Staff propose a ‘Policy to Ignore Policy,’ giving staff more power and discretion in massaging early development enquiries. Council decision July 7

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An innocuously-titled paper, “Policy Enquiry Process: Approach and Criteria,” goes to Vancouver City Council committee meeting on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

However, its implications are huge. People who have closely observed how planning staff already work so closely with developers will find this effort by staff to claim more power is of big concern.

Our first hope would be for staff to withdraw the report at this time. Second best would be for Council not to approve the recommendations

Once you read the 19-page document (PDF link here) authored by Theresa O’Donnell, Vancouver’s new chief planner since April, you may agree it is a “Policy to Ignore Policy” as described by the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (see CVN letter here): 

It suggests allowing spot rezoning proposals to go forward for consideration even if they do not conform to any policy that would allow it. This would…

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