West Southlands Residents Association
(photo credit: Werner Bayer, Flickr)
The Vancouver Plan, a 30-year strategy for the City, was adopted in 2022. Pursuant to the plan, in spring 2023, City staff made a presentation to council about adding "missing middle housing" to single family zoned areas like ours. You can comment on this proposal via Shape Your City.
This spring, the City will be installing speed humps on 51st and repainting the crosswalk at 51st and the Wallace Trail. We are still advocating for the speed limits in the neighbourhood to be reduced to 30 km/h.
FUN IN & AROUND THE PARK
See our new page about news - big, small, and always fun - in & around Musqueam Park. We are thinking about hosting a neighbourhood party in the park in 2023.
CHANGES AT THE AIRPORT
NavCan is planning changes to airport flight paths meant to reduce noise and plane emissions using sophisticated navigation technology. A public information & consultation process is underway. Information to date suggests it will not affect our neighbourhood.
ANNUAL MEETING NOTES
2022 August Newsletter ( 简讯中文 )
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In West Southlands, like most of the City, some areas flooded during the extreme rainfall of November 2021. Drainage engineers came for a site visit and attended our Sept 2022 Annual meeting. A number of measures were implemented in fall & winter 2022/3, for example:
ditches cleaned out & dug deeper
curb inlets installed to control runoff across Marine Dr
Dunbar & Wallace tide gates fixed
pump placed at foot of Wallace
catch basins checked & cleared
frequent neighbourhood checks during heavy rains & high tides
load of sand & bags placed on Carrington Street by Deering Island for neighbours to fill & use
drainage fixed at Collingwood & 49th
The washroom at the Interceptor Air Management Buildingin Musqueam Park is open during the day.
New filters were installed in August 2022 to eliminate recent odours coming from the building.
A sign at the building indicates a site to assemble in case of emergency at the facility. It is meant for Metro staff and doesn't signal any risk to the community.
IONA TREATMENT PLANT
The Highbury Interceptor takes Vancouver sewage to the 60-year-old Iona Treatment Plant on the south side of the Fraser. Work is underway on a $10-billion upgrade of the plant from primary to secondary and tertiary treatment. A consultant will be selected in winter 2023 to look at dock sites for the project across from Deering Island. The consultant will also evaluate noise, dust, light and health impacts. A chance for public engagement will be available in spring 2023.
For more info, check out a July 2022 report in the Journal of Commerce.
The newsletter is posted also in Chinese, translated by director Cynthia Fung.