NEWS

NEW: Posted October 11th:

NEXT COUNCIL MEETING: October 15th: https://www.cnv.org/your-government/council-meetings

Special Meeting October 15th 9am: another housekeeping item:

Members of the public are advised that the purpose of this meeting is for Council
to consider final adoption of “Zoning Bylaw, 1995, No. 6700, Amendment Bylaw,
2018, No. 8681”.  Application status: Active
Application number: REZ2017-00038
Application description:
Rezoning text amendment to CD-057 for a small addition to the building and a proposed change of permitted use.
City contact: David Johnson
City phone: 604-985-7761
Applicant contact: SEASPAN ULC 604-992-3541

  • Local Elections October 20, 2018 VOTE

Campaign Finance rules changed last year details here: 

There are MANY rules, all laid out on the Elections B.C. website, but here’s a summary:

  • Candidates can only accept campaign contributions from someone who is a resident of B.C., and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • For the 2018 elections, contributions to each independent candidate are limited to $1,200 annually. For candidates endorsed by a civic political party, the $1,200 limit applies to the whole party and all of its endorsed candidates in a jurisdiction.
  • Endorsed candidates can also collectively contribute an additional $1,200 to their party.
  • The exception is independents who can make a cheque out to themselves, but that’s capped at $2,400 in the year of the election.

All candidates in the 2018 General Local Elections have expense limits that apply during the campaign period, September 22, 2018 to October 20, 2018.

Each election area and office has its own limit, which is based on the office and population of the election area. These limits apply to the 2018 General Local Elections and all subsequent by-elections.

City of North Vancouver City of North Vancouver Mayor $36,348.80
City of North Vancouver City of North Vancouver Councillor $18,368.48

Change from 2014 actuals: https://nvcityvoices.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/local-election-spending-cnv-nov-2014/ when the Mayor spent about $96K

Quoting Daphne Bramham: It takes only 4 of 7 Council members to decide how much to raise property taxes, whether to rezone single-family neighbourhoods out of existence, to preserve heritage or whether to tip the balance in favour of citizens over developers. 

New:  We have updated the statistics for growth* in the CNV, see Statistics page

Jun 2018 Actual: 32,113         Jan 2041 Target: 30,200       updated            

– see Statistics page for full details  *number of units

Did you know that local governments may have the biggest impact on your daily life?

Municipalities have broad service authority to provide core responsibilities that include, and are not limited, to the following:

  • general government;
  • transportation – streets and roads, in some cases urban transit;
  • protection – police, fire;
  • environment – water treatment and supply, waste water treatment, refuse collection/disposal;
  • recreation and culture – recreation centres, playing fields, parks, libraries;
  • land use planning and regulation, building regulation, zoning; and,
  • regulation – animal control, public health, signs, business licensing, municipal services.

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The full script of our delegation is posted.

We state again:

Maintaining the livability of our community should be the City’s primary goal, not helping developers and speculators maximize their return on investment – particularly when those same developers are making campaign donations to members of Council. Ferris wheels and food trucks are fun, but they are no substitute for development policies that put the interests of residents first.

Our delegation focused on the following concerns:

·         Recent residential developments which received density bonusing in return for including market rental show a serious flaw in the City’s approach to encouraging rental housing.  We plan to highlight a recent development.
·         We contend that a public good (the right to build beyond the Official Community Plan limits) is essentially being given away at a fraction of its true value, with no strings attached to ensure the City’s policy objectives (e.g. affordable rental housing) are achieved.
·         Not only are City taxpayers not receiving full value for the sale of this public good, the effect of these gifts to developers and investors is having the perverse effect of making rental housing in the City less affordable.
·         The City is growing too fast, outpacing infrastructure such as roads and transit, eroding green space, and detracting from its livability. We are already well ahead of the growth needed to meet our Regional Growth Strategy commitments. It’s time to pause and take a breath.
·         Transparency and accountability of Council compare poorly with other municipalities. Too many decisions are being made behind closed doors. And why does CNV – contrary to common practice – hide its Statement of Financial Information?

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The next general local government elections will be held on Sat October 20, 2018..

Recap of where we are after 4 years of city business dominated by the Mayor’s slate:

The building boom continues unabated. There seems to be no limit to this Council’s love of high-density high-rise residential development. As we have documented before, the pace of growth in North Van is already far beyond our commitment under the Regional Growth Strategy. Yet Council routinely overrides the limits of our Official Community Plan, using density bonuses and transfers to allow ever larger and taller developments. 

The casino is back. Opposed by most residents and rejected by the independent majority on the previous council, a casino is back on the table. Residents aren’t asking for it, it’s not a needed community amenity, and many concerns have been raised about negative social impacts – but none of that seems to matter to the Slate compared with the expected financial windfall, much of which will come from the pockets of problem gamblers.

Public input has been curtailed. We have appealed to Council more than once on this issue, and been ignored. The right of citizens to speak at Council meetings has been severely curtailed by restrictive new rules.

Livability? What’s that? This Council’s preoccupation with cramming more and more people into our little enclave has not been accompanied by much care for its livability. Traffic gets worse and worse with no sign of relief – not only is there no concrete plan for improved transit, the City has failed to prevent the loss of North Vancouver’s only bus depot. The much-needed rebuild of Harry Jerome recreation centre will now be a new build with City land being sold for ‘high end’ towers.

We know that a great many North Van residents are concerned about these issues. We constantly hear from residents who are frustrated by the sense that the game is rigged and they are not being heard. All we can say is – keep yourself informed. Keep coming out to the public meetings and making your voice heard. Write letters to the NS News, and talk to your neighbours about the issues. Even if the Slate won’t listen, maybe the voting public will.

*we continue to track  new applications and will respond to queries. 

Posted May 30: Graham Harrop editorial cartoon, VancouverSun

Graham Harrop's editorial cartoon for Saturday, May 28.

Posted Jan 29:

Reminder from Voices: If you wish to speak at public input, be sure to arrive about 5.30 when the list first comes out – more than five speakers no guarantee you will speak, negotiation skills needed with others wanting to speak.

Also, evidence from last week’s meeting that the new regulation to speak once every three months on an item will be upheld.

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.  

Is this where we’re heading before 2041?  

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2 responses to “NEWS

  1. Let’s face it, apathy is the greatest threat we face in North Vancouver.
    I tried as hard as I could to ensure that Mussatto and his pro development council were not elected.
    Not hard enough apparently.
    With this unfettered highrise growth, and a council that is immune to criticism, why would Darrel not appease his masters.
    Saddest thing is that he grew up here and doesn’t seem to care that he is ruining North Van.
    Hard to imagine that he is not personally benefitting from all this development.
    Getting in at the ground floor, so to speak.
    Typical greedy, short sighted politician in my opinion,
    For anyone who pays attention, Mussatto will be known as the unethical pos who ruined North Van while lining his own pockets.
    Is there any way to have him investigated? I would like to know what goes on behind the scenes in the offices of the developers who gave Darrell campaign funds.
    We all know it is unethical, but is it illegal?

  2. Is this where wee’re heading?

    Without question. IT’s ‘sustainable development’ don’t you know.
    Density, density , density, towers, more towers and a war on cars.

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