‘Regional growth plan ignores economy, lacks coherence’, Vancouver Sun, May 14 2011, is critical of Metro Vancouver’s “ephemeral” ‘Regional Growth Strategy’. Excerpt from the critique:
“Arguably one of the most serious challenges facing the region is affordable housing, yet there is little in the 80-page document that directly addresses it beyond a reference to the 2007 Affordable Housing Strategy, which had a 10-year timeline. Worse, although the regional government cannot compel municipalities to build residential projects, it can stop them from doing so if they don’t comply with the plan’s restrictive land-use policies.
Affordability is measured as a multiple of the median household income and Vancouver ranks third among the world’s least affordable cities. The average home costs 9.5 times Vancouver’s median household income of $63,100, yet there is not a single paragraph in the plan about stimulating economic growth to raise incomes.”
Use your imagination. There is an alternate solution to the problem. – vreaa