Welcome to the LMP screening room.
For those of you who missed this meeting last week at the Hillcrest Community Centre, here is your video update. Gary’s talk begins around the 7 minute mark.
Andrishak has stated that he does not see LM as a tower site. He quoted urban design educator and writer Jan Gehl, “a city is not the buildings alone, it’s the spaces between them that matter most.” The Advisory Committee has been concerned about urban space at Little Mountain since 2010. If you want to feel like you were there, open a second window and click through his PowerPoint PDF (courtesy of Vancouver Planning) as he speaks.
In the Q&A that follows Deborah Butler – one of the 7 members of the Advisory Committee who drafted the Community’s Position on the Policy Statement – compliments Andrishak on his presentation, but urges him to consider the neighbourhood’s criticisms of the policy statement as ratified by City Council in 2012. I would encourage Andrishak to review both Advisory Committee Meeting 35, and Part 1 of the City Hall session of June 2012, which deal with density and height. The Little Mountain Policy Statement itself can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Other subjects covered in the meeting are:
- The timetable of the Rezoning Process.
- Rightsizing the retail component of the project.
- Employing swails to deal with excess water on the property.
- How the legibility and visibility of ground floor entryways can enhance community.
- Inclusive design that fits many generations of user.
- Re-energizing the community around this NEW rezoning process, through new signage around the property or by other means.
- The constant evolution of the project, and how the new building already renders the old site plan obsolete.
- The challenges of phasing in Social Housing over the many project phases to come.
- The timetable for completing the first Social Housing building = late 2014 or 2015.
- The obligation for all future builders on the site to abide by the policy statement.
PS: The discussion gets heated, and humourous at the end.
With my compliments to all participants in the room.
The Little Mountain Project.
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