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Vancouver seeks input on Fourth Plain project

65 signs posted in central Vancouver ask for feedback

By Carlos Fuentes, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 26, 2023, 5:31pm
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A sign along Columbia Street asks for public input on recent projects in downtown Vancouver. Other signs seek greater public involvement in the city's Fourth Plain for All program.
A sign along Columbia Street asks for public input on recent projects in downtown Vancouver. Other signs seek greater public involvement in the city's Fourth Plain for All program. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

The city of Vancouver has launched a feedback form for residents to share their thoughts, concerns and questions about the city’s $25 million Fourth Plain for All project.

City staff posted 65 signs across central Vancouver neighborhoods adjacent to Fourth Plain Boulevard to ask residents for feedback. The signs are in high-traffic areas, such as transit stops.

Residents can scan a QR code or text a number on the sign to have a conversation with an artificial intelligence chatbot.

The chatbot will ask different types of questions, depending on the color of the sign. Blue signs are focused on general topics, such as housing, jobs and health. Green signs cover parks and recreation. Orange signs ask questions related to transportation and traffic concerns.

The signs will be up until early summer, according to city spokesperson Tim Becker.

This summer, the Vancouver City Council will vote to approve the Fourth Plain project plan, which will be federally funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

The city has 3½ years to spend the money, which can be used in numerous ways. At the end of 2026, any unused funds will be returned to the federal government.

The project will encompass the Rose Village, Central Park, Fourth Plain Village, Maplewood, Meadow Homes, Bagley Downs, Ogden, Van Mall and Walnut Grove neighborhoods.

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