City of Vancouver Initiatives
Happening in our Neighbourhood - Latest Reports & Information
4683 Arbutus Development - Open House by Developer July 16th
We understand that there is a development proposal for 2 buildings, each 14 stories tall, containing 500 new purpose built rental units, 1-3 bedrooms at 4683 Arbutus. This will replace Quilchena Gardens (30 units).
If you want more information there is an Open House Tuesday, July 16th 5pm-8pm at the Hellenic Community Centre, organized by the developer.
BC Speculation Tax - some analysis and links
This new type of tax invented by the NDP is another misnomer. It seems to have very little to do with speculation as the NDP has admitted that 99% of British Columbians will be unaffected.
You may read Shaughnessy resident and SHPOA director Robert Angus's full article here.
School Tax Hike on Residential Properties Assessed at Over $3 million
The government's recent announcement regarding tax hikes on properties worth over $3 million is causing outrage. We have posted a letter from The Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association to Carole James, Minister of Finance, describing the impact this tax will have on worsening housing affordability. You may read the letter here.
The Urban Development Institute has also written to Carole James and Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, to express their concern. You may read their letter here.
March 28th 2018
SHPOA's Board of Directors has sent the following letter to Premier Horgan. You may read the letter here
April 4th 2018
One of our members has written a letter that clearly sums up how this tax will affect ordinary Canadian families. You may read the letter here.
April 15th 2018
As a result of David Eby cancelling and then re-instating the "town hall" meeting, one of our members has written an in-depth letter to Mr. Eby that discusses many problems with the tax. You may read the letter here
May 12th 2018
Saturday's Vancouver Sun published letters on the topic. You may read them here
May 25th 2018
The Vancouver Sun published an excellent opinion piece by a Point Grey resident. You may read it here.
We want to hear from SHPOA members.
Please visit our shaughnessy voices
page to read what our members have to say.
Rezoning Application for Arbutus Shopping Centre Development
The City of Vancouver has received a rezoning application for 2133 Nanton Avenue, to amend the existing CD-1(642) Comprehensive Development District. Visit http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/2133nantonavenue/index.htm to view the details and provide feedback through the online form.The proposal is to increase residential density and to increase the maximum allowable building heights on the Western portion of the site (Blocks C + D), increasing the height from 8 storeys to 12 storeys, and to increase the number of social housing units and increase the size of the Neighbourhood House. The increase in building height may well affect the views of Shaughnessy residents on hills above the Greenway.
Wake Up Vancouver is a group of concerned citizens who send out news articles on civic topics in Vancouver. If you are interested, the best way to sign up is to visit: https://www.endthewaste2018.com/matrix/ with password Stopvision2018.
Letters to Mayor & Councillors Requesting That Interim Procedure Be Rescinded
City Proposal to Remove Benefits of RS-5 Zoning
The Interim Procedure of the Heritage or Character Buildings Review limits the FSR of new homes replacing pre-1940 homes in 2nd Shaughnessy, contrary to provisions of RS-5 zoning. The SHPOA Board has sent the following letter to the Mayor and Councillors. Read the letter.
Character Home Zoning Review
The City of Vancouver is conducting the Character Home Zoning Review to look at options for the retention of heritage and character homes in single-family (RS) zoning districts. The SHPOA Board circulated an information sheet detailing our reservations about the process. Details here (English) or Details here (Chinese) The Board sent a letter to the Mayor and Councillors on behalf of SHPOA. Read the letter.
The BC Supreme Court has upheld the Heritage Conservation Area bylaws passed by the City. You may read the full decision here. If this decision stands, we believe it is likely that 2nd and 3rd Shaughnessy face the risk of similar regulations, limiting property rights, being imposed upon them in the near future.