Mia), the City has NOT given any public updates following the removal of this item from the March 13, 2014 Public Hearing agenda.
Until further information from the City is forthcoming this issue remains one of our top threats to our community.
Our concerns on the Casa Mia application itself relate to the size and scale of the proposed commercial, for-profit facility in our single-family residential community, its resulting impact on traffic and parking issues along the already congested SW Marine Drive and safety for all. It also sets a bad precedent for other heritage and historic homes on SW Marine Drive and for planning in Southlands.
We are increasingly concerned about the City of Vancouver’s protracted and one-sided process for this proposal favouring the developer. Vancouver’s own Seniors Advisory Committee also opposes this proposal, and its approach to “warehousing seniors”, and it is inconsistent with the prevailing Southlands Plan, Policies and Community Care Facility Guidelines.
We have made multiple requests for an opportunity to engage with the City to jointly plan our community. Disappointingly, our attempts to engage with City have been largely ignored. We remain focused and vigilant, and reached out to our elected public representatives as recently as this week to express our concerns [link to letter].
If you share our concern, please help us fight this proposal and Email City Hall to voice your opposition for this proposal.
Complaint filed on City’s FOI response
The Director of Planning told us in a meeting that Southlands is on the list of communities slated for an updated Community Plan.
There is concern that now Mayor and Council will continue impose their own one-sided plans – which often benefit only the developer – on our community.
As the latest example of their disregard, we finally received responses from the City of Vancouver to our December 2013 Freedom of Information (FOI) request, asking for copies of correspondence between the City and the developer, in September.
After more than eight months, in response to SCA’s FOI request, the City of Vancouver released some 1,500 pages of disheveled emails, meeting notes, letters and other material in no chronological order, some of it duplicated, and much of it blacked out.
Click here to read the FOI response.
If you’d like any more information about our ongoing efforts, please re-visit our website, or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heritage proposal – a collaborative and considered approach to planning for SW Marine Dr
As a result of the Casa Mia re-zoning proposal and our wishes for Southlands residents to engage in planning our community, Southlands Community Association developed a proposal for a joint planning process involving our community and the City of Vancouver.
Our proposal outlines steps that see residents working together with urban planners to achieve a high quality, community supported and viable planning framework – a strategy that will evolve a unique and treasured historic area while retaining and enhancing its intrinsic heritage qualities.
SW Marine Drive Bikeway
The City is held a public open house on Oct 14, 2015 to discuss upgrading of SW Marine Dr. between Granville Street and Camosum Street.
You can view the proposal and Open House displays here.
Traffic and Parking along SW Marine Drive
Safety continues to be a real concern for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers along SW Marine Dr.
Recently, a 2014 Heritage tour brought dozens of visitors, as might be the case with a new care home, creating traffic safety issues that clearly illustrated our concern.
During the tour, visitors parked all along SW Marine Drive, and with no sidewalks along this busy section of SW Marine Drive created a dangerous and chaotic situation for pedestrians, cyclists and traffic.
Southlands Trails project
The City of Vancouver began work on the construction of a network of roadside trails to connect equestrian destinations (stables, riding club, river front, etc.) as well as “around-the-block” riding circuits for both pedestrian and equestrian use.
Read the latest issue of Southlands Voice, our e-newsletter. CLICK HERE
The Southlands Community Association commits to playing a strong, yet respectful, role in addressing our region’s shared challenge in accommodating rapid future growth, reducing environmental impacts and providing housing for people of all ages while protecting and preserving the unique character of our neighbourhood as well as its historical assets for future generations to enjoy.
We strongly believe change should be considered and implemented in a way that respects each community by honouring Vancouver City Council Policies and Neighbourhood Plans and Guidelines. We are deeply concerned about the potential impact of incongruous and aggressive spot zoning development in our community.