NEW: Posted Oct 3:
Council Meeting Agenda for Monday Oct 5th at 6.00pm
Delegations (2): Taekwondo introduction and New Museum at the Shipyards update; OCP amendment bylaws (2) and Zoning Amendment bylaws (5); Permissive Tax Exemptions; Reports: Urban Bike Lift, Active Design Guidelines, Updated Sustainable Development Guidelines link: http://www.cnv.org/CouncilAgenda
Posted Sep 30:
Minutes of Public Hearings held on Sep 28, no votes taken during the meeting for 2nd and 3rd readings – to be held at meeting on Oct 5? There was little evidence of public engagement at this Council meeting – is Council concerned?
- 2015 09 28 Public Hearing Minutes for Bylaw 8438 re 231 West 18th Street
- 2015 09 28 Public Hearing Minutes for Bylaw 8435 re 212-214 West 5th Street
- 2015 09 28 Public Hearing Minutes for Bylaws 8428 and 8429 re 450 East 5th Street
- 2015 09 28 Public Hearing Minutes for Bylaw 8434 re 1337 Jones Avenue
POSTED JUL 31: Wow! There must be an election coming. North Van has reaped funding for the following: Presentation House Gallery ($2.5M), Mahon Park ATF ($500K), NV Chamber of Commerce ($420K), Flooding Mitigation ($841K), MacKay Creek ($21K), St Agnes Church ($25K), Legion 118 ($25K) – all announced over the past 4 days. Update: YES! Museum gets $2.2M (not quite a match)!
For anyone concerned about the recommended demolition of the old Lions Gate Hospital, details are here:
Welcome to our updated website. This “NEWS” page will have announcements of upcoming meetings, public hearings and other information we feel should be highlighted.
The “COUNCIL” tab will focus on gathered facts – expenses, salaries etc. We’ll have a section for “Questions We Couldn’t Ask” (concerns arising from meetings), and “Did They Really Say That”? (Shake your head moments).
The “ARTICLES” tab will have relevant published information from other sources.
The “SUBMISSIONS’ tab will list our submissions to Council at Council Meetings in Public Hearings or the Public Input portion.
The “STATISTICS” tab will summarize the Regional Growth Strategy to 2041 and where we are to date with planned projects.
The “ABOUT” tab has our contact information and history.
We recognize that our city (North Vancouver) is growing and will continue to grow. Growth is healthy. However, there is a big difference between managed, prudent growth and unfettered developer driven growth. We believe we are getting too much of the latter. The current Mayor and Council are in a rush to rapidly increase the population density by allowing developers to build beyond the limits of our Official Community Plan (a process called density bonusing). This is resulting in land speculation, a glut of oversized condo towers, growing traffic problems, and increasingly inadequate recreational and other community amenities. We’re trying to hold the current mayor and his Council majority accountable by doing research, speaking up at public meetings, and informing the public in any way we can. We note that this mayor and three councillors all receive significant campaign funding from the same developers who then come before Council applying for density bonuses and upzoning. Such a clear conflict of interest is illegal at all other levels of government, but somehow permissible at the municipal level.
This term will be interesting, with major projects to come before Council. In part, the OCP is complete but without a density bonus policy, Harry Jerome, Lot 5, Site 8, the Museum, the Polygon Gallery, Harbourside, Gaming, School lands and needed infrastructure and transit improvements. There is no evidence yet of the new majority voting independently. We would remind those Councillors that they do not have a majority of voters behind them.