Dunbar Re-Vision

What Your Neighbours Are Saying

The news of the proposed development at the 4600 block of Dunbar is getting out into the community, and most people are very opposed to the project. Here are some of the comments that we have received from concerned residents of the Dunbar community.

This city council are not listening to the citizens.

I strongly oppose any rezoning of residentially zoned property without full AND OPEN public consultation. The biggest investment most of us will ever make in our lives is the purchase of our home. When we buy a home we do so on the basis of many factors, one of the most important of which is the ambience of the neighbourhood, including the certainty that adjacent properties will not be rezoned to take away our neighbourhood.

Appalling lack of consultation. Shame on you Vision Vancouver for trying to ram this through, and you will find people in our wonderful neighbourhood won’t agree to this radical change, and will make that clear now & come election time.

Changing a 35 foot maximum height residential single family zoning lot into a 6 storey apartment is very inappropriate, is not neighbourly and creates a precedent that I would hate to see in this neighbourhood. I am all for keeping residents of Dunbar in the neighbourhood in 1 level apartment units but those buildings do not need to be 6 storeys. Even the threat of permitting such height makes me wonder what the city hall is thinking. Like how to alienate whole neighbourhoods at a single stroke. This is not funny and we as a neighbourhood have to let them know that.

City Hall (aka.”Vision”) should respect the opinions of local residents and  existing citizen-based planning  re changes to neighbourhoods

This project doesn’t address affordability!!

This complex does not belong in the area of the community centre and playing fields. It will generate too much additional street parking (visitors and staff) and traffic for an already very busy segment of Dunbar. The complex should be considered for 41st and Dunbar – a more commercial area.

A six story development is unacceptable and unwelcome, I also ask the city to follow the Dunbar plan.

I am totally opposed to a 6 storey structure in this block ..

No Way to this development.

Perhaps we could have a 3 storey building instead ….a 6 storey one would stick out like a sore thumb.

This will do absolutely nothing for seniors.  It is a sham.

Don’t build it.

Far too high regardless of use.

This is the first we have heard of this, would like to be more informed.

The height of the building is my main concern. 4 floors would be a lot better and be more in line with the other buildings along Dunbar.

Six storeys is too high and the rent for seniors seems very, very high…developer could be more transparent

I am opposed to the developer externalizing his profits on to the community; we’re “paying” for the development in a non-monetary way.

Thank you so much for your efforts.  I will do what I can.

Proposal elevation too high, would support 3 storeys, no more.

A very dangerous precedent when city council unilaterally imposes its will on the electorate without due consultation.

The neighbourhoods must plan their own futures, growth or otherwise. Anything else is predatory colonialism.

Stick to the commercial area for a commercial enterprise!

I would like public participation in these decisions.

I am fine with a 3-4 story development. But this will ruin the lines of the neighbourhood.

6 story construction will negatively change our neighbourhood.

Give our community a low rise 4 story limit that is open and airy . Something  we are all comfortable with.

STRONGLY OPPOSED:  I am prepared to canvass in the east side for the next civic election to oust Vision if this city council overrides the will of the people .

As a resident living 7 doors off the corner of Dunbar and 30th Avenue, I would like to receive some information about this project and have an opportunity to provide my input on the future of the Dunbar community.

Lower height buildings would be more in keeping with the neighbourhood.

I strongly oppose the height of this building and the increase density that this will bring our community.

As a family and resident near Dunbar Street, I am extremely concerned about any building taller than 4 stories and single purpose. I feel that my family’s quality of life and quite frankly net worth will be very negatively impacted by excessive densification basically in my backyard. We already have the situation where in a neighbouring house 6+ adults with 4 cars live. How much more density do we need and can we afford? I am also concerned about livability in Dunbar. We chose Dunbar 9 years ago because it is a primarily single-family neighbourhood. We did pay the premium for that. Why does the City want to take this away by going to extremes?


  1. I am in favour of this type of construction. The proposed construction being in our our neighbourhood, where I hope to remain, it seems to be the very type of dwelling I will be desiring in a few years.

    Comment by J. Evan Kreider — October 28, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

  2. Height is certainly a consideration. However, my concern is primarily that the City, with the developers, will whittle away at our neighbourhoods. This area is zoned single-story residential. And City Hall has a sacred duty to listen to the citizens and facilitate our wishes. Not the other way around. Yes to real seniors housing. No to non-consultation.

    Comment by Carmen — October 29, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

  3. Good neighbours: what is your feeling about the neighbours next to a 6-story development that as a result will a great deal of sunlight? How do you feel about them? Do you think it is fair that you would gain at their expense? I agree that we could use more housing diversity, but not when the scale imposes significant impacts on a few residents without warning or compensation. Personally I would be uncomfortable doing this to my neighbours.

    Comment by J.Geddes — October 29, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

  4. If city goes through with the 6-7 floor big box monoliths on Dunbar, they will have a revolt on their hands. I think they already have set off a firestorm. If there is no change of plan, you can expect that this “Vision Council” will get turfed in the next election. It is never wise to disregard your constituents. Judging from all the residents I have talked with, there is a sense of dismay that mayor Robertson would diverge so far from our community plan and values to create livable neighbourhoods. Unpredictable and autocratic. These are not traits that Vancouverites will support.

    Comment by Bruce — November 4, 2012 @ 9:17 am

  5. I’m completely in favor of this. With an aging population Dunbar is in need of this type of facility. I also doubt very much if the “Dunbar Re-vision” group represents the majority of Dunbar residents. They certainly don’t represent the opinions and views of myself and my neighbors!

    Comment by Benjamin — November 12, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

  6. Many of the posters on this site seem to believe that lisiten to means do what we say. I believe that council should give an ear to and hear out concerns legitimate or not. However city council must ultimately do what they consider in the best interests of the city as a whole.
    Dunbarites have a long and shameful history of NIMBYISM. At least until recently they had the compliant ear of the NPA. Threats of electoral reprisal ring kind of hollow since dunbar votes overwhelmingly NPA.
    I would like to see the drawings for this development and I would like to see if the plans could be made to intrude as little as possible on neighbours. However, I would also say that anyone who bought along Dunbar in the last twenty years and who thought it would remain that way were deluding themselves.
    We need seniors housing in Dunbar, whether this development or another, So folks, I suggest you get off your NIMBYite high horses and help to make it work and be as non intrusive as possible but if you continue in full on oppositional mode, you will lose and lose badly.

    Comment by Walter Rilkoff — November 13, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

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