Grandview-Woodland Area Council
c/o Britannia Community Centre
1661 Napier Street
BC V5L 4X4
Thursday 5 July 2012
Dear Mayor and Council:
The Grandview-Woodland Area Council shares the concerns of the Strathcona Residents’ Association and the community of Strathcona about the long-term problem of unacceptable traffic volumes on Prior and Venables Streets, created with the building of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts in the 1970’s.
Joining our voice with that of Strathcona residents, we request the City of Vancouver expand the Viaducts study area to include the neighbouring communities of Strathcona and Grandview-Woodland.
We ask also that the City take immediate action to reduce traffic volumes on Prior and Venables Streets to acceptable levels for residential streets.
We propose a number of measures: re-instate parking on Prior Street, re-direct traffic from the viaducts through the False Creek Flats, install the (award-winning) proposal for the Venables-Prior Greenway, and plant trees on Venables from Clark Drive to Commercial Drive.
The above measures will help the City of Vancouver carry out its own policy directives to create a sustainable Vancouver and a liveable region, as stated in the goals of the “Greenest City”, the 2040 Transportation Plan and Community Planning.
The Directors of Grandview-Woodland Area Council (GWAC)
Cc: Strathcona Residents’ Association;
Jerry Dobrovolny, Director of Transportation;
Karis Hiebert, Central Area Planning;
Kirsten Robinson, Central Area Planning;
Devan Fitch, Strategic Transportation Branch;
Lon LaClaire, Strategic Transportation Branch
(This letter can be found on the GWAC website at www.vcn.bc.ca/gwac/articles%20and%20media/12-07-05GWAC_PriorVenables.pdf.)