Battleground: Grandview

September 9, 2020

After a month’s delay due to sickness in August, I am glad to report that my new book is now completed.

It is called Battleground: Grandview: An Activist’s Memoir of the Grandview Community Plan, and describes in detail the methods City of Vancouver Planning and the Vision majority on City Council used to deceive, overcome, and eventually ignore organized community opinion in our neighbourhood from 2011 to 2016.

Now I just have to figure out how to get it printed.

We were told that the value of a Community Plan is that it would give everyone certainty. However, what we have seen in Grandview since the Plan was approved is that the only certainty is that developers will ask for more than the Plan allows — and CoV Planning will encourage them to do so.

The Grandview Plan turned out to be nothing more than a typically duplicitous Vision Vancouver PR exercise.  The development at Charles & Nanaimo, and the proposed 9-storey tower in a 6-storey zone on Frances, are merely the latest examples where developers are being encouraged to defeat the purpose of a Plan that took so many years and so many dollars to construct.

Anyway, I hope that you will soon be able to read this sad tale of a community thwarted.


Image: Hangers On

September 9, 2020


Grandview 9th September 1920

September 9, 2020

Province, 19200907, p.19

All previous Grandview 1920 clippings


Development at Charles & Nanaimo

September 9, 2020

The latest proposed development that seeks to break free of the few restraints imposed on developers by the Grandview Community Plan is for a 6-storey apartment building at Charles & Nanaimo in a zone that is supposed to have a maximum of four storeys.

In addition, as the local Friends of Nanaimo Group notes:

“The Plan required that Nanaimo redevelopment occur only where it backed onto north-south alleys to limit intrusion into the neighbourhood. The new 6-storey proposal for Charles and Nanaimo does not back onto a north-south alley. The entrance/exit for vehicles in the square block spot rezoning is the east-west alley. On the west side, this alley ends at Lord Nelson School’s front door.”

The Friends report that the Urban Design Panel reviewed the Charles Street proposal and expressed “sufficient concern” that the developers had to revise their proposal.  However, even after the revision, the proposal kept its relative mass and height, and City Planning appears to be encouraging this enterprise.

Now, the Friends suddenly learn, the final decision by City Council will be made after a public hearing on September 15th, 2020.

Here is what you can do to help prevent this new attack on what we reluctantly agreed to in the Community Plan. Register either online or by phone (604-829-4238) to speak at the Public Hearing. You may speak either on the phone or in person. The registration deadline is 5:30 p.m., the same day as the hearing, September 15th, 2020.

Or you can send a comment directly to the Mayor and Councillors at https://vancouver.ca/your-government/contact-council.aspx.


Happy Birthday Victoria!

September 9, 2020

Happy birthday to the most wonderful daughter a father could ever wish for, and a fabulous mother to our grand-daughter!