(See PDF for full formatted document: CVN Letter re Metro 2050 to CoV Council-2022-06-21-V2)
June 19, 2022
City of Vancouver
Attention: Mayor Stewart and Councillors
Re: Metro Vancouver 2050 Regional District Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) Bylaw No. 1339, 2022, Metro 2050 Acceptance
Council Agenda: https://council.vancouver.ca/20220621/regu20220621ag.htm
CoV Staff Report: https://council.vancouver.ca/20220621/documents/r1.pdf
The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) has major concerns regarding the proposed Metro 2050 Bylaw and we are opposed to it as currently written.
Attached is our letter sent to the Metro Vancouver Regional District for the Metro public hearing in which the mayor and many of the councillors participated. Only nine people from across the entire region spoke at the public hearing, reflecting the lack of public awareness and involvement. Our stated concerns remain, and we request that the City of Vancouver propose amendments to the Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) to address these issues prior to acceptance.
Of particular concern are the following items for suggested amendments in the RGS:
- Request that projections for population and dwellings be shown separately by each individual municipality, and not grouped together with Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster. We also request that the years of data line up with the census years (2021, 2026, 2031, 2036, etc.);
- Remove aspirational targets that are not based on transparent data and facts;
- Remove the new designation of “Major Transit Growth Corridors” that are proposed along routes that are currently only bus routes where there are no immediate plans, approvals or funding for major transit expansion or other required amenities for growth;
- Reconsider transit to serve the whole arterial grid affordably, with development based on local neighbourhood context, rather than only a few expensive corridors with excessive growth tower typologies; and
- Refer this back to CoV staff for public and stakeholder consultation since most people are unaware of this important plan and have not had an opportunity for meaningful input. This should include affected boards such as the Vancouver School Board that was not consulted as part of the advisory committee.
The Steering Committee,
Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN)
Attachment – CVN letter to Metro Vancouver dated April 20, 2022