Burnaby residents call for investigation of new condo developments

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In response to the clear trend towards “supersize density” in Burnaby, a community group petitioned provincial authorities to investigate new condo developments that led to what the group has called the “egregious” flattening of low-cost apartments in Brentwood, Edmonds, Lougheed, and Metrotown.
The Burnaby First Coalition alleged that the council’s 2010 zoning amendment introduced drastic and potentially unwanted changes to the city plan, including the demolition of over 300 cheap apartments since 2012.
“Consultation should have happened before the increases in density,” Coalition chair Helen Ward told The Globe and Mail.
Ward added that the Burnaby council is violating legal requirements on notices regarding the plan changes. In its complaint submitted to the provincial ombudsperson’s office in May, the Coalition maintained that the rezoning application approved by the city government do not take into account the official community plan.
The request for investigation came after Ward’s correspondence earlier this year with deputy city manager Chad Turpin, who noted that the city government followed all the required steps for the new developments.
Over the past few years, Vancouver and the surrounding areas have become a hotbed for home construction amid unprecedented levels of demand, which has consistently outstripped supply in the region’s overheated housing segment.

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  • John Doe on 2016-08-12 2:47:33 PM

    Houses are utilities and should be regulated by bodies like BCUC. Here is a picture for contrast. To the best of my knowledge, China has some 100 million empty apartments kept as "investments". Even China's largest mall in the world is empty. Is this what we want to see in Burnaby eventually while our workers get evicted from Burnaby, and waste their lives on clogged highways to get to far-away suburbs they can barely afford. The Mayor can not longer hide behind processes that cripple our current reality. If the provincial government does nothing, the Mayor needs to take over those duties left in limbo till we elect a more competent provincial government. Kudos to those protesting against demovictions. Keep up the good work guys. Our support is with you. Check the European models - e.g.. Amsterdam - that have found ways to protect the ordinary citizens from predatory capitalism. Why does it cost 14 million USD to buy a French citizenship and a few hundred thousand to buy Canadian citizenship via Quebec and PEI. Why do we still sell citizenships in Canada when it is clear that these rich people have abused the Canadian system? We'll have to vote NDP at the next provincial elections. We need to tax the heck out of RE speculators and send some dishonest RE agents to prison where they belong. Are we forgetting that Vancouver is the city that was not allowed to have a stock market. Yes, this is our local reality. We are a magnet for dishonest characters - the last Western frontier. All government layers need to clean up this cesspool or go away and let new governments restore a healthy business environment. Or read the Bible now and then.

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