Platform

After months of work and consultation with experts and regular citizens from a diverse cross-section of Vancouver, my city council candidate colleagues Adriane Carr, David Wong, Michael Wiebe and I are extremely proud of the platform we have developed. You can find it on the Green Party of Vancouver website, or download the full PDF document (5.9MB) here.

 

Highlights:

 

 

A city that governs fairly

 

Prioritize a comprehensive City-Wide Plan, co-created with residents, with an affordable, liveable city as its goal.

 

Speed up permitting and reduce unnecessary red tape.

 

Require transparency around budgeting, negotiations with developers, and public benefits.

 

A city that's affordable

 

Recognize the right to housing in the Vancouver Charter.

 

Define affordability relative to local incomes: people should pay no more than 30% of their income on housing.

 

Set a goal of 50% below-market-rate housing overall for all new multi-residential development

 

Change our building code to enable more affordable construction.

 

Launch a city-funded, city-built housing program on city-owned land.

 

Use conditional zoning in all new plans to suppress land speculation and deliver public benefits.

 

Allow two or more secondary suites as incentives for retention and conversion of character homes.

 

A city with healthy, safe and engaged residents

 

Initiate an Urban Stewardship plan to improve the public realm, community health, and to foster connectedness and community pride.

 

Create Neighbourhood Planning Offices which will work with community advisory committees to collaboratively plan for liveability.

 

Promote culture and cultural diversity in our city, including reconciliation and inclusion.

 

Design for complete communities accessible to vulnerable populations for all stages of life, including housing that enables aging in place and accessible public washrooms.

 

Increase food security and city-wide food assets, ensuring that there is enough secure, sustainable, local food infrastructure in every neighbourhood.

 

Support front-line responders to the opioid crisis: increase critical funding and support for overdose response teams, non-profit agencies, front-line workers and city staff who respond to overdoses and the opioid crisis, including Fire and Rescue Services, Police, Library, Community Centre staff, and peer supporters.

 

A city with people working in a strong, local economy

 

Develop a Small and Local Business Strategy to sustain and expand neighbourhood shopping districts and resolve taxation, licensing and permitting issues.

 

Tax empty stores and protect vibrant streetscapes, legacy businesses, and unique neighbourhood shopping districts. Involve residents and businesses in a participatory budget process to decide on how revenues will be spent.

 

Prioritize the Creative City Strategy as a driver of the creative economy. Support year-round community events and festivals in all parts of our city, as well as arts and culture initiatives of public libraries, community centres, and other public facilities, that provide community hubs, space for meetings and events, arts and culture programmes, and lifelong learning.

 

Develop a Green circular economy, that repurposes waste and develop new production space for local manufacturing.

 

A city with safe, efficient transportation

 

Make Vancouver the most walkable city in North America.

 

Accelerate repair of streets, bikeways and sidewalks for safety, especially potholes, heaves and cracks.

 

Develop a plan to reduce traffic congestion, without sacrificing walking, cycling and public transit choices.

 

Make our city’s goal zero transportation fatalities, not just zero pedestrian fatalities.

 

Adopt “smart city” transportation technology to better synchronize walking, cycling and vehicle traffic.

 

Climate leadership and a clean, green city

 

Ramp up energy retrofits of buildings, with carbon-offset funds from a new Vancouver Carbon Trust.

 

Implement bolder zero waste initiatives including expanding the ban on single use disposable items to include banning plastic bags, diverting pet waste from landfill, and expanded curbside pickup of recyclables.

 

Increase the amount and quality of parks and natural areas with the goal of 1.1 hectares of parkland per 1000 residents, and restore developer cost levy funding to the Park Board.

 

Provide 4-bin public recycling receptacles citywide, including in parks.

 

Aim for 100 percent swimmable beaches by ramping up enforcement to stop the release of untreated sewage.

 

Quickly move from solar-ready to solar-required in our Building Code to increase Vancouver’s production of renewable energy

 

 

Please download the full PDF platform document (5.9MB) hereor from the Green Party of Vancouver website.

 

 

Past Platform links

 

In 2017 I ran with the Green Party of Vancouver for City Council in the October 2017 by-election.

The following is a summary of my platform in that race, you can read my full platform here

 

Our 2014 Council platform, which i also helped to develop and run on is online here.