At the November 17 council meeting the City of Vancouver (COV) approved a comprehensive Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP) to address climate change and make Vancouver a more livable city. Staff will formulate plans for each issue and each one will require individual approval from Council, as explained in this Op-Ed in The Vancouver Sun.
This is ambitious urban planning. To be successful, it requires thoughtful public attention, engagement, trust and support.
We’ve focused on just three issues within the guidelines of Big Move 2: Active Transportation and Transit that are most relevant to livability for Kits Point residents: (1) increasing active transportation, (2) making street parking more equitable, and (3) applying tolls for motorists entering certain areas.
Vancouver ranked #6 in the EIU’s Global Liveability Index 2019 that measured 140 cities on their quality of health care, education, infrastructure, stability and culture. While the COV’s CEAP initiatives are under the umbrella of climate emergency and will have a miniscule effect on CO2 emissions worldwide, they will go a long way toward making Vancouver, and Kits Point, an even better place to live.
In the words of Dr. Suzanne Lennard, co-founder and Director of International Making Cities Livable:“If we adopt the time-tested principles of true urbanism, facilitating community social life, access to nature, independent mobility for all, and a human scale, mixed-use built environment that enhances a sense of well-being in the public realm, then we can achieve healthy human, economic and ecological sustainability. It is not rocket science,” she asserted. “These healthy city-making principles have been around for centuries.” As Gary Mason wrote in The Globe and Mail, “I hope the city has the same trailblazing courage it demonstrated decades ago—the kind of gumption that laid the groundwork for Vancouver to become the envied global star it is today.”
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Gloria Sully, KET (KPRA Executive Team)
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