Vision Vancouver nomination contender Ian Campbell linked to two massive property plays

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      Two of the biggest real-estate developments coming in Vancouver have one thing in common.

      They both involve Ian Campbell, hereditary chief and elected councillor of the Squamish Nation who also wants to become the next mayor of Vancouver.

      Campbell’s Squamish Nation is co-owner of the Heather and Jericho Lands, which are slated for future developments.

      Campbell is seeking the nomination of the ruling Vision Vancouver party to run as its mayoral candidate in the October 20, 2018 municipal election.

      Campbell’s name was mentioned twice in a report included in the agenda of council on Tuesday (May 15).

      The report pertains to a proposed policy statement for the 8.5-hectare Heather Lands, which used to be the home of the RCMP headquarters in B.C.

      Previously known as the RCMP Fairmont Lands, the property is located north of 37th Avenue, south of 33rd Avenue, and by the lanes behind Willow and Ash streets.

      The Heather Lands is now owned by the federal Canada Lands Company, and the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation, which are represented by the MST Development Corporation.

      The draft statement for the Heather Lands proposes a mainly residential development, which include towers ranging in heights from 12 storeys to 24 storeys.

      Illustration of future building heights at Heather Lands, former home of the RCMP headquarters in B.C.

      The Heather Lands draft statement paid thanks to “MST Nations: Chief Ian Campbell, Chief Wayne Sparrow and Matthew Thomas”

      Another portion of the report package submitted to council referred to a youth engagement event held on January 30, 2017, in which Campbell was one of those who made introductory remarks.

      Meanwhile, residential development is also expected to be a major feature of Jericho Lands in the future.

      The 36-hectare Jericho Lands is expected to be redeveloped into a residential neighbourhood.

      Campbell’s Squamish Nation is co-owner with the Musqueam Indian Band and Tsleil-Waututh Nation of the 36-hectare property overlooking Jericho Beach Park.

      When the three First Nations acquired a portion of the land from the province in 2016, Campbell was among those quoted in a news release regarding the purchase.

      The transaction followed the acquisition in 2014 of the eastern piece of the land known as the Jericho Garrison from the Department of National Defence.