Feb 28 results: Surrey (stealth), Richmond (dust), Langley Township (good start)

[To be updated. This version 7:15 am]
Bottom line: Is this how the most important document ever produced in Metro Vancouver should be adopted in our society?  Will our politicians and society in general be proud of it and able to accept it over the 30-year implementation? Is this the way an enlightened society should be creating land use policy? The process being used by Metro Van and some municipalities to adopt the RGS seems arbitrary, unfair, and oppressive. We are documenting the chronology for future follow-up, and all the dots may connect some day.
Surrey: Blaming a computer glitch for the delay, the City of Surrey provided no information about the day’s 7 pm Public Hearing (even the fact that it would be held) until 10:30 am Monday, when it finally appeared on the website, and lo-and-behold, there was the RGS on the agenda. At the meeting, Council quickly accepted the RGS bylaw, with virtually no discussion, no call for speakers (a MetroVanWatch speaker was ready and waiting), and no mention of correspondence. Surrey had failed to respond to our earlier correspondence asking when Council would discuss the RGS and requesting to speak as a delegation. Surrey is the second most powerful municipality in the Metro Vancouver weighted voting system, with 16% of the vote.
Richmond: The General Purposes Committee meeting suggested that “General Urban” designations in Richmond will be changed to “Conservation & Recreation” under the RGS, but unfortunately, council decided to approve the Metro RGS bylaw first and make the changes later.  Nothing was said about the matter being reintroduced at the regular council meeting, which was immediately afterward. At that time, the RGS was passed.  Naturally, the better approach, would have been for the problems to be fixed first.  Read more here: http://gardencitylands.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/dust/.
Township of Langley: A good discussion was held. MetroVanWatch made a presentation. The mayor started off by announcing that his council had decided earlier in the day to defer an actual decision on the RGS until March 7. There were questions about what kind of public information meeting might be preferable. MetroVanWatch suggested a townhall meeting, as Coquitlam is doing. Councillor Kim Richter put forward a motion forward that Council hold a Town Hall Information meeting to inform township taxpayers about the RGS prior to Council voting on it, and get feedback. It was not seconded by anyone. The Mayor gave no support for the idea.

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