I should say here that Friends of the Farm is very appreciative of the Ubyssey’s coverage of this process. It’s unfortunate and upsetting that the Campus Plan process has come this far – we’re currently in stage 4 of 6, for those of you following along at home – and still so poorly reflects the consultations that have been held over the past two years. The 3 Options (or “concepts,” as C&CP is now calling them) in no way reflect the overwhelming support for the UBC Farm that has been received during various stages of feedback.
The other tragedy here is that no one is discussing other important issues such as student housing, transit integration, and accessibility – all because of the refusal of C&CP to address the community’s concern about the Farm, which it has ignored for years. Supporters of the farm are just as invested in the other mechanisms being discussed in this plan as everyone else, but the Farm case is proof that the process led by C&CP is not a legitimate attempt to collaborate with the community. If it were, at least one of those 3 Options would include a full-sized UBC Farm (that’s 24 hectares, not 8, Mr. Stott), where it sits today. The fact that no such option exists is shameful, and is a reason to worry for anyone who hopes to have their cause addressed by one of these lip-service consultations.
** If you haven’t yet attended, check out the last consultation session this Thursday from 12pm-3pm in the GSS Ballroom, Thea Koerner Building.
** The 3 Options and vague descriptions can be found in this document, released last Wednesday by C&CP.