City of North Vancouver 2041?
Updated Mar 06: North Shore News coverage of OCP Public Hearing:
Updated Mar 05: The OCP Bylaw passed 3rd reading 4-3 on Mar 3rd, Councillors Bell,Bookham and Clark were opposed – Public hearing minutes are here:
Updated Feb 28: Email to Council (followup to public input Feb 16) and response from City:
Dear Mayor and Council,
CITY DWELLING UNIT PROJECTION TARGET 2041 10,620 UNITS
(Regional City Centre 9,500; Marine Drive FTDA 320; E 3rd 800)
We further note that the following is quoted in the submission of the Regional Context Statement to the Metro Board on February 13th:
CITY DWELLING UNIT PROJECTION TARGET 2041 11,680 UNITS
(Regional City Centre 10,400; Marine Drive FTDA 650; E 3rd FTDA 630)
We would appreciate a response by February 26th in order to prepare our submission for the OCP Public Hearing. The increase to this number of units almost doubles the targets agreed to in 2011.
attachment: cnv-feb16-public-input (1)
Updated Feb 27: Council Monday – what is going on?
Two significant grant requests coming up – $50,000 for a bronze sculpture commemorating the shipbuilding history of the City – recommendation that it be denied.
History: In October 2014 the Metro Vancouver Naval Monument Society came before Council with a mockup of a family friendly sculpture to be placed at the Shipyards. This was well presented and researched delegation by the Society, supported by Council with a request for a staff report to go forward. In fact the Mayor and Councillor Buchanan both spoke about their family histories with the shipyards. The Society indicated they would be requesting support in the amount of $50,000 and from the comments from Council seemed there would be no difficulties. It would be ‘very appropriate’ ‘ glad to see it’ ‘ fits nicely’ ‘fantastic work’ ‘would enhance the Museum’ ‘the Mayor said ‘it would keep the past alive’.
Fast forward to Monday March 2nd: in spite of the fact that there remains over $5 million dollars of government funding received to “be used for purposes consistent with the spirit of the grant, such as preservation of BC’s maritime heritage” the recommendation from staff is that monetary support be declined. This statement is used as support for a request from Presentation House Gallery for a further $2.5 million dollars, no mention that the best use of some funds could be for this sculpture. Total cost estimated to be about $250,000 and the Society asks for $50,000. What is going on????
Link to video from October 27th: http://www.cnv.org/Your-Government/Council-Meetings/Council-Videos/2014-Council-Videos
Link to agenda for March 2nd: http://www.cnv.org/Your-Government/Council-Meetings/Council-Meeting-Agenda
Updated Feb 23: Want to know who gave what expecting what for it?
Time will tell – what we know now: 161 E Keith applicants; gaming establishment supporter, more to come.
Campaign disclosures: https://nvcityvoices.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/local-election-spending-cnv-nov-2014/
Updated Feb 22: Potential 7.9% tax increase?????
Council meeting Feb 23 – Finance Committee Meeting at 7.30pm
Opportunity for public input: Questions to be submitted in writing prior to 4.00pm on Monday; comments in writing or in person during meeting
It seems there is an anticipated shortfall of $15 million in the project plan for 2016/7; and the question posed in the plan: ‘ ls Finance Committee receptive to the idea of significantly increasing taxes to provide financing for unfunded Maintenance and Replacement projects included in the plan?’
Tax increase options are 3.9% base tax increase or 6.4% to include infrastructure funding; or 7.9% to include additional infrastructure funding
Should the average citizen ask why the increased development is not paying for the additional infrastructure needed? What can the City do to increase revenue? Why is there a line for employee loans? Do employees pay for parking? Where is that revenue? Urgent need to tighten the belt and eliminate unnecessary spending.
March 03 – OCP Public Hearing
Updated Dec 4: NS News coverage “Mussatto sets priorities”:
3rd quarter (Jul-Sep 2014) Council expenses now posted:
Coun. Bell $1058.52 year to date: $5294.46
Coun. Bookham $55.00 $220.27
Coun. Buchanan $2829.38 $8320.76
Coun. Clark $5420.48
Coun. Keating $1259.11 $2921.94
Mayor Mussatto $3097.97 $10532.31
Updated Dec 2: Mayor’s Inaugural Address:
Little evidence in the address of heeding the words in the News editorial. No evidence of any humility or working together “in the spirit of diplomacy and cooperation”. No mention of the Museum on the waterfront. Evidence of a change in the process of committee appointments by singling out Clr. Buchanan to lead a committee. First priority seems to be to bring the Brooks vision for the waterfront to reality. Disappointing.
Now a likely probability? pro-development slate majority with voter turnout less than 30%.
Comment from Voices: We echo the sentiment expressed in this Editorial “we hope Council will work together in a spirit of diplomacy and cooperation”. The Mussatto team of Keating, Buchanan, Back, McGrenera, Clark and Makris generated a total of 21,842 votes – about 42% of the total. The ‘Independents’ totalled 29,793 Councilor votes, which related to 57% of the total. The Mayoral race results were 52% for Mayor Mussatto and 44% for Kerry Morris. We define ‘Independents’ as those Councillor candidates who do not accept donations from developers or unions.
The next four years will be interesting, with major projects to come before Council. In part: the OCP, the waterfront, Harry Jerome, Lot 5, Site 8, the Museum, the Polygon Gallery, Harbourside and needed infrastructure and transit improvements. We trust that the new pro-development majority on Council will break with past tradition and not vote in lock-step for the next four years. We would also remind those Councillors that, even with the ‘dirty tricks’, they do not have a majority of voters behind them.
Editorial from the North Shore News November 30, 2014:
Democracy on the North Shore was comparatively well served in 2014. Voter turnout stretched above 2011 levels but we need to do better.
Despite pending Park Royal towers in West Vancouver and North Van’s waterfront fight, more than 70 per cent of people avoided polls like the plague on Election Day. There has to be a way to engage voters that doesn’t involve snaking Highway 1 past their front door.
Just as we urge residents to watch council meetings, appraise developments and help author the OCP , we ask politicians to be available, honest, and sometimes downright blunt.
District of North Vancouver Coun. Roger Bassam took some criticism during the Panorama Drive parking dustup when he said it’s not the role of government to solve every “minor crisis.”
We’re not saying he’s right or wrong, but we applaud all elected officials who say what they mean and mean what they say – an increasingly rare commodity in politics.
That said, forthrightness isn’t the only virtue we seek in our civic leaders.
The City of North Vancouver’s municipal election was as contentious as it was competitive. But now that the election signs are gone and the last of the mud has been slung, we hope council will work together in a spirit of diplomacy and co-operation. It’s true the winner of any election enjoys a mandate, but that mandate shouldn’t preclude any councillor from considering good ideas – whether they’re from a voter or a resident still waiting for a reason to vote.
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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?.This was our reply:.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 candidates not funded by developers and unions..