After a month’s delay due to sickness in August, I am glad to report that my new book is now completed.
It is called Battleground: Grandview: An Activist’s Memoir of the Grandview Community Plan, and describes in detail the methods City of Vancouver Planning and the Vision majority on City Council used to deceive, overcome, and eventually ignore organized community opinion in our neighbourhood from 2011 to 2016.
Now I just have to figure out how to get it printed.
We were told that the value of a Community Plan is that it would give everyone certainty. However, what we have seen in Grandview since the Plan was approved is that the only certainty is that developers will ask for more than the Plan allows — and CoV Planning will encourage them to do so.
The Grandview Plan turned out to be nothing more than a typically duplicitous Vision Vancouver PR exercise. The development at Charles & Nanaimo, and the proposed 9-storey tower in a 6-storey zone on Frances, are merely the latest examples where developers are being encouraged to defeat the purpose of a Plan that took so many years and so many dollars to construct.
Anyway, I hope that you will soon be able to read this sad tale of a community thwarted.