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January 10, 2023

GWAC and the Future of the Drive

January 10, 2023


Further to the meeting of the Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC) last night, I believe it will be vitally important that GWAC take the lead in organizing a community-based response to the concept of a “pedestrian first” Commercial Drive.

Clearly, the Drive will continue to change over time, as it should, but that change should be at the discretion of, and with the approval of, a majority of residents for whom the Drive is not a travel-to destination for dinner, but an integral part of our daily lives. The current ideas — too amorphous as yet to call a concept — are being driven solely by the BIA and City Hall. It was telling that the 30,000 residents of Grandview were not included in the list of primary stakeholders the BIA suggested they needed to speak with.

Many of the ideas being floated are worthy of support but would, no doubt, be made even better with a genuine community engagement process. Therefore, I would call on GWAC to develop a strategy to advance that engagement process, as quickly as possible, and to ensure that City Hall (both staff and Councillors) are aware that this community has ideas of its own for the future of our Drive.