Public hearing re Alexandra Court blocked

A development on the north side of the proposed Walmart mall that would further block the viewscapes from the Garden City Lands is Polygon’s Alexandra Court. In several ways, the City of Richmond helped Polygon to have larger buildings than were previously allowed and to get alterations to the Walmart mall plans that are greatly to the benefit of Alexandra Court and Polygon. The final step was a further height concession to Polygon as part of the development permit application.

According to the City of Richmond’s Development Permit Guide, council has the ability—at the late stage when the permit comes to council—to refer the permit to a public hearing. Here is a relevant excerpt:

Excerpt from Richmond Development Permit Guide

The development permit application for Alexandra Court came to council at the end of the regular bi-monthly meeting of October 28, 2013. At the council meeting, Coun. Chak Au asked Mayor Malcolm Brodie if there was any opportunity for public input and received a dismissive response.

Richmond Councillor Chak Au, left, with Michael Wolfe and Carol Day, posing with an international award they had a part in bringing to Richmond — from IESCO, a UN affiliate.

Richmond Councillor Chak Au, left, with Michael Wolfe and Carol Day, with an international award they helped bring to Richmond — from IESCO, a UN affiliate.

Afterward I asked Coun. Au for details, and he told me that he had spoken to Mayor Brodie before the meeting to indicate his intentions, which were to request that the permit go to a public hearing  (presumably via a motion), and the mayor had turned it down at that time. It was a good thing he brought it up again at the actual council meeting, because we are all now aware that the stated  “Refer to a public hearing” option was  blocked.

Naturally, I have no way to know if the City of Richmond’s Development Permit Guide is in error. It’s simply clear that the mayor blocked any possibility of the public hearing that is a stated option.

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  1. I think the title of the post could have well been: Year of the Horse gallops forward from loss to loss for City of Richmond.


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