The End is Near!

Just to let you know, the IGA has been given the date of July 31/10 to vacate the lot. Also, I had an email exchange with the City re the conditions of the DPB approval given June 1/09.

Per my email to Scott Barker at the City:

Mr. Barker:

Per Appendix B of the DPB Minutes for Monday, June 1, 2009:

"B.1.2 It should be noted that if conditions 1.0 and 2.0 have not been complied with on or before December 1, 2009, this Development Application shall be deemed to be refused, unless the date for compliance is first extended by the Director of Planning."

Please let me know when and by whom the extension was granted, or if the Application Approval is deemed to be refused.

The response I got from Mr. Barker (which infuriates me to no end!) was:

This condition has consistently been interpreted and applied to be the date by which the applicant provides a written response to the conditions of approval. The intent is to allow the Director of Planning to refuse an application where no reasonable progress is being made to satisfy the conditions. In this case, the applicant team has been working towards satisfying the conditions for the last several months, and the Director of Planning has no intention of refusing this application on the basis that a permit was not issued by the stated date.

Scott Barker

In other words, it matters not that the developer has not met any or all of the approval conditions.

When everyone is against you, it means that you are absolutely wrong-- or absolutely right. (Albert Guinon)

There are people who, instead of listening to what is being said to them, are already listening to what they are going to say themselves. (Albert Guinon)

Here is the contact information for the people to voice your opinions to:

Public input should be sent to:
Scott Barker, Project Facilitator
Community Services Group, Development Services
City of Vancouver, 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

Scott Barker’s phone number is 604-873-7166 and his fax number is 604-873-7060.  His email is

You may also wish to contact the Mayor and Council of the City of Vancouver at