Friday, January 30, 2009

Typical planning in Maple Ridge

Speechless. One has to wonder what was going through the mind of the planning technicians when they approved this project. No need to speculate however on what was going through the minds of of council members who approved this abomination.

The building has an admirable use in the community and one cannot condemn this building, but it is distressing to see how local government - in this case the District of Maple Ridge - hides behind social needs when justifying abysmal planning. Clearly the district's own policies were ignored in allowing this structure.

Laughable is the only way one can describe the faux windows imprinted in this wall of shame. The tiny building in front also belongs to the district so no argument from them. The small building stands in Callaghan Park. Park? Yes park. I suppose one could always demolish the little building and use the wall for tennis practice.

Doubtless we can look forward to more of this sort of thing in our already forlorn neighbourhood, Haney. We may as well make Jack Atwal chairman of our Design Panel. After all look what he has done for Northumberland Court.

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