Peter Judd, General Manager of Engineering for the City of Vancouver alleges there is a land use permit between Concord and the City
Lot 9 of the BC Place Expo District is governed by a zoning bylaw which limits activity on the property to exclusive park and recreation uses. The City has granted a permit for Concord to operate its sales centre on part of this 9 acre site. And the rest of the property??
Concord nets millions in land rentals. The latest is a rental for the Game of Homes, a reality tv show on home renovation. We found this out only after many emails and phone calls. As is usual, there was no prior community consultation on the construction (much of it taking place on Labour Day) or the special event usage (as is required according to the City’s protocols).
In response to our queries, Mr. Judd, the General Manager of Engineering, writes that there is a land use permit between Concord and the City and that this usage is consistent with it. This will come as a great surprise to the city department that issues such permits. Of course, that department has yet to respond to our emails. John Greer, Asst Director who recently signed the documentation permitting another 3 years for the sales centre, has yet to respond.
What can we do? Here is an obvious case of the City not following its own bylaws. Suggestions welcome! For a complete copy of Mr.Judd’s communication, see: Judd’s email – Game of Homes