17 Apr

The Flats Arterial Community Panel Releases Final Report

Four people sit around a table taking notes while one speaks into a microphone

The Community Panel releases final report in advance of presentations to Vancouver City Council and Vancouver Park Board.

Vancouver, BC–On April 6, the Flats Arterial Community Panel, composed of 37 people selected to represent the diversity of Flats-area residents and businesses, as well as City residents, recommended a route for a new east-west grade-separated arterial in the False Creek Flats.

After extensive deliberation, the Panel recommended National-Charles as the preferred arterial route, using a ranked choice voting process.

In an Executive Statement summarizing their work together, the Panel wrote:

Each option had strong pros and cons. There is information and answers we still wish we had. And many of us came in with our own positions, biases, and agendas that were shaped and changed by listening to one another. Even if we didn’t always agree with one another, we are now more able to understand one another and those whose experiences and perspectives differ from our own.

While there remains conflicting priorities and tensions, we feel we ultimately arrived at a place where everyone was committed to recommend the best option for everyone in the community, not just for our own personal interests.

The Community Panel’s full report is now available to the public. The report includes additional assessments of each of the 9 route options considered by the Panel, personal statements from Panel members, and additional detail about the Community Panel project.

The Panel will present its recommendation and report to Vancouver City Council on April 24 and to Vancouver Park Board on April 30. These meetings are open to the public, but are not public hearings.

Vancouver City Council and the Vancouver Park Board will use the Panel’s recommendation as a significant input in the selection of a grade-separated arterial alignment through the False Creek Flats, but may request further community discussions, learning and technical analysis before making a recommendation to City Council later in 2019. Vancouver City Council and Vancouver Park Board will have the final authority to accept, modify or reject specific recommendations at its discretion, or refer aspects to appropriate City and Park staff.

About the Flats Arterial Community Panel Team

The Jefferson Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic engagement organization committed to advancing informed, innovative, and democratic solutions to public challenges. They partnered with local public engagement specialist Susanna Haas Lyons, Panel Chair, to conduct the Panel. Haas Lyons has worked for over 15 years on complex public and stakeholder engagement projects across North America, including local and province-wide community panels.

10 Apr

Session 7 of the Flats Arterial Community Panel Votes on Arterial Route

On the final day of the Flats Arterial Community Panel, Panelists began by reviewing their case statements, input from the public (from the workshops and online submissions), and feedback from City and Parks Board staff.  

They then discussed which of the six key factors were emerging for them as most important to think about while they consider how the four alignments (and nine variations) might meet the needs of the neighbourhood, city and region. These learning factors are:

  • transportation performance
  • cost and constructability
  • business
  • community livability
  • parks, recreational spaces and community gardens
  • public and other community facilities.

They also discussed how these factors aligned with the values they had prioritized in earlier sessions.

Panelists then began their voting process: the first vote ordered their list of key decision-making factors. The second vote reduced the number of route variations to consider from nine to five, which were Prior/Venables-Underpass, Malkin North, National-Grant, National-Charles, and National-Civic Facilities.

After their lunch break, Panelists reconvened in small groups to compare the remaining five options, using the ranked key factors as a guide. Then as a whole they shared what was most important to them as they moved towards making a recommendation.

Then came the final vote on which route variation to recommend. Using ranked choice voting, Panelists chose and ranked their top five arterial route options in order (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th). The Panel’s recommendation was declared when a route received 50 percent plus one or more of the total votes cast. National Charles emerged as the variation with the most support, with 67.6% of the vote. Prior/Venables – Underpass was runner-up, with 32.4% of the vote.

The Community Panel used this voting methodology because it identified an option that is preferable to most Panelists (and avoids a result strongly supported by some, but unliked by the rest) and allowed Panelists to vote for the route they truly feel is best (if their first choice finishes last, their vote is allocated to their second choice, not “wasted”).

After a brief group discussion to reflect on the recommendation, Panelists reconvened to write an introduction to their final report, personal statements, and some met in groups to advance additional ideas such as “no route” and “National-Straight” for consideration by the City.

A final report detailing the Community Panel’s journey and their recommendations is currently being reviewed and finalized by Panelists. This report will be made available on this website prior to the Panel’s presentation to City Council and Park Board in late April.

Next steps

Once the Panel’s final recommendation report has been publicly released, it will be up to City Council and Park Board to make final decisions on the route.

  1. Report will be submitted to public, Vancouver City Council and Vancouver Park Board for review (mid April)
  2. Presentation to City Council April 24th (public welcome)
  3. Presentation to Park Board April 30th (public welcome)
  4. City staff (and, if impacts a park, Park Board staff) will take Panel input, and lead planning, financial, technical and community engagement processes.
  5. Staff recommendation (fall 2019)
  6. City Council (and Park Board) decision (TBD)

Review the Flats Arterial Community Panel process

If you would like to review what Panelists learned over the last few months, leading to their recommendation, please see the following materials:

  • Presentations from sessions 1-4 are posted on the Learning Materials page.  Videos of each presentation are also available there.  Summaries of each session are also included there.
  • All learning materials provided to Panelists can be found in the Additional Resources section.
  • Public submissions are available here.
  • Summaries of public input are posted here.

Stay connected

The Flats Arterial Community Panel team will send the final report and more information on the upcoming City Council and Parks Board meetings via our newsletter, so please subscribe for key Panel updates.

For longer-term information about the arterial route, please subscribe to the City’s newsletter.  

06 Apr

Flats Arterial Community Panel Recommends National-Charles for the False Creek Flats Arterial Route

The Community Panel reviewed technical information, heard from experts, stakeholders, and the public, then provided a recommendation to the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board.

Vancouver, BC–The Flats Arterial Community Panel, composed of 37 people selected to represent the diversity of Flats-area residents and businesses, as well as City residents, gathered today to recommend the route for a new east-west grade-separated arterial.

After extensive deliberation, using a Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff process, the Panel ranked 5 route options: Prior/Venables – Underpass; Malkin North; National-Grant; National-Charles; National-Civic Facilities.

In the instant runoff process, National-Charles was selected as the Panel’s recommended arterial route, receiving 67.6% of the vote. Prior/Venables – Underpass was runner-up, with 32.4% of the vote.

In an Executive Statement summarizing their work together, the Panel emphasized the following:
“Each option had strong pros and cons. There is information and answers we still wish we had. And many of us came in with our own positions, biases, and agendas that were shaped and changed by listening to one another. Even if we didn’t always agree with one another, we are now more able to understand one another and those whose experiences and perspectives differ from our own.

While there remains conflicting priorities and tensions, we feel we ultimately arrived at a place where everyone was committed to recommend the best option for everyone in the community, not just for our own personal interests.”

No clear preference for an arterial route surfaced during the City of Vancouver’s False Creek Flats planning process, a result of the complex trade-offs presented by the options. In November 2017, the City of Vancouver recognized the need for further stakeholder engagement, and decided to form a Community Panel. Panelists would consider route trade-offs and work towards an arterial option that best met the needs of the neighbourhood, city, and region as a whole. The City put forward 9 route options for Panelists to consider: Malkin Avenue (North, Central, and South variations), National Avenue (National-Grant, National-Charles, and National-Civic variations), Prior/Venables (overpass and underpass variations), and William Street.

Approximately 200 people applied to sit on the Panel during the recruitment period in late 2018. From the group of volunteer applicants, Panel members were selected anonymously and randomly to represent the gender, ethnicity, and age makeup of local residents, businesses, and residents from across Vancouver.

Over the past 4 months, Panelists have listened to expert and stakeholder presentations, examined key information, and participated in deep discussions during eight full-day meetings. Throughout these sessions they weighed values, technical information, and advantages and drawbacks with the concerns, goals, and needs of all involved and affected by the potential alignment options. The broader community and stakeholders were also invited to contribute to the Panel’s learning through two public workshops and provided 75 online submissions.

“The community members who served as volunteers on the Flats Arterial Community Panel worked tirelessly, over multiple weekends on behalf of their neighbours and the City of Vancouver,” said Kyle Bozentko, Executive Director of the Jefferson Center and Project Principal. “The effort, diligence, and spirit of cooperation they brought to the task of developing this recommendation, with an emphasis on making a decision that best serves the interests of community and the residents of the entire city of Vancouver, should be commended and celebrated.”

Vancouver City Council and the Vancouver Park Board will use the Panel’s recommendation as a significant input in the selection of a grade-separated arterial alignment through the False Creek Flats, but may request further community discussions, learning and technical analysis before making a recommendation to City Council later in 2019. Vancouver City Council and Vancouver Park Board will have the final authority to accept, modify or reject specific recommendations at its discretion, or refer aspects to appropriate City and Park staff.[

A final report detailing the Community Panel’s journey and their recommendations is currently being reviewed and finalized by Panelists. This report will be made available prior to presentation to City Council and Park Board in late April at fcfcommunitypanel.com

About the Flats Arterial Community Panel Team

The Jefferson Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic engagement organization committed to advancing informed, innovative, and democratic solutions to public challenges. They partnered with local public engagement specialist Susanna Haas Lyons, Panel Chair, to conduct the Panel. Haas Lyons has worked for over 15-years on complex public and stakeholder engagement projects across North America, including local and province-wide community panels.

To learn more about the Flats Arterial Community Panel, including the selection process, Panel schedule, learning program, and detailed results, visit fcfcommunitypanel.com

06 Apr

False Creek Flats Arterial Community Panel to make final panel recommendation for new route

City of Vancouver
Information Bulletin
April 6, 2019

Today, the Community Panel for the False Creek Flats Arterial Panel will recommend a new route for a new east-west grade-separated arterial through the False Creek Flats.

The Panel, a group of 37 demographically diverse Vancouver residents and business participants, worked together over 14 weeks to recommend the route that best meets the needs of the neighbourhood, city, and region as a whole. While the Community Panel will make its recommendation, this is not the final decision or word on the alignment.

The panel was asked to consider 9 route options: Malkin Avenue (North, Central, and South variations), National Avenue (National-Grant, National-Charles, and National-Civic variations), Prior/Venables (overpass and underpass variations), and William Street.

The panelists participated in significant learning sessions, including:

  • 8 days of learning and discussion
  • A site tour of the area
  • Multiple stakeholder presentations
  • 2 public workshops for non-panel public to participate in
  • 4 alignments for exploration

Next Steps:

  • The Community Panel will present their recommendation to Council and Park Board for information in late April.
  • Staff will incorporate this final phase of public input and move forward with technical analysis.
  • Staff will make a final recommendation to Council in fall 2019.

Vancouver City Council and Vancouver Park Board will have the final authority to accept, modify or reject specific recommendations at its discretion, or refer aspects to appropriate City and Park staff.

Videos of each presentation made to the Community Panel were live streamed on Facebook and can be found online for viewing by the public.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cityofvancouver

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzb-xk5DuPg&list=PLF8s0XPMBBO30rOigw0NuD8eGMdL4vLPU


Learn more about the Panel process:
fcfcommunitypanel.com

Media contact:
City of Vancouver
Civic Engagement and Communications
604.871.6336
media@vancouver.ca

Kyle Bozentko, Project Principal
Jefferson Center
kbozentko@jefferson-center.org

15 Mar

Sessions 5 and 6 of the Flats Arterial Community Panel Refine Advantages and Drawbacks of Each Route

A participant at the Flats Arterial Community Panel speaks into a microphone at a small table while other panelists look on.

Refining the advantages and drawbacks of each route was the focus of Session 5 (March 9th) of the Flats Arterial Community Panel. Panelists first reviewed consolidated input from the public workshop and considered experts’ responses to their questions from previous sessions.  

Panelists then discussed, reviewed and updated the advantages and drawbacks of each route that they had drafted in Sessions 2-4.

Session 6 (March 10th) began with a dialogue session to explore personal, neighbourhood, city and regional considerations. Panelists then outlined who would be most impacted by each route, and prioritized the advantages and disadvantages for each. They then drafted case statements with clear rationale for and against each arterial route option. These case statements will be finalized after further public and stakeholder input.

At the final session on April 6th, Panelists will consider public input from the April 2nd workshop, review and finalize their case statements, make an alignment recommendation after a ranked ballot process, and create their report to City Council and Parks Board.

Learn with the Panel

Presentations from sessions 1-4 are posted on the Learning Materials page, where you’ll also find videos of each presentation.

If you would like to observe the final April 6th panel session, please see theschedule here. You can also watch Panel sessions remotely on the City of Vancouver Facebook page

Participate in the Upcoming Public Workshop

The second and final public workshop takes place from 7:00pm – 9:00pm on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre.

Learn more and register here.

If you aren’t able to attend the in-person workshop, you can provide input online about the Panel’s draft case statements for each route. The form will open next Wednesday, March 20th, and close at noon on April 3rd. This form corresponds to the activities in the April 2nd workshop, so if you’re planning to attend the workshop, you can skip the online form (or vice versa).

Video from February 23rd session

At Session 4 (February 23rd), the City of Vancouver filmed the Panel in action and interviewed a few participants. Check it out here.

28 Feb

Sessions 3 & 4 of the Flats Arterial Community Panel explored impacts to business, community, parks, gardens, and more

The Flats Arterial Community Panel is developing a list of advantages and drawbacks for each arterial route option. During the third session, on February 9, the Panel explored the potential impacts on business and the community.

Panelists started off the day hearing from representatives of the Vancouver Economic Commission, Produce Row, businesses near Prior/Venables and businesses east of Raymur about the impact of the proposed arterial routes.

Next, they learned more about transportation safety considerations, and explored the potential impacts of the proposed routes on the neighbourhood, parks, and arts community with the Strathcona Residents Association, Strathcona and Chinatown residents, the Grandview-Woodland Area Council and local artists.

At the latest session on Saturday February 23rd, Panelists heard from Parks Board staff, community garden leaders, field sports advocates, a St. Paul’s Hospital representative, and staff from various departments of the City’s facilities.


Panelists considered this information as they continued to refine their understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of each proposed arterial route.

Future sessions will focus on integrating information and perspectives from the previous sessions, as well as the public workshops (there’s still time to RSVP to the March 5th workshop). The Panel will be developing a case statement for each route, leading to an alignment recommendation on Day 7.

Materials and videos of informational presentations are posted to the Learning Materials page after each Panel session.

Join the March 5th Public Workshop!

Enrich the learning of the Flats Arterial Community Panel by attending the upcoming public workshop on Tuesday, March 5th, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre! RSVP now via Eventbrite or by calling 778-381-9121. Seats are limited, so RSVP soon to reserve your spot.

Provide Input Online

If you aren’t able to attend the in-person workshop, you can provide input on the Panel’s initial list of advantages and drawbacks. Please complete the online input form by Tuesday, March 5th. This form corresponds to the activities in Public Workshop #1, so if you’re planning to attend Public Workshop #1, please refrain from completing the online form.

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.

09 Nov

招募福溪平地幹線社區小組成員程序現正開啟

誠意邀請溫哥華居民和來自福溪平地區的企業提交申請,成為社區小組的成員,該小組將向市議會

推薦一條新的幹道路線,通過福溪平地。現在開始接受申請直至20181210日為止。

該小組將由傑弗遜中心(Jefferson Center)召集。它將由42名社區成員組成,代表當地居民、受影響的企業和全市居民。小組進程將會讓更廣泛的社區參與。

小組成員將進行大約 8 天的深入學習和討論,並將就幹道路線提出建議,包括會否以高架橋或地下

通道跨越鐵路線,並為關注事宜提出解釋和建議。小組會致力達成共識,但社區小組的最後報告將會包括不同的意見。

市府職員將採用小組的建議作為對總體策略的重要考慮,並於2019年下旬未提交市議會的草案計劃之前,作進一步的公眾參與、研究和技術分析。

溫哥華市議會和溫哥華公園局將擁有最終權力,可酌情去接受、修改或拒絕具體建議,或將相關方面交給適當的市府和公園局職員處理。

居民如何參與

  • 社區小組:邀請有意參加小組的居民和企業表明意向,提交申請。申請人必須能夠參加以下日期的全天會議 – 119日、20日、26日;29日、23日;39日、10日;和46日。申請截止日期為20181210日。

在線申請: www.fcfcommunitypanel.com/apply

電話: 778-381-9121

電郵: hello@fcfcommunitypanel.com

提交申請但未入選成為小組成員的人士被邀請參加小組的公眾活動。 

  • 公眾參與活動: 將邀請社區成員和公眾參加活動, 讓他們有機會更多瞭解項目, 就正在考慮的方案提供意見, 並與社區小組成員交談。活動日期將於2019年初公佈。
  • 地區利益相關者: 將邀請因路線的選擇而會面對重大影響的利益相關者,參與小組項目 去提供資訊,讓小組能夠作出明智的建議。

社區小組成員的挑選如何運作

 將從申請人士中隨機抽取 42 人, 以確保選擇廣泛而具有代表性的當地居民、全市居民和當地企業參與。最後,小組將由以下人員組成:

  • 根據人口組成目標和研究區的人口普查資料選定 21 名當地居民,包括:
    • 按人口比例選擇男性、女性和兩性以外的人士(根據人口普查和其他現有資料);和
    • 按人口比例計算,從五個年齡組別中選擇成員人數:16-2930-4440-64歲、65歲以上;和
    • 根據人口普查所界定和按人口比例的”可見少數族裔”人士;和
    • 至少 2 名自認為土著人士的成員,與研究區的人口普查資料成比例。
  • 選擇 15 家當地企業以反映:
    • 混合企業地點,以21之比例,包括土地用途分區I-2、MC-1或沿擬議的幹道路線的地區, 以及其他分區和/或研究區内的其他地區;和
    • 混合業務規模和員工人數的情況;和
    • 盡可能由不同性別和年齡的組合组成。
  • 6 名全市居民
    • 每名人士都來自不同的社區, 不同的性別和年齡的組合組成。

如果任何類別未能通過彩票形式所抽選而填滿, 這些空缺將被重新分配給其他類別,或由小組主席酌情保留在未填補之狀況,以確保平衡和包容不同的觀點,而不會過於重視任何單一的看法和角度。

完整的職權範圍請在線瀏覽www.fcfcommunitypanel.com/terms-of-reference .

各屆人士請於20181210日限期內完成參加小組的申請。提交申請或瞭解更多資訊,請瀏覽

www.fcfcommunitypanel.com/apply 

媒體聯繫:

City of Vancouver

Corporate Communications
604.871.6336

media@vancouver.ca

Kyle Bozentko

kbozentko@jefferson-center.org

09 Nov

False Creek Flats Arterial Community Panel Recruitment Now Open

City of Vancouver
Information Bulletin
November 9, 2018

Vancouver residents and businesses from the False Creek Flats area are now invited to submit applications to become members of the Community Panel that will make a recommendation to City Council on the route of a new arterial road through False Creek Flats. Applications will be accepted until December 10, 2018.

The Panel will be convened by the Jefferson Center. It will be comprised of 42 community members representative of local neighbourhoods, impacted businesses, and city-wide residents. The panel process will also call for broader community input.

Panel members will undertake approximately eight days of deep learning and discussion, and will recommend a route for the arterial road that will have an over or underpass to cross the rail line, with rationale and suggestions for mitigating any remaining concerns. The Panel will endeavor to reach consensus, but divergent views will also be included in the Community Panel’s Final Report.

Staff will use the Panel’s recommendation as a significant input to the overall strategy, but may request further engagement, learning and technical analysis before taking all input to Council in a draft plan later in 2019.

Vancouver City Council and Vancouver Park Board will have the final authority to accept, modify or reject specific recommendations at its discretion, or refer aspects to appropriate City and Park staff.

How residents can be involved

  • Community Panel: Residents and businesses interested in participating in the Panel are invited to submit an application expressing their interest. Applicants must be able to attend full-day sessions on January 19, 20, 26; February 9, 23; March 9, 10; and April 6. Applications are due December 10, 2018.

Apply online: www.fcfcommunitypanel.com/apply

Phone: 778-381-9121

Email: hello@fcfcommunitypanel.com

People who submit an application but who are not selected to be on the panel are invited to attend public events.

  • Public Engagement Events: Community members and general public will be invited to attend events that provide the opportunity to learn more about the project, provide input on options being considered, and speak with Community Panel members. Event dates will be released in early 2019.
  • Area Stakeholders: Stakeholders from the area who will be significantly impacted by any of the routes will be invited to participate as part of the program to provide information to the Community Panel so that they can make a well informed recommendation.

How Community Panel selection will work

Forty-two people will be selected by randomized draw from the pool of applicants to ensure that a broad, representative cross-section of local residents, city-wide residents and local businesses are selected to participate. The final panel will be comprised of:

  • 21 local residents selected in accordance with demographic composition targets, in proportion to Census data for the study area, including:
    • A demographically proportionate number of individuals who identify as men, women, and trans*/non-binary (drawing from both Census and other available data); and,
    • A demographically proportionate number of members from five age cohorts: 16-29 years, 30-44 years, 45-64 years, 65+ years; and,
    • A demographically proportionate number of “visible minority” individuals, as defined by the Census; and,
    • At least 2 members who self-identify as Indigenous, in proportion to Census data for the study area.
  • 15 local businesses selected to reflect a:
    • Mix of location, with an approximate 2:1 ratio of businesses in areas zoned I-2, MC-1, or along a proposed arterial route, to those located in other zoning districts and/or in other parts of the study area; and,
    • Mix of business size according to number of employees; and,
    • As possible, composed of a mix of genders and ages.
  • 6 city-wide residents
    • Each from a different neighbourhood, composed of a mix of genders and ages.

If any category is not filled through the lottery process, these spaces will be reassigned to the other categories or left unfilled at the discretion of the Panel Chair to ensure balance and inclusion of diverse perspectives without over representing any single perspective.

The full Terms of Reference can be found online at www.fcfcommunitypanel.com/terms-of-reference.

People are invited to apply to participate in the Panel by completing an application by December 10, 2018. To submit your application to the Community Panel, or to learn more, visit www.fcfcommunitypanel.com/apply.

 Media contact:
City of Vancouver

Corporate Communications
604.871.6336

media@vancouver.ca

Kyle Bozentko

kbozentko@jefferson-center.org

14 May

Jefferson Center to convene Community Panel to inform selection of a new arterial through False Creek Flats

Starting this summer, the Jefferson Center — a non-profit organization committed to advancing democratic, citizen-driven solutions to community and public issues — will convene a Community Panel that will help to inform a new arterial alignment through the False Creek Flats.

“We’re eager to start working with the community to design a productive and well-informed Community Panel,” says Kyle Bozentko, Executive Director of the Jefferson Center and Project Principal for the Flats Arterial Community Panel. “Over the next few months, our team will connect with area stakeholders and community members to help shape the information shared with the Panel and the overall Panel process. Our aim is to begin public recruitment for the Community Panel in August, with the Panel set to convene first in October.”

The Community Panel will review technical information, learn from experts, listen to stakeholders about the impacts of the arterial road options, get feedback from the public, and then make a recommendation to the City on an alignment option.

The Jefferson Center is partnering with local public engagement specialist Susanna Haas Lyons, who will serve as Panel Chair. Haas Lyons recently served as Senior Advisor for the Citizens’ Assembly on the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan, and was also staff to the BC Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.

After exploring many alignment options for the east-west arterial to replace Prior/Venables Street, the City recognized that all of the options present challenges for stakeholders and decided to form a community panel to deliberate the trade-offs and work towards an arterial option that best meets the needs of all partners involved.

“We have done a lot of technical assessment about three possible alternative arterials through the Flats – Malkin, National, and William,” says Jerry Dobrovolny, General Manager of Engineering for the City of Vancouver. “By the time the False Creek Flats Area Plan came to Council last year, we were seeing that these three options all came with challenges, with a near 1/3 – 1/3 – 1/3 split of support from stakeholders. We realized at that time that we needed to do a deeper and more extensive consultation to ensure that we really hear and understand all the trade-offs associated with a new alignment. We chose a community panel as it is the highest level of consultation that a City can do, and we believe that this choice requires a very high level of engagement.”

The necessity for a new arterial and overpass is driven by the long-term need to build an over or underpass to separate the rail corridor from the arterial. Additionally, Council has approved the transition of Prior/Venables to a local serving street once a new arterial is complete. Consultation and engagement of the arterial overpass was initially included as part of the False Creek Flats Area Plan, but was separated from the planning process when the area plan went to Council on May 17, 2017 to allow for more community input into the process. In November 2017, the City announced it intended to launch a community panel to advise on the decision.

The Jefferson Center was selected as part of a rigorous procurement process as per the City’s procurement policies.

To learn more about the Flats Arterial or about community panels, and to sign up to an email listserve to receive more information as the Jefferson Center begins its process, visit vancouver.ca/flatsarterial.