Sept 12 (Surrey) Sept 25 (Coquitlam) Managing Growth: Integrating Land Use and Transportation Planning

(Note correction in headline to Sept 25 for Coquitlam.) Mark your calendars for two important meetings in terms of regional transportation and planning. The first is in Surrey Sept 12 and second, in Coquitlam Sept 25. For anyone interested but unable to attend, these “Metro Vancouver Sustainability Community Breakfasts” are typically available afterward in the online video archive (in contrast to Metro Board meetings where public officials conduct public business, which are still NOT archived, and and Committee meetings, which are not event recorded on video!).

Managing Growth: Integrating Land Use and Transportation Planning

Metro Vancouver, Member Municipalities and Translink are implementing a Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) that includes working together to better integrate land use and transportation in the region. Join us to learn how the RGS will focus over 2/3 of the region’s growth into Urban Centres and Frequent Transit Development Areas (FTDAs): priority locations along transit corridors which could accommodate higher density development.

Welcoming Remarks:
Director Richard Stewart, Vice Chair, Utilities Committee, Metro Vancouver; Mayor, City of Coquitlam
Speakers:

  • Lee-Ann Garnett, Senior Regional Planner, Metro Vancouver (Sept 12 & 25)
  • Andrew Curran, Manager, Strategy, Strategic Planning & Policy, TransLink (Sept 12 & 25)
  • Anne McMullin, President and CEO, Urban Development Institute (UDI) (Sept 12 & 25)
  • Don Luymes, Manager of Community Planning, City of Surrey (Sept 12 only)
  • Carl Johannsen, Manager Community Planning, Community Services Planning & Development, City of Coquitlam (Sept 25 only)

This Metro Vancouver Sustainability Community Breakfast will take place in two locations:

Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at SHERATON VANCOUVER GUILDFORD HOTEL, 15269 – 104th Avenue, Surrey (Taking transit is convenient with TransLink’s new 96 B-Line express service from Surrey Central SkyTrain Station.)
If you plan to attend please RSVP by clicking on ‘Register Now‘ .
Register Now! for September 12

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at EXECUTIVE PLAZA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE COQUITLAM, 405 North Road, Coquitlam

Register Now! for September 25
For more information about upcoming Metro Vancouver Sustainability Community Breakfasts please visit our website.

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3 Responses to Sept 12 (Surrey) Sept 25 (Coquitlam) Managing Growth: Integrating Land Use and Transportation Planning

  1. Pingback: Land Use and Transportion Planning – Metro Vancouver | Burquitlam Community Association

  2. Therese says:

    As requested here’s a summary of the meeting on Wednesday.
    After a look at the name tags, I could see most attendees were nicely dressed and well behaved — government employees, TransLink people, or attending on behalf of developers. All speakers provided energetic, well rehearsed presentations complete with quotes, numbers and their respective interpretations.

    First up was Lee-Ann Garnett from Metro Vancouver, who told the story of her father who sold his big house and moved to a tower in central Coquitlam, where he no longer needed a car….. and lived happily ever after. Lovely story, but it is just is a softer kinder rendition of the ubiquitous we-are-planners-and-we-know-what-best-for-you.

    The clear winner of the morning Anne McMullin of the Urban Development Institute (UDI), the Property Developer’s Lobby group. The condo business topped her chart as the Lower Mainland’s number one industry. Like the Cambie corridor there is no doubt in her mind that any development along the rail line will sell out. That means the developers and the city will make money hand over fist What she did not do was thank all the people who will be riding skytrain their to their jobs every bleak and rainy day so they can pay off the 1.4 Billion dollars the Evergreen line will cost. It will heaped upon us, through taxes and levies. They are doing for us – and it’s clear they are doing it to us as well.

    The award for not mentioning the unmentionables goes to the likeable Andrew Curran of TransLink. As I listened to his presentation, I jotted down the few Evergreen line issues I knew of that he didn’t cover. In putting this review together this evening, a google search surfaced a clearer picture of what TransLink has been up to, pretty buildings, nice salaries and sleek toll bridges. I learned that I won’t be able to get car insurance unless my bridge tolls are paid. They will be paying huge sums retrofit the Skytrain station with faregates, and the new compass fare system. Yet they cannot provide a single public washroom. My knowledge has now been updated – but not by Andrew. As the Manager of Strategy for TransLink, steering around these issues was certainly a great strategy.

    Carl Johannsen of the Coquitlam Planning Department, provided his presentation on the Transit Development Strategy. This is the same information I saw at an open house a year ago, Burnaby residents are still not involved and and the Official Community Plan update has now been moved to next year. He said the problem is that people don’t know what is going on. D’ya think?

    I expect if I were to quiz the room or anyone at Coquitlam city hall for that matter, on the difference between a Transit Strategy Document and an Official Community Plan, few would pass. If you get your knowledge from the planning department or the local papers, you might think they’re interchangeable.

    It’s the same old story. The problem stems from a lack of accountability by council and city staffers. The know best and can do what they want as long as the i’s are dotted, the t’s are crossed and the objections are “handled”.

    Hope this helps…..and keep up the good work.

    Therese

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