Climate Plan Comments Urgently Needed

Next week, Vancouver City Council will vote on the Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP). Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver (NSV) and the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) oppose this Plan and have sent out a mailer listing their issues:

Eliminating parking minimums in new residential construction gives too much cost saving benefit to developers, while offloading those costs to residents of the new building and surrounding area.

Pay permit parking citywide unfairly offloads developers’ costs onto area residents, who will be increasingly squeezed out of street parking due to the removal of parking minimum requirements, and increased costs will make life even more unaffordable.

Required conversion to zero emission heat and hot water for existing detached homes. This would have huge costs for conversion and operating, making it less affordable for owners and renters.

Annual home energy efficiency testing and fines for not meeting targets or doing upgrades. Would particularly disadvantage existing character houses.

Road tolls proposed for Downtown and Central Broadway which penalizes local businesses and residents while invading privacy by tracking movements.

Promoting growth rather than managing growth. This increases the city’s environmental footprint.

$500 million capital  and operating costs proposed for CEAP over next 5 years. CEAP would be on top of current deficits.  High current budget deficits are already projected for next few years to recover from COVID alone.

No broad public consultation held. The 371 page report was released to the public for the first time 3 business days before being considered at Council and the speakers list closed.

The Speakers’ List for this Motion is already closed, but you can still get your views to City Council.

Submit comments by copying or attaching a pdf through the City’s online form so that staff count it HERE

Also Email To: kennedy.stewart@vancouver.ca

adriane.carr@vancouver.ca

melissa.degenova@vancouver.ca

lisa.dominato@vancouver.ca

pete.fry@vancouver.ca

colleen.hardwick@vancouver.ca

CLRkirby-yung@vancouver.ca

jean.swanson@vancouver.ca

michael.wiebe@vancouver.ca

rebecca.bligh@vancouver.ca

christine.boyle@vancouver.ca

  Emails are urgently required by 3:00pm Tuesday 17th November.

One Response to Climate Plan Comments Urgently Needed

  1. Nathan Davidowicz says:

    While I agree with many of your comments on CEAP, you should offer some bold moves that the City/Province can implement.
    1. Limit the no. of vehicles for hire and charge them more than 30 cents per trip ( $2 to $3 per trip would be better)
    2. Improve all forms of public transit and provide more FREE TRANSIT.

    Just these two measures will increase transit ridership by over 30% and there would be no need for many of the actions proposed by CEAP.

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