The City of Vancouver is in a years-long tug-of-war with residents over the planning process in a micro-community of Kingsway, known as Norquay. It has spawned a human rights complaint by citizens and charges by planners that a small group of residents hijacked the conversation.
Here is a brief timeline of key events:
1995: Vancouver City Council introduces its blueprint for the next 20 years of growth.
1997: Communities begin working with the City on their own visions. Renfew-Collingwood residents identify the City-owned 2400 block of Kingsway as the ideal site for a future neighbourhood centre, to be called Norquay Village.
2006: Work begins on the planning for Norquay. Over the next year of workshops, citizens tell planners what they want for their community.
2007: Planners bring proposals for re-zoning and future development based on what it heard from residents. The community rejects plans, and City goes back to the drawing board.
2008 – 2009: Planners return to Norquay once more, and a city-sanctioned working group is formed to speak on behalf of the wider community. Over eight months, its members take part in 18 workshops, open houses and meetings to finalize plans.
November 2009: The City sends a new team of planners to meet with the community working group and announces it will reveal latest plans in January 2010.