- Vancouver Council will discuss the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy at 2 pm on March 3 (Thurs), in the Planning and Environment Committee meeting.
- The agenda and staff report are here. Staff are recommending that Vancouver accept the Metro bylaw.
- City now soliciting input by web: http://vancouver.ca/yoursay.htm]
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- This RGS is a legal document that will sit at the top of the land-use planning hierarchy. Municipalities will be legally bound to follow it once it enters into force, with the (extendable) acceptance deadline of March 22 (reportedly). It is supposed to guide development in this region with a current population of 2.1 million for the next 30 years to 2040. It will affect every aspect of land business.
- Vancouver is the most populous of the 22 municipalities in Metro Vancouver, and has the largest voting block (23.2% of votes), giving Vancouver City Council tremendous influence on the future of this region. All six board members representing Vancouver are from the same “party,” and vote almost without exception as one bloc. Senior City staff and the power-holding “party” members have already indicated their full intention to accept the RGS.
- Yet except for a MetroVanWatch meeting on January 13 this year, it has not been the subject of any public information meetings held on Vancouver soil for Vancouver citizens since the substantial contents of the RGS took shape over the summer of 2010. With a few exceptions (special thanks to the Georgia Straight) mainstream media coverage has been virtually non-nonexistent. Industry is lobbying for more time. Some citizens are calling for a referendum. If you cannot attend the 2 pm March 3 meeting, please write to email@example.com and share your ideas with them.