Monthly Archives: September 2013

City will consider new community plan in January

Below are the comments I made at City Council, urging them to spend at least another year so that they could hear from a broader cross-section of our community.  Of particular concern in the Emerging Directions taken by City Planning is the plan that all new housing north of Keefer, from Victory Square to Clark Drive, be 60% social housing, and that there be a ‘rental only’ zone in Gastown.  I’ll post a reference to the City’s map so you can see the precise boundaries of what is proposed.  Concerns expressed by Crosstown residents are that these proposals will create a ‘poverty ghetto’ and destroy any semblance of balance and revitalization.

In the decision to proceed, staff are proposing a number of Public Information Sessions.  I hope you will find time to attend and let staff know what your thoughts and aspirations are.

The planning process is being co-chaired by the Building our Community Society, a charitable foundation, and the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council, who haven’t participated in months, since their representatives were ousted by the associations membership.  Consistent with our position, the Strathcona Residents Association urged council to disband the current plan and go back to the drawing board to develop an inclusive process.  This advice was also ignored by Council.

We will continue to work with neighbouring communities to convince Council to develop plans that build strong healthy communities.

 

Council presentation Sept 25, 2013

The latest from the Property Assessment Appeal Board — Condos on North False Creek Don’t Exist

On August 9, the Property Assessment Appeal Board ruled that Concord Pacific’s  9 acre site on the False Creek Waterfront was worth $1.00.

The Adjudicator said it was worth $12million, but then deducted the cost of  the promised park from the value of the land.  Wouldn’t it be great if you or I could promise to build a million dollar improvement in our condos and have that deducted from the assessed value.

The FCRA decided to appeal that decision.  This is done by way of submitting questions on the case to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.  We wanted to ensure that the Supreme Court had all the pertinent facts, so we asked the Appeal Board to ensure the Court knew that the density granted to Concord Pacific in exchange for the park was 7650 (later increased to over $10,000).

But the Appeal Board refused to submit that fact to the SupremeCourt, claiming that the units had not been built!!

SPECIAL ALERT  TO PEOPLE LIVING IN CONCORD PACIFIC BUILDINGS ON THE NORTH SHORE OF FALSE CREEK:  YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY YOUR MUNICIPAL TAXES BECAUSE YOUR UNITS DON’T EXIST.

Does it get more ridiculous!!