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West End community plan raises concerns with residents

11/20/2013 12:34 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST
This morning, Vancouver City Council will vote on the controversial West End neighbourhood plan that will outline development in the area for the next 30 years.

If the plan is approved planners and developers will have a road map for the foreseeable future for the densely populated downtown neighbourhood.

But Randy Helton with the West End Neighbours group says there are still some major holes in the 200-page document. 

"There are a lot of nice pictures in the plan. There are a lot of general motherhood statements and things," he says.

"But when you get into the details of the jargon, there's still a huge amount of vagueness in the plan and it leaves the door wide open for the city to make deals with developers."

Helton says the plan lacks specifics regarding the height, size and location of buildings. He also says the community's 45,000 residents were not properly consulted.

"There were a few open houses where you put yellow sticky notes on boards and then planners went back to city hall to write their reports up. Meanwhile, they were talking to developers developing specific plans for major towers."

His group is calling on council to give the community more consultation and send the plan back to city staff for more work.

"It's like staff was given a homework assignment and they're turning in their report without finishing their work."

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