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Old Posted Mar 16, 2017, 3:49 AM
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Looks to me like the City is going to relook at working with BC Hydro as per the latest in camera meeting minutes...

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Verbal Briefing: BC Hydro Downtown Substation Concept – Update on Proposed Transaction

A. THAT, due to the limited public engagement and concerns related to noise, park, transportation and utility impacts, electromagnetic field, financial due diligence, and the limited timeframe to complete the transactions required by BC Hydro, City Council not approve BC Hydro's current SEED proposal before the end of March 2017.

B. THAT City Council direct City staff to work with the Park Board to conduct public consultation on the SEED proposal this spring, and undertake additional due diligence on the aforementioned concerns.

C. THAT City Council direct staff to bring forward a recommendation for Council’s consideration on the SEED proposal, and this recommendation must be informed by the Park Board, for public decision by August 3, 2017.

D. THAT City Council direct staff to continue to pursue negotiations and due diligence on the SEED proposal with BC Hydro.

E. THAT City Council direct the City Manager to notify BC Hydro and the Park Board of this decision.
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Old Posted Mar 16, 2017, 5:04 AM
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Looks to me like the City is going to relook at working with BC Hydro as per the latest in camera meeting minutes...
Why would BC Hydro revisit it when they said the August deadline doesn't work for them? A) It's bargaining B) It's not and they'll build above ground substations.
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Old Posted Mar 16, 2017, 5:13 AM
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Not surprised in the slightest. The proposal just makes too much sense for everyone involved.
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Old Posted Mar 16, 2017, 1:17 PM
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The consultation of Seed should have been coordinated with the city from the get-go... the fact that it wasn't speaks volumes about how much BC Hydro actually cares about public engagement in general...
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The consultation of Seed should have been coordinated with the city from the get-go... the fact that it wasn't speaks volumes about how much BC Hydro actually cares about public engagement in general...
I think it was all thought out. Propose something to the CoV that looks like a huge win for the people of Vancouver (free park renovation, free school) and then make the CoV look stupid for rejecting it. Impose a tight timeline and say if you don't get what you want you have a backup plan in which the CoV gets none of the free perks.

It's almost as if they learned from the Negotiator-in-Chief.

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Old Posted Mar 16, 2017, 3:49 PM
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Why is there such a time pressure to get approval for a project that is essentially decades away?
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Old Posted Mar 16, 2017, 7:28 PM
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The changes to the associated infrastructure will probably also require a lot of planning and work to tie in the new facilities.

If Hydro has to assemble parcels for its own site, that alone (or expropriation as a last resort) could take some time as well.
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