NEWS

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Posted July 21:

Q and A to Planning re OCP draft – reposted from March 2014

http://nvcityvoices.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/cityshaping-q-and-a-to-planning-re-ocp-draft/

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:

http://www.cnv.org/~/media/644EBD44B281458C9CFE94AE6E571F2C.pdf

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)

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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:

http://www2.cnv.org/CityShaping/papers/Supplemental%20Information%20Report.pdf/

Video of meeting available here:

http://www.cnv.org/Your-Government/Council-Meetings/Council-Videos/2014-Council-Videos/June-18-2014

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.

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Council expenses now posted for 1st quarter 2014:

http://www.cnv.org/~/media/6410B0B9A3D149469F83726A3FE24B7F.pdf

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Latest news:    

We were recently asked by a City resident the following (referring to the draft OCP) and concerns about height, density, the current amount of condo product on the market not selling, decreasing home values based on the volume available.
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?
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This was our reply:
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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.
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COMING UP;

 

9 Responses to “NEWS”

  1. Ed July 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    In an article in the North Shore News Friday July 11th/14. “City staff recommend densification along transit routes.” An extra sea bus, replacing Keith Road Bridge and extra busses along developer roads will NOT solve the upcoming traffic nightmare on our two bridges!!! Who are these brilliant staff member/s. There is no question that North Vancouver needs new municipal leaders. Steady green lights are just not an option
    for developers on this side of the inlet ANY MORE. The folks in North Van need new
    municipal leadership with common sense. The present population explosion is already causing problems. Developers only care about their bottom line – $$$. Beware the rhetoric
    and psychology upcoming about how to cure our traffic problems.

  2. Ed June 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    How can a third Sea Bus carry all of the extra vehicles trying to get across the inlet. Too much development causes too many vehicles for our two crossings. One of our genius municipal leaders thinks that another people carrying ferry is going to solve the problem
    or so it seems. Wait and watch for more rhetoric soon to come in the North Shore News!

    I also wonder who it was that thought it was their God given right to give the GREEN LIGHT
    to the high rise in Lynn Valley. It sure as H— wasn’t the people in Lynn Valley or even in the district. I hope the present municipal leaders kept there day jobs.
    Looking forward to election day!

  3. Ed April 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    NEW CANDIDATES for Mayor and council of the City and district of North Vancouver, GET OUT THERE AND RUN FOR OFFICE. You can be elected as long as you vow to control development. Use your computer and the media. The present leaders are already responsible for too much traffic over our two bridges. Commuting is a real issue and no amount of rhetoric is going to solve the problem.
    Development = overpopulation = vehicles = gridlock!!!

  4. Bill Bell April 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    You really have to wonder how the North Shore News can even complain about voter turnout when they come up with policies that takes away from creating excitement around an election…this is how they will cover the three elections on the North Shore

    “Hi Bill, thanks for your note. I believe you were a councillor when I started at the News and first covered council (1992). Welcome back home.

    Our plan is to give each mayoral candidate a news brief (150-200 words) and a head shot when they throw their hat into the ring. Council candidates will have their opportunity to present their platforms when we run the grids closer to election time. With the three councils, there’s simply not space for a separate profile of each candidate.

    grid example here
    http://www.nsnews.com/west-vancouver-sea-to-sky-candidate-q-a-1.366548

    We hope to run a series of feature stories of hot-button election issues (amalgamation, densification etc); candidates may be interviewed as sources for these stories.

    Best,
    Layne

    LAYNE CHRISTENSEN
    EDITOR | NORTH SHORE NEWS”

    • northvancityvoices April 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

      Well, coming to the defense of the News – they usually do a good job of coverage as well as hosting a mayoral debate, and editorial board q and a if memory serves. With three elections there are usually in excess of 80 candidates to cover, plus school board candidates.

      • Bill Bell April 24, 2014 at 7:02 am #

        My problem with the set policy, is that it takes away “news” factors for individual candidates. Thus there is no spontaneity to the news cycle and subsequent electoral excitement for the possibility of change. The other obvious problem with this kind of policy is that it favors the incumbents as they will continue to be in the news cycle while newcomers our relegated to the “cattle” page of candidate profiles.

  5. Ed April 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    We’ve seen the HOT election news about candidates for mayor and council. Anyone who wishes to run can be nominated. Those who ARE in the race should keep in mind that controlling development is the issue. High rises in Lynn Valley is so ridiculous it’s just unbelievable. The traffic on our two bridges at rush hour is bad enough now. The only way to control over development is to elect officials who will believe in common sense.
    Residents of North Vancouver please get out and vote for common sense at election time. Our city and district are being absolutely run over by developers!

  6. Ed April 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    To the candidates for Mayor and Council of North Vancouver, please state your Policy on over population caused by too many high rises. If you want to be elected, make sure you have this policy on your printed material. Rapid density on the North Shore is out of control. When developers get away with manipulating municipalities it’s time for a change. The citizens of the north shore have to get out and vote for those candidates who will strongly control the extreme rapid density taking place even as I type this note.
    This is not a reply, it’s a statement !

  7. Ed March 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    It is a well known fact that certain individuals are claiming that West Vancouver does not wish to be involved with amalgamation. They never did and would also never even consider doing so. So this just means that we have con artists who are calling the citizens on the north shore fools. We need the North Van. city and district to amalgamate and without all the rhetoric being shoved down our throats.

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