Just recently had a client going to city hall development & permits to get a building permit to ” replace his back deck ” . He was just replacing his deck , same size, support post etc . The only change he wanted to make was the location of the stairs . Well after 3 hours of talking to the person behind the desk , he did not know whether he was going to be able to do so , until he got a visit the very next day from a ” Safety Codes Officer” who was a lot more pragmatic then the person he dealt with the previous day , and gave him the OK ..
So if we look at the developers / builders who have to deal with this bureaucracy on a daily bases to construct any hi-rise building in the city …. now we know why the signs are up on many a vacant lot saying “coming soon” and 2 years later you see something happening ..
I know we need checks and balances for the growth we are seeing in Calgary but .. can we make the process a bit more “user friendly “.