Metro Growth—how to help

Update: It’s past the stated end of the feedback period (Feb. 5), although it seems likely that feedback would still be accepted.

Background: Three earlier posts (Jan. 21, 22, and 23) follow up on the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy public meeting in Richmond on January 21, 2010. The first, “Feedback to Metro by Feb. 5,” introduces the Feedback Form with a thorough example, with some emphasis on the Garden City Lands. The last shares enlightening points made by Johnny Carline, Metro’s chief administrative officer.

Main point: You can let Metro know that the Garden City Lands, which are zoned Agricultural by both the Province of B.C. (ALR) and the City of Richmond (AG1), should also be zoned Agricultural by Metro Vancouver. If the lands remain as Urban on the Metro Maps, they are less protected from the Pave Garden City forces, who have not given up.

This post aims to answer two key questions:

  • “Can I help?”
  • “How?”

Yes, please help! When Metro’s public meeting in Richmond broke into discussion groups, my group leader from Metro Regional Growth said that they are more likely to act on a suggestion if several people write about it. Your voice matters, and every additional voice matters.

How? After gaining basic knowledge of the strategy, you could:

Some suggestions about writing your feedback:

  • If you lack interest or knowledge about a question, save everyone’s time: give it a “Don’t know” rating (or just don’t rate it or comment about it).
  • Please recommend that ALR land in Metro Vancouver be designated (zoned) “Agricultural.” At minimum, please recommend that the Garden City Lands (confirmed ALR land) be designated “Agricultural.”
  • If you get caught up in learning about the exciting and promising Regional Growth Strategy, please still ensure that your feedback will reach Metro by Friday, Feb. 5, 2010.
  • For an example, see the “Feedback to Metro” post.
  • KISS: Keep It Simple—Succeed.

Appendix— Metro Vancouver Regional Development Division contact info:
Mail: 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC  V5H 4G8. 
Fax: 604-432-6339


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