Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) – Potential West End Impacts
Vancouver City Council is preparing to support the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy (RGS), a major bylaw that will affect land use decisions in the entire region for the next generation and more. The RGS has specific impacts on the West End. This Thursday at a 2 pm meeting Vancouver Council (with over 23% of the weighted vote in Metro Vancouver) will discuss the RGS.
A key concern for neighbourhoods, including the West End, is the potential for the RGS to allow for the possibility of Metro and Translink using property taxes and imposing regional Development Cost Levies (DCLs) and regional Community Amenity Contributions (CACs). This can result in additional costs to development and a further increase in the cost of housing. It could also allow City Council to use the Regional Growth Strategy as a tool to justify objectives, such as higher densities.
The RGS still has too many problems and Vancouver Council should get an extension so it can hold a meaningful discussion with the public.
For background on the RGS, please visit the MetroVanWatch website.
Write to Vancouver Mayor and Council. If you are able, please sign up to speak to City Council in person, 2 pm, Thursday, Vancouver City Hall. You can even attend on the day and speak.
Urge City Council to request an extension of the acceptance period to allow more time to address the serious problems with the RGS.
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