City Council 2016 Policy Goals
An Exceptionally Vibrant, Safe and Welcoming, and Prosperous City
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Affordable housing is a fundamental ingredient in community prosperity, a key strategic objective for the City. The City can have significant influence on factors contributing to more or better access to affordable housing in Vancouver through funding, regulations and partnerships
- A prioritized list of policy initiatives along with a multi-year plan for their consideration.
- Develop policy actions from the top 3 to 5 task force recommendations.
- Explore to conclusion the prospect of an affordable housing ballot measure (Q1).
The City has begun to look at how we can better take care of our parks by restoring basic maintenance to existing neighborhood parks within current and projected resources. Beyond this, there is a backlog of $9 million in capital repairs, as well as a need to address development of vacant parks land currently owned by the City. The City is unable to meet all demands and desires for all services within projected resources. A sustainable, long term asset management strategy for parks maintenance, development and city-wide level of service is needed.
- A recommended budget action in the to address a sustainable approach to basic parks maintenance (Q1 – Q2)
- A recommended amendment to the Comprehensive Parks and Open Space Plan to reflect a new, sustainable level of service for park acquisition and development, including an update to the Park Impact Fee program (Q3).
- A recommended capital investment approach based on the revised level of service standard, which may include voted options (Q4)
Vancouver Police Department Resourcing
Staff and capacity reductions across the City organization associated with the great recession have largely not been restored. In the 6 years since the end of the recession, the city’s population has grown to 171,000, along with call volume and incremental demand for VPD services. Despite evolution of business practices and deployment approaches, the VPD is unable to meet community and operational demand for key police services, such as a dedicated traffic patrol unit and property crimes unit. In addition, VPD does not have capacity for robust intel/crime analysis and community outreach, key strategies that can help Vancouver continue to enjoy a strong sense of safety and a positive relationship between the Department and community.
- A multi-year, sustainable, resourcing strategy to be considered as part of the 2017-18 biennial budget process.
A Complete Streets Policy
The City has a series of policies that guide investments in our street system. However, Vancouver’s Transportation System Plan (TSP), our primary guiding document, was last considered in 2004, and since then the City has not invested in a comprehensive look at transportation policy aside from minor annual updates to Title 11. While the 2004 TSP policy framework advocates for system balance and livable streets, the policy tools to facilitate and enable consistent implementation of transportation options such as pedestrian and bike facilities never came to fruition. “Complete streets” refers to the concept that roadways should be designed with all users in mind, not just motorists. Applied to transportation policy, it can be a guide for balancing transportation system user needs.
- Review of the transportation policy and standards with respect to the variety of users (people who walk, bike, drive, commute, ride transit, deliver freight, etc.) and the context that they are operating in.
- Adopt a Complete Streets ordinance that would include changes to Title 11.
Revisit Annexation Stance
In 2003, the City and County jointly adopted the Annexation Blueprint, a plan to guide the orderly transition of unincorporated portions of Vancouver’s urban grown area to becoming part of the City. This plan was refreshed in 2007. After several years of ongoing financial and organizational stability, the City is able to reconsider its stance on annexation policy. The Growth Management Act calls for urbanized areas ultimately to be inside city limits. The 2007 Blueprint (adopted 9 years ago) prioritizes annexation areas in 1-5 year and 6-10 year thresholds, with few exceptions, though the plan has not been implemented. Annexation is a complex policy issue. While financial and service delivery implications are very important, so are relationships with the County and other public service providers as well as relationships with newly annexed residents and businesses. The City takes none of these considerations for granted.
Pursue annexation of additional territory that aligns with the city’s near and long term strategic growth and service objectives.
A collective review of the 2007 annexation blueprint and multi-year annexation plan that supports the City’s strategic plan and service objectives.