Community Forum: The Density Fallacy

Can we build high density neighbourhoods without building towers? At a Community Forum will be held in Mount Pleasant where the rezoning hearings to 19-storeys for the RIZE Development at Main and Broadway, and at the May meeting of the Grandview Woodlands Advisory Council, are turning up neighbourhood opposition for tower forms outside the downtown, and a growing groundswell of opinion supporting new neighbourhood build out that supports transportation, affordability, livability, and human scale.

Grandview Woodlands Advisory Council (GWAC)

May 7, 2012

Learning Resources Centre, Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street.

Granview Woodlands is one of four neighbourhoods drafting new community plans, modelled on the Mount Pleasant plan. GWAC hosted a presentation of urban alternatives to towers and Skytrain as an informational meeting.

Resident’s Association of Mount Pleasant Community Forum

March 19, 2012

St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, 2881 Main Street at 13th Avenue.

Residents Association Mount Pleasant (RAMP) is organized a Community Forum to look at positive alternates to tower form development for neighbourhood densification. Guest speakers include urban design specialists Lewis N. Villegas, Professor Patrick Condon and Jim Lehto.

Lewis N. Villegas discussed the new planning paradigm in a presentation entitled “The Density Fallacy”. Professor Patrick Condon of UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture  discussed options to towers that are more resilient, affordable, and compatible with existing neighbourhood character. Jim Lehto, former City of Vancouver Downtown Development and Policy Planner, explored possible alternatives within C3A zoning. Finally speakers from RAMP summarized the Rize Rezoning now before City Council at the ongoing Public Hearing.

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