Our developer donor indebted mayor and “unelected” city clerk, new CEO and in-Epp OCP Planning Director have had more than enough time since July 23rd’s last meeting to over agenda-size and proceed to ramrod their hyper-density agenda through tonight’s expected (yawn) city council 4 1/2 to 5 hour meeting. And don’t expect the 3 remaining city council meetings to show any less mercy when it comes to pushing through the mayor’s Manhattan CityShaping final and Last Testament…. all aboard.
Earlier this month there was an interesting Vancouver Sun online article by Kennedy Stewart: “Time to get big money out of Vancouver City Hall for good.” He is also running as an independent in their 2018 mayoral race. Stewart’s mayoral platform revolves around 4 measures in how to improve local city democracy while strengthening and enhancing public trust in their city-council decisions regarding development. https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/kennedy-stewart-time-to-get-big-money-out-of-vancouver-city-hall-for-good?video_autoplay=true
His four measures: 1. Time for cooling-off rules, 2. Tighten conflict of interest, 3. Implement lobbyist registry, 4. Daylight campaign financing – which from my POV should be mandatory in our upcoming city elections – wouldn’t you agree wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan.
Measures asserting transparent democracy back into our local politics… Which of course will never see the light of day, in any of our remaining four: good riddance 2014 convoluting city council meetings.
Perhaps & wishful thinking on my part, there is a “Team Slate free, independent, no strings attached mayoral candidate” willing to step forward, vested in open door policies & morally encompassed governance. A breath of fresh air currently being smoke screened by our 2018 team slate coalitions and precarious team-like associations.
Coincidence… just published in the NSNews: https://www.nsnews.com/news/retired-businessman-kerry-morris-running-for-city-of-north-van-mayor-1.23403312
When it comes to housing affordability on the North Shore much like in Vancouver City; it is becoming more and more unattainable for our seniors/pensioners, fixed and low income earners and yes our Millennials and generations thereafter. The reality and future economic and social wellness of our city is in dire straits with not only small business leaving or considering to leave but so are our Millennials having had enough! Unwilling to pay soaring rents with no return on their investment with up to 4% rental hikes each and every year thereafter… #time4millennialsMoveOn
Any Millennial family trying to save for one of our ridiculously overpriced $1 to 1.5 plus million priced homes/condos will take them IF they are able to save 20% of their approx. $68K annual income up 20 YEARS compared to Toronto 4.6 yrs. and Edmonton’s one year!. source: Star Metro Vancouver: Aug. 1/18 & Point2Homes: https://www.point2homes.com/news/canada-real-estate/average-national-home-price-buy-bedrooms.html
It’s becoming more and more apparent why our North Shore culpable density mayors: Mussatto & Walton are unwilling to run for re-election in cities they have fornicated beyond recovery… and thus tarnishing their vainglorious legacies. What they don’t realize is their legacies have already been condemned for ever and ever amen.
My morning CoffeeBrew crowd have ordained Councillors Back, Clark, Bell & Bookham as the “Four Horsemen of the Harry Jerome Apocalypse.” The density flood gates are forever open thanks to these four despicables. And developers will make damn sure Darwin’s “city council” approved 30 tower is the new density bar, aka height standard for all new projects north of 17th Avenue. #CollusionGluttonyHypocrisySabotage
Well at least those of us north of seventeenth like me know who not to vote for on October 20th. It is also a good reason why we should also release (if we only could) our city administrators i.e. OCP City Planners and Engineers who have embraced the new towering heights demagoguery north of 17th and every other high rise project throughout our city since 2014. Anti NIMBY’s who have made a complete mockery out of our OCP and on the record City Planning Dir. Mr. Epp repudiating Regional Growth Strategy Levels now sitting somewhere beyond 2041 population growth levels. #CityHallCorruption
And lest we forget and never ever should we let wannabe night-mayor Buchanan off the hook. EVERYWHERE you turn you are sooner than later faced with a “Buchanan” detour, a lane closure, a construction site delay or left frustrated trying to find street parking in and around every damn construction site. Especially right now on Keith Rd. east and on 3rd Street between Queensbury and St. Andrews – what a bottlenecking nightmare they are during 3 to 6 pm rush hour!
EVERYONE of these developments, including the new Hollyburn apartment project which is of course thanks to our developer compliant city hall is permitted to shut down the curb lane at the intersection of Lonsdale and 13th for the next couple of years at their leisure. You can emphatically BLAME BUCHANAN and her fellow Mussatto Team Slate that includes non city resident Holly Back. Despicables who IGNORED EVERY Hollyburn neighbourhood petition, Public Hearing and emails against this colluding project… More city resident voters you can “count on” not willing to elect any Mussatto Team Slate collusion member running in our October 20 civic election. #Enough2014CityCouncil
Welcome to our mayor’s 2019 City Wake… a city he would not dare have on his resume after October 20th. As some are beginning to whisper a chickenshit unwilling to face the completion of his CityShaping Manhattan Project i.e. realizing this could only further damage his contemptible & vainglorious mayoral-ship legacy. A once unassuming city his infamy will definitively record he mayor-ily gentrified on behalf of his vulturous towering donors and spending over $22M on a Black Necklace for the sake of a few measly cyclists willing to bike to work. A legacy wannabe mayor Buchanan is ready & eager to WTH further advance in his image. (God help us all) #Vote4ChangeOct20
And before you start pointing fingers only at our four horse trading city councillors: Clark, Bell, Bookham & non city resident Back favouring and coercing a new Harry Jerome Titanic SportsPlex… Do not lose sight in what SPAWNED this $237 million sink hole. The mayor’s 2014 re-election double dipping donor Darwin Construction in consort behind closed doors with our mayor’s compliant city planners & engineers. A project that had to have been in the works for quite some time don’t you think. After all mayor Mussatto never seemed in any hurry or ever sounded like he wanted to update or renovate our existing Harry Jerome Community Recreational Centre… coincidence – you decide.
Further: The sky may not be falling but our city is untenantable far too many. Just how negative the impact of even a minor housing collapse will have on our city’s sustainability is already blurred by overhead spawning hazy skies. #cnvSOL
With our runaway development and neverending amending or superseding rezoning bylaws being approved like at last Monday night’s city council meeting… Is finally having an on the wane affect leading to more & more CNV residents saying enough is enough; revolting against their en masse unaffordable density demagoguery. Hopefully they and many more will emphatically Vote for Change on October 20th.
And here is the kicker… it WILL and can only get WORSE with our city council’s 11th hour efforts to ram through city council as many density developments as possible on behalf of their vulturous developer pals and in the name of their vainglorious infamies. #Vote4ChangeOctober20
Ready, get set…tonight city council is about to approve a GENTRIFIED strata co-housing project. A project with good intentions but let’s not kid ourselves. When these eight 25% below market housing units are completed in two plus years and if housing prices keep soaring above and beyond 1.5 to 2+ million on the North Shore and with Canada Interests Rates just going up – you will need at least $150K to qualify along with one hell of a hefty down payment. Never mind how much it will be to qualify for any of the remaining fully priced family units… my guess is at least $200K! #CNVgentrification #UnaffordableCoHousing
At least the mayor and most city councillors did put a temporary hold on this project at last week’s city council meeting. Requesting our scam artist city engineers and planning departments to see how the existing 20 ft. wide lane and its location which is WTF: not part of the planned development can be best saved. A 30+ year city lane that must be narrowed behind project to 10 ft and partially fenced (Wagg Park) butting up to lane in order to facilitate the co-housing project’s traffic flow entering and existing from their underground strata parking stalls! #WrongHousing #WrongNeighbourhoodDensity
The solution is something Driftwood Co-housing and of course our infamous City Engineers are not in favour of which is: implementing “geotextile” around the riparian tree root zone which helps in the strengthening of the soil. This would of course cause considerable delays and costs to this application i.e. accepting a neighbourly solution! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geotextile #neighbourlessDevelopment
First up setting the scene is a cameo performance by Councillor Bell and debuting is Driftwood Village Co-Housing’s Odete Pinho…
And with a looming mayoral race only months away, I thought I would pull the POV’s on this projects affordability from wannabe mayor Buchanan and from: is Clark running for city council or mayor…