A quick Upton visit

We continue to monitor Upton Farm, the Prince Edward Island issue that has much in common with the Garden City Lands issue in British Columbia.

The Upton Farm Consultation Process has moved Charlottetown’s version of the Garden City Lands further ahead than ours, although their process moves slowly too.

Updates on the Upton Farm Preservation Network blog show that Canada Lands Company (CLC), which the federal government entrusted with the Upton Farm title, clearly stopped trying to make a financial killing after it became clear that the community, supported by all three levels of government, was opposed to the development that would have ruined the green space.

In the latest Upton Farm Consultation Process minutes provided, the Upton Farm Preservation Network’s Heidi Hyndman asked if CLC would consider leaving the land undeveloped if it was made whole (i.e., if CLC got its investment dollars back). Heidi received a clear answer from Bob Howald, Canada Lands’ Senior Vice President, Real Estate, reiterating what CLC had said since the beginning of the consultation process:

Bob indicated that the CLC’s objectives remain the same as at the outset – to dispose of the land and to recover its costs. So yes, CLC would consider such a proposition.

The financial objective that CLC has clearly accepted in the East is what we should expect it to accept here in the West from appropriate parties committed to keeping our lands “undeveloped.”

The first appropriate party is the City of Richmond, since the basic Garden City Lands agreement promises the city the right of first offer if Canada Lands Company and the Musqueam Indian Band do not go ahead with the development that was contempated in the agreement. (And they won’t, since the development cannot occur on ALR land.)

Note: In the context, “undeveloped” means free of the residential development that CLC had attempted to use the farm for.

This post builds on an earlier one, which I encourage you to review, as it is pivotal. It is “New lessons from Upton Farm.”

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