City of North Vancouver 2041?
Posted July 21:
Q and A to Planning re OCP draft – reposted from March 2014
Posted July 18:
Agenda for Council meeting July 21:
Reports, Delegation from Quest Food Exchange; Consideration, referral, Bylaw and 1st reading of 2014 Official Community Plan; rezoning 313-315 West Keith; Coach House application 502 E 9th; DVP 131 E 3rd; DVP 432 E 17th; DVP 419 W 27th – last meeting until September
Posted July 7:
New post with details of changes to draft OCP passed by Council July 7
Information on declared candidate Dorothy Bell posted under ‘Election’
Posted June 23:
Upcoming Election information is now posted on the City website, information for candidates is here:
Election Reminder November 15
Voices encourages debate on the important issues facing the city, and we want to help residents stay informed. All declared candidates for the CNV elections in November are welcome to submit links to their information materials. (posted under Election tab)
Posted June 19:
Large turnout for Public Meeting June 18 re the OCP Draft; over 80 speakers, almost 5 hours. Majority of speakers concerned with densification of the East 3rd St area.
Note that there are 3 versions of the land use map, the most current revised May 2014 is here:
Video of meeting available here:
Comment from Voices:
At the end of last night’s OCP Public Meeting, it was a bit disconcerting to hear the remarks by Councillor Keating and the Mayor during the council wrap-up.
Regarding the proposed density increases for the East 3rd area – which drew significant opposition from residents immediately to the north – Councillor Keating stated that he was originally not in favour of reviewing the OCP. He also noted that 95% of the speakers came from the area that accounted for 7 or 8% or the land mass and implied the remainder of the City must be satisfied. (We note that a great number of people chose not to stay to speak).
Mayor Mussatto stated: regarding the East 3rd area, we don’t have to have it finalized with the OCP. As Councillor Keating pointed out, there’s no rush, we could have it as a special study area . But in regard to the situation on East 1st (where a residents’ group is lobbying for a big increase in allowable density), he added there is an argument to look at the proposal sooner rather than later and there are good reasons to look at higher density there.
Given these comments, and Councillor Keating’s past record of supporting ad hoc amendments to city zoning instead of a long-term plan that gives residents some certainty, we wonder if we’re about to see an attempt to do an end run around the OCP planning process. We certainly hope not.
Council expenses now posted for 1st 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 Councillors not funded by developers and unions..