Residents Association of Mount Pleasant sues Vancouver over blocked views
This view at Main Street and 6th Avenue. (JASON LANG/24 HOURS)
Concerns over views have prompted a community association to file a lawsuit against the City of Vancouver.
The Residents Association of Mount Pleasant filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday alleging changes to so-called view cones will allow tall buildings to block “important mountain views” in the future.
A view cone is a protected view from a particular spot reserved so you can see mountains across the city.
Rand Chatterjee of the group said two such cones, at Main Street and 6th Avenue, and Granville at Broadway, are in danger according to plans for development.
Chatterjee said the decision to take legal action came because the city wouldn’t give them an answer about when the view cones were changed.
“We couldn’t get them to respond, we couldn’t get council to respond, we asked council many times,” he said. “We finally said the only way we can do this is to force them — even FOIs didn’t work.”
He said now the city has three weeks to respond to the lawsuit.
The action is the latest legal wrangling between the Vision Vancouver-dominated council and the park board, and resident associations.
Recently a bike path slated to go through a park in Kitsilano was scrapped after outcry and a legal challenge.
The city is also in court against six community centre associations with the control of the centres hanging in the balance.
The city has not issued a comment regarding the suit.