- Community Dialogue on Health Research, June 27
- Strawberry Festival, June 24
- Statement from Mayor Roberson on rejection of 105 Keefer rezoning application
- SAC Opinion on 105 Keefer Rezoning Application
- Public Hearing on Rezoning Application for 105 Keefer St. and 544 Columbia St., May 23
- SAC Position on West 10th Avenue Corridor (Health Precinct) Design
- Revised Rezoning Application for 1920 SW Marine Drive – Casa Mia
- How to Combat the Vicious Cycle of Loneliness
- Seniors’ Multicultural Festival
- LGBTQ+ Seniors’ Social, April 21
In response to strong community opposition, Council has just voted to reject the rezoning application for 105 Keefer Street in Chinatown. The Mayor has issued the following statement:
A public hearing on the rezoning application for 105 Keefer and 544 Columbia Streets in Chinatown will be held on May 23, 6pm, Vancouver City Hall. This application may have implications for seniors’ housing affordability in the area and the overall look and feel of Chinatown going forward. For information about the project and to learn how to speak at the hearing, please see http://vancouver.ca/105keefer
The Committee is drafting a letter to Council outlining our views on this application.
On May 17, we will be addressing Council and explaining our position on the proposed changes for the West 10th Avenue Corridor (The Health Precinct). Below is the text of a letter we approved and sent to Council in advance of the meeting, where the recommended design guidelines will be considered.
Dear Mayor and Council,
Re: 10th Avenue Health Precinct Improvements
The Seniors’ Advisory Committee is a civic agency appointed by Vancouver City Council to advise Council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for seniors to fully participate in City services and civic life. The following represents the views of the City of Vancouver Seniors’ Advisory Committee.
The Committee acknowledges that substantial changes have been made to this project in response to our many concerns. Staff have made an effort to consider and incorporate suggestions offered at several workshops attended by representatives of SAC and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee that address issues on an interim basis. We are especially pleased to see that the needs of patients have become the highest priority.
We strongly suggest that staff continue to examine and incorporate possibilities that will meet the needs of all people accessing the “Medical Precinct” as it grows in size and usage—specifically, examining what is being done in other cities around the world, such as charitable valet parking; accessible shuttles from parking, bus stops, and drop-off sites; and other such examples.
Although much progress has been made on the plans for this project, we understand that the design work is not yet complete. We therefore feel it would be prudent to wait for the final plan before we offer a fulsome endorsement.
In the meantime, we hope that staff will consider some remaining issues that we feel require more attention:
- First and foremost is the concern we have for adequate and accessible parking for patients and caregivers who must visit the medical services for treatment. The parking must be nearby on level, or there should be serious re-working of how patients are assisted to and from transportation, including assistance to the office within the building being accessed.
- There remain concerns about existing and proposed trees in several areas of the precinct, including those in front of the EyeCare Centre. Staff have obviously considered this issue, but we would like further assurance that trees and other plantings will not in any way impede access to sidewalks.
- Consideration should be given to the impact of wet autumn leaves on streets and sidewalks, especially during winter weather. We suggest that staff choose trees and shrubs that do not create excess foliage. At the very least, we suggest that there be a rigorous maintenance program to regularly clear leaves and other debris.
- Extra attention should be paid to street lighting in order to facilitate way-finding and improve safety for all users.
- Although it is important to have adequate signage and way-finding for pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists, it is equally important to avoid visual clutter in the form of excessive signage, traffic lights, and road/sidewalk markings. In the presence of visual clutter, users may become confused and frustrated, and could even disregard important traffic warnings. On this issue, we encourage staff to remember the dictum that “less is more.”
- The Seniors’ Advisory Committee wishes to be part of on-going consultations, as this is a key part of the future plans for the West 10th Avenue Health Precinct.
We trust that stuff will address these concerns and we look forward to reviewing and comments further on the final plan.
Chair, Seniors’ Advisory Committee
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The City of Vancouver has received a revised application to rezone 1920 Southwest Marine Drive from RS-1 (One-Family Dwelling) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District to allow development of a 90-bed Class B Seniors’ Community Care Facility.
The new proposal includes heritage preservation and reuse of the existing Casa Mia mansion, which is a Class A Heritage listed building, and development of a two-storey addition with basement and underground parking. A total of 90 beds for seniors complex care accommodation are proposed, including 58 publicly-funded beds and 32 private-pay beds.
In response to our previous concerns, the revised proposal appears to incorporate elements from the Green House Project Model of care. We look forward to discussing this in more detail with the applicant at our June 12 meeting, which is open to the public.
A community open house will be held from 5:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Dr. R. E. McKechnie Elementary School, 7455 Maple Street, with the applicant team and City staff available to answer questions.
Are you an older adult 55+ who identifies as LGBTQ/2S? Attend Qmunity’s Spring Fling celebration, April 21, at Haro Park Centre.
The Seniors Advisory Committee is beginning its new term this month. We are very happy to have five new members join us: Monica Camporese, Clemencia Gómez, Ashok Puri, Elaine Wass, and Honghao Xu.
We hope to continue work on several important goals this term, including our pursuit of the “Global Age-Friendly City” designation from the World Health Organization; our social isolation & loneliness project; improvements to street safety & infrastructure; accessible public transit; and our checklist of essential features for accessible seniors’ housing.
If there are any issues you feel our committee should address, or if you would like to attend a meeting, please contact us.
For new members, the following documents may be useful:
- Procedure Bylaw, which regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies
- Guidelines for Civic Agencies, which provides general guidance on day-to-day operation of civic agencies
- Code of Conduct Policy, which sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials, staff, and advisory body members in carrying out their functions
We are pleased that Council has passed a motion today asking staff to provide a report on the City’s handling of snow and ice removal during December. The Park Board has commissioned a similar report. As street safety and accessibility are key priorities for our committee, we look forward to reading these reports and providing feedback.
While the City is responsible for clearing major thoroughfares, including bus routes, bridges, and bike lanes, residents and businesses are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the full width of sidewalks that surround their residence or business by 10:00am on the morning following a snowfall. Failure to do so could result in a fine.
Snow and ice on the sidewalk can be a barrier for many people, particularly seniors and people with disabilities. A single portion of a sidewalk that is not cleared can negate the clearing efforts of the rest of the residents on the whole block.
Help those unable to shovel
The City encourages you to lend a hand to those who are unable to shovel their own sidewalks.
Adopt the sidewalk of a senior neighbour or person with a mobility issue, and keep it clear of snow and ice all winter long.
To report problems on City property, call 3-1-1, or 604-873-7000.
Happy holidays from the Seniors Advisory Committee!
Geographic and zoning options are being explored that could result in changes to regulations for both pre-1940 character homes and new home development in older single-family neighbourhoods.
Share your thoughts at an open house on December 5th or 6th, or complete an online survey. For information: http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/character-home-zoning-review.aspx
City of Vancouver Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability staff are conducting a policy review to explore opportunities for accessible paths of travel to low-density housing types. The goal is to improve and streamline policies to make these homes more accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
Draft policy recommendations are being proposed, which aim to better align the Zoning and Development By-law and Vancouver Building By-law with respect to adaptability and accessibility.
Come to the open house to learn more and provide input:
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 4 – 7 pm
Vancouver City Hall – Media Centre (outside of Town Hall)
453 West 12th Ave
Comments can be provided at the Open House or on our website starting December 7, 2016. For more information, please e-mail or call Alena Straka at email@example.com or (604) 871-6659
City staff are holding four open houses on the proposed changes to the West 10th Avenue Corridor (VGH Medical Precint):
• Nov. 22, 4-7 p.m., Blusson Spinal Cord Centre
• Nov. 23, 4-7 p.m., Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
• Nov. 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Blusson Spinal Cord Centre
• Nov. 29, 4-7 p.m., Croatian Cultural Centre