By the post-election decisions being made by some of the smaller, more affluent municipalities in Metro, the messages seem to be: no more density, no more height, no more affordable housing (and, rarely stated but assumed: the people who might live in it if they come from ‘outside’).
In North Vancouver District, as previously reported in PT:
District of North Vancouver council has spiked another affordable housing project, this time before plans for it were released to the public.
Council voted behind closed doors in January to terminate a proposal from the non-profit Hollyburn Family Services Society for a 100-unit, all-below market rental building on a piece of district-owned land on Burr Place.
A proposal to build 45 townhomes on six properties along St. George Street in Port Moody is “far too dense,” with not enough green space, said city councillors who rejected the project at their meeting last Tuesday. …
Mayor Rob Vagramov criticized the proposal for being too dense even though it’s located in Port Moody’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zone, which encourages higher density living.
Brent Toderian comments here.
Leaving aside issues of fairness, openness and good planning, small communities failing to take their share of growth, particularly in relation to the Frequent Transit Network, assume that other parts of the region will take commensurately more, even as more vehicle traffic is generated as a consequence. (Irony altert: one of the most frequent arguments against denser development is the assumed traffic it will generate.)