23 Jan

The Flats Arterial Community Panel is off to a great start

A group of people sit in a circle while a woman writes down their discussion ideas.

The Flats Arterial Community Panel got off to a great start on Saturday January 19th and Sunday January 20th.

41 Panelists randomly selected to represent the diversity of the Flats and the surrounding neighbourhoods gathered at Dudoc Vancouver to begin their task of recommending a grade-separated arterial through the Flats.

On Saturday, Panelists introduced themselves to one another before sitting down to hear about the community’s past, present, and future and relevant City plans and policies. They identified personal and community values to keep in mind as they consider their recommendation. Lastly, the City of Vancouver provided an overview of the proposed arterial route options.   

A woman presents a slideshow of the City of Vancouver's Capital Plan

On Sunday, panel members began assessing the advantages and drawbacks of the arterial route options relative to transportation performance considerations and cost and constructability factors.

Future sessions will delve into more detail about business, community, park, and civic facility impacts, with presentations from community members, business representations, and City and Park Board staff.

With every new layer of information they take in, Panelists will refine and revisit their understanding of the advantages and drawbacks of each route.

Four people talking surrounding a standing note pad

If you would like to learn alongside the Panelists, visit our Learn With The Panel page to access the full contents of their learning program. All the presentations Panelists reviewed are available on the Learning Materials page, and recordings are also available on this YouTube playlist. (Please note that in most cases, presentations will be posted shortly after the day’s proceedings.)

To watch future Panel sessions live, please visit the City of Vancouver Facebook page.

The proceedings were also attended by community observers. If you would like to observe a future panel session, please see the schedule here, including an agenda for each day.

For information on other ways to be part of the Flats Arterial Community Panel, including how to participate in upcoming public workshops, please visit the Get Involved page.

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