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Valley Joins Transport Study

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The Progress

September 25, 2007

Earlier this year, B.C. Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon drew fire from Fraser Valley mayors after he proposed an expansion of TransLink “from Pemberton to Hope.”

But they are going to co-operate on a study at a technical level.

If I lived in either of these two towns, I would also be very wary of people like Falcon. I cannot think of anything worse than a continuous belt of development that linked these two places. It seems to me that would be entirely the worst outcome – but one that building the Sea to Sky and Highway #1 expansions are intended to achieve.

I visited both Pemberton and Hope recently and I was charmed by both places. They are quite separate and very distinctive, and not at all part of Vancouver. Nor should they be. Neither should they become residential dormitory towns for Whistler and Surrey respectively. Which is what is going to happen if people like Falcon (a developer) get their way.

We can do much better than this. I only hope that in among the technical people on this study there are those who have a background in disciplines other than civil engineering and computer science. People who understand there is a lot more to place making than zoning regulations and ITE guidelines.

Written by Stephen Rees

September 26, 2007 at 11:25 am

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