City’s Grandview planning: Will The Drive survive? (Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Province, 9-Jan-2015)

With the OCP “next steps” on the Council agenda tonight, this is a timely article with relevance to the City of North Van. Residents have experienced ‘manufactured consent’ and Monopoly game playing at CityShaping events. References to the Regional Growth Strategy should cause concern to residents – the City of North Van is far ahead of stated projections..

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Grandview-Woodland planning document, province, 8-Jan-2015Opinion: City’s Grandview planning: Will The Drive survive?
By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Province January 8, 2015 (in print Jan 9)

In December, after the November 2014 civic election, the City of Vancouver held a sub-area workshop for the Grandview community plan. It proved to be an exercise in manufactured consent. That charade undermined the Mayor’s pre-election day apology and promise; the promise that if he were to be re-elected the city would listen to the community and be more transparent.

Grandview is the neighbourhood centered around Commercial Drive, affectionately known as The Drive. Its boundaries span from Clark Drive to Nanaimo Street and from Broadway north to the waterfront.

Commercial DriveThe Drive has a lively shopping district along Commercial Drive; spectacular private and public views to the mountains and downtown; and it is well served by transit and by the Britannia Community Centre. The Drive…

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