A Burnaby civic group says the city skipped public consultations when allowing new towers at Metrotown and has asked B.C.’s ombudsperson to investigate.
Helen Ward with the Burnaby First Coalition says the consultations were legally required and avoiding them allowed for so-called “demovicions” of affordable rentals.
“That Maywood area of Metrotown with those low rises in the Metrotown plan, it says quote: it should be protected. And these are mostly lower income folks, single mothers, refugees, immigrants, seniors, disabled folks and all that. And like, where are they supposed to live?”
Group says they’re still waiting on consultation promised six years ago
Baird said the city promised the consultations when it made the move in 2010, but never followed through.
“In December 2010, they said they would amend the plan and have public consultations starting immediately, but they haven’t done it.”
Burnaby’s mayor Derek Corrigan says he welcomes a review by the ombudsperson and that residents were adequately consulted.
“The people who are bringing forward this complaint ran in the last election, and are trying to re-fight issue that they lost.”
Last month, housing activists were arrested for occupying a Burnaby apartment to protest the demolitions.