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WPG WEST POINT GREY approved by City Council September 23, 2010 TABLE OF CONTENTS VISION DIRECTIONS 3 TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION 4 1 Primary Arterials 4 2 Secondary Arterials 4 3 UBC Development and Traffic
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WPG WEST POINT GREY approved by City Council September 23, 2010 TABLE OF CONTENTS VISION DIRECTIONS 3 TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION 4 1 Primary Arterials 4 2 Secondary Arterials 4 3 UBC Development and Traffic 5 4 Traffic Calming on Local Streets 6 5 Public Transit 7 6 Greenways and Bikeways 11 COMMUNITY SAFETY AND SERVICES 13 7 Community Safety 13 8 Community Facilities and Services 15 9 Homelessness Library Facilities and Services Arts and Culture 19 EXISTING RESIDENTIAL AREAS Single Family Houses New House Design Retaining Heritage and Character Buildings 22 NEW HOUSING New Housing Types New Housing Locations Seniors Housing Housing Affordabilty 30 NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRES Point Grey Shopping Area Jericho Village Shopping Area Small Local Shopping Areas Business Associations or BIAs 43 PARKS, STREETS, LANES, AND PUBLIC PLACES Parks, Streets, Lanes, and Views Public Buildings 49 ENVIRONMENT Environment 51 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN DECISION MAKING Community Involvement in Decision Making 54 REZONING POLICY 55 VISION DIRECTIONS The WPG Choices Survey asked people to respond to draft Directions on a range from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree. Each Direction has been classified as, Not (Uncertain), or Not Supported based on community response in the Choices Survey. This classification is shown above each Vision Direction. Noted below each Vision Direction is the percentage agreement it received in the general and random surveys (complete statistics and survey methodology are available in a separate publication West Point Grey Community Vision Choices Survey: Report on the General and Random Surveys. Directions: Most Directions received enough agreement to be classified as. These Directions were supported not only by 50% or more of the general survey respondents but also by at least 54% of the random survey respondents (a level that ensures support for the Direction by a majority of these respondents, taking into account the plus or minus 4% sampling error of the random survey). When approved by City Council these Directions become official City policy. Not (Uncertain) Directions: When a Direction did not receive enough support to be classified as but the agree votes outweighed disagree votes in both the general and random surveys, the Direction is listed as Not (Uncertain). Many of these Directions were supported by a majority of the general survey respondents and a majority of votes in the random survey (but below the 54% required to ensure community support given the sampling error of the random survey). These Directions will not be adopted by City Council and although they are not City policy they remain on the table for further community discussion in subsequent planning processes. For these Directions, comments on their future role is provided. Not Supported Directions: When a Direction received more disagree than agree votes in either the general or the random survey it is classified as Not Supported. These Directions will not be adopted by City Council and they will not be brought forward for consideration in future planning processes. People s Ideas For most Directions, specific ideas generated at the community meetings and workshops are listed here. They are for information and future reference but are not part of the formally approved Directions. Note: Percentages are rounded-up when.5 or greater (e.g., 54.5% is rounded-up to 55%). However, roundingup will not change the classification of a Direction (e.g., from Not to ). Page 3 of 59 TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION 1. Primary Arterials 4th, 10th, and Alma 1.1 Improve Conditions and Safety on 4th, 10th, and Alma The conditions and safety for residents and pedestrians on 4th, 10th, and Alma should be substantially improved by: adding and upgrading pedestrian crossings reducing traffic speed mitigating traffic noise providing more enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, and pursuing design solutions to address traffic impacts (e.g. corner and bus bulges, centre boulevards). Percent Agree 76/78 introduce traffic calming measures in commercial areas reduce lanes on 10th Avenue to one each way between Alma and Blanca (with left turning lanes) reduce speed limit to 40 km/h on 10th Avenue put full 4-way traffic lights (vehicle activated) at 10th and Sasamat for local access and pedestrian safety (note: concerns about making Sasamat a through street from 4th to 16th) install mid-block crossings on 10th Avenue between Tolmie and Trimble to reduce jaywalking identify village centre on 10th Avenue with street furniture, clock tower, planting/landscaping/public art, etc. which can slow down traffic install marked crosswalks and pedestrian signals on 4th Avenue between Trimble and Blanca need larger left-turn lane and advance green in all directions at 4th and Alma restrict cars to fewer lanes: use extra for buses, extended sidewalks, median refuge, bike lanes, and more landscaping address air and noise pollution on 4th and 10th address noise of traffic on 4th Avenue keep 4th and 10th as streets, not highways deflect car and truck traffic from 10th onto 16th 2. Secondary Arterials 16th, Marine Drive, and Blanca 2.1 Improve Conditions and Safety on 16th, Marine Drive, and Blanca The conditions and safety for residents and pedestrians on 16th, Marine Drive, and Blanca should be substantially improved by: adding and upgrading pedestrian crossings reducing traffic speed mitigating traffic noise providing more enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, and pursuing design solutions to address traffic impacts (e.g. corner and bus bulges, centre boulevards). Page 4 of 59 Percent Agree 70/75 narrow 16th Avenue between Crown and Blanca to encourage bikes and reduce cars need pedestrian crossings at 16th and Discovery and 16th and Sasamat need crossing light at 16th and Wallace for students reduce speed on 16th Avenue by having a police blitz at the beginning of September and doing it every few months provide English-style roundabout at 16th and Blanca (no point in stopping east/west flow to let 1 or 2 cars make their turns) keep trucks to designated truck routes add crosswalks on Marine Drive to help access the beach need north-south route along Blanca which can provide access to the beaches from 10th Avenue repave to reduce traffic noise conduct speed-watch campaign and employ red-light camera at Blanca and 10th restrict cars to fewer lanes on Blanca Street should reduce speeding, frees up space for other uses (e.g. mini-parks, housing for seniors, bike lanes, street hockey area, median) 2.2 Designate Blanca Street as a Neighbourhood Collector In accordance with the Transportation Plan proposal, the City should change the designation of Blanca Street from secondary arterial to neighbourhood collector to ensure that it is not widened to increase the number of traffic lanes, and to consider traffic calming measures that slow traffic to 50 km/h without diverting traffic onto other streets. Percent Agree 55/62 3. UBC Development and Traffic 3.1 Reduce UBC Impacts on WPG The City and the community should work closely with UBC and Translink to ensure that UBC growth doesn t negatively impact WPG. All participants should be strongly encouraged to address current issues of traffic speed and volume along WPG arterials, and impacts related to the on-going residential, commercial, and institutional development at UBC. Percent Agree 88/87 form a City and UBC task force to work together on issues of speeding traffic and parking provide enforcement co-ordination between City police and the RCMP 4. Traffic Calming on Local Streets 4.1 Employ the City s Traffic Calming Program in WPG Concerns about local traffic issues should be addressed through the City s traffic calming program, and residents should be educated about traffic calming measures (e.g. traffic circles) so they can be employed Page 5 of 59 successfully in WPG. Percent Agree 68/73 address speeding traffic on Discovery (10th to 16th), and congestion near gas station on 10th Avenue provide traffic calming on Sasamat Street from 4th to 16th add a traffic circle at 5th and Sasamat, and address safety concerns about existing traffic circle at 8th and Sasamat make the Safeway parking lot safer to exit onto Sasamat Street provide traffic calming around Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, and Jules Quesnel schools address pedestrian safety concerns at lane/street intersection (i.e. cars treat the road as the stop line instead of stopping before the sidewalk) provide more driver education about driving around traffic circles (how to enter, exit, who has the rightof-way, etc.), with ads in newspapers and links on city s website 4.2 Reduce Speed Limit to 40 KM/H Speed Limit on Local Streets The City should continue to encourage the province to move quickly to amend the Motor Vehicle Act to allow the City to reduce the speed limit on local streets to 40 km/h. Percent Agree 59/ Control Parking on Local Streets Not (Uncertain) Parking on local streets should be better controlled to ensure adequate parking for WPG residents. Percent Agree 55/53 stop UBC commuters using WPG as a parking lot when taking the bus to UBC provide resident-only parking area put parking time limits on all side streets Comment: This Direction did receive majority support in the general survey, but did not receive high enough agreement in the random survey to be classified as. In the random survey, the Direction received substantially more agree votes than disagree votes (2.1 to 1). As a result, this Direction is classified as Not (Uncertain) and remains on the table for consideration and public discussion in future planning. 4.4 Improve Visibility at Intersections Sufficient corner clearance at intersections should be provided to ensure clear visibility of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Percent Agree 85/84 stop cars from parking too close to the intersections of 10th and Crown, 16th and Trimble, 16th and Page 6 of 59 Sasamat 4.5 Pursue Traffic Demand Reduction Measures More should be done to reduce auto-trips taken by residents of WPG. Create and/or adopt from other areas programs and measures that get people walking, biking, or taking transit to local destinations, especially for trips to and from WPG schools. Percent Agree 70/70 encourage parents to use walk to school program developed at Queen Mary School get neighbourhood residents (university students or retirees) to volunteer with the walk to school program have a party every month for children who have walked to school, and get residents and local businesses to sponsor parties and provide prizes have carpools to pick up or drop off students to reduce traffic 5. Public Transit 5.1 Address Negative Impacts of Public Transit In co-operation with the community, the City should seek to ensure that Translink and UBC reduce existing and potential negative impacts of UBC transit on WPG neighbourhoods, including addressing safety, noise, emissions, and parking issues. Percent Agree 80/79 reduce diesel bus noise/emissions on 4th, 10th, and 16th restrict diesel express services to weekday, peak demand hours reduce bus noise by retrofitting existing buses consider grade and noise when locating bus stops, especially with diesel buses eliminate Sasmat/4th bus stop and reduce diesel noise along 4th Avenue need increased enforcement to deal with speeding buses running red lights and ignoring lane designations stop UBC commuters from using WPG as a parking lot limit UBC express service stops to major arterial intersections prohibit commercial advertising on transit shelters/benches in residential areas locate more UBC campus buildings in a central location to reduce student and staff commuting time and distance 5.2 Provide Bus Priority Measures The efficiency and reliability of buses should be improved through the use of bus priority measures, such as bus bulges, bus signal priority, and bus only lanes. Percent Agree 59/65 Page 7 of 59 install bus bulge for bus stop at the NW corner of 16th and Sasamat provide signal priority for buses at intersections dedicate a bus lane to reduce travel time provide bus bulges and boarding space on transit-oriented streets where road capacity is available 5.3 Provide Shuttle Service Translink should provide a shuttle service to address poor north-south connections, especially for travel to the WPG Community Centre, Jericho Arts Centre, and local schools and beaches. Percent Agree 58/57 need a north-south bus shuttle route to Community Centre and Brock House provide a north-south shuttle bus between beaches and 16th Avenue, connecting Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, and Lord Byng schools use smaller community shuttle buses on fixed routes to improve services to local destinations and reduce car use need a bus along Marine Drive to WPG Community Centre, Jericho Sailing Club, and Spanish Banks (at least in the summer months) reroute West Van #248 bus along Marine Drive to UBC restore bus service from Alma Street to Locarno Beach, Aberthau, and Spanish Banks possibly via Marine Drive to Museum of Anthropology and Botanical Gardens 5.4 Reduce Waiting Time for Buses TransLink should reduce waiting times for buses. Percent Agree 66/67 reduce gaps in service for WPG residents caused by buses travelling together (not spaced out) add more buses along existing routes, increasing bus frequency to 5 minute maximum wait during peak hours, 10 minute maximum wait during off-peak hours quicken connections between routes (i.e. speedy transfer between bus routes) 5.5 Improve the Transit Experience The transit experience (the comfort, convenience, and sense of safety experienced by users as they walk to, wait for, or ride the system) should be improved in order to attract riders, for example, with better weather protection, lighting and security, landscaping, transit schedules and route maps, provision of bike racks, and alternative payment systems when boarding the bus. Percent Agree 65/66 provide electronic fare pay system (could be tied into new or existing credit cards) should have bus schedules posted on bus stops (not on spinning poles) should have a card that is swiped across a machine that automatically deducts bus fare Page 8 of 59 create subsidized transit pass/debit cards for all City residents (cost added to municipal tax) provide for all door loading of passengers improve signage and add more garbage cans 5.6 Review Transit Fares and Promote Ridership TransLink should consider ways to encourage greater ridership including special promotions, a reduction in the fare schedule, and especially the expansion of the university U-Pass program to other groups and areas of the city. Percent Agree 62/64 work with UBC to extend U-pass to faculty and staff make student bus fare less expensive or free provide obligatory pass like U-pass for primary and secondary school students consider including WPG residents in UBC bus pass program (maybe reduce cost for pass by restricting days and/or hours of use) base bus fares on trip length, rather than number of zones 5.7 Promote Sustainable Bus Technology As part of a progressive strategy for UBC Transit, Translink should end current dependence on diesel buses. Translink should expand and upgrade existing electric trolley services and use equivalent low-noise, lowemission, environmentally sustainable alternatives. Percent Agree 81/83 retire diesel buses as they produce more pollutants per passenger than SUVs ban diesel buses from residential areas and provide more new electric buses provide hybrid buses on designated lanes to replace all diesel buses support progressive trolley-only transit on 4th Avenue expand the trolley fleet until rapid transit is extended to UBC replace 99 B-line buses with trolleys/hybrid electric buses acquire new natural gas buses, or return electric trolley buses to service use alternative, environmentally sound fuels 5.8 Provide Rapid Transit Service to UBC As part of a longer-term solution, the City should work with Translink to extend dedicated rapid transit service to UBC as a means to attract greater ridership and as a sustainable alternative to high-frequency bus services. Percent 65/67 extend rapid transit line out to UBC (note: underground is preferable to save commercial areas along Broadway and 10th) Page 9 of 59 build LRT line to UBC and remove buses need underground subway from VCC to UBC provide light rail transit on 16th Avenue from proposed Cambie Canada Line Station, rather than planned diesel bus service provide electric light rail and/or street cars on Broadway and 10th institute a development tax for UBC developers providing market housing for non-ubc-affiliated people, and use the tax to fund rapid transit and infrastructure request funding from UBC for rapid transit line from Cambie to UBC (would accommodate traffic generated by UBC housing developments) need rapid transit on 16th Avenue for the future planned development at UBC which will have a large population that may not be UBC-based do not extend Skytrain to UBC 5.9 Investigate Providing Ferry Service to UBC Not (Uncertain) Translink should explore the possibility of extending its ferry service to UBC, for example to and from West Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Richmond. Percent Agree 54/52 develop transportation alternatives to UBC using the water (boats from the North Shore and Richmond) serve UBC with ferries (passenger only) like in Sydney, Australia Comment: This Direction did receive majority support in the general survey, but did not receive high enough agreement in the random survey to be classified as. In the random survey, the Direction received substantially more agree votes than disagree votes (2.3 to 1). As a result, this Direction is classified as Not (Uncertain) and remains on the table for consideration and public discussion in future planning Involvement in Transit Decisions There should be more local involvement in transit decisions. Percent Agree 72/71 have a directly elected Translink Board of Directors provide notification of proposed transit changes to the people who ll be affected (e.g. when constructing proposed new lines, choosing new routes, locating bus stops) 6. Greenways and Bikeways 6.1 Improve Greenway and Bikeway Routes Greenways and Bikeways should link major walking destinations within and outside of WPG and should provide safe crossings at major streets. Improvements should be made to encourage greater use of pedestrian and cyclist routes and facilities, and improve safety at intersections. Page 10 of 59 Percent Agree 82/82 provide a light for crossing Blanca at 8th Avenue address conflict between cyclists and pedestrians in Jericho Beach Park allow parking only on one side of streets used for Bikeways (e.g. on 8th Avenue) create bike paths on one-way streets with bikes and cars going in the same direction provide better bike route signs to discourage vehicular traffic improve Bikeways for commuting by removing barriers (but continue to discourage cars) 6.2 Provide General Walking and Biking Improvements The frequently used pedestrian and biking routes within WPG shown on the map should have additional greening and other types of improvements, including: better pedestrian and bike crossings of arterials improved maintenance of existing streets, and beautification of streets and sidewalks (e.g. tree-lined streets, landscaping, flowers, benches, special paving, lighting). Percent Agree 77/79 improve edges on Trimble from 1st to 4th provide benches for senior citizens throughout area for eating/socializing provide better weather protection (e.g. use old bus shelters in parks) provide Bikelane on 16th Avenue from Dunbar to Blanca connecting to other Bikelanes west of Blanca provide new bicycle routes on Blanca, 15th (Blanca to Crown), and across federal-provincial Jericho Lands provide bike routes on 15th and Trimble as they are good routes for children biking between area schools and parks provide alternative route
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