To the editor:
Re: "Give Vancouver neighbourhoods the tools for change," Nov. 13.
Doesn't it seem ironic that Mike Klassen now advocates "reviving CityPlan"? Klassen was the consultant who worked outside of city hall to register the ecodensity.ca URL for ex-mayor Sam Sullivan.
A mixed NPA-Vision council majority imposed the trademarked EcoDensityT initiative on Vancouver residents in June 2008 following on an epic seven evenings of public hearings.
EcoDensityT set out to kill City-Plan while it was still in gestation. An active multi-million-dollar "planning" exercise became inconvenient to politicians and developers long before it reached first-stage completion in 2010 with West Point Grey. There was no second stage.
While the so-called Vision Implementation Review (2008-2009) tailed off into programmatic disappearance of that unwanted planning effort, the NPA-Vision axis was busy conducting funeral rites for the local committees connected to the nine Community Visions.
I nominate also-ran NPA council candidate Mike Klassen for flipflop of the decade.
Joseph Jones, Vancouver