From Reconnect Vancouver:

STEWARDS WANTED FOR NEFC

DEADLINE TO APPLY: MAY 20th, 2016
HOW TO APPLY: Online at City of Vancouver

Last October, Vancouver City Council made a momentous decision. Council narrowly voted to remove the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts and plan a new waterfront community. 

Mayor Gregor Robertson called this “a once-in-a-generation city-building opportunity.” He added that “there is no decision at the city that has been more scrutinized, studied, deliberated, or consulted on than whether or not to remove the viaducts, and after four years, it is time to move forward.”

The scale and possibility of the changes demand broad public consultation. Now, the City is doing just that and recruiting members for a Stewardship Group of city-wide stakeholders as they begin a wider consultation process. This group will advise staff during future planning, involve the public in the planning and design of the area, and help maintain the vision of Northeast False Creek and the benefits to the wider public.

This is where you come in.

Council is looking for 10-15 people with a diversity of views and experience to join this Stewardship Group.

Too often, groups like this are composed of local residents with a narrow, specific interest or development professionals representating a certain field or industry. At Council last fall, many of those speaking against the viaduct removal did so by arguging to protect or speed up a particular local amenity or project.

ReConnect Vancouver hopes to see a diverse Stewardship Group that brings a more forward-looking and city-wide perspective.

The City is looking for experience and knowledge in areas including:

  • Affordable housing
  • Historical use of the area by Chinese and Black communities
  • Public space, festival, and large event planning
  • Public art and arts in urban design
  • Ecological design (especially waterfront sites)
  • Emergency management and seismic planning
  • Climate adaptation
  • Tourism and entertainment
  • Health and social services

Park Board will also be recruiting for a Park Design Advisory Group to advise on the Creekside Park Extension, Andy Livingstone Park, and the new Dunsmuir Elevated Park. Ten to 12 community members are sought to provide input on the parks and open spaces proposed for Northeast False Creek.

We want your help in encouraging excellent local advisors with city-wide perspectives to sit on this Stewardship Group and the Park Design Advisory Group.

If you are planning to apply yourself, let us know by filling out the form below! Even if you’re not appointed to the Stewardship Group, we’d like to keep in touch as we organize to improve the pubic benefits of removing the viaducts.

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To sign in, go here.