City of North Vancouver 2041?
Posted September 19:
Council Meeting: No Council meeting Monday Sept 22
Public Hearing: Public Hearing for OCP scheduled for September 29; details under “CityShaping”
The top category lately for views on this website has been “Election”. Nomination period is from September 30 – October 10.
We are planning to run a list of candidates with a brief introduction of each, their website, and an answer to the question: ‘Will you accept donations from developers and/or unions?” We’ll publish the answers we receive under no, yes or no response. Which should make it clear whether new candidates will follow the motion passed by Council in November 2013:
QUESTION: WILL YOU ACCEPT DONATIONS FROM DEVELOPERS AND/OR UNIONS?
NO YES NO RESPONSE
KERRY MORRIS X
BILL BELL X
DOROTHY BELL X
MATT CLARK X
IANI MAKRIS X
TONY VALENTE X
New candidates are welcome to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org), please answer our question in your communication with us. We encourage debate on important issues in the City and strive to help residents stay informed. Candidates are welcome to submit links to their election materials. We offer you up to 4 sentences which we’ll post together with the link to your election materials.
KERRY MORRIS: http://kerrymorris.ca/
HOLLY BACK; http://www.hollyback.ca/
BILL BELL: www.electbell.com/;
DOROTHY BELL: http://www.electbell.com/
MATT CLARK; http://www.votemattclark.com/
IANI MAKRIS: http://voteforiani.com/
TONY VALENTE; www.tonyvalente.ca
Through my involvement in the North Van Urban Forum and multiple municipal committees, I have worked – and continue to work – to advance the cause of citizen engagement. We all have a voice which deserves to be heard and respected. Now more than ever, our City requires representatives who respect, listen to, and act on the concerns of our community. As a Councillor I can offer the City years of project and risk management experience that is sorely needed for Council to make cost-effective and planned decisions on significant new investments to renew our infrastructure now and in the future.
We are also running a series of articles written for the 2008 election by Andrea Lebowitz, a much missed community member, under “Election”.
Note to new candidates: You may be interested in responding to this post: http://nvcityvoices.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/so-you-want-to-run-for-council/
Posted August 30:
We enquired about the status of road construction generally in Lower Lonsdale and received this response from Alex:
Thanks for your comment about the Lonsdale Median Project. We have included this project on web page you suggested be updated.
By way of short explanation, the project is scheduled to be completed next month with the contractor currently foreseeing a September 30th substantial completion date (that is, the time when the bulk of the work is to be completed). While the process may appear to be a ‘mess’, it is progressing on schedule, on budget and according to their submitted Traffic Management Plan with both directions of traffic being maintained during the course of construction. We recognize the impact this has on local businesses, residents and the traveling public. To that end, we have been working with Coast Mtn. Bus Company to relocate bus stops, inform them of changes and work on finding alternative routes. We have been in touch with local businesses and residents through signage, web updates, personal meetings and two Information Notices sent by mail. We hope that by doing this work now, we can get it done quickly while the relatively low traffic volumes of late Summer and good weather allow us to work as quickly as possible to complete the bus bulge installations, median reconstruction and repaving.
Thank you for this opportunity to update you on this project. If you or anyone at NV City Voices would like to speak or meet with me, please do not hesitate to call- I’m available to do so!
Alexander F. Kurnicki, MBCSLA
Streetscape Planner, Engineering, Parks and Environment
t: 604.983.7394 | c: 778.227.0669 | e: email@example.com
Council expenses now posted for 2nd quarter 2014:
How is your group going to deal with this issue? Can you have any influence on the decision? What do you need in order for it to be voted down?.This was our reply:.On how our group will deal with these issues – we’ll do what we have on previous similar proposals – show up at all the open houses and public hearings and provide detailed rebuttals. We’ll support the things that we think are good for the community and oppose the things that are not. If we feel height or floor space bonuses are being given to developers too cheaply, we’ll point that out and demand a better deal for the city. We’ll remind council about the overriding issues we have addressed consistently till now – traffic, community services falling behind, overpopulation, the glut of high-rise condos, etc.
On influencing the decision – we have had some success here and there, getting the city to slow down some of the development growth. We support candidates not funded by developers and unions..