After two years of planning a major Metro Vancouver developer is scrapping plans for a big development in North Vancouver that would have brought affordable housing and daycare to the community.
Onni is backing out of a plan to build two condo towers, and an office tower in Central Lonsdale. The developer became frustrated by delays in getting final approval and vocal opposition from the majority of city councillors.
Coun. Craig Keating is concerned that the failure of the project will erase years of goodwill with the development community.
“It is pretty clear now that we have a majority on council that are profoundly anti-development and I think they are putting at risk a lot of the future of North Vancouver.”
“If we can’t get 340 units of office and residential space at the centre of our downtown, I think that means it’s a chill.” Mayor Darrell Mussato also said his council is sending the wrong message to developers.
But other councillors said the project was too dense for the area and one councillor reportedly accused Onni of hijacking the first public hearing by stacking a speakers list in its favour.