I attended the so-called Open House on the Regional Context Statement (RCS) at City Hall yesterday afternoon. It was as disappointing as any other “public engagement” exercise that the Robertson regime has undertaken. The RCS is a document of vital importance to the future of Vancouver — it will govern all planning decisions for the next thirty years or so — and it is being pushed through without any serious public discussion.
The Open House consisted of a dozen or so display boards showing information that has been available for a while, staffed by junior officials who were not in any position to debate points of interest. It was, quite frankly, a complete waste of time, but this is what passes for public engagement under this Vision Vancouver Council.
Also of note, there has been virtually no media coverage of the RCS which, considering its importance, is mighty strange. A few bloggers, like me, have mentioned it, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any discussion of it elsewhere. What’s with that? Is it too complicated for mere reporters to handle? The lack of such coverage is as disturbing and disappointing as Vision’s arrogance in pushing through so much change without a mandate.