West Vancouver mayor hints at referendum on development over 1,200-foot mark

Georgia Straight, 21-Feb-2011. Excerpt: West Vancouver mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones has hinted residents may get a referendum if the district decides it wants to develop above the 1,200-foot elevation line. “Well, that would be a big public debate,” Goldsmith-Jones told the Straight by phone from her office on February 16. “It might even be the subject of a referendum.” The mayor was discussing the Regional Growth Strategy, Metro Vancouver’s new document mapping out development and planning to 2040. Read full article here.

Note: This news may sound good at first glance, but as with many things, the real situation is not as simple as it seems. This is one of the problems with rushing the RGS through without a system of independent reviews, checks and balances. One of our MetroVanWatch.ca analysts will provide a commentary: There are problems with the Mayor saying that upper land development should go to a referendum.

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