Materials and videos of informational presentations were posted after each session of the Panel and updated regularly throughout the process.
Session 1, January 19:
- The Panel Mandate: Amanda Gibbs, Manager of Civic Engagement for the City of Vancouver, provides an introduction to the Community Panel as well as its mandate. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Why a Grade-Separated Arterial? Lon LaClaire, the City of Vancouver’s Director of Transportation, explained the context and relevant policies behind the requirement for the new arterial route to be grade separated from rail. Download the presentation or watch here.
- The History of the Flats: Historian John Atkin brought panelists back in time to understand the history of the Flats area and surrounding neighbourhoods. Download the presentation or watch here.
- The Present & Future of the Flats: Tom Wanklin, a Senior Planner at the City of Vancouver, and Doug Shearer, Senior Planner at the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation, presented an overview of the study area at present, and brought us a glimpse of the future with projections for additional residents, jobs, changing transportation patterns, and more. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Introducing the Arterial Route Options: Dale Bracewell, Manager of Transportation Planning at the City of Vancouver, and Carol Kong, a Senior Transportation Engineer at the City of Vancouver, gave a high-level overview of the different arterial routes. Download the presentation or watch here.
Session 2, January 20:
- Transportation Considerations: Paul Storer, Manager of Transportation Design for the City of Vancouver, provides an overview of the transportation planning process, as well as considerations that City planners make when thinking about transportation choices. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Goods Movement: Mike Henderson, Managing Director for Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, and Dave Earle, President of BC Trucking Association, provide an overview of goods movement and truck activity in Vancouver. Download Mike’s presentation, download Dave’s presentation and watch here.
- Network Connectivity: Carol Kong, Senior Transportation Engineer for the City of Vancouver, took the panel through transportation considerations for each route, including issues around network connectivity and local access, as well as walking, cycling, and transit issues for each route. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Transit Planning: Matt Craig, Translink’s Manager of System Plans, led the panel through more detail around local transit today, compared to what it might look like with different routes. Download the presentation or watch here (begins at 10:00).
- Active Transportation: Stephanie Williams, General Manager at Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST), walked the panel through principles behind optimal design for active transportation, and gave suggestions for what to consider when assessing route options. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Streets as Public Spaces: Paul Krueger, Transportation & Public Space Planner at the City of Vancouver, highlighted visual examples to illustrate the concept of complete streets, and streets as places for not just movement of people and goods, but places of celebration, relaxation, connection, and more. Download the presentation or watch here (begins at 3:30).
- Active Transportation and Transit Continued: Carol Kong, Senior Transportation Engineer for the City of Vancouver, continued to explain the various route options with a particular view to transit and active transportation. Download the presentation or watch here.
- How the City Funds Projects: Kate Gibson, the City of Vancouver’s Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, gave a detailed overview of how the City funds major capital projects. She included scale comparisons between estimated arterial costs and other major city projects from the recent past. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Funding the Arterial Route: Steve Brown, the City of Vancouver’s Manager of Rapid Transit, dove deeper into funding issues by explaining how capital funding is allocated, how the City approaches other partners to fund major projects, and how the recent Powell Street overpass, and future Broadway subway line help to illustrate these processes. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Cost Considerations for Each Proposed Route: The City of Vancouver worked with Parsons, a local consultancy, to make cost estimates for each of the arterial options. Jared Duivestein, a Transportation Engineer with Parsons, presented the methodology and details behind those cost calculations. Carol Kong, Senior Transportation Engineer at the City of Vancouver, and Doug Shearer, Senior Planner at the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation, provided additional detail and insights. Download the presentation or watch here.
Session 3, February 9:V
- Business Overview: Pietra Basilij, Manager of Industrial Initiatives at the Vancouver Economic Commission, gave a detailed picture of the business make-up – past, present and future – of the Flats industrial lands. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Mitigating Impacts to Business: David Rawsthorne, Senior Transportation Design Engineer with the City of Vancouver, explained how the City works with businesses and property owners to mitigate the impacts of infrastructure projects, referencing specific project examples such as the Powell St. Overpass. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Produce Row: Philip Wong, President of Produce Terminal on Malkin St., told his personal story of growing up in the neighbourhood, and gave his professional overview of how the Malkin and William routes would impact Produce Row businesses, as well as how impacts on those businesses would affect small businesses, consumers, and the environment. Download his speech or watch here.
- Businesses on Prior/Venables: Theodora Lamb, President of Strathcona Business Improvement Association, shared highlights of how a Prior/Venables alignment would impact their members, and suggested some high-level principles that they hoped Panelists would consider in their deliberations. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Businesses East of Raymur: Four local business representatives painted a picture of impacts from the William, Malkin, and National routes on their own businesses, and the businesses of their neighbours. Download the following presentations:
- Kelly Ready: Charles St. businesses.
- Tom Edstrand: Landyachtz and other William Street businesses west of the BI line. View Tom’s talking points and watch here.
- Terry Kaufenberg: spoke without notes about William Street businesses east of the BI line
- Anthony Spagnuolo: Grant Street businesses. Watch here
- Transportation Safety: Lacey Hirtle, Senior Traffic Safety Engineer with the City of Vancouver, gave an overview of local, provincial, and federal safety policies that pertain to the Panel’s deliberations, discussed road safety trends in Vancouver, explained the role of her department, and how various trends and policies affected the routes under consideration. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Impacts to Local Residents: Dan Jackson and Richard Taplin presented the perspective of the Strathcona Residents’ Association: their support for the downgrading of Prior/Venables to a local street, their opposition to the William route, and their support for the National-Charles route. Download their speaking notes and suggested concept for National-Charles, and watch the presentation here.
- Additional Resident Perspectives: Dr. Lawrence Chan, long-time Strathcona resident, spoke about the rich history of resident engagement in Strathcona. William Ma, President of the Mah Benevolent Society, provided input from a Chinatown perspective. Craig Ollenberger, member of the Grandview-Woodland Area Council, discussed traffic impacts from the current Prior/Venables arterial on his neighbourhood, and detailed his opposition to the arterial remaining there. Watch Dr. Lawrence Chan’s presentation here. Download Craig’s presentation here and watch here.
- Artists: John Steil, artist and Eastside Culture Crawl Society board member, spoke about the large clustering of artists in the Flats Arterial study area, their importance in the community, high level principles for panelists to keep in mind with regards to arts and culture, and Strathcona Park as a place for art and cultural celebration. Download the presentation or watch here.
Session 4, February 23:
- Overview of Park Network, Recreational Space and Community Gardens: Doug Shearer, Parks Board Manager of Planning and Research, and Leila Todd, Parks Board Planner presented a thorough overview of potential impacts to park and garden amenities, and explored mitigation challenges and opportunities. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Sports Field Users: Anne Thompson, President of the Vancouver Field Sports Federation, explained the varied uses of sports fields in both Strathcona and Trillium parks, and their value to the local and city-wide community. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Ecological Art: Sharon Kallis, member of the EartHand Gleaners, Society, introduced panelists to the communal garden used for learning hand-crafting skills with natural materials, and the anticipated impacts from various routes. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Cottonwood Gardens: Beth McLaren, Leonard Kydd and Noel Macul presented information about the history and value of their community garden, and discussed impacts from various routes. Emily Keller of Environmental Youth Alliance joined briefly to talk about the youth garden programming at Cottonwood. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Strathcona Gardens: Carla Frenkel presented information about the history and value of their community garden, and discussed impacts from various routes. Download the presentation, read the speaking notes (these speaking notes were updated by the speaker on 3/6/19 to provide additional clarity) or watch here.
- Overview of City facilities: Panelists heard first-hand from staff at various Civic facilities, about their operations, and the anticipated impacts from various routes. Download the presentation or watch here.
- Michelle Schouls, overview of City facilities
- Erin Hoess and Duminda Epa, National Works Yard
- Fire Chiefs Tyler Moore and Chris Herbert, Fire Training &
- Heavy Urban Search and Rescue
- Kathryn Holm, Animal Control
- Jim de Hoop, Vancouver School Board Works Yard
- Michelle Schouls, Implications of Relocation
- St. Paul’s Hospital: Rhonda Lui, Senior Manager with the Provincial Health Services Authority, gave an overview of the future St. Paul’s redevelopment, and discussed the impact of various route alignments. Download the presentation or watch here.
Session 5, March 9:
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 10:
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.
Session 7, April 6:
On the final day, Panelists reviewed their case statements, input from the public (workshop and online input), and other feedback from City and Parks Board staff. Then, using a Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff process, the Panel ranked the 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. Read more about the decision and the Panel’s next steps in the Final Report.