OCOP! Supports Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods

OCOP! has released a Press Release supporting the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods and its Principles and Goals document.

The Press Release of June 12, 2014 can be found on our site documents.

Text Below:

Grandview Woodland is a Community, Not a Commodity. Supports Principles for a Fair Planning Process

June 12, 2014 – East Vancouver, BC – “Our Community, Our Plan!” (OCOP!) Residents’ Group

The City government approach to consultation has become an ineffective, divisive and disrespectful way to consider important planning decisions that will adversely affect neighbourhoods across Vancouver for decades. OCOP! rejects this approach.

Together with the 21 Vancouver communities in the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (COVN), OCOP! is charting a different course – to restore and strengthen neighbourhood-based planning.

OCOP’s Zool Suleman said: “Our community is not a commodity. The Citizens Assembly proposed by the City is an expensive, anti-community solution that will create problems, not solve them. For MASS LBP, the consultants, Vancouver is an “outpost”. We need local, community based solutions.” See: http://www.masslbp.com/contact.php

Local resident, Garth Mullins said “We are joining with other neighbourhoods across Vancouver to stand up to the City’s desire to put the wrecking ball to affordability, diversity and culture. These Goals & Principles are the foundation of an affordable and just approach to planning the coming decades; planning from below.”

Today, OCOP! Endorses a set of principles that will get us back on track.

No More Decisions Made Behind Closed Doors: No more decisions made without real community participation. Democratic input does not need expensive consultants being paid $150,000. We demand a transparent, accountable decision making process, where all information is shared openly and developed jointly from the start.

Vancouver as community, not commodity: The interests of communities and residents must come before private profits. Housing and developments should be consistent with established neighbourhood character and affordable, rather than meeting the needs of investors only.

For a livable, inclusive, and sustainable city: Starting at the community level, not in the corridors of power, planning can create a livable, affordable and sustainable city. These city-wide principles and goals can help inform planning for change and growth. Each neighbourhood has its own needs and character.

OCOP! and other neighbourhood groups will work to make these principles binding during the coming municipal election campaign. The full details of the Coalition’s Principles and Goals can be found at http://coalitionvan.org/principles-and-goals/ Come to the OCOP! table located between 1st Avenue and Graveley Street as part of Car Free Day on Commercial Drive.


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