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Too much housing, not enough transportation: survey

By Hayley Woodin for Business in Vancouver

In focusing on housing, Greater Vancouver residents and businesses believe municipal governments have missed the mark on transportation issues, and local politicians know it.

Mustel Group and FleishmanHillard HighRoad, in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT), published Wednesday a guidebook for municipal leadership hopefuls based on survey feedback from the region’s general public, business community and political leadership.

According to the survey, 68% of Greater Vancouver residents say their municipality has permitted too much housing, and that they are concerned transit infrastructure and roads cannot support the region’s growing population. Fifty-two per cent of business respondents agreed.

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The results highlight a disconnect between the concerns of the region and how they have been handled by elected officials.

Forty-seven per cent of politicians believe municipalities have successfully struck a balance between adding new housing and managing subsequent transportation needs.

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