Greater Vancouver Urban Futures Survey: PlaceSpeak Board

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Summary of the findings of the 2012 Greater Vancouver Urban Futures Survey conducted on PlaceSpeak

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Greater Vancouver Urban Futures Survey: PlaceSpeak Board

  1. 1. PlaceSpeak Board June 11, 2014 GREATER VANCOUVER URBAN FUTURES OPINION SURVEY 2012 2012 Urban Futures Survey www.urbanfuturessurvey.com Ken Cameron, FCIP, RPP kdcameron@kdcameron.com Jacint Simon, Urban Studies Masters Candidate, SFU jsimon@sfu.ca
  2. 2. Definition of Terms “PlaceSpeak” · A Vancouver-based social enterprise in which Ken Cameron is a director and investor · An online, interactive consultation platform that allows proponents (municipalities, utilities, developers) to sponsor consultation topics and receive feedback from citizens who can voluntarily participate at no cost to them “Urban Futures Survey” · A comprehensive survey of public attitudes in Greater Vancouver developed by the late Dr. Walter Hardwick · Conducted in 1973, 1990 and 2012 · 2012 survey was a research project of PlaceSpeak conducted with a grant from the Real Estate Foundation of B.C., the Cities of Vancouver, North Vancouver and Surrey, TransLink and Vancity
  3. 3. Survey Characteristics • 1407 respondents representing 8 sub-regions or 22 municipalities. • The margin of error is +/- 3.1 at the 95% significance level. • The survey data was reweighted by gender distribution and geographical location. • Angus McAllister of McAllister Opinion Research compiled the survey data. Ian McKinnon of Pacific Issues Partners, and Chair, National Statistics Council reviewed the Technical Report. • 82% of respondents voted in 2011 Municipal Elections
  4. 4. Ranking of Challenges Ranking of Challenges 2012 1990 1973 Change 1990-2012 Provision of health care 1 3 9 +2 Traffic congestion 2 7 6 +5 Homelessness 3 NOT ASKED NOT ASKED NA Increasing housing supply 4 8 8 +4 Air pollution from industry 5 1 1 -4 Water pollution from industry 6 2 2 -4 Air pollution from cars 7 4 3 -3
  5. 5. Ranking Policy Issues (11 total) The residents of the region do not support the idea of easing congestion by building more roads. Ranking of Issues 2012 1990 1973 Change 1990-2012 Expanding the public transit system 1 5 2 +4 Making more efficient use of present transportation 2 3 3 +1 Promoting comprehensive community planning 3 6 5 +3 Preserving the natural environment 4 1 1 -3 Improving highway transportation 9 9 10 0
  6. 6. “Rank, in order of preference, the issues that you personally feel most urgently require government action.” Transportation 30% Housing affordability 27% Preservation of green spaces 12% Job creation 8% K-12 education 7% Loss of rental housing stock 5% Rising property taxes 5% Changing appearance of neighbourhoods 2% In-migration from outside the Metro Vancouver area 2% More recreational facilities 1%
  7. 7. Transportation  Congestion is a much bigger issue in outlying areas than in the Burrard Peninsula  The importance of the personal relationship with private automobile increases with age  “Improved transportation” means transit  Respondents are receptive to user pay; opposed to general taxation, especially property tax
  8. 8. 2012 - User pay principle supported; property tax strongly rejected
  9. 9. Housing  Homelessness  Youth is the most concerned group  Vancouver/UEL ranked Homelessness as the most important challenge, above Provision of Health Care or Increasing the Housing Supply  Concern with housing supply and affordability is highest among Burrard Peninsula respondents
  10. 10. Environment  Concern with air and water pollution in the region has decreased since 1990, reflecting the effect of policy responses  Overwhelming support (88%) in 2012 for waste-to- energy approach for dealing with local waste.
  11. 11. Strong support for protecting agricultural land; different picture for industrial land
  12. 12. Diversity / Density / Family Living  Raising children in an urban environment is more acceptable compared to 1990  Apartment living is no longer a second choice  Youth tend to seek out dense urban living environments that are well served by transit  Central city respondents agree to a higher degree that cultural diversity would make their community a better place
  13. 13. Gender variations “Rush hour commuters should pay more at peak times.”  lower agreement in female “It is important to maintain existing agricultural land for food production.”  higher agreement in female “Opportunities for urban agriculture should be encouraged.”  higher agreement in female “Local governments should support increasing child care spaces.”  higher agreement in female “It's all very well to have dissident groups but once the majority has reached a decision, everyone should abide by it.”  lower agreement among female
  14. 14. Publications / Presentations Past Publications  Op. Ed.: Metro Mayors Face Tough Sell in Transit Referendum.  The Tyee – March 25, 2014 Past Presentations  Regional Planning Advisory Committee – May 22, 2014  Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation – April 28, 2014  Moving in a Livable Region – April 14, 2014 Planned Publications  Plan Canada – Official magazine of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)  Bulletin – 4-6 page summary of findings
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  16. 16. PlaceSpeak Board June 11, 2014 GREATER VANCOUVER URBAN FUTURES OPINION SURVEY 2012 2012 Urban Futures Survey www.urbanfuturessurvey.com Ken Cameron, FCIP, RPP kdcameron@kdcameron.com Jacint Simon, Urban Studies Masters Candidate, SFU jsimon@sfu.ca

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