Livable Jericho Petition
This petition is for a livable plan without high-rise towers
for the Jericho Lands
The Jericho Lands are located in West Point Grey next to Kitsilano, in an area with parks and beaches that are dearly loved locally and city-wide.
The City is considering plans that would be a massive overreach in scale and density. The proposal includes approximately 60 high-rises, ranging up to 38 storeys on the Jericho Lands.
Here are some of the many reasons we oppose this plan:
• The built form and density of 50,000 persons/km² (2.5 x more than the West End and 3 x denser than False Creek North) are not compatible with the surrounding neighbourhoods.
• The proposal envisions a separate transit-oriented development, although a subway extension may never be built. Even with a subway, the development, with its estimated 20,000 residents, would create massive traffic congestion.
• The proposed development would eliminate public views and put huge pressure on the local area’s parks, beaches, community services, and other infrastructure.
• The proposed towers would monetize the views for luxury high-end units, usually purchased on the international market, and will not mitigate Vancouver’s housing crisis.
• A development this dense would profoundly impact Jericho Beach Park, which offers a refuge from the cityscape for all Vancouverites. The proposed towers would dominate views from the beach and from across the city, compromising the natural forested park setting.
We would welcome a development closer in built form, scale and density to a neighbourhood such as Arbutus Walk (NW of 12th Ave. & Arbutus St.).
We request that the City of Vancouver pause the Jericho Lands approval process and redesign the project with meaningful community input at an appropriate scale and density to fit the local context.
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