CityHallWatch: Tools to engage in Vancouver city decisions
Image concept 161 East Keith Rd, North Vancouver, Michael Katz Architecture
As we have reported, the B.C. Supreme Court on January 27 overturned a major rezoning and development permit in Vancouver and ordered a new Public Hearing (for example, see Sloppy city hall led to Yaletown ruling, Allen Garr, Vancouver Courier, 5-Feb-2015). The ruling points to unacceptable practices by the City of Vancouver in the Public Hearing and processes related to that rezoning.
Now North Van City Voices, a civic watchdog in that city, has noticed similarities between what was done wrong in Vancouver, and asks out loud about the implications for a rezoning for a 16-storey tower approved on January 19. This makes us wonder if the problems are not just individual cases, but systemic across the industry and municipal governments in the whole region. And if so, how long has this been going on? More public…
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