Development is the lifeblood of Vancouver. However, whenever a new development is under consideration one always has to read the horrendous yellow development boards. Not anymore as the city is improving how they communicate around property development. Further, they are asking for your feedback on the changes.
The current signs use small fonts and overly technical language, making it hard to inform citizens about potential changes in their neighbourhood.
The new development project signs communicate projects better. They feature:
- Easy-to-understand language and details
- Improved visuals (a sketch and site map)
- Information on how residents you can give input online or in person
The new signage makes its debut on the fence at 720 – 730 East Hastings, a proposed development site that the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) and YWCA Metro Vancouver seek to rezone. The proposal is for a six-storey mixed use building that includes space for the following:
- A new Downtown Eastside/Strathcona public library branch
- YWCA community programming space
- 21 supported housing units
Redesigning development project signage was one of the key recommendations in the Engaged City Task Force’s Quick Starts Report, approved by City Council last week. The Task Force’s mandate is to increase neighbourhood engagement and improve upon the many ways the City connects with Vancouverites.