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‘A most disturbing public hearing’ on building expansion
The July 30 public hearing at city hall centred on Vince Cavaliere’s plan to expand his River City Realty building by 50 per cent and crowd five parking spaces next to the alley.
River City Realty is located at 703 St. Paul St. in a converted home in a downtown residential neighbourhood.
Only councillors Donovan Cavers and Tina Lange opposed the expansion.
It was a most disturbing public hearing.
Despite a request to allow more time, the hearing was held on July 30, when many residents are away on holidays.
This allowed residents six days to prepare.
Seven replies objecting to the expansion request were put together on very short notice and council totally ignored them.
Verbal presentations to preserve the integrity and safety of the neighbourhood fell on deaf ears.
Not so Cavaliere’s self-centred plans to increase his profit at the expanse of the neighbourhood.
Those were warmly welcomed by most of council. Cavaliere said his good-neighbourhood vision was to “control the neighbourhood.”
Randy Lambright, the city’s planning and development manager, made the bewildering comment that Kamloops had a policy to allow Cavaliere’s proposed illegal parking configuration at 703 St. Paul St.
Yet it is in total contravention of the off–street parking bylaw.
Where is that policy written?
At what meeting did council empower staff to develop and implement policies that override city legislation/bylaws?