Naheed Nenshi on PlanIt

Gutted Plan It Mortgages City’s Future

By Naheed Nenshi, for the Calgary HeraldOctober 7, 2009

“I don’t know why you’re so mad,” said the alderman, speaking to some grass-roots citizens. “If it weren’t for groups like yours, we would not have been able to pass Plan It at all.” Despite the last-minute backroom deal, despite shutting out all Calgarians who are not also campaign donors, despite council reverting to its old-school crony ways, we should be happy with the crumbs we got.

I don’t particularly feel like celebrating. In approving a gutted planning document, council mortgaged the future of Calgarians and ensured that our infrastructure costs will increase by at least $2 billion over time.

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