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Burnaby opposition hopefuls try to capture anti-development feeling in that mostly placid city

August 26th, 2014 · 24 Comments

Interesting for me to see the new Burnaby First party trying to ride the anti-development horse there. Burnaby has been building towers for quite a while now, apparently with no backlash from anyone. But I have heard more grumbling about the Brentwood development in the last year than I’d heard the previous decade, so maybe there’s something there.

This is the news release that Burnaby First sent out today

Burnaby First Mayor candidate Daren Hancott & Council candidate Helen Ward plan to speak tonight at the public hearing for the controversial 56-story Brentwood Tower II.   It will be held at 7:00 pm in the City Council chambers at 4949 Canada Way.
This hearing will be the one opportunity for the general public to have their say on this project before Burnaby’s current BCA monopoly council votes on whether or not to send this project forward.
The previously-approved Brentwood Tower I has already resulted in the closure of vital public transit infrastructure (the bus loop and related access ramp) making it extremely difficult for mobility-challenged transit riders to access Brentwood Mall shops and SkyTrain ground transit connections.
It has further resulted in significant slow-downs of rush hour traffic along Lougheed Highway at Willingdon Avenue.
This ‘intersection’ of mobility-challenged transit users forced onto surface streets to access their bus connections, and frustrated rush-hour vehicle commuters trying to get to work is yet another example of questionable BCA planning.
This and other topics concerning the transparency with which development permitting proceeds here in Burnaby, under the current monopoly BCA Council, will be the focus of BFC candidate remarks.

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