Tomorrow, Saturday, the Grandview Citizens’ Assembly will meet once again to review the planning department’s suggestions on zoning and housing in each of the various sub-areas into which our neighbourhood has been divided. Having spoken with a great many of the CA members, I have some confidence that they have become radicalized and informed enough to produce some valuable and workable solutions (that doesn’t mean to say I believe the Planning Department will accept all the CA’s initiatives). However, there is one key to the future that is so important that I am essentially rewriting a post I published just a month and a half ago as a reminder to the CA to include it.
That vital key to the future is a strict moratorium on spot rezoning for a period of time (say 7-10 years) after the Community Plan is approved. Having such a moratorium guarantees that the Community Plan will indeed be a social contract with the community — this is what you agreed to, and we won’t mess with it.
However, without some legally binding restriction, the Community Plan will be meaningless: without the restraint of a moratorium, any meeting of Vancouver City Council, on application by a developer, would have the ability to make a change to the zoning previously agreed to by the community, thus making the community’s wishes null and void and breaching the social contract that a Community Plan should represent.
This kind of moratorium should be required for any and all Community Plans. Making sure it is written into the Grandview-Woodland plan would be a fine start.