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.

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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.

Email: 

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

mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca

“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.

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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/.

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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

 

Today: Join JARA to Speak Out against Displacement

The Joyce Area Residents Association (JARA) is inviting all housing advocates to join us at a press conference today, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at 4:30pm. Speakers, including a JARA organizer, a homeowner, a renter and a business owner, will share their concerns about the City’s plans for market-rate development in the area. We are resisting displacement in our community and would appreciate your presence.
If you are unable to attend and want to support our work, please sign our petition here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/we-love-renfrew-collingwood-development-without-displacement
Thank you for your solidarity.
Joyce Area Residents Association (JARA)
Any questions or concerns? joyceareaRA@gmail.com
Tweet us: @joyceareaRA