As part of our attendance at the Citizens’ Assembly, we handed out written material. The summary document is shown below, with links to other parts of the material.
The Our Community, Our Plan (OCOP) group of Grandview-Woodland residents was formed last year in response to the disastrous first attempt at a Community Plan contained in the document known as “Emerging Directions”.
Many of the members of OCOP have been closely involved with the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan process since it began in 2012, and have been involved in prolonged discussions with the City and its planning department. OCOP is a member of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods formed by twenty-four community associations from across the City, created specifically to improve the planning and development process.
OCOP believes that the entire GW Plan process has been faulty since its inception and that the Community Assembly portion of this process is equally flawed. Our belief is that GW has become a wonderfully diverse and popular neighbourhood under the existing Community Plan, and the neighbourhood should be allowed to continue evolving at its own pace and as desired by residents.
That being said, here we are, and we hope to persuade you that there IS a better way.
This package includes:
- The Twelve Points that represent important views expressed during OCOP’s deliberations (2 pages);
- One-pager lead in to …
- Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods Principles & Goals for a more respectful relationship between the City and the neighbourhoods (5 pages)
- Flyer for Development debate on 15th October
We suggest that the All-Party debate on development and community engagement on 15th October will be a useful learning exercise for all CA members.
We urge you to stay in touch with OCOP through its website and please feel free to join us at our Tuesday evening meetings at Britannia.