We reported earlier about the Public Hearing on July 22, 2014, in Burnaby. Media covered the concerns of some speakers. We provide links below, plus news about another public hearing on August 26, 2014 (unusually timed, during summer vacation), for a major tower development at Brentwood Mall.
With Burnaby in the spotlight for the next little while, we have created a page on governance in Burnaby: https://metrovanwatch.wordpress.com/municipalities/burnaby/.
Our previous coverage:
- Burnaby community activists challenge planning processes leading to “2 more Metrotown towers”
- Public Hearing: Metrotown SkyTrain station, plus 41- and 26-storey towers in Metrotown, Burnaby (22-July-2014)
Media coverage of the Public Hearing on July 22, 2014:
Burnaby development: Too much, too fast?
This Global News story is excellent coverage, comparing the opinions of citizen Rick McGowan with those of Mayor Derek Corrigan.
Metrotown towers raise concerns at Burnaby hearing (Jacob Zinn, Burnaby Now
July 25, 2014)
Ward asked about the timeframe for a review of the town centre plan, which was recommended in 2010 and has yet to be done, to which planning and building director Lou Pelletier estimated the review would be done in about two years.
Ward stated that by looking at the application before designating the medium-density portion for high-density development, the city was “putting the cart before the horse.”
“How many towers are we going to build before we even approve the density changes as a community?” she asked. “Burnaby’s getting a reputation; back in 2012, there was a Globe & Mail article…that quotes a number of developers…praising Burnaby for being faster and easier than Vancouver, as far as approving really large towers that we don’t see anywhere else.”
Another set of towers proposed for Metrotown worries neighbours: Some people living in Burnaby feel the area is too dense already (Joanne Abshire, News 1130, July 23, 2014)
Rick McGowan … [is] worried rezoning the area to allow this development would open the door to more skyscrapers. “If they put this one in, it will set a precedent for the other medium density housing that’s behind each tower to be possibly rezoned for higher density.”
Heads up: Coverage about the upcoming August 26, 2014 Public Hearing for Brentwood Mall Tower 2
Rezoning sought for Brentwood mall Tower 2 (by Wanda Chow, Burnaby NewsLeader, Jul 24, 2014)
Shape Properties Corp. is proposing to build a 53-storey highrise on top of a three-storey commercial podium.
The podium will include new retail space located around a civic plaza connected to the SkyTrain station. It was approved by council earlier this year, as was another 53-storey tower to be located atop the podium at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Halifax Street. The 288 units available for sale in that building sold out within hours last month after some buyers camped out for days in tents.
The second tower will be located at the corner of Alpha Avenue and Lougheed Highway. As in the first highrise, 300 of the 591 apartments will be rental units to be owned and operated by Shape and its funding partners. The first 25 floors will be for the rental units while the strata units will be in the upper 27 storeys.