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Developer Publicly Criticizes City Planning Department, Calls for Single CAC

Joannah Connolly
January 22, 2015

The City of Vancouver’s planning department was criticized as cumbersome by Aquilini president David Negrin in front of 1,100 delegates at the Urban Development Institute 2015 Forecast luncheon January 22.

Negrin called on the City to streamline the planning process and create a single Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) system – a suggestion that drew loud applause from the largely development industry audience.

Negrin also compared the City planning office to a pack of wolves. He said, “I walk into the planning office and it’s like five wolves and a lamb in a room. The wolves turn to the lamb and say, ‘What’s for dinner?’”

City planner Brian Jackson, who was at the event, told REW.ca's sister publication Business in Vancouver, "We feel it's exactly the opposite, where we're the lamb and they're the wolves." He told BIV that developers have the power because the city cannot pay for public facilities and affordable housing without developer contributions.

The City of Vancouver raised $133 million in CACs in 2013, according to an annual report presented to the city January 21.

Joannah Connolly
Joannah Connolly is editorial director of Glacier Real Estate, Glacier Media's real estate division. Joannah writes and curates real estate news for Glacier Media's local newspaper websites, including the Vancouver Courier, North Shore News, Burnaby Now, Tri-City News and others. She also oversees editorial content in Real Estate Weekly Homes, West Coast Condo, Western Investor and Glacier's special real estate publications. A dual Canadian-British citizen, Joannah has 22 years of journalism and editing experience in Vancouver and London, with a background in construction, architecture, healthcare and business media. Joannah has appeared on major local TV outlets as a real estate commentator, has moderated and spoken on various industry panels, and spent two years hosting the Real Estate Therapist radio show on Roundhouse Radio.