The City can't "overplay its hand" when he never filed any applications. If he wants to build the Eclipse project with 1.8 spaces per unit, he'll submit applications and make his case to the city why he needs that parking variance. The plans are already drawn up, and he went to Committee of the Whole once or twice. Even if he were to be denied, the application fees aren't going to bankrupt anyone, let alone Mr. Stanton. On top of that, I really doubt the City would deny that variance. Staff would have to recommend against it, it would be contentious at the Planning Commission, and spur some difficult conversations and policy questions, but at the end of the day the City Council does not turn him down over a request to build his residents more parking. If the Eclipse project is truly financially feasible for Mr. Stanton, he'll submit the applications. Until then it's all talk.