If you’ve been following the plans by the Squamish nation to build 6000 units of housing near the Burrard Bridge, you’ll appreciate the sheer bravado of the local Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
Instead of waiting years for a District of North Vancouver council to finally approve a significant housing development, they’ve applied to the federal government to add the 45 hectares of the target property to their reserve lands. This would mean they could proceed without council approval.
Or, as one grouch on Twitter described it:
We as a community vote in a democracy so that Council vote to establish bylaws and Development decisions. Unfortunately some Developers are trying to find a way around that by teaming up with First Nations Bands to exempt themselves from Council jurisdiction.
— dustin fluff (@DustinFluff) October 29, 2019
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