Metro keeps voters in dark re ALC Act violations

On February 9, 2011, lawyer Andrew Gage of West Coast Environmental Law provided the definitive legal opinion on “Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy and ALR Lands” to the Garden City Lands Coalition Society. At our request, he simultaneously provided it to Ms. Jessica Beverley, In-house Counsel to Metro Vancouver. Seven work days have passed since then.

I have done a search of the Metro Vancouver site and the Web, and the legal opinion never seems to have been released by the Metro administration to help the municipalities to make informed choices when voting on whether or not to approve the new Regional Growth Strategy bylaw.

This is a plan that is meant to guide Metro Vancouver until 2040. One would have expected every effort to be made to ensure that each municipality is enabled to make the best possible choice, not steered in the dark toward a predetermined choice.

In particular, surely it should have been brought to the attention of the Regional Planning Committee at its meeting today, Friday, February 18, 2011. It is nowhere in the agenda.

This is just one piece of strong evidence, but it confirms the trend discussed on this blog and in the initial legal opinion from Andrew Gage and the new one: at least on the issue of illegal designation of ALR lands in the Regional Growth Strategy bylaw, the Metro Vancouver directors and municipalities are largely being kept in the dark.

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