In his latest response to the FCRA,Peter Judd now acknowledges that there is no permit between Concord Pacific and the City of Vancouver. Here is his response:
“Ms Jeffries, thank you for the opportunity to clarify. Yes you are correct. The City considers the proposed activity an acceptable use of this site and it is not precluded by the Development Permit issued by the City to Concord for an extension to the current use. The City has issued a film permit for this production per John Greers letter, but there are no other permits in existence relating to this site as we generally do not require Development or Building Permits for film sets.”
His response raises a number of serious issues, now formally conveyed to the City:
“Thank you for your email Mr. Judd in which you acknowledge that there is no “current permit between the City and Concord Pacific”.
However, your response raises a number of serious ancillary questions:
1. You say, “The City considers…” What does this mean? Is this a staff decision? Is this a Council decision? What is the process by which “the City” made this decision? What is the authority by which this decision is made? The City web site notes that new or significant events require Council decision. Is this new use requiring closure of the seawall considered “significant”?
2. What are the criteria by which this is judged to by “an acceptable use”? As you know, the land is zoned for exclusive park and recreation use. Was this zoning taken into account?
3. Is a “film permit” the same as a “Special Events” permit? Mr. Greer’s letter specifies “Special Events”, yet I can find no definition on the City’s web site. Please provide a definition of a “Special Event” . Is a “film set” a “special event” ? Mr. Greer’s letter does not allow any commercial usage, but is restrictive to “special events”. How did “the City” determine that this film permit was issued “per John Greers (sic.) letter?
4. Although this event is on private property, it has significant public impact. Why was no consultation with neighbours undertaken? Again, this appears to be a requirement according to the City’s web site.
Thank you for your attention to this important community issue.”
As usual, we’ll keep web site readers posted. Comments and suggestions welcome!