JARA Statement: REZONING: Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan and Related Rezonings

*This statement has been sent to the Vancouver Mayor and City Council in time for the Public Hearing on September 20, 2016*

Taiko drummers leading the Community Celebration Walking Tour, part of the JARA organized Block Party held on September 17, 2016. The community mural by two Filipina artists, Aly d., Kim Villagante and youth reads, “home”.


Dear Mayor and Vancouver City Council,

In response to the “REZONING: Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan and Related Rezonings”, the Joyce Area Residents Association (JARA) would like to offer our comments in opposition to the proposed rezonings in our neighbourhood.

You may recall a group of passionate community members, from youth to seniors, who came down to City Hall to offer comments on rushed development in our community in June this year. Rapid growth inherently conflicts with Vancouver’s goal to become the greenest city. We urge City Council to carefully consider the following before making a decision about the proposed mass rezoning.

High Renter Population/Current Affordability

The high renter population in the neighbourhood must be considered. As indicated in the plan, 46 percent of 6,300 home dwellings are rented by individuals and families. Many have chosen to stay as renting has always been a more affordable option. However, with the current state of growing unaffordability in the city, unprotected and displaced renters will be left with no other options for housing. Many renters are currently spending somewhere between 30 to 50 per cent of their income on rent. As a result, new development does not guarantee that current renters will be able to afford the units. There is an urgent need for more non-market rentals, especially in a neighbourhood with such high percentages of low-income, immigrant families and seniors.

Transit Convenience & Services

The City of Vancouver has already found that Renfrew-Collingwood area has a higher representation of low-income and immigrant residents compared to the city-wide average. In addition, the neighbourhood is also home to one of the highest proportions of seniors.

As you may recall, JARA conducted an extensive neighbourhood survey where we knocked on the doors of over 100 homes in the affected rezoning areas. These are not just families that can simply pick up and go. They have built roots and community in our neighbourhood. Many have told us that they cannot afford to stay in the neighbourhood without renters or extended family. Many have also said that they are unsure about where they could find other housing even after they’ve searched for housing elsewhere in Greater Vancouver. A great number of homes are multi-generational and their current dwelling is able to accommodate low-income families that want to live together.

The City of Vancouver insists that density is necessary because thousands are expected to flock to our neighbourhood. While our neighbourhood has always been a chosen area for newcomers and non-English speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds to settle, approving the rezonings may jeopardize that. Townhomes and apartments will not necessarily be able to house as many as the Single Family Homes for affordable rates.

JARA supports transit-oriented development that is equitable for long-term, current and new residents. We ask City Council to make a point of prioritizing affordable housing for low-income, newcomer families, youth and seniors in this community as opposed to adding it as a potential afterthought. Plans say there is potential for more affordable housing. What is the timeline? How long will the most vulnerable in our community have to wait?

Consultation Still Inadequate

While the City of Vancouver cites the 2004 Community Vision for the neighbourhood, it is clear that recommendations in the document are being ignored. Planners are veering from more collaborative and democratic engagement and consultation methods to more cherry-picking tactics. This is clear in the cryptic documents attached to this agenda item and the staff’s refusal to conduct household surveys in the affected areas and intensive months long community workshops as done for the Community Vision in 2003 and 2004.

At the very least, homeowners should be given an objective explanation of how these rezonings will impact them. There is a great deal of unrest and confusion among homeowners that intend to stay in the neighbourhood. City Council should provide unbiased staff to consult with homeowners in their mother tongues as 73% of our neighbourhood is ESL. Homeowners are being told they are able to stay while they are getting pressured by developers and real estate agents to sell. Homeowners are also being pushed out due to the threat of living in a highly congested construction zone for many years. Further, our small businesses are already feeling the crunch. As you know, the small businesses around the station are primarily immigrant owned. The majority are not in favour of the re-zonings and fear that it could mean their long-term businesses are at stake due to increased rents and business taxes. City Councillors mentioned protection of small businesses is a concern on June 28, 2016 at City Hall. What are the safeguards in place to protect these businesses as bigger chains pop up in the area?

Further, since the new General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, Gil Kelley is just easing into his new position, JARA urges City Council to put a pause on the rezonings to hear input from Mr. Kelley. With his new responsibilities having a strong emphasis on housing affordability, it is important to hear more about his findings in a Vancouver context.

Once again, we urge City Council to deny the proposed rezonings of single family homes in the Joyce Station Precinct Plan, and come up with solutions that add density without destroying perfectly good homes and displacing families.


Arielle Yip, Chanel Ly, Cassandra Ly on behalf of

Members and supporters of the Joyce Area Residents’ Association (JARA)



Anti-Gentrification Fight in Renfrew-Collingwood Begins

IMG_20160614_171226Joyce area residents resisting against the upzoning of their neighbourhood.

JARA Organizer, Chanel Ly

I don’t know what’s worse – watching my community disappear or knowing that it’s going to happen. I’m experiencing both at the same time, in Chinatown and in Renfrew-Collingwood, both communities of colour. We have been fighting, giving it our all, but now I am feeling worn out, and have been ready to admit defeat multiple times.

Two days ago, Joyce residents stood up in front of Vancouver City Council to tell their stories and speak out against the Joyce-Collingwood Precinct Review. This plan is proposing the addition of 2,800 units at Joyce Skytrain Station in the form of high-rise and midrise towers, apartments, and townhomes. For almost all of us, it was our first time and I was so proud to see my neighbours stick up for each other at city hall. Geoff Meggs discouraged us from applauding after speeches, but we continued anyway. We are a group of intergenerational majority Asian immigrants or children of immigrants and we have complex multi-generational histories of displacement and resistance. It has been an emotional rollercoaster as an organizer. The most heartbreaking thing is that the City may very well greenlight this without truly listening to the community.

With our current municipal government and political environment, the odds are stacked against us to say the least. Transit Oriented Development (TOD) supports the City’s goal to be the greenest city in the world. TOD means more density around transit stations, which encourages people take more transit. In the City’s planning process, there was never a chance to engage critically with this concept. Citizens who were provided this explanation for densification, took it for face value and further debate was discouraged. More density is the assumed solution to the housing crisis.

Three years ago, Westbank proposed a 29-storey tower of luxury condos on the corner of Vanness Ave and Joyce St, which triggered the planning process Council is now deciding on. The tower has an FSR of 14.33 – currently there is no density greater than 9.0 outside of the downtown core. Two more towers of this calibre are proposed on the other corners of the station. It is plain to see that this plan will open the doors for market development to start bulldozing the neighbourhood.

The negative impacts severely outweigh the positive. The precinct review has no social housing or rental housing requirements, no Floor Space Ratio (FSR*) cap, and no mechanisms to control the pace of development. There has been no attempt to offer protections for the small businesses we depend on. The Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) negotiation process hasn’t been clarified and remains in the power of the City and developers. The community also never received a clear answer on why this development was necessary and how the heights were determined. The plan states that the high-rise towers will “mark the station” as the sole justification for the heights. This kind of top-down planning has been very vague and exclusive.

What are the negative impacts? They can’t tell us because they have refused to provide an impact assessment. If this was a pipeline review, the whole process would be illegal, and there are parallels to be drawn. We have been stone-walled, but we do know we have to continue to resist to protect our neighbourhood and get ready to support people through difficult transitions. There’s no doubt that a 29-storey tower in a predominantly SFH neighbourhood will cause housing prices and rents to skyrocket. Upzoning has never made the housing market more stable or affordable. The positive impacts – we may get more childcare spaces, 2-3 bedroom condos, and hundreds of units of social housing. At what rents? At whose expense? We still have so many unanswered questions.

The City has adequate zoning capacity to support predicted population growth. If people want to talk about demand, I can show you the numbers of people on the waitlist for social housing. I can show you how vulnerable renters become when development comes into a neighbourhood. I can show you how low-income neighbourhoods can thrive if residents are invested through the self-determination of their community.

We want more time, we want to decide the process for collaboration, and we have the right to decide how our community is developed. We want equitable transit oriented development, which ensures that lower income people won’t fall through the cracks, and existing residents aren’t displaced for the sake of population growth.

We will continue organizing and expressing our opposition to exclusive planning and unfettered market development. When immigrant homeowners are pressured to sell, we will be there. When renters and retailers are evicted, we will be there.
City council will make their decision on June 28. We have already made ours.

*Floor Space Ratio, or FSR, is a measurement of density. It is the ratio of the building’s total floor area to the piece of land it is built upon.

Strong Opposition: Joyce Residents Take City Hall June 15

The Joyce Station Precinct Plan will go before City Council in just a few days (June 14 and June 15 9:30am at City Hall). At least 5 towers are proposed to go up right at the skytrain station. Around 179 Single Family Homes are also being targeted for zoning changes to allow for apartments and townhomes. These houses are multi-generational, multi-family and often immigrant and low income. 46% of our neighbours are renters. 73% of our neighbourhood is ESL.  Rapid development and gentrification has the ability to displace many of these families, renters and small businesses.


Residents are spending every hour until then to reach all of their fellow neighbours who still have concerns about the plans.

Over the next few days, we will be tabling around Joyce Skytrain Station. (You can come find us today, June 12 in the afternoon-evening.)

We still have many remaining concerns:

  • We want the Single Family Homes to be protected. Many of these families want to stay in the neighbourhood but will face increased pressure from real estate agents and neighbours to sell.
  • We want safeguards to resist displacement. City of Vancouver has found 46% of our greater Joyce Station area to be made up of renters.
  • City of Vancouver has found that our neighbourhood has higher averages of immigrants and low-income people than the citywide average. Our neighbours are working-class and many could not engage with City planning processes fully because of this.
  • We want EQUITABLE Transit oriented development. My Health My Community survey found that the highest rate of transit users are low-income and immigrant. Those frequent commuters need truly affordable housing available housing, not condos.
  • Planners also want to add more density to our already congested area without giving us a reasonable traffic plan.

How can you support?

Come to sign our collective letter (Joyce Station on June 12, we’re still out here! or our June 14 Meeting 6:30pm at Collingwood Neighbourhood House). Read the long version of the letter here.


Send an email to the mayor and city council to say that you oppose the plans. Each email will be counted by the City.


“I oppose the Joyce Collingwood Station Precinct Draft Plan being presented to City Council on June 14 and 15.”

Show up and/or Sign up to Speak!

City Council needs to see how loud the opposition is. Please consider signing up to speak. We will support you rehearse at a JARA meeting on June 14, 2016 at 6:30pm at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

nicole.ludwig@vancouver.calaura.kazakoff@vancouver.ca, speaker.request@vancouver.ca or call 604 873 7268

Ask for your number in line so that we can keep track of how many speakers have signed up.

Get a Lawn Sign (by donation)

Email us to get your own lawn sign to show your opposition to the plan.


Help us get the word out by sharing this post, tweeting out @joyceareaRA #JoyceIsOurHome and showing up at City Hall https://www.facebook.com/events/1704172079845839/.

I want to do MORE for Joyce residents, what can I do to help?!

Thank you for wanting to do more!!

You can help us by getting the word out:

Share this post on 6 things people should know about the plan.

We are selling very cool lawn signs that read, “This is our home. Development without Displacement.” They are by donation.

Follow us on Twitter and keep your followers updated on our story at #JoyceisOurHome this week and next week.

You can help us by volunteering:

We may need to do some last minute flyering and tabling. If you just want to hang out and person a table for one to two hours, it would help us out a lot!

Do you have expertise in presenting at City Hall? Please send us some pointers at joyceareaRA@gmail.com

You can help us by showing up!

The Joyce Station Precinct Review goes before City Council and opens up to public comments on June 15, 2016 at City Hall. Please come out to support the speakers. 

Here is the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1704172079845839/



6 Things You Should Know about the Joyce Station Precinct Review

The Joyce Station Precinct Review is being presented to Vancouver City Council next week (June 14 and 15). Local residents have been outspoken about their concerns with the plan since last year. Here are 6 things you should know about the plans.

6 Things you should know about the Joyce Station Precinct Review 

Joyce Area Residents Association and supporters at the Joyce Station Precinct Review Open House Feb 2016
  1. Single Family Homes (SFH) are in Danger of being rezoned for townhomes, apartments, and towers. The single-family homes in our neighbourhood are often working-class, immigrant, multi-family and multi-generational. Many of our SFH already have renters, making our neighbourhood quite dense already. 
  1. The Public Benefits Strategy will not meet the needs of the existing community. 
  1. No clear commitment to affordable, social, and below-market rental housing. City planners have discussed the *potential* for building social housing on city-owned land but there are no clear commitments in the plan outlining timelines, money allotted or number of units.
  1. Possibility of Displacement, pushing low to middle-income families further and further out of the City. Renters in single family homes will not be protected by the City’s Tenant Relocation plan.
  1. Traffic & Transit no clear traffic strategy to accommodate increasing density in an area that is already very congested and is home to many seniors, causing safety concerns.
  1. Local businesses, which are mostly immigrant owned, and residents directly impacted were not consulted until the end of the planning process with a push from the Joyce Area Residents Association

(Note that we are still updating these 6 things you need to know as we review the latest doc released by the City.)
The Joyce Area Residents Association (JARA) and all of its supporters have been working hard since November 2015 to engage hundreds of neighbours and community members to push for better planning in our area. We pushed for more language accessibility in our 73% ESL neighbourhood and more thorough consultation. JARA has also worked with other community stakeholder groups to develop a draft Community Amenity Contribution plan. 

Please come support us at City Hall on June 15, 2016 as the plans go before City Council. We appreciate your solidarity! https://www.facebook.com/events/1704172079845839/

If you are a local resident or community member:

  1. Come to our meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 pm at Collingwood Neighbourhood House
  2. Get yourself a Lawn Sign to put in front of your house (it reads: This is our Home. Development without displacement).
  3. Sign our collective letter at the meeting and get everyone in your household to sign too.
  4. Show up on June 15th at City Hall to support your neighbours speaking to City Council!

If you are in solidarity with the residents of our neighbourhood:

  1. Come to City Hall on June 15 to show your support as residents speak in front of city council.

I want to do MORE, what can I do to help?!

For more, check out the most recent document that city planners released: http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/joyce-collingwood-station-precinct-plan-draft.pdf

Check out our neighbourhood survey JARA Community Dialogue Report March 2016, in which we knocked on the doors of every Single Family Home in the plans.



Meet JARA, residents group advocating for better city planning in Vancouver!


Who is JARA?

The Joyce Area Residents Association (JARA) is group of concerned residents and community members that have been pushing for more community-oriented and inclusive planning for the Joyce Station Precinct Review. The group has been working since November 2015 on engaging hundreds of residents, sitting down with the City of Vancouver planners and connecting with other housing justice experts and advocates.

Our Vision Statement

We envision Renfrew-Collingwood as a working-class, multi-racial, and intergenerational community with affordable housing, small businesses, community spaces, and services that reflect the diverse needs and interests of local residents.

What has JARA accomplished so far?

We are proud of the work that we’ve done so far. It is always our goal to improve the ways that the City engages our low to middle income, immigrant, 73% ESL community. We have seen how our advocacy has led to additional information sessions and meetings to address specific concerns.

    • Community Information Nights (Nov 2015)
    • Distributed Leaflets Door to Door (~900 homes)
    • Conducted a Neighbourhood Survey with Single Family Homes (~179 homes) (Feb 2016)
    • Community Dialogue (Mar 2016)
    • Met with the City and other stakeholders
    • Media Coverage in CBC, The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Courier, CKNW, 24

Hours (Nov 2015-March 2016)

Next Steps- You’re invited!!

We are holding a JARA Community Meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Collingwood Neighbourhood House at 6pm in Program Rooms A & B to discuss our next steps.

We need to keep working together so that our voices are heard by the City of Vancouver. Get in touch! JoyceareaRA@gmail.com Website: joyceareaRA.wordpress.com Twitter: @joyceareaRA 604-445-5300

Joyce Residents: “We want Quality over Quantity for Consultations!” April 6 Event Summary


Here is a summary of the City workshop hosted on April 6, 2016 at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. City staff and representatives from St. Mary’s, BC Housing and the Parks Board met with residents to discuss the Joyce Station Precinct Review. Residents were invited to join discussions on Affordable Housing, Transportation & Pedestrian Connections, Amenities, Heights & Housing Options 

It’s good to see the City engaging the community but we still have issues with the way its being done. It is clear from the other night that the plans should not go to City Council in June because we are still not being heard.

Below is a summary of the event with quotes from attendees and criticisms of the consultation process.

Consultation Process, still not good enough

Residents cramped around one topic table on April 6, 2016. It was difficult to see plans and hear people speaking.

Following a powerpoint presentation by senior city planner, Paula Huber, the City allowed a very short Q&A. We were only given 5 minutes and 3 questions from the crowd. The large group of residents (around 70 people) seemed to all be on the same page as they nodded and encouraged their neighbours.

What attendees had to say about the process:

Breaking into smaller groups right away is one way to diffuse group momentum and dissension.”

“Previous planning process involved keeping topics and people together so that the group could connect all issues and form a cohesive strategy”

Transportation and Pedestrian Connections

Traffic is still a major concern for residents, especially if the City is planning more density in our already crowded neighbourhood.

“The plan is for conventional width sidewalks of 5 -5.5 meters. We suggested much wider to open up more possibilities for performance, gathering, benches, cafe tables etc etc. We suggested asking the community what width of sidewalk they want.”

“Joyce cannot be widened, traffic will block up side streets. Seems there has been little thought to the Boundary Wall development and the traffic those buildings will create on Vanness and Joyce.”

Housing Options

We are still unclear on why or how heights were chosen for the towers proposed. The only reasons that the City provides are that they want the heights to gradually go from taller to shorter and they want to densify at the skytrain stations. JARA would like to see the evidence for the need to densify. Other experts have said that density increases are being used all around the city without hard evidence to prove the necessity.

“I asked whether families desired apartment living or prefer a broader range of choice and my question was not answered.”

Affordable Housing

The commitments to affordable housing are still unclear. While BC Housing and the City have finally started to communicate, one city planner, Matthew Burke, confirmed that there is NO TIMELINE to increase the units on the BC Housing site. JARA is asking for 20% social housing to be built into the policy statement, which is fairly standard in other neighbourhoods.

“The BC Housing representatives assured us that the Vanness Avenue site is not a priority for redevelopment in the foreseeable future as other sites have more need. Her opinion was, since the requirement for social housing will not be met in the planned Towers, that objective must/could be accomplished on the City Vanness Site.“

Community Amenities

No Community Centre or Recreational Facilities

One resident raised the fact that no amenities were in the plan. Paula Huber and the City maintain that Renfrew and Killarney Community Centres (35+ minute walks for us) are good enough for our residents. The room disagreed. The City insists more people are coming to the Joyce Area. For this reason, we want a community centre with recreational facilities like a swimming pool and fitness gym.

There are still no clear amenities proposed by the City. Collingwood Neighbourhood House has been working on community amenity strategies for some time and would be a great resource for planners to connect with. There are still no cultural amenities. We would like a clear list of amenities to be built into the City’s policy statement and we want thorough community consultation for this process.

JARA handouts given to every attendee.

Short-term actions (What can I do now?):

  • Attend Single Family Homes meeting with the City on April 13th at Collingwood Neighbourhood House
  • Send any questions or complaints to paula.huber@vancouver.ca and cc or include us in the email joyceareaRA@gmail.com
    • Cannot make the scheduled time? Write her that we need more QUALITY consultation time. Have feedback on how she can consult us better? Write to tell her how she can improve.
    • Ask for consultation sessions that deal with one topic at a time.

We must delay the process until residents really feel that they have been heard and their ideas have been implemented into the plan that will go before the City Council.

REGISTER: April 6 Workshop with City Planners on Joyce Development

Register online for this week’s Workshop with the City of Vancouver planners!


[UPDATE: After JARA began calling residents on the phone and registering them, we were able to fill all 70 spots!! If you are unable to make it but want to have a say, please e-mail paula.huber@vancouver.ca and joyceareaRA@gmail.com. Tell the City we need MORE casual sessions like this!]

Wednesday, April 6 at 7pm at Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Mandatory Registration: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/plan-talk-tickets-24035971237

JARA and community members have had a big win. The City will host two more information sessions to engage our community about the City’s plans for Joyce Station.

Modeled after our last successful JARA Community Dialogue, the City of Vancouver will host a workshop for residents on a variety of topics:

  • Transportation and pedestrian connections
  • Housing affordability
    • We have to keep this neighbourhood affordable for the working class!
  • Amenities
    • (the City doesn’t have a clear idea of what we need!)
  • Building types and heights
    • let’s get a clear picture of what we actually need and some evidence as to why!

This is a great opportunity to have our questions answered on the spot by City staff. Please attend and bring your ideas and concerns. It is a positive sign to see the City working with us but we still need to ensure that decisions made with the community are built into the new plans.

There are 19 spots left [UPDATE: the event is now waitlist only]. Let’s keep pushing for genuine consultation and real commitments from city planners. Recognized as stakeholders by the City, JARA had a big hand in crafting these workshops.

See you on Wednesday! http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/plan-talk-tickets-24035971237

Joyce Area Residents Association Organizing Team

(more info: http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/joyce-collingwood-station-precinct-review.aspx under “progress”)

Joyce Residents Pushback Against Rushed Development with Community Dialogue



The Joyce Area Residents Association (JARA) has been engaging hundreds of residents to advocate for more community oriented planning with the City of Vancouver. The Joyce Station Precinct Review will allow for at least five new towers (as high as 26 storeys), apartments and town homes right around Joyce skytrain station.

From the beginning, JARA has been adamant about resisting displacement of our most vulnerable community members, including renters and seniors. Throughout the planning process, JARA has continued to read relevant policies and papers, examine the plans and engage residents to voice concerns and ask questions.

Single Family Home Surveys (SFH)

Renfrew Collingwood, home to many working-class, immigrant families, has been deemed the second densest neighbourhood in Vancouver after the West End. For this reason, the recent inclusion of 179 single family homes in the plans for re-zoning has baffled residents. JARA did the grunt work and went to survey all 179 homes and were able to reach 93. Overall, at least 40% of the Single Family Homes have renters. Overwhelmingly, residents asserted that they want to stay in the neighbourhood. We found at least 12 different languages spoken, which speaks to the rich diversity of our vibrant community. Please take a look at our report to check out our findings. JARA Community Dialogue Report March 2016

Community Dialogue

On March 2nd, JARA organized a Community Dialogue with residents and community members. A volunteer from St. Mary’s Parish, Jack Ong, came to speak about the church’s decision to join the re-zoning plans. Around 35 community members joined us to have discussions in small groups in a world cafe style. Each group brainstormed questions that they had for city planners and ways to better engage and celebrate our neighbourhood through block parties.

Here are some photos of engaged community members that want to have a greater say in re-zoning and planning near the station.

JARA continues to advocate for more community input being directly applied to the plans for our area, more language accessibility in our 73% ESL neighbourhood and more protections for truly affordable housing in relation to the median income of our area.


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We will continue to advocate for fair and reasonable development that preserves the affordability and culture of our neighbourhood through more community events, meetings with stakeholders and communications with the City of Vancouver.

City planners have said that the plans will go before City Council in June 2016. You can submit comments at anytime to city planners working on this project by emailing joycestationreview@vancouver.ca.

Stay in touch with us joyceareaRA@gmail.com or tweet us @joyceareaRA


Last Day for Comments on City’s Plans for Joyce Area


Hi folks! Today (March 4) is the last day to submit comments to the City for the Joyce Station Precinct Review. If you have been following our work, you know that we have been engaging hundreds of our neighbours and community members.

We want fair, accessible and community oriented city planning and consultation. We are asking to preserve the affordability of our neighbourhood and resisting displacement. You can support low-income and working class families by hitting some of these points in your online comments.

-The Tenant Relocation policy will not protect families being priced out or displaced if they live in Single Family Homes. (JARA surveyed all homes in the City’s plans and majority wish to Stay in the neighbourhood).

-Will seniors in Columbus Tower, which is a 100% social housing building for seniors ($450-600/month) be protected and relocated? Please make public the plan for these seniors and be proactive about communicating with the tenants.

-The City does not have a clear definition of what “affordable” is. It should be based on the current median income of the families that reside in the joyce area now.

-The City suggests there is opportunity for more affordable housing units. BC Housing was called and they are unaware of the opportunity to collaborate with the City. Please provide a statement from BC Housing on facts and figures for your social housing plans. 

-Our neighbourhood is 73% ESL we need more language accessibility for consultation.

-The City does not have a clear idea of what amenities are needed by the community. Our community dialogues and surveys show that our neighbours want a recreational facility, a library and seniors centre.


Above all, city planners should not be advancing the plans at such a fast pace. It is said that the plans will go before City Council in June. In the past, city planners, developers and residents met monthly for 7 years to plan our area. Please work with JARA and other community members to plan for the community not just profitability.

Submit your comments by clicking “tell us what you think”


Community Dialogue hosted at Collingwood Neighbourhood House V5R 6C9