Metro Vancouver directors are squabbling over how to present the region's best face to 2,000 delegates at a Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference this summer.
Burnaby, for instance, believes Metrotown - and not Surrey or New Westminster centres - should be the focus of "transit-oriented growth," while Delta questions why Richmond's Terra Nova Rural Park was chosen as a tour location on farming and food strategy.
And there's a general concern that Vancouver, which is hosting the trade-show event with a $100,000 sponsorship deal with Metro, will hog all the glory.
"A lot of us help Vancouver. There's a place in Delta where the garbage goes and a place in Richmond where the sewer goes ...," Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan told directors at Metro's Intergovernmental committee Thursday. "We're going to watch how Vancouver manages this partnership with Metro Vancouver."
The conference, slated for May 30 to June 3 in Vancouver, aims to provide seven regional tours, which include the Seymour-Capilano water filtration plant, Burnaby incinerator, development at Lonsdale Quay, the Annacis Island sewage treatment plant and a four-hour SkyTrain tour to New Westminster and Surrey to view transit-oriented growth.
Corrigan argued his city has been a leader in transit-oriented growth - motivating development through amenity bonus densities - and it should have been chosen to highlight communities such as Brentwood, Edmonds and Metro-town. "My nose is a little out of joint," he said.
Delta Mayor Lois Jackson backed up Corrigan and warned Metro Vancouver to be careful about showing off Surrey, especially areas like Scott Road. "They've done a beautiful job throughout Burnaby," she said. "You go out and walk around Metrotown and you're fine."
Metro staff agreed to look into perhaps stopping in Surrey and New Westminster before taking the Millennium back and offering details about Burnaby's development while on board.
Neither Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts nor New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright are directors on the intergovernmental committee.
Meanwhile, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie was upset that Delta farmer and Coun. Ian Patton was chosen to speak at the Terra Nova site about Metro's food strategy, saying his city has put a lot of money into the project.
Metro board chairman Greg Moore argued the idea was to offer a Metro-wide view of farming to the delegates. But Jackson argued Terra Nova wasn't even a real farm, and Metro should be touring a blueberry farm instead. "I would like to see the tours sprinkled throughout the region," she said.
Metro spokeswoman Heather Shoemaker said the tours had been approved by the FCM.
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