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)!
INTERESTING MEETING OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL JUL 27:
DISCUSSION OF REUNIFICATION OF THE TWO NORTH VANCOUVERS
Comments from video: ‘There is a need to cut through politics and go directly to the people. There would be advantages to transportation, long term planning, business initiatives, shared services. There needs to be a public examination of shared services with the City – to put everything on the table (surprises coming).’
BE PART OF THE 55+ BC GAMES IN NORTH VANCOUVER AUGUST 25-29 DETAILS HERE:
NEXT COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULED IS SEPTEMBER 14
COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY JULY 20:
From the consent agenda it seems that the Shipyards expression of interest has been narrowed down to three proponents (details are from the closed session so not available); Delegation from Sailor Hagar’s re Liquor Regulations; Delegation from Korean Cultural Heritage Assn; Council Authorization to attend ‘Walk 21 Stepping Ahead’ Conference -Vienna in Oct; CNV4ME Task Force; Gas Pump Labels; Rezoning Applications for 362-8 East 3rd; 1337 Jones; 212-4 West 5th; request for Slide the City report; request re Bicycle Lift.
(Voices comment: The conference in Vienna focus is resilient cities and healthy living. Our estimate – taxpayer’s minimum cost per Councillor using moderate hotel = $3500 – air, 3 nts hotel, per diem, registration). The request for the bicycle lift is from Coun. Keating. We recall that this previously came before Council in 2009 at the request of the Mayor and cost estimate at that time was $2-3Million. Since then, the original bike lift in Trondheim has been replaced with this: http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/04/bike-elevator-take-you-steep-hills/8774/ which quotes a cost of about $3,000 per Meter.)
COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT JULY 13:
Delegation from Lower Lonsdale Business Association re a BIA (Business Improvement Association) Initiative; Delegation from Liberty Wine Merchants re temporary location at 1667 Lonsdale (not approved previously); Public Hearing re 1745 McKay lot subdivision rezoning and variances; New Museum update; 1st reading re 450 E 5th (Ridgeway Annex) rezoning and OCP amendment; LGH Activation Wing demolition; Development Variance Permits for 1457 Moody and 217 East 19th.
For anyone concerned about the recommended demolition of the old Lions Gate Hospital, details are here:
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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.