In mid-April, the Vancouver of City Planning Department will be co-hosting a series of themed Virtual Design Workshops for the Jericho Lands with the joint venture partnership of the MST Partnership and CLC. As such, the Jericho Lands Working Group is spreading the word about the Virtual Design Workshops and the Emerging Site Planning Discussion Guides.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Kick-Off Event – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Monday, April 12, 2021
Natural Systems and Open Space – 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Connections and Mobility – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Inclusive Neighbourhood – 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Sustainability and Resilience – 6:00 pm to 8:30
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Connections and Mobility – 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Natural Systems and Open Space – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Sustainability and Resilience – 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Inclusive Neighbourhood – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Monday, April 19, 2021
Wrap-Up Event – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
REGISTRATION: Register for events at https://shapeyourcity.ca/jericho-lands or visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/the-city-of-vancouver-mst-partnership-and-clc-19749001033
The Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations as well as the Canada Lands Company, the City of Vancouver, residents and the general public have the unique opportunity to plan, build, work, visit and live in an unparalleled neighbourhood.
Three interesting topics parallel the emerging planning themes to be presented by the development planners and the City of Vancouver Planning Department at the Workshops.
- Decarbonizing transportation and mobility refer to the reduction and elimination of carbon dioxide emissions through strategizing and recalibrating our ways towards a carbon-free economy and a sustainable environment. The City’s Climate Emergency Strategy advocates zero emissions districts in which personal fossil fuelled vehicles are replaced with EVs, car share, walking, cycling and active transportation. The Action Plan also advocates peddle or electric deliveries, waste reduction and smart site servicing. Refer to the Discussion Guide on Connections and Mobility provided in the link below.
- Restoring surface water flow through green rainwater infrastructure and day-lighted stream channels will transform how we manage rainwater. The City of Vancouver’s RainCity Strategy “reimagines and transforms how we manage rainwater with the goals of improving water quality resilience and livability through creating healthy urban ecosystems.” For the Jericho Lands, linking hydrology on site to Jericho Park through open streams will increase habitat and biodiversity. Refer to the Discussion Guide on Natural Systems and Open Space below.
- Rethinking urban land development means transforming the Jericho Lands without imposing standard City residential streets with wide right-of ways (ROWs) that become virtual parking lots for vehicles. Without congestion by private cars, emergency vehicles can easily access all sites. City services and green infrastructure would be accommodated within ROWs, private utilities (communication, electric etc.) in common corridors on development sites. Narrow vehicular pavement, wide sidewalks, and a diversity of places to sit, socialize, eat, drink and be merry may become the norm after COVID. Refer to the Discussion Guides on Sustainability and Resilience as well as Inclusive Neighbourhood
- Virtual Design Workshops: “The workshops will be an opportunity to discuss and refine the Emerging Site Planning Ideas which are focused on the following topic areas: Natural Systems and Open Space, Connections and Mobility, Inclusive Neighbourhood, Sustainability and Resilience. The workshops will consist of a presentation followed by small facilitated group discussions. They are an opportunity for you to learn about the Emerging Site Planning Ideas, discuss with community members and share your thoughts with City staff and the landowners’ design team. We will also be co-hosting Kick-Off and Wrap-Up events that will introduce the workshops and the process as well as report out on the findings. The Kick-off and Wrap-Up events will bookend the themed workshops.”
“You can learn more about the Emerging Site Planning Ideas by reading the Discussion Guides. There are four Discussion Guides in total. Each one is focused around a specific theme and identifies a series of Emerging Ideas that are associated with that theme.
Review the Emerging Site Planning Ideas by reading the Discussion Guides:
- Discussion Guides Primer (Click here to read(External link) <https://syc.vancouver.ca/projects/jericho-lands/jericho-lands-discussion-guide-primer.pdf>)
- Natural Systems and Open Space (Click here to read(External link) <https://syc.vancouver.ca/projects/jericho-lands/jericho-lands-discussion-guide-natural-systems-and-open-space.pdf>)
- Connections and Mobility (Click here to read(External link) <https://syc.vancouver.ca/projects/jericho-lands/jericho-lands-discussion-guide-connections-and-mobility.pdf>)
- Inclusive Neighbourhood (Click here to read(External link) <https://syc.vancouver.ca/projects/jericho-lands/jericho-lands-discussion-guide-inclusive-neighbourhood.pdf>)
- Sustainability and Resilience (Click here to read(External link) <https://syc.vancouver.ca/projects/jericho-lands/jericho-lands-discussion-guide-sustainability-and-resilience.pdf>)
“Tell us what you think about the Emerging Site Planning Ideas: We are looking for your feedback on the Emerging Site Planning Ideas! We encourage you to read one, some or all of the Discussion Guides learn about the different Emerging Ideas and let us know what you think by completing our survey”
For more information, visit https://shapeyourcity.ca/jericho-lands/news_feed/emerging-site-planning-ideas. The above text in quotes and schedules were sourced from the City’s website.
I encourage everybody to participate in the workshops, comment on the Emerging Site Planning Ideas by reading the Discussion Guides. Please speak out and fill in the ’shape your city’ survey.