Brian Jackson Replies
To see the correspondence that is replied to below, see the previous posting titled Going Through the Motions. (The Rezoning Applications web site now [12:30 am March 28] shows a rescheduling to 15 April 2015, but the file for 2312-2328 Galt Street still shows the old date.)
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from: Jackson, Brian (PDS) to: "Joseph Jones" cc: "Robertson, Gregor" , "Reimer, Andrea" , "Deal, Heather" , "Ballem, Penny" , "Munro, Kent" , "Naylor, Michael" , "Zeng, Yan" date: Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM subject: RE: Open letter to Brian Jackson on Notice of Rezoning Application and Community Open House for 2312-2328 Galt Street mailed-by: vancouver.ca
Dear Mr. Jones,
Thank you for your letter concerning the date for the Open House for a rezoning application for 2312-2328 Galt Street. We have taken immediate action as outlined herein.
You are absolutely correct that this date is not appropriate. It is not the City’s practice to schedule consultation events immediately around long weekends, statutory holidays or other significant cultural or religious observances. Staff normally schedule around these known dates; in this particular case, in the haste to secure one of few room bookings at the Renfrew Community Centre, there was an oversight in recognizing that the Friday following the available date was a statutory holiday.
Immediate steps have been taken this morning to reschedule the open house to a more suitable date. We know that the community prefers to have such events at the community centre but it may need to take place at a different venue because of limited availability at the Renfrew Community Centre in April. In any case, residents will be informed of the new event details.
Thank you for bringing this error to our attention and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience that this may have caused you. It would be most helpful if you could assist in getting the word out to the community about our error on this by posting this note to your website.
Brian J. Jackson, MCIP
General Manager, Planning and Development Services
CITY OF VANCOUVER | [p] 604 873 7034
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from: Joseph Jones to: "Jackson, Brian (PDS)" cc: "Robertson, Gregor" , "Reimer, Andrea" , "Deal, Heather" , "Ballem, Penny" , "Munro, Kent" , "Naylor, Michael" , "Zeng, Yan" date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 12:06 AM subject: RE: Open letter to Brian Jackson on Notice of Rezoning Application and Community Open House for 2312-2328 Galt Street mailed-by: vancouver.ca
Dear Brian Jackson –
Your prompt and helpful response is appreciated. I and others can now look forward to being able to attend a rescheduled and more convenient Open House for 2312-2328 Galt Street.
Since Norquay had experienced a previous problem with a meeting scheduled for Chinese New Year on 3 February 2011, it was not clear that the City of Vancouver had any established practice about scheduling. It is good to hear that such policy exists, and that these two unfortunate instances resulted from oversights.
As you request, I am posting your response to Eye on Norquay with appropriate cross-linking.