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Annual Report – Highlights & Exciting Projects Ahead!

The West Broadway Business Improvement Association is excited to provide updates about local initiatives including marketing, street beautification, safety, advocacy, and a ton of community spirit!

The business area spans from Collingwood to Larch st., and all businesses within this boundary are members of the BIA – that’s 300 fantastic eats, shops and services along #tenblocksofheart

We’re operated by an Executive Director, and volunteer Board of local business / property owners.  As a newer BIA relative to others, we leverage our smaller budget through creative collaborations and diligent teamwork!

Click here for the 2019 Annual Report, featuring BIA information, 2018-19 projects highlights, community partners, and upcoming projects and events in Kits.

Click here for the 2019 Project List.  Note: project dates may be subject to change depending on resources and logistics.

In addition to Halloween and Holiday campaigns, future projects include new street banners (Fall), a new business directory map and brochures (Winter), staff shop local program and app (Winter), and murals (Spring/Summer – building on the 4 murals and 9 art wraps installed so far!).  Also, we recently recruited Emily Carr students to assist with graphic design and social media, and we’re working with Kits secondary staff and students on local initiatives.  Stay tuned!

 


What’s new on Broadway?!

From fantastic new merchants to community events, there’s a lot to celebrate and save the date for!

Click here for our What’s new on Broadway postcard, and click here for our Save the Date list.  Also, below are links to previous happenings – where does the time go?! Stay tuned for future updates, and dates to save 🙂

 

 


2019 AGM – Thank you!

 

Thanks to local merchants, property owners, community partners, the City of Vancouver, and special thanks to Café Crêpe, for making the 2019 AGM savoury and sweet!

Click here for the 2019 AGM package, including the meeting agenda, financial statements, draft operating budget, and member forms.

Click here for the 2019 Annual Report – from lowering business taxes and promoting the area, to enhancing the street and engaging the community through events and more – there is a lot to celebrate and a lot to look forward to!

 


Market Area Profiles – Big Data for Small Businesses

A collaboration between Small Business BC, the City of Vancouver and Vancouver BIAs, Bizmap provides easy access to market data tailored to customized business districts. Presented in a clear and relatable way, the area-specific information will help local businesses, organizations, and interest groups to understand valuable information about the neighbourhood and area highlights.  Visit bizmap.ca to begin your journey into tailored market research.

 


Love Your Neighbours!

Download the Business Area Contact List & Link Up 😉

Connect with your fellow merchants! Click here for the West Broadway BIA Business Directory. The directory includes the location, website and social media contact information for 300+ local businesses in the West Broadway BIA!

View the Kitsilano Visitors Map

A visitors map showcasing many businesses from the Kitsilano area – on West Broadway and beyond! Click here for the Kitsilano Area Map.  To be featured, contact Jeremy Mills at info@landmark-maps.com.

 


VanConnect app

VanConnect app is a quick and easy way you can report public space / street issues around your business and request services from the City. Reporting can include sidewalk repairs, potholes, graffiti on public infrastructure, broken street lights, garbage, parking issues, etc.

 

WHY DOWNLOAD THE APP:

  • Submit service requests anywhere, any time. Give a short description of the issue, GPS the location, and upload a photo.
  • Get updates, news, and emergency info, and find community centres, parks, road closures and more.
  • Use your GPS to get local, real-time information and events about your community.
  • Watch Council meetings, connect with Mayor and Council, view the latest news, events, and more.

If you’re on a desktop, there is also desktop reporting. In addition to the app, you can report issues and submit a service request by phone by calling 311 in Vancouver, or 604.873.7000 outside of Vancouver.

 


Who to Call for Help

Click here for a list of safety, business and community-related resources, including graffiti removal resources.

 


Property Tax Updates

We’re working hard to support small business neighbourhoods, and help shape policies that work too.  Through collaborative efforts and constructive dialogue, we’re addressing business affordability, including commercial property assessments and tax policies.

Businesses of varying sizes, commercial property owners, and residents are all part of the local economy.  Over 95% of businesses in the City have 10 employees or less, and over 84% in BC have 50 employees or less.  Many commercial property owners are also long-time small business owners, and they own their business and property through years of sacrifice.

From local business owners to property owners, both have a vested interest in the community, and contribute to the character of the neighbourhood and local community initiatives.  There are solutions that can be implemented at the municipal and provincial level, which can work for both small business owners and commercial property owners, and local residents and community development.

Our advocacy to support small business neighbourhoods includes presentations at the RAIC/MOV Built City Speaker Series events, BC Land Summit conference, and City Council hearings.

Please click here for our advocacy presentation and see links below for articles, interviews and more on the issues and solutions to shift from surviving to thriving.

 

Media, advocacy letters, and City Council hearing:

Advocacy presentation images: 

    • Inequitable Tax Burden
      • The much larger portion of taxes paid by a much smaller tax base of commercial properties
    • Really / Not Really
      • Misconceptions vs. realty
        • i.e. ‘Tax shifts will help big businesses’.  98% of business in the City are SMALL BUSINESSES.
        • i.e.  ‘Business and property owners are rich’.  Business owners may barely break even, and property owners can also be small business operators.  Current taxation policies are not affordable, creating high turnover, and forcing longtime property owners to close their business and sell their property.
    • Solutions and Non-solutions
      • Municipal Solutions
        • Property assessment/land averaging (currently the City has targeted land averaging and previously it was ‘across-the-board’)
        • Shifting the inequitable tax burden.  The City approved a 2% tax shift over 3 years, which = approx. $40/year increase for the average home.
        • Revitalization tax exemptions
      • Provincial Solutions
        • Split assessment system, current use valuation for Class 5 and 6, work with municipalities to use available tools

 


Hollywood Theatre: The Show Will Go On!

The City of Vancouver approved plans that will reopen the doors to cinema and more at the Hollywood Theatre!

Thank you Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio and all of the Hollywood Theatre development team, City of Vancouver, Save the Hollywood Coalition, community members and everyone who helped make this possible!  The BIA was grateful to facilitate community meetings with the proposed owners/operators, architects and community stakeholders, and be part of the consultation sessions.  There was extensive outreach and constructive dialogue about how this beloved venue can engage and benefit the community at-large.

So many people have shared their stories and memories about the Hollywood, and hopes for this arts space. We’re so excited that the show will go on… 

Click here to review plans for the revitalization of the Hollywood Theatre (3123 West Broadway) as a multi-use entertainment facility in 2019! The building owner, prospective developer and operators are committed to bringing arts, culture and entertainment to the neighbourhood.  An enhanced theatre will provide access to the arts for the local community and bring increased energy and commerce to the local business area.

To view the City of Vancouver Public Hearing meeting minutes or watch the meeting online, click HERE.

Read all about it:

 

 


Transit Updates

The West Broadway BIA would like to relay the following information about the Millennium Line Broadway Extension Project, from VCC–Clark to a new station at Arbutus Street, and the proposed transit extension to UBC.  We will continue to provide transit updates from TransLink, the City and community stakeholders.  In addition, the Vancouver BIA partnership – made-up of Vancouver’s 22 BIAs – has formed a transit committee to advocate and support small businesses, to relay information and input between the business areas and transit organizations, and mitigate potential impacts to the area in future.

Broadway Transit Extension Survey

Please click here for a brief survey to provide your input, comments and concerns, about the transit extension on Broadway and proposed plans.

Statement from TransLink – February 2019:

“Over the next 30 years, Metro Vancouver will welcome 1 million new residents and 600,000 new jobs. As the region grows, so do its transportation needs.

The Broadway Subway Project will be a direct extension of the existing Millennium Line. Continuing from VCC–Clark Station on an elevated guideway for 800 metres, the extension will then travel approximately 5 km beneath Broadway. The project includes 6 new stations and ends at Arbutus Street. A future phase of investment will connect rapid transit all the way to UBC’s Point Grey campus.

Rapid transit along this busy corridor has been identified as a key requirement for ensuring our region stays connected, efficient, and economically strong.

With the roll-out earlier this year of the first phase of the 10-Year Investment Plan, early works and engagement for the Broadway Subway is underway.

TransLink, the Government of Canada and the Province of B.C. are contributing more than $9 billion in transit and transportation investments across Metro Vancouver to achieve the Mayors’ 10-year Vision. The Province committed to funding 40% of Phase Two which includes this project, rapid transit south of the Fraser and several others.

Both TransLink and the Province are the major funders for the assets they will own. TransLink is directing most of its funding towards rapid transit south of the Fraser, and B.C. is directing most of its share of funding to the Broadway Subway project.”

Visit broadwayextension.ca to subscribe to project updates and find out about future engagement opportunities.

Project links: 

City of Vancouver

TransLink 10 Year Vision

Millennium Line Broadway Extension Project 

Click here for the Millennium Line Broadway Extension Project Overview and Update – June 2017.

Media:

There are varying views on the transit extension project and proposed plans.  Here are some of the recent features and various media to-date:

 


City of Vancouver Regulation Redesign

Have you had difficulty understanding regulations for a renovation, new construction, or new space?  Do you feel like your permit process was delayed due to complex layers of requirements? The City of Vancouver is launching Regulation Redesign, a comprehensive review of its land use regulations and policies to make them more user-friendly and to help streamline permit review processes.  As part of the launch, a roundtable was also hosted in November 2018 to hear experiences and identify issues from people, businesses and organizations impacted.

View the Regulation Redesign presentation which contains background information on the project key objectives.

For more information about the project or to sign up on the mailing list visit: vancouver.ca/regredesign.

 


A Plan and a Purpose

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“A goal without a plan is just a wish!” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Based on input from businesses and initiatives since our 2011 formation, the BIA developed a strategic plan with key objectives in areas of marketing and branding, events, street enhancement and safety, member and community engagement, and advocacy.

The next step is developing an operating plan to focus on projects that will provide the greatest impact and benefit for the business area.  We will continue to provide updates and seek feedback about BIA initiatives.

Led by a passionate and dedicated group of Board volunteers, the West Broadway BIA’s purpose is:

To enhance the prosperity of our local businesses through engaging and cooperative initiatives that connect our community.

Please click here to review our strategic plan summary.  We look forward to your input and working together to put plans into action!

 


We Are Renewed!

Exciting projects ahead for our second 5 year term…

Great news!  The West Broadway BIA, formed in 2011, is now in it’s 2nd five year term with more resources to benefit businesses, promote and enhance the area, engage community and connect with patrons!

Over the last 5 years, with the smallest budget of 22 business areas, we have resourcefully implemented valuable initiatives, including: street lighting, street cleaning, banners, directory brochure, merchant promotions, events, social media, business updates, advocacy  (business permits, commercial tax levels) and community partnerships.  Our new budget and renewal term spans from 2016 to 2021.

We held a planning session with local businesses and organizations and received valuable input for our strategic plan to kick off the next five years of local enhancements!  Please click here for the meeting notes.

 


Business Mixers – Let’s Connect 🙂

Networking / Refreshments / Business Tips:

Network, learn, and most importantly, have some fun in a local venue!

Our previous West Broadway Business Mixers included social media presentations, community minglers and other valuable tips for your business.  We also provide updates on what’s happening in the business area and projects to benefit your business, including street enhancements, events and advocating for issues facing small businesses.   Stay tuned for the next meeting!

  

 


Promote Your Business For Free

Tell us about your business (an event, story or item of interest) and promote your business for free!

Send info and images to info@kitsonbroadway.com

We’ll post news and events online, and via Facebook, Twitter , Instagram and more.

We want to spread the word about your business and what’s happening on West Broadway!


Participate!

We Welcome Input & Involvement!

The West Broadway BIA Board Members are local business and property owners, and dedicated volunteers. Board meetings are held monthly.  To participate, attend a meeting, or to provide feedback and for more info, please contact us.

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West Broadway BIA

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Vancouver, BC
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