Important: RGS dispute resolution status is before Metro Board April 8 (Friday)

A report on the status of the Regional Growth Strategy is before the Metro Vancouver Board at a special meeting (Agenda item C1) starting 9 am on Friday, April 8, 2010. Download the agenda and extensive documentation (correspondence with municipalities and the province) up to the 36th page here.  Excerpt is copied below. Note that Metro Van staff recommend binding arbitration, and we believe that that approach itself deserves debate. We encourage citizens and elected officials (even if not Board members) to attend the meeting at the Boardroom, 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, and observe how the board discusses to the serious issues raised by Coquitlam (full details are in the download). The deliberations and actions of Metro staff representatives (led by commissioner Johnny Carline) and Board are very significant and should provide insight to judge how this organization may perform when more power is given to it in implementation of the RGS bylaw if it enters into force. (MetroVanWatch notes that video of these meetings is not normally recorded, and sound recordings are only provided to the public upon Freedom of Information inquiries. We believe meetings of the Board should be video streamed live on the Internet and made available online anytime, as is already done in many municipalities.)


Excerpt of agenda
C. REPORTS
1. REGIONAL GROWTH STRATEGY
1.1 Results of the Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw Acceptance Process
Staff Recommendation:
That the Board receive for information the report dated March 29, 2011, titled
“Results of the Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw Acceptance Process”.
1.2 City of Port Moody Response to the Regional Growth Strategy
Staff Recommendation:
That the Board:
a) Resolve that Map B.2 “Major Road Network, Highways and
Gateways”, Map 12 “Special Study Areas and Sewerage Extension
Areas” and Table A.1 (Population, Dwelling Unit and Employment
Projections) will be included in the Regional Growth Strategy on the
basis that i) Map B.2, Map 12 and Table A.1 do not apply to Port
Moody; and ii) the Board considers that it is not essential to the
Regional Growth Strategy that Map B.2, Map 12 and Table A.1 apply
to the City of Port Moody;
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b) Notify the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
and the City of Port Moody of the Board’s decision regarding the
requests from the City of Port Moody; and
c) Request the City of Port Moody to indicate to the Board once the
Evergreen rapid transit line commitment is confirmed and the
Murray/Clarke connector issue is resolved, that in accordance with
section 853(3) of the Local Government Act, Port Moody accepts
Table A.1 (Population, Dwelling Unit and Employment Projections.
1.3 City of Coquitlam’s Non-Acceptance of the Regional Growth Strategy
Staff Recommendation:
That the Board:
a) Notify the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
that the City of Coquitlam did not accept the Greater Vancouver
Regional District Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1136, 2010;
b) Advise the Minister that, given the thorough and lengthy consultation
between Metro Vancouver and affected local governments and in
particular the extensive efforts made to accommodate Coquitlam, it is
the Board’s opinion that Coquitlam’s objections to the Regional
Growth Strategy are unlikely to be resolved using a non-binding
dispute resolution process;
c) Request the Minister, in accordance with section 859(2)(b) of the
Local Government Act, to direct that the Regional Growth Strategy is
to be settled by a binding resolution process; and
d) Delegate to the Chief Administrative Officer authority to represent
Metro Vancouver in discussions with Coquitlam and the Province on
the form of binding settlement process that is most appropriate.

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