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508 Helmcken, artist's rendering 508 Helmcken, artist’s rendering. Court quashed CD-1 rezoning.

Today, Yaletown residents won a landmark court victory against the City of Vancouver. The court overturned a CD-1 rezoning, a Development Permit Board decision, and a change in the Downtown District Development plan. (Updated with media links at bottom.)

Let’s ask the question now: Is this an isolated case, or does it point to something systemic at Vancouver City Hall?

The judgement handed down by BC Supreme Court Justice McEwan ruled in favour of the Community Association of New Yaletown (CANY), on all counts. Local residents had taken the City of Vancouver to court over a secret land swap deal and a rezoning for a high density tower on the east side of Emery Barnes Park. The case was heard over four days, between August 25th and 28th, 2014. A detailed, 49-page ruling was released on January 27, 2015.

The court…

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