With files from Emily Lazatin
Vancouver is moving ahead with a plan that will see a slew of new towers in the Joyce-Collingwood neighbourhood.
Council tonight approved the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Review, a roadmap for development in the area.
Taking its cue from the city’s focus on transit-oriented development, the plan envisions a cluster of new high rises around the Joyce SkyTrain station, along with a goal of 30% affordable rentals among new units and a revitalization of retail.
But the plan was not without controversy, including vocal opposition from the Joyce Area Residents Association.
“There’s just kind of a sense of hopelessness,” says Arielle Yip, who believes the city’s consultations were superficial.
Yip says residents are worried the infusion of development will squeeze affordability in the neighbourhood, bring increased traffic.
“A lot of people are concerned just about basic livability. They’re feeling like hey, I’m going to live in a construction zone for the next decade to two decades. And if it were a bunch of affordable housing units that might be acceptable, but the fact that we know at least one [of the towers] is luxury condos that are unaffordable for our existing residents, it feels unfair.”
Arielle Yip says the only win from the decision to densify the neighborhood is the promise of Community amenity contributions.
“It comes in a chunk of money or fund where the developers give some money and that can go to things like operations for the neighborhood house or it could go to parks.”
The decision comes a day after Vancouver unveiled it’s re-written Grandview Woodlands Community Plan, which also proposes significant new densification on the east side.