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.

In Port Moody:

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.

In White Rock:

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.)


  1. Yes, we need affordable housing. We also need caution in allowing developers creating ghettos by building a new generation of “The Projects”. Urban planning and leadership that start with transit corridors guiding where responsible development goes rather than transit trying to connect the developments 10 to 20 years after people moved in, bought cars and developed lifestyles around those cars. Proactive transit corridors and car share can make our cities better, the only special interest group aginst this are developers.

    1. We hear you loud and clear: social housing is ghettoization and if a development is not perfect, reject it. There are 5 councillors and a mayor in North Van who couldn’t agree more.

  2. I wonder if the province can step in at some point, because this is getting crazy.

    Either amalgamate the various cities into city with at-large councillors, or have the province take over zoning all together (like Japan does).

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