Agreement between Vancouver Coastal Health, disabilities advocates opens door to new Pearson lands policy

A new agreement worked out in several days of hectic talks between Vancouver Coastal Health and disabilities advocates, including the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, may have opened the door to council approval of a new development policy for the Pearson lands.

The new language has also been endorsed the city’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, according to committee chair Jill Weiss.

Just two weeks ago, council was rivetted by the submissions of a score of disabilities advocates who were determined to insure that no institutional facilities were included in housing options on the redeveloped Pearson site at 57th and Cambie. Council unanimously voted to send the report back to staff for further talks with Vancouver Coastal Health.

A new agreement was achieved, says Brian Jackson, general manager of planning and development services, and will be put before council this week. If passed by council, the new policy statement will mark a significant victory for disabilities advocates.