I would like to update you on a developing issue at Metro Vancouver that affects us.
You may have heard in news reports or elsewhere that Metro Vancouver has proposed establishing a Zoning Bylaw for the UBC Vancouver Campus, including the family housing areas in which we live and for which the UNA provides local governance. This draft bylaw and other information are available here:
- October 23, 2009 - Proposed Zoning Bylaw
- November 20, 2009 - Proposed Terms of Reference for Working Group
- UBC Responds to Metro Vancouver move to control UBC campus
- UBC Asserts Need for Autonomy over Its Academic Future
- Metro Vancouver: 1 member from Regional Development and 1 member from Parks
- UBC: 1 member from Campus Planning and 1 member from Properties Trust
- UNA: 2 members
- City of Vancouver: 1 member
- BC Ministry of Transportation: 1 member
- University Endowment Lands (UEL): 1 member
- UBC Alma Mater Society (AMS - UBC Students): 1 member
- Musqueam Band: 1 member
- Pacific Spirit Part Society: 1 member
- Wreck Beach Preservation Society: 1 member
Therefore, the UNA Board today informed the Metro Vancouver Electoral Area A Committee, meeting at Metro offices in Burnaby, that the UNA will participate in the working group provided that two necessary preconditions are met:
- the composition of the working group must include a majority of UNA residents selected by the elected UNA Board;
- neither the working group nor any other committee of the GVRD will forward a report to the GVRD concerning the development of any bylaw affecting the residential areas without the support of a majority of the residents on the working committee.
In the coming days we will be working to develop a web page that gathers together relevant information, we will be meeting with Metro Vancouver to see how they can meet our preconditions, and we will be exploring ways that we can consult with you on this important topic and the other governance concerns attached to it.
In the meantime, please share your thoughts, questions and concerns with us by replying to this email or calling the UNA office 604-827-5158. You can also email me directly email@example.com or call me 778-889-4299.
We will keep you posted as this develops.