Keeping track: Behold the West End’s new housing unit count (via Park Board)


08-3000-20 Board Meeting Materials

…comprehensive information would be very useful for anyone to track the implementation and impacts of  the West End Community Plan. One would expect the City of Vancouver’s planning department staff to have been tracking this data for decades, but particularly since the new community plan was adopted nearly seven years ago.

Does the Park Board track this information but not the City’s planning department? Does the planning department have similar or perhaps even more detailed data? If so, when will such information be made available publicly to the West End community? And to City Council? How about the School Board? Are City Hall, Park Board, and School Board all on the same page with population current numbers and projections? Are they sharing those numbers and staying right up to date?

Switching to the city-wide level, does the City already track such information? Do planning staff already have similar and up-to-date graphics to keep track of growth throughout the city? Why not show new developments like this on a neighbourhood by neighbourhood basis? If and when it ever becomes available under the City’s purported open data policy, will such data be available in not only map format but also in spreadsheet format, and with geospatial data tags? And availability to the public is definitely desirable, but besides that, do our city’s planners even make this available in any format to our elected officials (mayor and council) as they consider policies and individual rezonings and developments? If not, why not?

Keeping track of growth would really assist in seeing if the City is hitting the growth targets set in the ‘community plans’ and other planning documents.

the additional population for projects approved and in progress is 25,627 residents. For comparison, the West End Community Plan anticipated 7,000 to 10,000 additional residents over 30 years from 2013 to 2043 (editor’s note: 23 years to go!). Note that these numbers are NEW units.


Sep 19, 2020

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