Heads up: Coquitlam Council to discuss RGS Monday, July 18, 7 pm

(Update 12 noon) The dispute resolution process between Metro Vancouver Board of Directors and the City of Coquitlam on the 30-year Regional Growth Strategy is proceeding. On July 15, the Metro Board accepted Metro CAO Mr Carline’s report (see below for details). The item was passed with little discussion. Tonight, July 18, Coquitlam Council will discuss an “Implementation Agreement” supposedly addressing the concerns it has raised.

City of Coquitlam, Regular Meeting of Council – July 18, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C.
Note:  This meeting will be broadcast over the internet and/or television. Go to http://www.coquitlam.ca to find the web link.

One of the final items of the day is Reports of Staff. The motion is that Council receive the report dated July 11, 2011 of the Deputy City Manager entitled “Progress Update from the Staff Committee on Business Improvements and Outdated Rules.” The Report of the General Manager Planning and Development: Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy Implementation Plan” will be presented at the meeting.

MetroVanWatch comment: Exact details of the deal have not been made public. MetroVanWatch continues to express grave concern about the flaws in this powerful bylaw, the most important document ever produced by Metro Vancouver. It should not be accepted until the actual text of the document is amended to address problems raise. Side documents and agreements are not enough.  And despite a media article saying the deal is done, it is NOT done yet. Coquitlam Council has not yet formally accepted it. If the RGS enters into force, our regional society will then have to go to a new phase to hold our elected officials and public servants accountable for the problems likely to arise from implementation of the RGS, and the flawed process used to create it. This is an election year.

Note that on July 29, 2011, Metro Vancouver is expected to bring the RGS to its  Board for final consideration.

This report presented at the Metro Board meeting on July 15 contains the following text.

Section G:
http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/GVRD%20Board/GVRD_Board-July_15_2011-Supplemental_Items.pdf

“Section G Reports from Committee or Staff Not Included on Consent Agenda”
Add the following item after agenda page RD-64
G.2 Resolution of Regional Growth Strategy Dispute with the City of Coquitlam
….
a) introduce and give first, second and third reading to “Greater Vancouver Regional Growth Strategies Procedure Bylaw No. 1148, 2011″…

EXCERPT.

Next Steps
On July 18, 2011, the City of Coquitlam Council will review the Implementation Agreement and the GVRD Procedures Bylaw No. 1148. If these two documents adequately address its concerns, the City of Coquitlam will be considering acceptance of the Regional Growth Strategy. If acceptance occurs, on July 29, 2011, the Metro Vancouver Board will be asked to consider third and final reading of the Metro Vancouver 2040 Regional Growth Strategy

Bylaw No. 1136.
3. ALTERNATIVES
The Board may:
1) Adopt recommendations as provided in this report [recommended];
or
2) Suggest revisions to the Procedures Bylaw, the Implementation Agreement and/or any other terms of agreement.

4. CONCLUSION
The dispute resolution sessions resulted in an agreement- in- principle between Metro
Vancouver and the City of Coquitlam. The final remaining step leading to consideration of ratification of the Regional Growth Strategy is for the Metro Vancouver Board and the City of Coquitlam to confirm the Implementation Agreement, and for Metro Vancouver to adopt the Procedures Bylaw and requests to the Technical Advisory Committee to examine the issue of regional significance. If the agreements are secured from both parties, consideration of third and final reading of the Metro Vancouver 2040 Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1136 will occur at the Metro Vancouver Board meeting on July 29, 2011.

Next Steps

On July 18, 2011, the City of Coquitlam Council will review the Implementation Agreement

and the GVRD Procedures Bylaw No. 1148. If these two documents adequately address its

concerns, the City of Coquitlam will be considering acceptance of the Regional Growth

Strategy. If acceptance occurs, on July 29, 2011, the Metro Vancouver Board will be asked

to consider third and final reading of the Metro Vancouver 2040 Regional Growth Strategy

Bylaw No. 1136.

3. ALTERNATIVES

The Board may:

1) Adopt recommendations as provided in this report [recommended];

or

2) Suggest revisions to the Procedures Bylaw, the Implementation Agreement and/or any

other terms of agreement.

4. CONCLUSION

The dispute resolution sessions resulted in an agreement- in- principle between Metro

Vancouver and the City of Coquitlam. The final remaining step leading to consideration of

ratification of the Regional Growth Strategy is for the Metro Vancouver Board and the City of

Coquitlam to confirm the Implementation Agreement, and for Metro Vancouver to adopt the

Procedures Bylaw and requests to the Technical Advisory Committee to examine the issue

of regional significance. If the agreements are secured from both parties, consideration of

third and final reading of the Metro Vancouver 2040 Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No.

1136 will occur at the Metro Vancouver Board meeting on July 29, 2011

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