Johnny Carline—Metro CAO “gets” what’s happening

Johnny Carline, Metro Vancouver’s chief administrative officer, shared significant insights at the Metro Vancouver 2040 Regional Growth Strategy public meeting at Richmond Culture Centre on January 21, 2010:

  • “If there is one issue that has taken off in the past few years it is the issue of food security.” In response, Metro has added a regional food strategy.
  • Another important  issue “not around when we did our planning in the 1990s” is “reducing greenhouse gases and protection from climate change.”
  • It is fundamental to “establish an urban containment boundary” and to “structure in a way that is both economically and environmentally efficient.”
  • We must not “allow agricultural land to be an escape valve for housing and industry.”
  • By far the majority of people support protection and viability of agricultural land.
  • The public wants more conservation, and Metro has expanded its strategies to reflect that.
  • Affordable housing requires major injections from federal and provincial governments, supported by municipal governments.
  • Eighty percent of respondents in an unbiased survey wanted a higher level of regional authority.
  • Metro was never informed about Richmond council’s decision of Feb. 11, 2009. (City staff were supposed to inform Metro Regional Growth Strategy staff that the designation of certain ALR lands—the Garden City Lands and the Department of National Defence Lands—was under study.)
  • Re a question about designating the Garden City Lands as “Agricultural” on Metro maps: “If the Land Commission’s decision is firm, that would appear to be the designation that should apply.”

Perhaps needless to say, Johnny Carline’s talk and answers were cause for optimism.


1 Comment »

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    crf Says:

    Carline would be well aware of most of the issues around the GCL, as he used to be Richmond’s lcity manager.

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