Paul Sullivan contributing writer to the NSN reported on a recent North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce “traffic yammering” Breakfast. A morning brekkie featuring guest “pro density” speakers MLA’s Thornthwaite, Sultan and parliamentary secretary for TransLink and pro cyclist’s Ma. http://www.nsnews.com/opinion/columnists/sullivan-adding-housing-will-not-remove-traffic-jams-1.23103434
Three unlikely bedfellows whom have copiously rationalized and no doubt had a little help from their respective mayors and BFF city councillors, i.e. the “hostage takers” behind our traffic woes. Despicable’s indebted to their campaign development backers and vainglorious egos; having heedlessly voted in favour of EVERY high density project after another to the point where we have now surpassed 2041 regional levels!
MLA Densifier’s Dumb, Dumber and Dim-wit (you decide which one is which), had better soon realize their pro density North Shore city councillor pals come next year’s civic elections may not as in probably won’t be re-elected with a few of these City Slickers like our mayor not running for re-election. At which point ALL three MLA’s will be confronted by new city hall board of directors. North Shore City Councils that won’t be in favour of more density, more unaffordable development nor will they ever be in favour of taxing our highways and bridges… and there lies your Density Fate of ever again getting re-elected.
As Grinch aka mayor Mussatto has sarcastically vetted, “Welcome to North Van, ha, ha.”
Soon our Mussatto fronted City Hall Twilight Zone escapades will be behind us (damn I’m going to miss illustrating these) coming to an abrupt END on October 20, 2018. Gone, gone as in oh so gone will be Mayor Mussatto ‘s pathological addiction to multi million dollar lunacy legacy projects like: the Black Never Green Bike Necklace and the golden fleeced dis-Spirited Trail links at the expense of our city’s bleeding infrastructures that are being willfully ignored by our mayor’s “4 to 3” city chamber’s Team Slate Despicables.
Other key contributing Enablers of our mayor’s DMW infamy is his financially fueled 2014 campaign Developers with their huge infusions of tax remunerations garnishing his en mass projects and yielding to below market value density transfer fees further enabling his invested developers “no pro-forma” windfall profits.
And lest we forget our $86K bonused CAO and his City Planning comrades making a mockery out of our OCP! Forever anteing up density bonuses on behalf of less than 2% whom “bike to work” while rewriting and amending zoning bylaws designed to further facilitate Mussatto‘s developer pals projects while turning their backs on NIMBY concerns!
I can only hope this is our city’s last jaded hallowed tricking ‘n convoluting handout!
And thanks to my fellow CoffeeMates for their input into today’s featured blog. #ScaryCityHall