Learning Materials

Materials and videos of informational presentations will be posted below after each session of the Panel and updated regularly throughout the process. 

Session 1, January 19: 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 presentationdownload Dave’s presentation and watch here.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).  
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Answers to the Community Panel’s Top Questions: Sessions 1 & 2

Session 3, February 9:

Videos recordings of the following presentations will be uploaded to this YouTube playlist shortly.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. Download Craig’s presentation here.
  9. 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.