Pink protest: B.C. developer uses paint to decry 'out of control' bureaucracy

From CTV - October 13, 2017

A frustrated developer in Fort Langley, B.C. is using pink paint -- and a flamboyance of plastic flamingos -- to protest bureaucratic hurdles facing a proposed development in the historic town.

Were not trying to play games or be silly, developer Eric Woodward told CTV Vancouver on Thursday. We are trying to highlight that at the moment, the bureaucracy of the Township of Langley is really a bit out of control.

Last week, Woodward had a white, boarded-up home that he had purchased 12 years ago transformed into a pink-painted, flamingo-bedecked eyesore. Woodward wants to turn the property into a three-storey mixed-use development that would include retail space, residences and a boutique hotel. But according to Woodward, after applying for the necessary permits, the local government decided to charge him thousands of dollars for permits and tree protection. Woodward says that the town is also refusing to let him demolish the aging house, which dates from the 1930s, as well as other unused buildings on the lot.

I dont understand why we face these roadblocks, he said.


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