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Has Vision Vancouver lost its way?

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Is Vancouver City Hall out of touch with voters?

Vancouver Cedar Party leader Glen Chernen says bike lanes, community centres and now the proposed revamp of Oakridge Centre are signs Vision Vancouver has lost its way.

“The main thing is, we see the city being dictated by big money,” he explains.”We want to change that by having the $2,400 maximum donation so we’re not getting our hands tied and we’re not owing anybody.”

Chernen claims Vision is funded mainly by special interests.

“We’re going to have no part in that at all, because we think it takes away from providing the solutions for the things that really matter in the city.  They’re all just being forgotten.”

Neighbours got their first look at revised plans to redevelop Oakridge Centre last night, but Chernen feels the public consultation is just meant to mask what is already a done deal.

“I have collected over 800 signatures to have the City of Vancouver follow what has already been stated on title at Oakridge mall to provide a 2.83 acre park,” he says.”They seem pleased to follow the planner’s recommendation that it be given up because they state that there are more than enough parks in the Oakridge-Marpole area.”

“We do have a problem with that because park land lasts forever and our city, it’s not getting any smaller.”

At an open house last night, the developer revealed a revised proposal, including an expanded civic centre and more affordable housing.

However, plans for 13 towers, including one that would be 45-storeys high, remain.