Public consultation process must include input from local residents: Sullivan
Mayor Sam Sullivan today confirmed that he will support a Little Mountain Housing Policy being proposed for Thursday's City Council meeting. Mayor Sullivan met with Little Mountain residents last night to discuss the plan.
â€œThe Little Mountain housing policy will help achieve the five goals I have established for my government,â€ said Mayor Sullivan. â€œIn addition to representing an opportunity to create a high quality, higher density and socially inclusive community, this plan will generate funds that can be used to develop social and supportive housing in Vancouver and around the region.â€
The proposed policy includes two elements:
Memorandum of Understanding
MOU between BC Housing and City of Vancouver supports:
Little Mountain Housing Planning Program â€“ Public Consultation Program
A comprehensive public consultation process will be established - in partnership with BC Housing - that will consider an array of housing types. There will be an emphasis on diversity, non-market replacement and increased amenities for the community - consistent with EcoDensity objectives.
In February, British Columbia became owner of the Little Mountain Housing site in Vancouver's Riley Park area. They have requested a planning review for redevelopment of the site. BC Housing will invest all of the net proceeds from the sale of the site (after social housing is replaced) as follows:
â€œBefore we proceed with development, it is very important that the neighbourhood is included in the discussion,â€ said Councillor Kim Capri. â€œThe public consultation process that will be established â€“ in partnership with BC Housing â€“ will ensure local residents are provided with an opportunity to help shape their community for generations to come. It will also ensure current tenants receive priority treatment.â€
This development complements other initiatives in the neighbourhood, including:
Current zoning/policies limit redevelopment to four-story multiple dwellings at a density of 1.5 FSR. A policy review is required to increase density, height and facilitate community improvements.
BC Housing plans to undertake a RFP to obtain a suitable development partner. Developers would be expected to prepare at least three conceptual options - one of which must be within the current four storey limit.