This is the full page ad that we ran in the New West Record on May 20th
We also included this letter for inclusion in the May 20th edition of the New Westminster Record.
Unfortunately is was not published in the print version so most of you have not been able to find it in the on-line edition https://www.newwestrecord.ca/local-news/letter-new-west-has-overridden-concerns-of-neighbours-about-proposed-project-3791483
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We have been getting a lot of feedback from New Westminster Residents who support the Official Community Plan and have signed the petition - Every signed petition is important and we need your support.
We are Royal City residents from all over New Westminster who have come together to protect the Official Community Plan (or OCP) titled "Our City 2041". The OCP is a contract between the citizens of New Westminster and City Hall.
Unfortunately, the City appears willing to tear up that contract by approving projects that require big changes to the OCP, and by approving projects that do not fit into the neighbourhoods in which they are supposed to be built. We believe that zoning changes of this significant magnitude require community consent. There is considerable opposition to these kinds of projects, but the City does not appear to be listening. In fact, they've implemented a confusing, fast-tracked process to approve a project on Sixth Street which is nearly seven times the size of the allowable zoning according to the OCP.
The OurCity2041 Campaign is in favour of responsible development that adheres to the OCP that we all worked so hard to develop just a few short years ago. We want to work together with residents all over the City to make sure the Mayor, Council and Staff stay true to the collective vision that is supposed to carry us to 2041. In order to do that, we're asking you to speak up and be heard!
“(The OCP) It’s really one of the most important planning documents a community has. It really is the roadmap or the guide that the city has on how it’s going to evolve into the future.”
"The OCP should not be about forcing down land-use designations on a significant majority of people in a neighbourhood who are not willing to go there.”
“We recently adopted the official community plan. For us to look at amending the official community plan that we recently adopted, to me there has to be significant rationale.”
Mayor Jonathan Cote said the “sensitivity” from a land-use perspective won’t be on the Sixth Street side of the project but for the single-family neighbourhood living behind the properties.
“That is where the attention likely needs to focus in terms of how does the project step back to integrate with that particular neighbourhood,” he said.
Mayor Jonathan Cote, The Record, Aug. 31, 2020
Yes. Having an Official Community Plan provides a vision for urban growth. It prepares the community for change. Urban growth happens in planned manner and contained in identified areas. It provides foresight for fiscal management as well. Without it, urban growth would be haphazard and sprawled.
Councilor Chinu Das, The Record, Sept 20, 2018
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