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Arbutus Ridge Community Association
Newsletter Spring 2018
Annual General Meeting

Please make plans to attend the AGM at the Arbutus Club on May 30. Registration starts at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7:00 pm
Membership Renewal

Please renew your membership for this year if you have not already done so. We are pleased to announce that you may now renew online at our website Otherwise you may still bring a cheque to the AGM or mail it to our treasurer Marie Clarke at the address ARCA c/o Marie Clarke, Treasurer, 402-3905 Springtree Dr., Vancouver, BC  V6L 3E2. The modest dues are only $5 for a student, $10 for an individual, $20 for a family and $30 for a business. Everyone is welcome.
Items of interest to the community
comments sent to [email protected] are appreciated
Provincial School Surcharge Property Tax
The provincial governmanet will begin charging at least an extra 0.2% of the value of all properties assessed at over $3 million dollars in value and the percentage will scale upward with the property value. The funds will generated will go into general provincial revenue. The newspapers and many other media sources have provided much information on this budget item. There was a good opinion item in the Vancouver Sun on May 2nd or 3rd.
Non-citizen voting
There has been a recent proposal to allow permanent residents, for example landed immigrants, to vote in civic elections. There have been many comments in the media both for and against. A primary pro view is that most pay taxes, have a stake in the community and a serious concern for it's welfare. Against include the suggestion that it seriously devalues citizenship. We cannot present all sides of this question here, however a clearer understanding of the opinions of the members of our neighbourhood would help us formulate representations to the civic government. Therefore, comments will be greatly appreciated.
More on the Arbutus Village development
Residents in and around the Quilchena Park area say Larco Investments had agreed to preserve views of the North Shore and English Bay in the planning of a new development, according to reporter Susan Lazaruk’s story. This article presents a local neighbourhood view and includes the poll mentioned below. It can be accessed through the link if it is still active
Daily Poll: Should this developer be allowed to build taller towers? | Vancouver Sun
 2109 35th Avenue proposal
This project is being proposed under the Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy - City of Vancouver which is an experimental program with up to 20 sites in the city. If you click on the link you will see the actual requirements which are to be met and see that they are imprecise and probably not actually met for our site in the case of the need for an actual  market nearby. There are also other shortfalls as outlined by an article in "City Watch" reached through the link Analysis of City's “Interim Rezoning Policy” & “Rental 100” shows lots .... Our views have been presented in our previous Winter Newsletter now on our website and also outlined in an extensive presentation just below the Winter newsletter. In short, the proposal that developers be allowed to try out their experimental ideas for housing by just inserting such a project in areas that have a long established and accepted housing plan is unacceptable. Again, comments will be appreciated, whether sent to us or directly to the city planners at City Contact: Robert White, Rezoning Planner, [email protected], 604-873-7484.
 Arbutus Greenway
This is some material from the Greenway newsletter

"Scene" on the Greenway 

The spring sunshine is inspiring lots of photography on the temporary path. Here are some of our favourites: 

Post your photos using the hashtag #ArbutusGreenway for a chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter!

Community Corner: "Make Tracks for the Arbutus Line"

We recently interviewed Terri Clark, president of the Kerrisdale Business Association. Here is what she had to say about the greenway:

"The Kerrisdale Business Association is thrilled to have the Arbutus Greenway come straight through the epi-centre of one of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhoods... We are already envisioning a rejuvenation of sorts with pedestrians and cyclists stopping in Kerrisdale to shop and grab a bite or to merely pause and enjoy what is bound to be a much enhanced landscape...." 

Checkout Vancouver Courier's recent article, featuring one of the local merchants. 

Does Neighbourhood Design Contribute To Your health?

UBC and SFU researchers want to know about how seniors interact with their neighbourhoods, including how they might use the Arbutus Greenway.

  • Are you 60 years or older?
  • Do you live within 4-5 blocks of the Arbutus Greenway?
  • Do you leave your home at least one day per week?

For more information, contact Dr. Anna Chudyk at 604-875-4111 ext. 21718 or [email protected]. Participants will receive a $20 honorarium for their time.

Principle investigator: Dr. Heather McKay, Department of Family Practice UBC

Temporary Path Construction Update

We're building a temporary path that everyone can enjoy while the future Arbutus Greenway is being planned and designed. City crews are working hard to finish the temporary path as soon as possible. We will be adding paint lane markings and more amenities in the coming weeks and months. 

Learn more about the design here.

About the Arbutus Greenway Project

The Arbutus Greenway is a north-south transportation corridor that, once completed, will connect False Creek to the Fraser River. We’re in the initial stages of planning and consultation. Our goal is to start constructing sections of the greenway by late 2019. To learn more about the Arbutus Greenway, visit

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