For the latest, search http://news.google.com and search for “metro vancouver regional growth strategy.”
- Some thaw in chilly talks with Metro growth plan holdouts (Jeff Nagel – BC Local News, 17-June-2011) “There is softening but no breakthrough yet in the impasse between Metro Vancouver and Coquitlam council over the proposed regional growth strategy after two days of dispute resolution talks.” Full article here.
- Coquitlam councillor Selina Robinson still seeking clarity on Regional Growth Strategy (Matthew Burrows, Georgia Straight, 15-Jun-2011). “I certainly struggled, and our council certainly struggled, around what it means to be regionally significant.” Full story here, with video.
- Isn’t it time to elect full-time directors in Metro Vancouver?
(Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun, 18-May 2011)
Fewer directors devoting their full attention to the task might be more valuable than paying part-timers nearly $1 million a year. Full story here. Excellent analysis.
Metro Vancouver regional growth strategy tied up once again (Vancouver Sun, 1 May 2011). The province has declared that the regional district must seek a 60-day non-binding resolution process to resolve concerns with the City of Coquitlam, which means the process could become a political hot potato ahead of municipal elections in November. Full article here.
- Metro wants hammer to end growth plan impasse
- Metro Vancouver to pursue arbitration on growth strategy http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Metro+Vancouver+pursue+arbitration+growth+strategy/4584820/story.html
- Municipalities gear up for fight http://www.cknw.com/Channels/Reg/NewsLocal/Story.aspx?ID=1399156
- [Burnaby Mayor] Corrigan lashes Metro Vancouver growth plan holdouts. http://www.bclocalnews.com/surrey_area/aldergrovestar/news/119368809.html
Coquitlam, Port Moody block Metro growth plan (Vancouver Sun, 8-Apr-2011). Excerpt: Metro Vancouver may ask the province to step in after Coquitlam and Port Moody rejected the proposed regional growth strategy, leaving it without a consensus and in limbo….Full article here.
PoMo councillor balks at M.V. budget: When does a budget get too big? (13-Nov-2011, Tri-City News). Excerpt: When it comes to Metro Vancouver, Port Moody Coun. Mike Clay says it’s when the regional government’s spending is increasing by $33 million and much of it is for unnecessary items such as media relations, corporate costs and “international engagement.” Clay attended Metro’s budget board meeting Oct. 29, where he voted against the regional government’s 2011 budget, which is growing from $570 million to $603 million — a 5.8% increase....[Note that the entire article has been removed from Tri-City news website, but we have text here. We are investigating, but the paper has not replied to inquiries.]
- Tri-City News (22-Mar-2011): Coquitlam rejects growth plan. Excerpt: Coquitlam is headed to dispute resolution after it rejected Metro Vancouver’s plan for how the region should grow over the next 30 years. On Monday, city council unanimously voted against the draft regional growth strategy (RGS), saying it’s too vague, too inconsistent and exerts too much control over municipalities. The refusal by Coquitlam effectively stops the RGS until a settlement is reached.
- Straight (14-March-2011): West Vancouver council’s acceptance of Regional Growth Strategy threatens North Shore forests.
- city-vancouver-votes-accept-proposed-regional-growth-strategy (Straight, 4-Mar-2011) (Good article, points out problems with RGS)
- Editorial in Richmond Review, “What’s In A Name?”
- Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy remains unsupported (Straight, 23-Feb-2011)
- http://www.straight.com/article-375784/vancouver/straight-questions-might-have-led-metro-vancouver-snub-watchdog-claims (17-Feb-2011)
- http://www.straight.com/article-375240/vancouver/west-van-becomes-regional-flash-point (Straight, 17-Feb-2011)
- Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy greenwashes unsustainable development (Straight, 18-Nov-2010)
- Regional Growth Strategy plan triggers concerns over density in West Vancouver (Straight, 7-Oct-2010)
Selected coverage (our newest additions at top):
- Metro has say on Southlands’ future (It’s not known what impact new regional plan will have on Tsawwassen’s most contentious piece of real estate) (Delta Optimist, 19-Jan-2011)
- Southlands should stay farmland: Delta council (Vancouver Sun, 9-Feb-2011).
- Regional Growth Strategy linked to potential industrial development at Southlands (Straight, 7-Feb-2011)