You could call it a good start. This week, the province announced BC Housing will start crafting future plans for the Riverview lands.
The plan is for the housing authority to meet with a number of stakeholders to get feedback on what people want.
BC Housing officials dropped by Coquitlam city council this week to give local politicians a heads up.
As the process gets underway, likely everything under the sun is going to be recommended or suggested for the lands. And that’s not a bad thing.
No doubt, there will be a push to have the lands and some of the buildings used for mental health and wellness.
Some politicians have suggested a portion of the lands should be opened up to the public in the form of a park.
There will likely even be a suggestion the lands be developed for market housing and some form of private interest.
While some ideas are better than others — and will certainly be more popular than others — at this early stage in the process, nothing should be taken off the table.
With the future of such an important piece of property to the Tri-Cities, historically and geographically speaking, yet to be decided, it’s important to keep an open mind about all the possible ways in which the lands could be used.
The more ideas that are discussed, dissected and debated — even if most people agree they’re bad ones — the better off the lands and the community will be. A fulsome discussion would also likely mean less people feeling left out of the process when a final plan is put in place.
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