DTES Local Area Planning Process

On Wednesday December 7th the three partners responsible for initiating the DTES Local Area Planning Process (LAPP) held an information meeting with around 150 DTES residents and community members. It was an inspiring meeting, and in it we could see the promise of a Local Area Plan rooted in the wisdom, experience, and vision of the DTES community itself.

The main intention of the meeting was to invite DTES residents to apply to join the Local Area Planning Process committee. There are seven at-large positions available, 4 for low-income residents and 3 for non-low-income residents.

Download the (pdf) application form here: DTES LAPP at-large committee member application

Applications must be received by Wednesday December 21, 2011

Mail completed form to:
DTES LAPP, c/o City of Vancouver
453 West 12th Avenue,
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4
or E-mail: dteslapp@vancouver.ca

Applicants may also drop off their application at the Carnegie Centre, 401 Main Street, second floor.

The Terms of Reference say that the Committee reflect the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood’s diversity in respect to cultural background, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, geography, income and abilities and ideally be made up of half women and half people of colour. Indigenous people, especially women, as well as transgendered people are to be prioritized as well. Of the 30 seats, 23 are assigned to DTES groups and 7 seats are for at-large representatives; 4 being from the low-income residents and 3 from the non low-income residents.

The selection panel will comprise of a representative from the City of Vancouver, DTES Neighbourhood Council and Building Community Society.

The selection criteria to be used for selecting these members are set out below:

Selection Criteria for at large members:
1. Members must live in the DTES;
2. Members may be known for active involvement in community affairs and activities;
3. Members should reflect the diversity of residents and their varied perspectives, interests and input;
4. 50% of members will be women;
5. 50% will be people of colour with an emphasis on Aboriginal representation, especially from Aboriginal women;
6. The selection process will strive to have representatives from each of the neighbourhoods in order to take into consideration the views of all areas;
7. Members should be able and willing to attend regular meetings.

The DTES LAPP terms of reference defines "low-income" as follows:

“Low-income” is broadly defined by the City of Vancouver as those who are living under the low-income cut off line.  In the Downtown Eastside, and for the purpose of the LAPP, the definition of “Low-Income” will be for residents who depend on Income Assistance, Old Age Pension, part-time minimum wage, informal and unregulated labour, and volunteer work to survive. “Low-Income” people in the DTES subsist well below the city’s low-income cut-off line and the Canadian poverty-line.