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Eighteen Vancouver residents' associations form coalition

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – We’ve been hearing a lot lately from several neighbourhoods in Vancouver who don’t agree with the way the city wants to add more housing to their surroundings.

Eighteen of the city’s residents’ associations are now forming a coalition.

Jak King, who is president of the Grandview Woodland Area Council, says they’re coming together after years of what they consider disrespectful treatment over planning and development.

He stresses the coalition will propose more constructive ways of communicating.

“And so we’re getting together in a positive way, frankly. We’re trying to design a new planning and development relationship, and we’ll spend the next little while doing that,” he says.

Neighbourhoods such as the one King represents, Marpole and the West End are having their community plans hashed out. In the last few months, protests have erupted and long lines of people have lined up at city hall to express their outrage over the plans, which are designed to accommodate growing populations.

He says community consultation has produced nothing but unhappy people, and he hopes the city will recognize that the system is broken.

“I know that there’s been some talk on Twitter and some talk among some of the councillors that this is somehow an anti-Vision Vancouver group. We’re not interested in that. We’re interested in establishing a better relationship,” he notes, referring to the dominant civic party.

King says they hope to approach the city with a concrete suggestion on how to improve that relationship before the next municipal election.

The residents’ associations that have signed on to the coalition:

Arbutus Ridge Community Association
Crosstown Residents Association
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council
Downtown South/Yaletown
Dunbar Residents Association
False Creek Residents Association
Grandview Woodland Area Council
Citygate Intertower Group
Marpole Residents Coalition
Norquay Residents
NW Point Grey Home Owners Association
Oakridge Langara Area Residents
Residents Association of Mount Pleasant
Riley Park/South Cambie Visions
Strathcona Residents Association
West End Neighbours
West Kitsilano Residents Association
West Point Grey Residents Association