The Density Debate

It was a marvelous thing that on a late summer’s evening we could get almost 100 local residents to come out to a meeting on density, but that’s what we did last night at Astorino’s.

The always erudite and arcticulate presentations from academic Patrick Condon and industrial-scale developer Richard Wozny were fascinating in and of themselves, but they led on to a series of interesting and well-thought-out questions from the floor about all aspects of density and zoning decisions, the role of CAC’s, DCLs, and property tax, and the potential cost to the city taxpayers of inappropriate high-density towers.

We also had a fine gathering of muncipal candidates from COPE, Greens, and Cedar Party, along with at least one rep from One City.  Some dove right into the debate, and all of them saw how these issues are still at play here in the city. We were also able to welcome Rachel Magnusson and Charles Campbell from the Citizens’ Assembly.

Candidates and officials from Vision Vancouver and the NPA were noticeably absent, which was probably more their loss than ours, to be honest. They would have heard some valuable ideas and felt the pulse of folks who are very likely voters come November.

3 Responses to The Density Debate

  1. Reblogged this on Riley Park/South Cambie CityPlan Community Visions and commented:
    What a great community service to have two independent experts on city planning help Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and community activists understand what is at stake in urban planning.

  2. Pat Condon and Richard Wozny are highly-acclaimed, independent experts in city planning and development finance. Getting them out, not once but twice, into your community is a stroke of genius and commitment to the future of Grandview. The presence of 100 neighbours and independent political leaders and candidates is a great achievement, and provides a great service to all of the citizens of the city.

  3. Alex Grunenfelder says:

    Anybody know if there’s a recording of the meeting available?

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