Previous Public Input Received
The following input and submissions were gathered by the commission through public hearings held in 29 communities throughout B.C. from September to November 2014. The public also provided input through the online submission form, by email and by mail to be reviewed and considered as the commission develops a Preliminary Report for further public input.
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    Sebastian Zein, Vancouver


    My longstanding interest in regional geography and planning issues leads me to offer my recommendation on the future of the Vancouver-False Creek and Vancouver-West End riding boundaries.

    A few months ago, I moved to the part of Kitsilano at the base of the Burrard St. bridge, and investigated all surrounding riding boundaries.

    The single highest-growth area of Vancouver over the past few years has been the area surrounding the Olympic Village, contained in Vancouver-False Creek. According to the Southeast False Creek area plan, 13,000 new residents will move to the area in the near future.

    While I welcome the growth, it does create an obvious challenges. If the projection holds correct - as it shows every sign of doing - the riding could easily have over 60,000 residents by 2017, the most in Vancouver. That would be unfair to all residents in the riding, new and old.

    Consistency in boundaries is to be desired, but the above creates a very compelling case for reducing the size of the riding.

    A more compact, logical riding could be created by transferring everything east of Burrard on the south side of False Creek to Vancouver-West End.

    Vancouver-West End has a smaller population to begin with, and its area plan calling for new growth was approved by Council only last year, whereas Southeast False Creek's had been in place 8 years previous. It is therefore only until well after two further election cycles that the West End will see its population increase, and by a substantially lower forecast figure.

    Burrard St. more closely resembles a highway between the bridge and 4th than a community street - it completely breaks up the neighborhood fabric. As in downtown, it therefore presents the type of natural division that the EBC seeks to follow when establishing riding boundaries.

    Sebastian R. Zein

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