Contiguous, continuous, consolidated claptrap

A supposedly momentous letter from CLC was announced at the Nov. 17 meeting of the General Purposes Committee of Richmond Council. “CLC” meant Canada Lands Company CLC, which is currently entrusted with the title to the Garden City Lands. CLC also directs City staff in the application to the Agricultural Land Commission that the City is making on CLC’s behalf. The minutes of the meeting say this:

Reference was made to a letter written to the City by the CLC, in response to concerns associated with the proposed agreement and City parkland being “scattered” throughout the Garden City Lands.  Mr. Erceg remarked that the letter confirmed the CLC and Musqueam’s commitment to provide for a minimum area of 40 acres to be arranged in a continuous area appropriate for the City’s program purposes.

The Garden City Lands is 136 acres, and the City still assumes it would get half, 68 acres, even though that can only happen under the agreements if a trade and exhibition centre (TEC) is built.

The letter to City staff is from their project manager for the ALR application, CLC’s Randy Fasan. It states:

CLC/Musqueam hereby advise that a minimum area of 40 acres (comparable in size to Minoru Park) and inclusive of the 15% of the site earmarked for the TEC, will be arranged in a consolidated area. . . .

With a little math, we find that the TEC land would be 20.4 acres (15% of 136), leaving 47.6 acres (68 – 20.4 = 47.6) for City open space.

We then find that the open space in the “consolidated area” would be only 19.6 acres (40 – 20.4). The other 28 acres of City open space (47.6 – 19.6) would be scattered throughout the property.

The consolidated open space of 19.6 acres is clearly not comparable to Minoru Park’s 65.4 acres. Neither is the total space of 40 acres that, unlike Minoru Park, would have a trade centre in it.

Finally, most of the City’s open space, 28 acres, would end up being green space scattered throughout the high-density development. CLC’s Randy Fasan has confirmed what the citizens of Richmond have said all along.

Also, if the trade centre couldn’t be built, the city would have to split the trade centre land with the CLC/Musqueam, with no density limit on their extra 10.2 acres.




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