Joyce Residents Pushback Against Rushed Development with Community Dialogue

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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

 

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

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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.

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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”

http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/joyce-collingwood-station-precinct-review.aspx

Community Dialogue hosted at Collingwood Neighbourhood House V5R 6C9