The Metro Vancouver regional authority has fired an unexpected shot to signal serious intentions around its 2011 Regional Growth Strategy.
At a closed meeting on Wednesday, May 16, Metro’s planning committee voted to take legal action if the Township of Langley, a member municipality within Metro, continued with plans for residential development on Trinity Western University property. Members of the Township’s council were not amused. Continue reading
Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy (fraseropolis, August 24) has been in effect for just three months, and it’s already due for changes.
At its October 28 meeting, the last meeting before the upcoming municipal elections, the Metro Vancouver Board is expected to deal with eight local government requests for amendments to the Strategy.
Under the complicated rules for amending the Strategy, these proposals are categorized as “Type 1″ — that is, they are judged to be inoffensive, and can be disposed of by a vote of the Board without a public process (although every local government has been given a chance to comment.) Continue reading
On July 29, 2011, the Metro Vancouver regional authority adopted a strategy to promote a greener, cleaner, neater, sweeter future for the region’s 2.1 million inhabitants. (Abbotsford and its population of 123,864 is part of Metro for the purposes of regional parks, but not part of this plan.)
The unanimous adoption of the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy, replacing the “Livable Region” strategy of the mid-1990s, was a big achievement for Metro, with its 22 diverse municipalities. The plan, predictably, is inoffensive in its intentions, and it has generated little controversy, outside of a procedural wrangle among municipalities over the review formula.
There have been some critics, even passionate critics. A Vancouver group set up a well-stocked site called MetroVanWatch, although by the time it appeared the municipalities were already in the process of approving the plan. This site is persuasive in arguing that the Metro authority effectively excluded the general public from influencing the plan after a round of public meetings in 2010. Continue reading