Housing advocates in Burnaby are sounding the alarm about upcoming municipal zoning changes that could displace thousands of residents in the Metrotown area.
Ivan Drury with Stop Demovictions says residents in the area are now organizing to fight the city’s plan to allow construction of new condo towers and evict up to 6,000 low income people.
“We hope that by putting forward an alternative vision for how Burnaby can grow and welcome new residents, that we can welcome working class residents and low-income people and not just the rich.”
Drury says the changes put Burnaby out of step with efforts being made across the region to tackle the affordability crisis.
“The City of Burnaby is doing exactly the opposite. It’s the only municipality in the district that has lost rental buildings in the last 10 years. They’ve lost more than 600 rental buildings while other districts have gained.”
The Metrotown Downtown Plan projects Burnaby will see an additional 125,000 people move to the city by 2041.
Burnaby’s mayor and council haven’t responded to our request for comment.