The End of the Region as we know it – 4

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Trouble in this river city: Judge’s ruling upholds Langley rezoning plans.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dealt a blow to Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy after ruling the regional district has no authority to dictate land use in individual municipalities.

The ruling followed an attempt by Metro Vancouver to stop Langley Township’s plans to rezone 13 hectares of agricultural land near Trinity Western University into a 67-lot, single-family subdivision by developer Peter Wall, even though it had received conditional approval by the Agricultural Land Commission. …

Justice Neena Sharma ruled Metro Vancouver “does not have superiority over land use management within the boundaries of a municipality.” She also dismissed a second petition levelled by Metro against landowner Al Hendricks, who wants to develop four hectares in North Murrayville.

While not directly undermining of the Agricultural Land Reserve, it certainly threatens the integrity of the Green Zone – the…

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