When the City of Vancouver fails to follow its own development application protocols, and then fails to acknowledge and correct its own shortcoming in a timely fashion, worries compound. It feels like your neighborhood has become an impervious machine to serve anything-goes developers. Here is a case of a double fail. We now await response to a follow-up communication to administration at City of Vancouver. UPDATE: Same-day response was added at 5:00 pm to Correspondence section below as email # 3.
On Friday 13 November 2015 the City of Vancouver posted two new Norquay RT-11 development applications to its Development Application Information Web Page:
4521 Nanaimo Street — DE419732
5391 Slocan Street — DE419733
Before a development application gets posted to the web site, the developer is supposed to provide the City of Vancouver with a photograph that confirms display of a development application sign on the site proposed for development. (This and other such information may provide grist for a future posting on How to Monitor.)
Here are the photos that Eye on Norquay took of the two sites on Wednesday 18 November 2015.
Zero development application signage on site …
4521 Nanaimo Street
5391 Slocan Street
Email # 1 —
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 10:22 AM To: Project Coordinator On Friday, November 13, two new development applications were posted on the CoV web site: DE419732 (4521 Nanaimo Street) and DE419733 (5391 Slocan Street). Both these applications are for duplex plus infill developments under RT-11 zoning. As can be seen in the photos above, there is no sign posted at either site. My understanding has been that the applicant is required to send CoV a photo of the posted site sign before the application goes up on the CoV web site. Has this practice changed? Please ask the applicant to post the site sign as soon as possible. The deadline for comment should be adjusted to a date two weeks after the sign is posted. It is important to give opportunity for comment to neighbourhood residents who do not live within the notification area. Jeanette Jones
Email # 2 —
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 8:17 AM To: Project Coordinator Cc: Supervisor, Processing Centre Development On Thursday, November 19 I sent the email below regarding the absence of site signs at the development sites for these two applications. I have not yet received a reply, and as of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23 no site signs have been posted. Could you please confirm by forwarding me a copy of the relevant photos that the site signs have been posted? The deadline for comments given in the notification letters is November 27, three days from now. This date should be changed to a date two weeks after the signs are posted. Thank you. Jeanette Jones
Email # 3 — City of Vancouver response
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 11:15 AM To: Jeanette Jones Thank you for bring this error to my attention. I am just in the process of preparing the sign information. Once we receive confirmation that the signs are up, we will adjust the notification deadline on the website. I will also let you know. Sorry for any inconvenience.