(Updated with links to media coverage) On May 6, 2014, the Community Association of New Yaletown (www.newyaletown.ca) filed a legal petition at BC Supreme Court. This brings the number of lawsuits we are tracking, involving the City, to ten (though there may be more).
The petition’s aim is to prevent the development of what could become the densest residential building in Vancouver, on the downtown city block containing Emery Barnes Park. The case alleges that in approving development of the 36-storey tower at 508 Helmcken St. and a related building across the street at 1099 Richards St., the City
- withheld information from the public about the planned development, preventing informed community participation;
- provided false and misleading information to the Development Permit Board in order to gain approval for a development permit;
- hid bylaw changes concerning New Yaletown within amendments to the West End Community Plan–amendments for a completely different neighbourhood; and
- grossly violated the bylaws of the Downtown Official Development Plan, which ensures residential livability by limiting building size and density.
Click here for direct link (website contains media release, backgrounder, organizational info, and even the text of the petition, etc.): http://www.newyaletown.ca/2014/05/community-association-files-legal-petition-save-emery-barnes-park/
- Yaletowners want development quashed (Bob Mackin, Vancouver Courier, 8-May-2014)
- New Yaletown group sues City of Vancouver over land swap with developer (Carlito Pablo, Georgia Straight, 8-May-2014)
Summary of [legal] claims: Click here.
Mission: The Community Association of New Yaletown is a non-profit, community-based organization that represents the interests of residents, businesses, and property owners in the downtown Vancouver neighbourhood of New Yaletown. Our aim is to enhance the quality of life, the character and the livability of our neighbourhood, and to build connections within our community. We accomplish this through community engagement and by working to ensure that changes to our neighbourhood are aligned with our community’s interests.