IVANCOUVER CITY COUNCIL is expected to adopt a sweeping planning-and-policy reworking of the Mount Pleasant community at the planning and environment committee meeting on November 18, 2013.
The city staff report says the plan was developed through a process that included community outreach, workshops, open houses, and that involved residents, property owners and businesses. The reality is that a ‘fait accompli’ hatched in the planning department in close consultation with developers, is being pushed through as publicly-vetted policy.
The plan covers a range of issues including homelessness, alternative transportation, higher-density development, commerce, and arts and culture, yet it only deliver on one thing: tower zones and hi-rise on the key arterials.
Goals to create more affordable housing appear to carry no substantive recommendations.A focus on the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and transit users is to be paid for by revenues from redevelopment. In other words, there is no certainty there either. Language supporting farmers markets and outdoor activities, and spaces for cultural and social events read like so many platitudes. There are no concrete plans behind them.