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Vi­sion Van­cou­ver’s likely can­di­date for mayor is as­so­ci­ated with at least $1 bil­lion worth of prop­er­ties primed for de­vel­op­ment.

When Ian Camp­bell de­clared his in­ten­tion on Mon­day (May 14) to seek Vi­sion’s nom­i­na­tion, he re­mained listed as a mem­ber of the board of the MST De­vel­op­ment Corporation.

MST is the cor­po­rate en­tity that man­ages prop­er­ties owned by a part­ner­ship of the Musqueam

In­dian Band, the Squamish Na­tion, and the Tsleil­wau­tuth Na­tion.

On its web­site, the com­pany enu­mer­ates six “prime de­vel­opable prop­er­ties through­out Metro Van­cou­ver” un­der its con­trol.

Four are in Van­cou­ver. These are the western por­tion of the Jeri­cho Lands, which the First Na­tions part­ner­ship fully owns; the east­ern side of the Jeri­cho Lands, which is co-owned by the fed­eral Canada Lands Com­pany; the Heather Lands (be­tween 33rd and 37th av­enues), which used to be home of the RCMP head­quar­ters in B.C. and are also co-owned by the Canada Lands Com­pany; and the lo­ca­tion of the for­mer ware­house of the B.C. Liquor Dis­tri­bu­tion Branch at 3200 East Broad­way, which is co-owned with the Aquilini In­vest­ment Group.

The three First Na­tions also share own­er­ship of the Ma­rine Drive Lands in West Van­cou­ver with the Canada Lands Com­pany.

In ad­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s web­site, the Musqueam and Tsleil-wau­tuth co-own the Willing­don Lands in Burn­aby with the Aquilini In­vest­ment Group.

“It is an­tic­i­pated that each of these prop­er­ties would be sub­ject to a mul­ti­year, multi-phase plan­ning process which will in­clude op­por­tu­ni­ties for pub­lic in­put,” MST says.

Based on MST’S own es­ti­mate, these six prop­er­ties, with a com­bined area of al­most 65 hectares, are worth more than $1 bil­lion.

Out­side of these hold­ings, the Squamish Na­tion—of which Camp­bell is a hered­i­tary chief and elected coun­cil­lor—also owns a 4.5-hectare prop­erty at the foot of the Bur­rard Bridge in Van­cou­ver. The Squamish have ex­pressed in­ter­est in de­vel­op­ing the site, which is ad­ja­cent to the Mol­son Coors brew­ery lo­ca­tion that was pur­chased two years ago by Con­cord Pa­cific for $185 mil­lion.

Vi­sion coun­cil­lor An­drea Reimer in­tro­duced Camp­bell at the event where he an­nounced his may­oral as­pi­ra­tions. Also there were Stepan Vdovine, for­mer Vi­sion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and now di­rec­tor of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment with prop­erty de­vel­oper Ama­con, and Mike Magee, a for­mer chief of staff to Gre­gor Robert­son.

The next day (May 15), an item in­cluded in city coun­cil’s agenda re­lated to a proposed pol­icy state­ment on the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the Heather Lands. Camp­bell’s name was men­tioned twice in the re­port pack­age sub­mit­ted to coun­cil re­gard­ing the 8.5-hectare prop­erty.

“The vi­sion for the Heather Lands is to cre­ate a sus­tain­able new neigh­bour­hood that will be a place to wel­come and con­nect all peo­ple and cul­tures, and to share the tra­di­tions, cul­tures and val­ues of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-wau­tuth Na­tions,” the staff re­port states.

The re­port notes that the Heather Lands will be­come a “pri­mar­ily res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood”. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the site is “large enough to sen­si­tively ac­com­mo­date taller build­ings” up to 24 storeys.

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