Following Elizabeth Murphy’s reasoning for the Regional Growth Strategy starting from the base number in 2006, the overbuilding in the City of North Van is even more concerning. Our calculations started from the numbers in 2011 (census), not 2006. So we have far exceeded the growth targets for 2041. Our submission to Council in March is here: https://nvcityvoices.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/ocp-public-hearing-citizens-deserve-better/
Elizabeth Murphy, quoted in a Daily Durning post on population growth in Metro, responded in the comments to the post. It’s worth bringing to the foreground:
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to Tom Durning’s newsletter.
I would agree with him that affordability is a huge concern, especially in the City of Vancouver. However, the solution to this problem is not clear cut. Unfortunately many of the well meaning actions taken by the city in the name of affordability are in fact having the opposite effect.
The most affordable housing, both for renters and owners, is the older building stock. If this stock is demolished and replaced with new more expensive housing, it displaces people. This is having a role in the increase of homelessness even though so much new supply has been created.
It is critical to not just increase supply, but to do so strategically and…
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