Community Planning Goals
We have strong ideas about how community planning should take place and how decisions about our neighbourhood should be made. We believe that:
- Civic democracy is more than the election of a civic government; effective democracy is participatory, consultative, transparent, and accountable to the electorate.
- All Local Area Plans that have been created in genuine collaboration with communities must be respected.
- All decisions about significant changes to West Kitsilano, including changes to zoning, density, traffic patterns, and any other change that impacts community livability, must be made in equal partnership with West Kitsilano residents in a neighbourhood-based planning process
- More than simply public consultation, community planning must proceed with genuine citizen participation at all stages of the process, from defining the issues and terms of reference through to implementation.
- Most weight must be given to the views of local residents in matters that impact the livability of their neighbourhoods, and especially of those in the community closest to the impacts of decisions. For example, in matters that impact the livability of our neighbourhood, the views of local residents must be given more weight than the views of developers.
- Any citizen participation process should strive for solutions that work for everyone; however, if consensus cannot be achieved, the will of the majority should be respected.