Elizabeth Murphy

B.C. property surtax undermines municipal tax base

The B.C. provincial government’s proposed property tax surcharge encroaches onto the municipal tax base. The B.C. take of 40% will increase to 70% and more as it escalates on higher-value...

City of Vancouver needs treatment for its overbuilding addiction

The City of Vancouver has finally admitted that it has an addiction problem. The addiction is increasing density through rezoning that has been inflating land values. Along with large speculative...

Saving character houses needs incentives and zoning

The City of Vancouver is undertaking a character-house zoning review to consider saving character houses through incentives such as increased size, number of units, and infill. This retains character...

Victoria’s civic tax grab a threat to local land-use authority

The province is about to impinge on the civic tax base, land-use authority and democracy by using development fees to fund transit and by making increased density zoning a requirement of transit...