Changes to allow Burnaby's towers should clearly spelled out

In one breath, a rezoning for a 53-storey tower in Brentwood is tabled “in response to issues raised at a public hearing.”

In the next, the city is taking out full-page advertisements saying, “citizens endorsed the concept” more than 20 years ago. Citizens have never had the opportunity to “endorse” the “s-zoning” bylaw that was quietly passed in December 2010. In fact, the minutes of the council meeting clearly show there was no discussion whatsoever.

Perhaps this is because nobody, except a few councillors and developers, understood what “text amendment to a bylaw respecting bonus density” actually meant.

A more honest title would be, “an amendment to a bylaw that will allow an additional 10 to 40 storeys to any new towers in the city.”

To borrow a word from Mayor Derek Corrigan’s extensive lexicon, what the city has done is “disingenuous.”

Fortunately, what the the mayor and council have done can be undone.

Repeal the bylaw, or place a moratorium on its use until it can be put to a referendum with a clear choice.

Rick McGowan


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