Province rejects binding arbitration between Metro and Coquitlam on Regional Growth Strategy

Is Metro Vancouver’s long-awaited Regional Growth Strategy unravelling? Metro planning committee chair Mayor Derek Corrigan, of Burnaby, fears it may be, and not without reason.

Approval of the plan, now at the end of years of consultation and development, must be unanimous by all Metro municipalities. Only Coquitlam is holding out.

But as Corrigan notes, the talks with Coquitlam will force approval of a revised plan — assuming Coquitlam agrees to a revised plan — into the heart of the fall municipal elections. That could prove fatal.