NEW: Posted Feb 2:
Council meeting last night – 8 speakers (all allowed), 7 speaking about the Museum. Councillors Buchanan and Keating absent – total meeting time 47 minutes.
Only mention of the Museum was during Council Inquiries when Coun. Bookham asked the Mayor ‘why there was no contribution by the Province to the fundraising effort for the Museum?’ The Mayor responded ‘we’ll get back to you’.
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.
Council Meeting Agenda for Feb 1st:Housekeeping items, rezoning and bylaws. Delegation from Hollyburn Family Services. Meeting should be done by 7.00 – nothing controversial on this agenda – maybe one of the team will be absent?
Posted Jan 28:
This is the link on the City’s website to the package of Closed reports that Council authorized the release of at its meeting of January 25, 2016:
We note that the report is 668 pages without an index provided, and contains documents from 2012. We also note that the comparisons provided in the BDO report were Storyeum, the Vancouver Museum and the Squamish Railway Museum.
Posted Jan 26:
Museum update from a Councillor who did not support the motion:
Sorry to report that last night, following an In-camera meeting of Council and some of the North Van Museum Commission members, City Council returned to a public meeting to pass a motion from Councillor Keating by a 4 to 3 vote, ceasing support for a Museum at the Shipyards. So disappointing and frustrating after all the efforts of so many dedicated people to make the Museum the vital part it would have been to the success of the Shipyards waterfront venture.
Link to Council discussion prior to the vote: https://youtu.be/GXUVHGbYZ-Y
Posted Oct 13: Site 8: 119 – 131 West Esplanade and 120 Carrie Cates Court
The City of North Vancouver has received a revised submission from Polygon Development 304 Limited on September 15, 2015, to amend the Official Community Plan with regard to height, and to rezone 119-131 West Esplanade and 120 Carrie Cates Court to allow the construction of a mixed-use development. The applicant is now proposing a two storey commercial/residential podium fronting West Esplanade and a 10 storey residential building above a 3 storey commercial/office podium fronting Carrie Cates Court. Underground parking is still accessed from Rogers 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:
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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.