FortisBC responds to Vancouver City Council on rezoning proposals
Posted on November 16, 2016
On November 15, Vancouver City Council held a public hearing regarding three rezoning proposals in the 7600 block of Cambie Street and the 400 block of West Pender Street.
While FortisBC does not oppose the merits of rezoning these parcels as they are proposed by the developers or applicants, we believe the way this is being carried out is wrong.
FortisBC is concerned that the City of Vancouver has included two clauses in the Engineering Services section of the rezoning proposals. One includes mandatory connection to a City of Vancouver-designated neighborhood energy system to be used for domestic heat and hot water. The second does not allow for gas fireplaces to be installed in suites.
FortisBC believes in residents’ ability to choose an energy source most suitable for their needs. The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) has reaffirmed that ability with their decision on Creative Energy’s Neighbourhood Energy Agreement. The decision was clear in that it would not grant a franchise for exclusive end-use of energy.
We believe that the rezoning policies proposed by the City of Vancouver circumvent the intention of the BCUC’s decision. Further, this approach takes away the ability for Vancouver residents and businesses to choose the energy solution that works best for them.
FortisBC, and our sister company Fortis Alternative Energy Services, both submitted letters to the City of Vancouver November 15, 2016, requesting that they proceed with the permitting approval, deleting the clauses that would require mandatory hook-up to a City of Vancouver-designated neighbourhood energy system.
Read the letter.