Meetings, slides, and videos

Below is a tentative agenda for the Assembly’s meetings. This agenda will be continually updated as we contact and confirm speakers, and as Assembly members identify issues that need more clarification. This agenda was developed by the Assembly team after many conversations with community members, independent planning specialists, and City planning staff. It has also been developed with the advice and guidance of the Advisory Committee to help ensure that issues are treated in a fair and balanced manner.


Stage One: Community Planning & Grandview-Woodland

Meeting #1 : Saturday, September 20th (9 am to 4 pm, Croatian Cultural Centre)

Morning

  • Introductions
  • Welcome Session
  • Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Councillor, on behalf of Vancouver City Council (Video)
  • Orientation Talk: Liveable Neighbourhoods, Bruce Haden, Dialog (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)

Afternoon

  • Discussion: Principles for the Citizens’ Assembly
  • City Brief: Introduction to Community Planning in Grandview-Woodland Andrew Pask, City of Vancouver (Video: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4)
  • Orientation Talk: Planning for the Future, Meg Holden, SFU (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)
  • Discussion: Exploring your Grandview-Woodland 

Meeting #1 Resources:


Meeting #2: Saturday, October 4th (9 am to 4 pm, Croatian Cultural Centre)

Morning

  • Discussion: Guiding Principles
  • Orientation Talk: Regional Context and land-use, Jane Pickering, Deputy Director of Planning, City of Vancouver (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)
  • Perspectives Panel Housing:
    • Abi Bond, Director of Housing, City of Vancouver (Video)
    • James Roy, BC Non Profit Housing Association, Senior Policy Analyst (Video)
    • Thom Armstrong, Co-op Housing Federation of BC (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)
    • James Evans, local developer (Video)
    • Nick Sully, Shape Architecture (Video)

Observation Session: (10:45 am to 12:15pm)

Afternoon

  • City Brief:  “What we heard”: Housing, Andrew Pask, City of Vancouver (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)
  • Dialogue Session with Community Representatives:
    • Britannia Youth group: Tom Higashio
    • Seniors Issues: Cynthia Low and Amanda Pollicino
    • Kiwassa Neighbourhood House: Nancy McRitchie and Amanda White
    • MOSAIC: Sherman Chan and Paeony Leung
    • Under one Umbrella: Damian Murphy and Annie Dempster
    • OCOP: Jak King and Hanna Daber
    • GWAC: Steve Anderson and Vicky Scully
    • WISH ED: Kate Gibson
    • Grandview Heritage Group: Penny Street, Bruce Macdonald, Jill Kelly
    • REACH: Madeline Boscoe
  • Discussion: Identifying values to guide change in Grandview-Woodland

Meeting #2 Resources:


October and November, Optional Tours
  • Grandview
  • Nanaimo
  • Broadway and Commercial
  • Port
  • Commercial Drive
  • Britannia-Woodland
  • Cedar Cove
  • Hastings

Meeting #3: Saturday, October 25th (9 am to 4 pm, Vancouver Opera)  

Morning

  • Discussion: Defining values to guide change in Grandview-Woodland
    • Nick Pogor, Commercial Drive Business Society (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)
    • Patricia Barnes, North Hastings Business Improvement Association (Video)
    • Lisa Leblanc, Transportation specialist and Senior Engineer, City of Vancouver (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)
    • Claire Gram, Urban design and health, Vancouver Coastal Health (Video)
    • Andrew Pask, City of Vancouver, City Brief – “What we heard”: Transportation, Jobs and Business (Video)

Observation Session: (10:45 am to 12:15pm)

Afternoon

  • Talk: Matt Hern, Activist and Educator (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)
  • Dialogue Session:
    • Arts (Heather Redfern, The Cultch)
    • Food security (Ian Marcuse)
    • Active transportation (Streets for Everyone, Sarah Fiorito)
    • Goods movement (BC Trucking Association)
    • Urban Native Youth Association
    • Public Safety (Community Policing)
  • Discussion: Defining values to guide change in Grandview-Woodland

Meeting #3 Resources:


Meeting #4: Saturday, November 22th (9 am to 4 pm, Vancouver Opera)

Morning

  • Talk: Zoning
  • Perspectives Panel: Building Design
    • Paul Cheng, Urban designer City of Vancouver (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)
    • Michael Kluckner, historian, artist, writer and heritage advocate (Video)
    • Stu Lyon, Principal GBL Architects (Video)

Observation Session: (10:45 am to 12:00pm)

Afternoon

  • Selecting additional learning topics for Stage 2
  • Discussion: Identifying Issues and Priorities for Stage 2
  • Preparing for the Public Roundtable

Meeting #4 Resources:


Public Roundtable: Wednesday, November 26th (7 pm to 9 pm, Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph St.)

At this Public Roundtable, Assembly members will workshop a draft set of values with community members and discuss how these values might manifest themselves in the Grandview-Woodland over the next 30 years. The Assembly Chair will host the Public Roundtable and Assembly facilitators will be at each discussion table.

Please register to participate.

 


Stage Two: Issues, Options, and Mapping

Meeting #5: Saturday, December 13 (9 am to 4 pm, Vancouver Opera)

Morning

  • Discussion: What did you hear at the Public Roundtable?
  • Updating Draft Values for Grandview-Woodland
  • Prioritizing Neighbourhood-wide issues, analyzing Emerging Directions

Afternoon

  • Reports from sub area workshops: Cedar Cove and Britannia-Woodland (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)
  • Learning session: “Tools to address affordable housing”, Observation Session: (1:30 pm to 2:30pm)
    • Alice Sundberg, Consultant for affordable housing in BC (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)
    • Dr. Penny Gurstein, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, and Housing Justice Project (Video)
  • Work on Neighbourhood-wide directions

Meeting # 5 Resources:

Meeting #6: Saturday, January 24 (9 am to 4 pm, Vancouver Opera)

Morning

  • Work on Neighbourhood-wide directions

Afternoon

  • Reports from sub area workshops
  • Learning session: “Growth and transportation in Grandview-Woodland” Observation Session (1:00 pm to 2:45 pm)
    • Lon LaClaire, Manager, Strategic Transportation Planning, City of Vancouver (Video)
    • Gordon Price, Chair of City Program at Simon Fraser University (Video)
    • Patrick Condon, Chair of Urban Design and Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of British Columbia (Video)
  • Work on Neighbourhood-wide directions

Meeting # 6 Resources:

 Meeting #7: Saturday, February 28 (9 am to 4 pm, Vancouver Opera)

Morning

  • Work on Neighbourhood-wide recommendations

Afternoon

  • Learning session: “Aboriginal Reconciliation in Grandview-Woodland”, Observation Session (12:45 pm to 1:45 pm)
    • Marissa Lawrence, Reconciliation Canada (Video)
    • Scott Clark, Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society (ALIVE) (Video)
  • Work on Neighbourhood-wide recommendations
  • Prepare for Public Roundtable

Meeting # 7 Resources:


Public Roundtable: Thursday, 5 March 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive)

At this Public Roundtable, members will workshop their neighbourhood-wide recommendations with community members. The Assembly Chair will host the Public Roundtable and Assembly facilitators will be at each discussion table.


 Meeting #8: Saturday, March 28 (9 am to 4 pm, Vancouver Opera)

Morning

  • Discussion of Public Roundtable #2 feedback (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)
  • Briefing: Kettle & Astorino’s site (Video: Part 1 | Part 2)

Afternoon

  • Sub area workshop materials, Observation Session (1:00 pm-1:30 pm)
  • Mapping and recommendations for sub areas

Meeting # 8 Resources:

Meeting # 9:  Saturday, April 11th (9 am to 4 pm, Croatian Cultural Centre)

Morning

  • Mapping and recommendations for sub areas

Afternoon

  • Mapping and recommendations for sub areas

Meeting # 9 Resources:


Stage Three: Drafting Recommendations

Members will:

  • Refine their neighbourhood map, based on sub area maps from Stage 2
  • Write a vision for the neighbourhood that reflects community values developed during Stage 1
  • Edit and refine recommendations for the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan based on neighbourhood-wide directions and sub area maps developed in Stage 2

Meeting #10:

Morning

  • Mapping and recommendations for sub areas
  • Create neighbourhood-map

Afternoon

  • Update neighbourhood-wide recommendations
  • Refine sub area and neighbourhood maps
  • Prepare for Public Roundtable

Meeting # 10 Resources:


Public Roundtable: Tuesday, May 5 (7 pm – 10 pm, Croatian Cultural Centre)

At the third Public Roundtable, Assembly members will workshop their draft recommendations and maps for each of Grandview-Woodland’s seven sub-areas: Cedar Cove, Hastings, Britannia-Woodland, Grandview, Nanaimo, Commercial Drive and Broadway & Commercial. Discuss and give feedback to members on specific recommendations, and consider together the consequences for the neighbourhood as a whole. The Assembly Chair will host the Public Roundtable and Assembly facilitators will be at each discussion table.

Register here.


Meeting #11:

Morning

  • Discuss feedback from Public roundtable

Afternoon

  • Update, edit, polish and refine recommendations and maps

Meeting # 11 Resources:

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The Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly put local residents at the centre of the community planning process. Forty-eight randomly selected local residents and business owners met eleven times over nine months to learn, listen and put forward their recommendations concerning the future of the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood. Download their final report here.