To: Vancouver Mayor and Council, City of Vancouver

Cut the CRAP! Stop the mass rezoning of Chinatown! 停止摧毀華埠!制止市府將華埠變成高價區!

Cut the CRAP! Stop the mass rezoning of Chinatown! 停止摧毀華埠!制止市府將華埠變成高價區!

I am dismayed by the City’s current proposal to open the floodgates to market development in Chinatown which will displace vulnerable residents and small businesses.

I am calling on you to:
1. Reject the mass rezoning plan (“CRAP)” for Chinatown;
2. Commit to engaging the existing community, especially low-income residents and small businesses, in preparing a new area plan for Chinatown that will stop further gentrification and displacement; and
3. Implement policies put forward by Chinatown residents, including the demands of Chinatown Concern Group.

Why is this important?

The City of Vancouver is proposing to gentrify Chinatown through a mass rezoning plan called the CRAP (Chinatown Economic Revitalization Action Plan).

The CRAP will open the floodgates for condo development in Chinatown, raising rents, increasing evictions, and accelerating the displacement of the neighbourhood’s most vulnerable residents and small businesses.

The CRAP proposes drastically increasing building heights (up to 150 feet tall, or 14 stories) and building frontages (up to 200 feet wide), while gutting the existing public consultation process of open houses and public hearings. If the CRAP passes City Council, projects like the 12-story 105 Keefer condo development would not be required to undergo zoning review or public consultation at all.

Instead of approving the CRAP, the City should implement policies to honour the history of Chinatown by ensuring that the neighbourhood remains permanently affordable and welcoming to seniors, workers, and low-income people of all backgrounds.

Sign this letter to tell Mayor Gregor Robertson, City Council, and City staff to:
1. Reject the mass rezoning plan (CRAP) for Chinatown;
2. Commit to engaging the existing community, especially low-income residents and small businesses, in preparing a new area plan for Chinatown that will stop further gentrification and displacement; and
3. Implement policies put forward by Chinatown residents, specifically the demands of Chinatown Concern Group: mandatory inclusionary zoning for welfare-pension rate social housing, historically appropriate building frontages no wider than 50 feet, and support for culturally appropriate and affordable retail businesses. See the list of full demands here: http://wp.me/P5U2hU-ye

(Graphic image by Maria Wallstam)

Updates

2017-03-31 11:57:27 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2017-03-30 01:38:21 -0400

500 signatures reached

2017-03-29 14:47:43 -0400

100 signatures reached

2017-03-29 14:16:21 -0400

50 signatures reached

2017-03-29 13:55:27 -0400

25 signatures reached

2017-03-29 13:50:55 -0400

10 signatures reached