Susan Scallon of the city's Watershed Protection and Development Review Dept. says the HPBC is reviewing the site plans in response to staff and public comments; although the extensions formally run until mid- to late September, she expects the church will respond in the next couple of weeks. Richard Suttle, an attorney representing the HPBC, confirms that. "We're pretty much down to the final comments," he said, "and some of them are pretty technical in nature. ... We're in the process of addressing them."
HPNA had considered appealing the extensions, but concluded that they are fairly standard in such cases and that an appeal might only create further delay. Co-president Gary Penn said he expects additional delays and postponements before final city decisions can be made on the tracts. The HPNA considers the current plans for the properties as incomplete "placeholders" -- that is, filed by the HPBC just prior to approval of the NCCD in order to claim "base zoning" rules for the tracts. Penn said the church -- "or rather, HPBC Inc." -- "specializes in fait accompli, which is French for 'We done it to you.'" He said the association is waiting for the church's revised plans before deciding how to respond.