“Vancouver development process unfair, Illegal”: CANY on Supreme Court ruling

Residents in the City of North Van have questioned many of the policies regarding public hearings and transparency (back room dealings, developer funding) for years – this ruling is very welcome to us.

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Artist rendering of proposed tower at Emery Barnes Park. The rezoning was ruled illegal. Artist rendering of proposed tower at Emery Barnes Park. The rezoning was ruled illegal.

This court decision could be a game changer in Vancouver and British Columbia.

Further to our story yesterday (Yaletown residents win case against City of Vancouver about secret land swap 508 Helmcken: BC Supreme Court), the Community Association of New Yaletown has published an article with commentary, links, questions and answer. It is recommended reading:

Supreme Court: Vancouver Development Process Unfair, Illegal: Court Quashes Rezoning & Land Swap in New Yaletown
http://www.newyaletown.ca/2015/01/supreme-court-vancouver-development-process-unfair/

A couple excerpts we wish to highlight regarding citywide implications for all citizens:

  • In a decision that may have impact far beyond New Yaletown, Justice MacEwan also ruled that contrary to common practice in Vancouver, a property may not be rezoned to conflict with the City’s own Official Development Plan (ODP) for the area.
  • …It is CANY’s hope that this ruling will change the…

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