The residents of CNV have spoken… WANTING EVEN MORE EN MASSE DENSITY, TRAFFIC CONGESTION, UNAFFORDABLE HOUSING and DEVELOPER COLLUSION that will only further grease its farcical OCP… Tolling Linda Buchanan’s as its next night-mayor. Someone who as her 2014/2018 City Council record pledgedly pro ports: will CONTINUE IGNORING RESIDENT’S CONCERNS and PETITIONS and BOWING DOWN to the DEMANDS of her VULTUROUS DEVELOPERS – Congratulations! #SellOutBuchanan #cnvSOL
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
Today’s cartoon is actually a carbon update from one I did two years ago in “June 2015”. When our mayor was chirping the “new norm” for a 2 bedroom apartment then was an outrageous $1,500 at his campaign donor FDG mixed property lane gobbling new highrise. And to no one’s surprise FDG also received 12 bonus floors at their 161 E. Keith Rd. location. At the time a typical 2 bedroom unit was renting for $1,100 a month. Jettisoning to June 2018 a new market value 2 bedroom is around $2,500+! Since 2015 the costs of rentals has jumped at least $1,000 a month, showing no signs of supply & demand leveling off!
With property values and accelerating construction costs also showing no signs in leveling off. You can surely expect a “mid market value” two bedroom rental from last Monday Night’s 127/129 E. 12 St. Public Hearing that was approved 6 to 1 (Bell) will be $3,500 when completed in two years! Their low income rentals marked down 10% for only 10 years will cost low income families a whopping unaffordable $3,150! And this is ONLY for the first one year lease! Then in perpetuity the landlord at today’s allowable rent increase of 4% – rent in year 2 will be $3,250, in year 3: $3,415, in 5 years a whopping $3.500 and in 10 years OMG: $4,000 plus!! #RentalMortgageRates #unaffordableRentalHousing
So when wannabe mayor Buchanan and now I hear maybe wannabe mayor Clark “home owners” and the rest of city council are in favour of 10/10/10 affordable rental housing. Just keep in mind these new low income rentals are still at least one year away from offering 10% below market value. At which point a 2 bedroom “low income rental” will be $3,000 a month! These are NOT LOW INCOME AFFORDABLE RENTALS!
Our city council wants you to believe they are seriously dealing with our low income rental crisis when in fact all they are promoting in this an election year is equivocating and pleading for low income electoral support! Their vulturine developer buds WILL NEVER OFFER “real low income rental housing” at 50% below rental retail!
Low income housing can only largely come from Provincial and or Federal Government Assisted Programs. Provincial (Liberal) programs Vancouver City and the District have previously and readily welcomed… We under Mussatto’s CityShaping developer siege did not. #Vote4Change
What happened at last Monday night’s farcical Public Hearing “in how” double dipping donor Darwin Construction got their rezoning bylaws fornicated was from my POV… Nothing short of being a well staged, orchestrated, surreptitious ruse! At the time I could not voice what I thought was about to go down during this “inside job public hearing” having been declared out of order by the mayor… Fair enough, but this is my blog in which the mayor and or any city councillor has absolutely no out of order jurisdiction.
But first… Mr. Keating when I referred to Councillor Buchanan “in kind” as dear I did so without any intentional disrespectful manner. Unlike your seemingly “silent support” of our mayor’s misogynist “camel toe” remarks during 2017’s final city council meeting. Your BC NDP Party must be so damn proud of your apparent anti #metoo disposition.
ACT 1: Entering from stage right are 3 civic charlatans will name Bookham, Keating along with a Grinch-like mayor all deciding not to run in the upcoming city election. Huddled over on stage left are city council jesters: virtual Bell, surly Clark, carpetbagger Back and wannabe night-mayor Buchanan. #dispictables
ACT 2: Finding ourselves trapped within this uneasy dimension the plot unravels. Stage Right, the mayor dressed in his Emperor’s Clothing is acting like he is not supporting his buddies over at Darwin Deconstruct. Keating will play the lead role as the detailing Devil and Bookham in contrast will be wondering aimlessly around down stage looking for her Olympic sized pool and Curling Rink. #dazed&confused
Entering from Stage Left is surly Clark harping & barking over how his 3 to maybe 4 year Moody Villa rebuild is WTF: almost on the same scale as the proposed 8 to 10 year density congested, traffic & parking bedlam Darwin twin towering deconstruct that has attached to its meaty hip bone his damn proposed Titanic SportsPlex – really! #EnoughBullshit
Councillor virtual Bell will try and use a little misdirection hoping you will believe him when he concocts a spell whereby there will only be “800 people in all of Darwin’s proposed 800 units.” #hocuspocus
Wannabe night-mayor Buchanan will reenact one of her typical “covert roles” pretending to oppose both preordained coupled projects. #disingenuous As we now enter…
ACT 3: Imposters Buchanan, Keating & mayor Grinch “KNOW” how their devoted Team Slate carpetbagger Back will play-out her final scene… i.e. In FAVOUR of Darwin’s fornicating 30 & 26 storey “hair”-raising project. Thereby surreptitiously “sheltering” wannabe mayor Buchanan from the angry city mob voters against either or both projects on October 20th. And it also gives Grinch a free ticket out of “density jail” so he doesn’t look like he is indebted to his double dipping donor Darwin Deconstruct! #MussattoTeamSlateDouble-Cross #Vote4ChangeOctober20
ACT 4: We escape back into our 3rd dimensional world left wondering IF the deceptive and immorally compassed comedy tragedy we just witnessed could ever play out here in our real world corrupt city council honouring 21st Century Density Horse Trading… hmm.
And of course The District ★ Trojan Crier/NSNews coverage so far has yet to figure out the real telltale plot behind Monday Night’s “clandestine Harry Jerome Lands Public Hearing.” #readTheGlobalCanadian
A majority of our “we know what is best sanctimonious City Councillors” once again do not and will not support the majority of residents AGAINST any proposed project regardless of its scope in either its front or backyard.
Monday Night’s Public Hearing fiasco lived up to this city council’s over-righteousness and in turn favoured for the good of their legacies and North Shore residents AHEAD of the concerns of the neighbourhood most effected by these en masse dueling developments that should NEVER HAVE BEEN INTERTWINED; but that is not how our sitting council likes to mandate its underhanded, inane 21st Century horse trading agendum. #HarryJeromeResidentsSOL
And don’t get too worked up over the fact wannabe mayor Buchanan, councillor Keating and the mayor voted against the unprecedented 30/26 storey HJ rezoning. Their reasons for nay-ing did not ever once cite the fact that a 1,000+ submitted petition against these projects was ever a good enough, valid reason to vote against. (more in Friday’s blog)
But at least now you know which councillors over its four year term haven’t been supporting community concerns regarding too much density or the wrong kind of density… EVERY MEMBER of our city council is now on record in having STOPPED LISTENING to too many city residents!
The amount of density pollution, traffic & parking chaos this community will have to endure for at least eight long years should be criminal at best. But try telling that to Mussatto’s Team backers “indebted” to their 2014 campaign investor Darwin Construction… or try telling that to city councillors who want to devastate a community in the name of Olympic swimmers and curlers MOST whom do not live in our city! #UpperLonsdaleSOL
Should we not expect as in like always, Harry Jerome resident voices to be heard then overruled by the end of tonight’s Public Hearing.
If there was ever a double dealing reason, need to bring down our city council on October 20th – this is it… Unless common sense prevails and a majority of Councillors decide to put these ‘can’t have one without the other’ projects on a back burner to be served up later by the yet to be elected new city council. #Vote4ChangeOct20
Unfortunately there’s too much horse trading willingness on both sides not to expect a fatal devastating blow to the HJ community… If there was ever a time to believe in 5 act play.
A contentious night it will surely be… giddy up!