Stop Condos in the DTES, says 46 citywide groups

CCAP Condo Moratorium Motion to City of Vancouver Council – 22nd May 2008

Proposed MOTION on Downtown Eastside redevelopment To Vancouver Mayor and City Council Prepared by the Carnegie Community Action Project (Phone 604 / 839-0379)

WHEREAS the Downtown Eastside is a vital and historic low income community with intelligent, creative, caring, volunteering residents who consider the area the their home; and

WHEREAS there are hundreds of sites throughout the DTES that are ready for redevelopment; and

WHEREAS developers, now short of development opportunities in other parts of the central city, are seeking sites; and

WHEREAS developers have been encouraged by the City to “go east” and are hungrily speculating across the DTES; and

WHEREAS there is no vision or mechanism to guide inevitable change and development; and

WHEREAS current zoning regulations permit redevelopment to a certain height and density to occur with minimal opportunity for review either by staff or by the community; and

WHEREAS unlimited condo development in the DTES could displace up to 4000 low income hotel residents from the area because it will take up land that could be used for social housing and create pressure to convert or raise rents in SROs; and

WHEREAS the City’s DTES Housing Plan calls for market and social housing to “proceed together for the DTES to be sustainable;”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that City Council immediately (by June 21, 2008 at the latest) place a one year moratorium on market housing development in the DTES to give the current community a chance to prepare a vision for the future of this historic and vital low income community, the soul of Vancouver, and to give the City time to prepare mechanisms to control development so the current low income community will not be driven out by market forces.

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Ahavat Olam Synagogue
Battered Women’s Support Services
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
BC Persons with AIDS Society [BCPWA]
BC Women’s Housing Coalition
Canadians for Reconciliation
Carnegie Community Action Project [CCAP]
Carnegie Community Centre Association
Citywide Housing Coalition [CHC]
Civil Society Development Project
Community Advocates for Little Mountain [CALM]
Desmedia
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House [DTES NH]
Downtown Eastside Residents Association [DERA]
Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre [DEWC] Power of Women
Eastside Story – Co-op Radio 102.7 FM
Fairview Baptist Church
Faith Communities Called to Solidarity with the Poor
Gallery Gachet Society
Grandview Woodlands Area Council
Impact on Communities Coalition [IOCC]
Jenny Kwan MLA
Libby Davies MP
Life Is Not Enough Society [LINES]
Lord Strathcona Elementary School
Low Income Land Use and Housing Coalition [LILAHC]
Lutheran Urban Missions Society [LUMS]
Magdalene Recovery Society
PIVOT Legal Society
Positive Women’s Network
Prostitution Alternatives Counseling & Education [PACE] Staff
Raise the Rates
Riley Park Community Visions Implementation Committee
Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver
South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy
St. James’ Social Gospel Coordinating Group, St. James’ Anglican Church
Streams of Justice
Tenth Avenue Church
United Native Nations [UNN]
University of British Columbia [UBC] School of Social Work
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users [VANDU]
Vancouver Catholic Worker
Vancouver-Langara British Columbia New Democratic Party
Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society [WAHRS]
YouthCO AIDS Society
614 Vancouver, Salvation Army