The $30 million package of new programs and taxes titled A Stronger Vancouver isn’t yet fully baked.
That was the main takeaway from a four-hour workshop with the Vancouver City Council, where councilors and City Manager Eric Holmes started the enormous task of parsing through the sweeping package of recommendations presented by the Stronger Vancouver Executive Sponsor Council last month.
“Everything is still on the table and open to feedback,” Councilor Erik Paulsen stressed.
Comprised of around 60 items, the Stronger Vancouver plan is a comprehensive look at how to manage the city’s explosive growth. As written, it would collect an additional $30.1 million in city revenue spread out through property taxes, business taxes and other miscellaneous fees.
The plan would then allocate those new revenues to services and projects that otherwise start to strain under a rising population — parks, homeless services, first responders and developing areas of the city like the Fourth Plain corridor and Heights District.
Now, councilors are trying to figure out their priorities — whittling down the list of recommendations and deciding which ones to put up for further public feedback.