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Dispute resolution next meetings June 29, July 5 for Metro Vancouver & Coquitlam

MetroVanWatch has just noticed that the new dates for meetings #3 and #4 in the non-binding dispute resolution process between Metro Vancouver and Coquitlam have been announced on the web. http://www.metrovancouver.org/planning/development/strategy/Pages/default.aspx Metro Vancouver and Coquitlam have agreed on a process … Continue reading

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Report: Dispute resolution, first 2 days, Metro Vancouver vs Coquitlam

[Update with new material 1 pm, 21-June-2011] MetroVanWatch will be providing material and commentary on the first two days (June 14 and 16) of non-binding arbitration efforts for the two parties. All material was obtained by members of the public … Continue reading

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Food for thought on “Metro Vancouver 2011 Sustainability Congress” (25-June-2011)

Metro Vancouver reports that its 2011 Sustainability Congress (starts 9 am, Saturday, June 25) registration is now full (500 registrants), but that anyone can follow live webstream and by Twitter (#MVSC11). See http://www.metrovancouver.org for details. Promotional materials say that “Against … Continue reading

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Update: Metro Van vs Coquitlam dispute resolution, meetings June 14 & 16

[Update 5 pm, 14-June-2011: Day one went from 1 to 4 pm today. The first 40 minutes was spent deciding whether or not to permit cameras. The meeting ended at 5 pm, after hours of deep discussions. Best reason presented … Continue reading

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Coquitlam objections to Regional Growth Strategy: Essential reading

(Update 17-June-2011) Further below are excerpts of the March 22, 2011 letter from the City of Coquitlam (Coquitlam rejection of RGS 22-Mar-2011) to Metro Vancouver rejecting the Regional Growth Strategy and outlining reasons. Here we add Coquitlam’s submission to the … Continue reading

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Complexities of RGS and ALR: Langley Township decision (Murrayville subdivision) moves agricultural land closer to urbanization, sets precedent

Murrayville subdivision within ALR gets go-ahead (by Natasha Jones, Langley Times, 7-June-2011) Excerpt: A majority vote of Township council has moved another piece of Langley agricultural land closer to urbanization. Below are bullet points of article with an independent comment.

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Time to elect full-time directors in Metro Vancouver? (Bramham, Vanc. Sun, 18-May-2011)

Isn’t it time to elect full-time directors in Metro Vancouver? (By 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 … Continue reading

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