HIV North found out this morning that it has successfully appealed the city’s denial of its development permit. The society moved into a new office space on 102nd Street next to the Salvation Army in early September, but after complaints from neighbours, it was told it would have to apply for discretionary use as a community outreach facility.
“We’d never had to apply for a development permit before, so we were kind of shocked that we needed one; it was all new and when we got turned down at the community growth committee, it was pretty scary and put the organization and our team under quite a bit of stress, so we’re very thrilled.”
Belcourt says they’re looking forward to working with the Swanavon Community Association Board, adding that their door is always open to anyone with concerns.
“We know what we’re doing and we’re good at what we do. We want to work with the community to make sure that we can work together to face some of the obvious social issues that are very evident in the Swanavon community, as they are in many of the downtown districts.
For now, the appeal board’s decision is unofficial, but the official decision in writing is expected in the next two weeks. Belcourt says they’ve appreciated the support given to them by people in the region and across the province over the past couple of months.