CITY HALL WANTS TO SELL OUR
SKYLINE
FOR MILLION DOLLAR CONDOS


STOP THEM BY JULY 24

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In July, City Council will vote to sell off our public skyline views to Pavco and let them hide the mountains with a condo tower.
We need to stop them.

What's happening?

On Tuesday, July 24th, the City of Vancouver's city council is set to vote on approving crown corporation BC Pavilion Corporation's (PavCo) 400ft tower that will block public views of the North Shore mountains. This rezoning application is the first of three towers in the Northeast False Creek (NEFC) neighbourhood plan that will disrupt Vancouver’s public views that have been protected by the City's view cone policy since 1989. Vancouver's public views with the iconic mountain backdrop are free irreplaceable public assets and amenities that all Vancouverites can enjoy.

THE PROPOSAL

PavCo's proposal is a 400ft tower that will cover up the mountain backdrop and penetrate the Cambie and 10th Avenue view cone near City Hall, one of the most important view cones in Vancouver. The City claims that this is one of three tall towers will frame the new Georgia gateway into Downtown, but urban planning experts have condemed this reasoning as we must protect our public views. PavCo is a crown corporation of BC under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. For more information about PavCo's proposal, click here to view the report and City presentation.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

If city council votes to let PavCo's tower through, this will set precedence for other real estate developers to pressure the City to allow them to penetrate the view cones too. This will be the end of Vancouver's unique mountain skyline as we know it. We cannot let city council and crown corporation Pavco privatize our free public views.

Rendering of pink PavCo and Concord towers are by City of Vancouver

Massing model of towers from Cambie Bridge (By Steve Bohus)
Massing model of towers with 20% additional height from Cambie & 10th view cone. 20% addition is to account for height creep, which has been observed in similar developments, such as Vancouver House. (By Steve Bohus)

THE ALTERNATIVE

For the Pavco tower, there is currently another alternative proposed that does not impact the view corridors. The recommended zoning and the draft Design Guidelines from the City allow for a lower tower that will be 300ft in height, provide a better street form, and will not corrupt the view corridors. This form is a better alternative though the bulk proposed is still a form that follows finance.

Proposed: View cone penetrating tower (400ft)
Alternative: Below view cone tower (300ft)

What Vancouverites are saying

TAKE ACTION

Demand Vancouver City Council to stop the PavCo tower from destroying our public view by July 24. Take action now.

Step 1: Sign petition

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Demand Vancouver City Council, Government of BC, and provincial crown corporation PavCo to protect Vancouver's public views. Sign this petition by Monday, July 23 at 5pm.


To City of Vancouver Mayor and Council, Premier of BC, Minister and Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture responsible for crown corporation PavCo, and CEO of PavCo:

The City of Vancouver is unique in the world in that “view corridors” were established to protect views that would otherwise be threatened by future development. Since 1989, the City has protected 27 “corridors” so that views of the North Shore mountains, the Downtown skyline, and the surrounding water can be seen and enjoyed by the public at important vantage points in the City of Vancouver. These “view corridors” provide an important free accessible public amenity for everyone, locals and tourists, regardless of income. Other cities referencing this policy and implementing similar ones demonstrates the success of this policy in providing a benefit.

Three Northeast False Creek Plan tower proposals will substantially block public views of the mountains in three important view corridors. Our public mountain views will be sold off to upper scale condo owners. While heights of 300 feet are the limit to protect these view cones, the developers PavCo and Concord Pacific are proposing three buildings at the corners of Georgia Street and Pacific Boulevard, which will privatize these highly valued free public views for unaffordable multimillion condos. The City’s rationale is proposing a “gateway” be made of three towers, but these gateways cannot be viewed by anyone at the ground-level. These towers will only stand to privatize public views. The Pavco tower will be 400 feet (40 storeys) and the two from Concord will be 425 feet (42 storeys). These towers will eliminate key public views of the mountains from Cambie Street between 10th Avenue and 12th Avenue, and will also take away an iconic north shore mountain view seen from the Queen Elizabeth Park viewing platform.

For the PavCo tower, there is currently another alternative proposed that does not impact the view corridors. The recommended zoning and the draft Design Guidelines from the City allow for a lower floor plate tower that will be 300 feet in height, provide a better street form, and will not corrupt the view corridors. This form is a better alternative though the bulk proposed is still a form that follows finance. For the Concord Pacific towers, alternatives that do not penetrate the view corridors must be proposed.

This petition asks the City to reject the Georgia Street and Pacific Boulevard towers from PavCo and Concord, which will privatize views that are a public amenity. This petition asks the City to accept the recommended zoning and draft guidelines for the PavCo tower to a limit of a 300 foot height, which will also preserve these priceless public views for future generations to enjoy, and create a street form that has a stronger street presence and reference to the surrounding area.


Petition delivery

The petition will be emailed to Mayor and Council, Premier of BC, Minister and Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture responsible for crown corporation PavCo, and CEO of PavCo prior to the public hearing.


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Step 2: Write a letter

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Write a custom letter to Mayor and Council, Province of BC, and PavCo to stop them from destroying our public views with the PavCo tower. Write in by Monday, July 23.

Who are you writing and why

Vancouver's Mayor and Council will vote on whether to allow the PavCo tower to penetrate the view cone or not.

PavCo is the developer of the building and a crown corporation of the Province of BC. Therefore, we must bring this issue to the attention of the Premier and Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture responsible for PavCo, as they are accountable to the citizens of British Columbia.

Where to send letter to

Send your email to the followng email addresses: gregor.robertson@vancouver.ca, raymond.louie@vancouver.ca,kerry.jang@vancouver.ca, george.affleck@vancouver.ca, elizabeth.ball@vancouver.ca, adriane.carr@vancouver.ca, hector.bremner@vancouver.ca, andrea.reimer@vancouver.ca, heather.deal@vancouver.ca, tim.stevenson@vancouver.ca, melissa.degenova@vancouver.ca, gil.kelley@vancouver.ca, nefc@vancouver.ca, kevin.mcnaney@vancouver.ca, premier@gov.bc.ca, KCretney@bcpavco.com, TAC.Minister@gov.bc.ca, Lisa.Beare.mla@leg.bc.ca, TAC.DeputyMinister@gov.bc.ca

What to write

  • State that you oppose the PavCo tower proposal that penetrates the view cone and destroys the public view of mountains
  • What is your connection to Vancouver?
  • Why are Vancouver's public views of the skyline important to you? Example answers:
    • Vancouver's skyline with mountain backdrop is why the city is beautiful
    • It is a free public amenity and asset
    • It makes Vancouver a livable and healthy city
    • I enjoy viewing the skyline with the mountain backdrop
    • I like taking photos of the Vancouver skyline with the mountain backdrop
  • Why do you oppose the PavCo tower that will penetrate the view cones and block the mountain backdrop of the city's skyline? Example answers:
    • Vancouver's public views are an irreplaceable free public asset and should not be blocked by private multimillion dollar condos
    • The City and Province of BC should not privatize our free public views and sell it off to developers to build million dollar condos
    • We must protect our public views for the next generation
    • Sets a bad precedence for other real estate developers to pressure the City to let them penetrate protected view corridors/cones
  • Provide an alternative. You can choose to tell Council to approve the lower tower alternative at 300ft that does not penetrate the view cone.

VANCOUVERITES ENJOYING PUBLIC VIEWS

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