What is a Community Panel?
A community panel is a representative group of residents and businesses who are randomly-selected to learn, listen and work together to recommend a solution on a complex or difficult community issue.
What is the role of the Flats Arterial Community Panel?
This Community Panel is tasked with working together to recommend a route for a new east-west arterial road through False Creek Flats that best meets the needs of residents and businesses. The route will be grade-separated, meaning it will pass over or under the Burrard Inlet Rail Line that runs north-south between the False Creek Flats and the Port, west of Clark Drive. The Community Panel will meet for approximately 7 days to learn from experts, community and business stakeholders, and the broader public about the potential issues and benefits of each arterial road option, and then make a recommendation.
What route options are being considered?
The City has put forward four route options for consideration by the Community Panel: Malkin Avenue, National Avenue, Prior/Venables, and Williams Street. To learn more about the options for a new road, review our learning materials, which will be updated after each Panel meeting.
What is the ‘study area’ for this project?
The Flats Arterial Community Panel study area is defined as: North – the Port boundary; South – Great Northern Way and North Grandview Highway; West – Quebec Street and Columbia Street; East – Commercial Drive.
What will happen with the Community Panel’s recommendations?
Vancouver City Council and the Vancouver Park Board have committed to taking the Panel’s recommendations seriously. City Council, and the Vancouver Park Board in relation to parks, will have the final authority to accept, modify, or reject the Panel’s recommendation, per the Panel’s mandate outlined in the Panel’s Terms of Reference. Read more about the False Creek Flats arterial from the City of Vancouver.
Which residents were eligible to apply to the Community Panel?
All Vancouver residents 16 years of age and over (as of November 7, 2018) were eligible to apply. Local residents, who will make up the large majority of resident seats on the panel, must reside within the False Creek Flats arterial road study area, as defined by the study area map (please see above). A few Panelist seats were allotted to city-wide participants.
Which business participants were eligible to apply to the Community Panel?
To be eligible to serve as a business participant on the Community Panel, an applicant must:
- Operate a licensed business within the study area; or,
- Own a commercial or industrial property within the study area; or,
- Be currently employed by a licensed business within the study area, working 20 hours or more per week.
What support exists for participants?
We recognize this is a large time commitment for many – participants will be provided with meals at each meeting and will receive reimbursement for travel, childcare, and eldercare expenses. Other support for participants may be available upon request.
Do Panelists need to know about the topic in order to participate?
All that is needed to participate is a desire to help shape the future of False Creek Flats, a willingness to learn, and an attitude of collaboration. Panelists will be supported to understand technical and values-based perspectives. The choice of where to locate this arterial road is about fairly weighing tradeoffs in light of community values, which is a task that all community members are well suited to do.
How were members of the Community Panel chosen?
Invitation postcards were mailed to approximately 11,000 area residents, property owners, and business owners in late fall 2018. In addition, hundreds of invitations were handed out at street corners, community centers, service centers and other key locations in and around the study area.
Out of the pool of 200 volunteers who applied to participate, 42 Panel Members were chosen to reflect the identified demographic targets, based on the best available municipal and Statistics Canada data. We used a blind, anonymous selection process to ensure the process was random, fair, and free from any potential bias. The selection process ensured an equal number of men and women; mix of residents three neighbourhood zones; mix of businesses from 6 neighbourhood zones and representing a mix of sectors; representative numbers of Panelists from each age cohort; a mix of ethnic backgrounds including Indigenous; a range of income brackets; and, a handful of Panelists from around the city of Vancouver.
All Panelists must be willing to contribute to the Panel’s work in a spirit of collaboration, representing the best interests of all residents and businesses in Vancouver, not as an advocate for their own individual positions or business or organizational interests.
City staff did not have a role in selecting the membership of the Panel. Employees of the City of Vancouver or Vancouver Park Board, as well as elected municipal or Park Board officials, are ineligible to serve on the Community Panel.
What is the Community Panel’s Terms of Reference?
The Panel’s Terms of Reference gives clear directions for the Panel. It outlines the mandate, tasks and processes of the Panel, sets demographic targets for the Panel’s makeup, and helps guide the design of the learning program and deliberative agenda. The Terms of Reference has been developed in consultation with city staff, key stakeholders, community members, and rooted in the best practices that guide all our deliberative programs.
What is the role of the Community Panel after it releases its final report?
The work of the Community Panel will officially conclude after its final report is presented to Vancouver City Council and Vancouver Park Board.
What if I’m not participating in the Community Panel, can I still be involved?
Yes. You can contribute to the process by:
- Participating in the public workshops hosted by the Community Panel
- Observing Community Panel meetings
- Submitting ideas on the Community Panel website for the members of the Panel and the public to consider
- Following the progress of the Community Panel on its website
- Signing up for our newsletter
Where will the Panel’s meetings take place?
Panel meetings will take place at the Dudoc Vancouver, and will be open to the public. We encourage you to observe and learn with Panel members. Please note that we ask observers not to interact with Panelists during sessions, and we are unable to provide meals or other accommodations to observers.
The Community Panel will also host public workshops on March 5 and April 2 at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society.
What is the budget for the Community Panel?
In April 2018, the City of Vancouver allocated $195,585 to support a range of activities related to the Flats Arterial Community Panel process.
How will the Community Panel represent residents and businesses?
Community Panel members are tasked with representing the interests of Vancouver residents and businesses as a whole, with an emphasis on residents and businesses in the False Creek Flats study area. To ensure that members are able to consider multiple perspectives and rigorous evidence about each arterial option, we:
- Designed a balanced curriculum that reflects the issues and concerns of the community and other stakeholders
- Invited experts to present key factual information to the Panel
- Invited stakeholders and other interest groups to present perspectives on the impacts of the arterial options
How will the project involve First Nations government and peoples?
We acknowledge that the Flats is on the ancestral, traditional and unceded Aboriginal territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, and in particular the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Over a century ago False Creek Flats was an important fishing area for First Nations people.
The City of Vancouver will lead government to government communication about the project. The Community Panel staff team will work with citizens of local First Nations and the urban Aboriginal population in the development of the learning program. In addition, a minimum of 2 of the 21 local resident seats on the Panel are reserved for Indigenous participants, in proportion to census data for the study area.
Will there be an opportunity for community groups to provide input to the Community Panel?
Yes. Community groups and other organizations will be able to participate in the public workshops hosted by the Panel and submit their ideas for Panel consideration on the Panel website. Community groups may be invited to participate in initial planning efforts to frame the Panel’s Terms of Reference and/or be invited to make presentations to the Community Panel.
How were the topics and speakers for the Community Panel be chosen?
The topics and speakers for the Community Panel were selected by the Community Panel project staff. The project team gathered input from stakeholders, community members and the City of Vancouver during the Project’s design phase in summer 2018. We will also consider resources and other input submitted on the Community Panel website. All speakers and their presentation materials, along with any other educational materials produced for the Community Panel, will be made public and posted on the Panel website.
What is the role of the Chair of the Community Panel?
It is the Chair’s responsibility, with the support of project staff, to:
- Oversee a fair and representative member selection process.
- Develop a balanced learning program that involves residents, community organizations and experts to provide a range of perspectives.
- Support respectful dialogue and deliberation among members.
- Ensure that regular updates concerning the Panel’s proceedings are made publicly available.
- Provide opportunities to inform and convey perspectives from local residents and stakeholders to Panel members.
- Produce and deliver a Final Report concerning the Panel’s activities and recommendations to City Council.
- Exercise discretion in ensuring the integrity and sound conduct of the Panel.
The Chair will serve as the lead facilitator for the Panel and is responsible for the conduct of the facilitation team. Consequently, the Chair does not exercise a vote during the proceedings of the Panel. The Chair will remain neutral with regards to the deliberation and recommendation of the Community Panel. The Chair of the Flats Arterial Community Panel is Susanna Haas Lyons.
Who is designing and hosting the Community Panel?
Following a competitive procurement process, the City of Vancouver contracted with the Jefferson Center, an independent nonprofit based in the United States, to lead the Community Panel. Since 1974, the Jefferson Center has led the design and delivery of more than one hundred deliberative events and is one of the foremost practitioners of deliberative democracy in North America. The Jefferson Center is working with local partners to deliver a fair, productive, and well-informed Community Panel. The City of Vancouver is funding the Community Panel and will provide planning and logistical support to the Jefferson Center and other project staff.
If I am not a member of the Community Panel, can I attend Panel meetings?
Each session of the Panel will be open to the public for observation, and we encourage community members to come and see the process in action and learn with Panel members! However, we reserve the right to remove individuals who disrupt the Community Panel process, threaten the safety of Panel members or others, or in the event that there is not enough room in the venue to reasonably and comfortably accommodate observers. Members of the public are welcome to observe the Panel sessions, but may not participate in Panel activities, including by asking questions of speakers or interacting with members of the Panel directly, in order to ensure a fair process.
Will the Community Panel have translation services?
To ensure the Community Panel represents the False Creek Flats area specifically and the City of Vancouver broadly, we will have translation services available for Chinese-language speaking participants. We will strive to translate as many of the documents related to the Panel, including the learning materials, into Chinese languages as well. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer translation into other languages at this time.
社區小組是一個有代表性的居民和企業群體, 他們是抽樣被選成為組員, 一同學習, 聽取意 見, 為一個既複雜和困難的社區問題, 共同推薦解決方案。
這個社區小組將負責共同努力, 建議一條東西向的新幹道路線, 通過福溪平地,能滿足居民和企業 的需要。路線將考慮分流, 意味它將以南北向架空或在布勒内湾鐵路線之下行走在福溪平地和口 岸之間及克拉克街以西。平地幹線社區小組將舉行約7天的會議, 向專家、社區和企業利益相關者 以及更廣泛的公眾瞭解每條幹道選擇的潛在問題和好處, 然後提出建議。
溫哥華市議會和溫哥華公園局承諾認真考慮小組的建議。市議會和溫哥華公園局就公園而言, 根據小組即將提出的職權範圍內所概述的任務, 將有權接受、修改或拒絕小組的建議。閱讀更多關於溫哥華福溪平地幹線。
小組將由溫哥華各地的居民和企業組成, 但重點是福溪平地區和周邊社區。社區小組人口結構尚 未敲定, 有待社區成員和利益相關者給與的意見。徵選過程定於8月開始, 小組成員在9月下旬或10 月初選定。小組成員將根據加拿大最現成的城市和統計局資料,作出人口目標反映的選擇。我們 將使用一個盲目的及匿名的選擇過程, 以確保過程是隨機和公平,並沒有任何潛在的偏見。溫哥華 市府職員在選擇小組成員方面將不擔任任何角色。
小組的職權範圍為小組提供了明確的指示。他們概述了小組的授權、任務和過程、小組成員組 成的人口代表性指標, 和學習計劃的指導説明及審議議程的設計。職權範圍將與溫市職員、主要利 益相關者、社區成員協商制定, 並採取最佳做法去指導我們所有審議的專案。
小組會議的地點將會公佈。小組會議將向公眾開放, 我們鼓勵您與小組成員一起觀察和學習。 社區小組亦會舉辦公眾工作坊。
在 2018年4月, 溫哥華市撥款195,585元, 支援“平地幹線社區小組”工作有關的一系列活動。
社區小組成員的任務是代表整個溫哥華居民和企業的利益, 特別強調在福溪平地研究區的居民 和企業。為確保成員能夠考慮多個角度及查考有關每個幹道選擇的嚴謹證據, 我們會:
• 設計一個平衡的課程, 反映社區和其他利益相關者的問題和關注事項
會的。社區團體和其他組織將會能夠參加小組主持的公眾工作坊, 並在小組網站上提出他們的意見供小組審議。可邀請社區團體參與初步規劃工作, 以制訂小組的 職權範圍, 並/或應邀向社區小組提出報告。
社區小組的專題和發言者將由社區小組專案工作人員挑選。專案小組將在2018夏季專案設計階段尋求利益相關者、社區成員和溫哥華市府的意見。我們亦會考慮在社區小組網站上提供資訊及貼上其他人士分享的意見。所有發言者及其介紹材料, 連同為社區小組製作的任何其他教育材料, 將公佈並張貼在小組網站上。
• 制定一個平衡的學習計劃, 其中包括居民、社區組織和專家, 提供一系列的觀點。
• 提供機會, 向小組成員通報和轉達當地居民和利害關係方的觀點。
主席將擔任小組的領導主持人, 負責促進小組的運作。因此,主席在小組的議事過程中不會行使投 票權。主席將對社區小組的審議和建議保持中立。社區小組的主席是Susanna Haas Lyons (蘇珊娜. 哈斯里昂)。
具競爭性的選納過程之後, 溫哥華市與Jefferson Centre(傑弗遜中心 ) , 一間位於美國的獨立非營利 組織簽約, 領導社區小組。自1974年以來, 傑弗遜中心領導了100多個審議活動的設計和運作, 是北 美最重要的協商民主實踐者之一。傑弗遜中心正在與平地區的夥伴合作, 提供一個公平、高效率 和消息靈通的社區小組。溫哥華市正為社區小組提供資金, 並將為傑弗遜中心和其他專案工作人 員提供規劃和後勤支援。
小組的每次會議都將向公眾開放, 以供觀察, 我們鼓勵社區成員來察看過程,並與小組成員一起學習! 然而, 我們保留權利要求以下人仕離場: 擾亂社區小組會議進程, 威脅到小組成員或其他人的安全, 或在場地內未能找到合理和舒適的觀察空間。歡迎公眾人士出席小組會議, 但請不要參加小組的活 動, 包括提問發言者或直接與小組成員互動, 以確保公平的過程。
為確保社區小組能特別代表福溪平地及溫哥華市區, 我們會為華語參與者提供翻譯服務。我們 會努力將與小組有關的檔案, 包括學習資料, 翻譯成中文。不幸的是, 我們現在無法為其他語言提供 翻譯服務。