Connections: “The road to hell is paved.”
The provincial government has effectively announced that the Agricultural Land Reserve – the most important land-use decision in our history – is likely to be dismantled.
VICTORIA — A provincial core review tasked with finding tens of millions of dollars in savings will take aim at some of the province’s most politically sensitive programs to make sure they are working efficiently, the minister responsible said Wednesday.
“We’re going to look at some sacrosanct things, like certain agencies. We’re going to look at the Agricultural Land Reserve and the Agricultural Land Commission,” Bill Bennett, minister responsible for the core review, said Wednesday.
“I’m going to look at things that politicians have been nervous about looking at over the years and ask to better understand how they make their decisions and why they make their decisions and determine whether they’re structured to help achieve the goals of our provincial government,” he added.
Unless we soon hear otherwise, there’s a reasonable chance that the ALR will be opened up for development. Which would fit with this:
“Delta’s industrial vacancy rate has dropped below 7% as of today,” Avison Young industrial broker Ryan Kerr told Business in Vancouver November 6.
“The South Fraser Perimeter Road is definitely spurring development in Delta south of the Fraser River, whereas typically in the past it was Annacis Island that was the strong market.” …
Deloitte Real Estate senior manager Jeff Ashton similarly sees a profound change in the client mix along the road as logistics and distribution companies arrive to join existing manufacturers.
“The area around the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) and Deltaport is the biggest beneficiary,” he said.
Which ties in to this – Tsawwassen Mills
… approximately 1.8 million square feet of of retail, entertainment, restaurant, and office space (larger than Metrotown malls) on an 182 acre site on Highway 17 and 52nd Street that was formerly a part of the region’s ALR.
The viability of that project also depends on this:
Which is also helpful for this:
Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) is applauding last week’s announcement from the B.C. government that it has begun planning to replace the George Massey Tunnel (GMT).
The port said it has been encouraging the government to take action to address the long-standing concern that the GMT presents a barrier to continued growth in the Fraser River terminals, in particular to Fraser Surrey Docks.
[Port Metro Vancouver is currently reviewing a project permit application submitted by Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) for the development of a Direct Transfer Coal Facility to handle up to 4 million metric tonnes of coal.]
If the Province opens up the ALR to port-related industrial development, warehousing and intermodal operations, it avoids the Port having to use its jurisdictional superiority to override the ALR.
Which takes us to this - Pete McMartin’s column, where he puts it altogether.
The real change is in what we still mistakenly call the suburbs. Here, the pace and scope of change make the furor over a bike lane down Point Grey Road seem hilariously parochial.
The enormity, cost and complexity of the South Fraser Perimeter Road — which is an industrial highway, not a road — has to be seen to be appreciated. We have just finished building the widest bridge in the world, every lane devoted entirely to car traffic.
The Port of Vancouver is bent on opening up the Fraser River to supertankers and deep-draught freighters, to be made possible once the Massey Tunnel is removed and replaced by a bridge.
Meanwhile, a dismaying abundance of rural and agricultural land is disappearing from Delta to Surrey to Port Coquitlam and being replaced by the march of thousands of overbuilt suburban tract houses, none of them with access to public transit.
No one out there pays much attention to Vancouverism, though they should. Urban planning is a contradiction in terms. Out there, there’s no sense of stalling. It’s full speed ahead, and the internal combustion engine is still king and the road to hell is paved.
Not only is his column in today’s Sun, but it is immediately across the spread in the printed version from the story on the ALR:
Nice editing, guys.