“Get Involved in Your Future”
Tomorrow (May 2nd) is the last event in Stage 3 of the City Shaping process. Quoting:
” The City is committed to an open and inclusive process that actively engages the community in meaningful discussions throughout the process. “
In March 2012, after the City Shaping “kickoff event” at the Pinnacle, Marc wrote to the City, part of the handout is quoted below:
The next OCP should have a long term horizon of at least 2041. This means providing for an estimated population of 68,000 people in approximately 30,200 dwelling units.
The OCP capacity should exceed this. Staff is suggesting the next OCP should provide for a capacity of 40,800 dwelling units.
First and foremost, rather than having been asked how to see these through, are these not the very type of issues we should have been asked to debate? These are the policy options that require comprehensive debate. Leading and Insulting.
Second, why would staff choose not to indicate the current population and dwelling counts to serve as a reference baseline (it had already been made available via Statistics Canada)? Surely, being transparent with “where we are currently at” would serve as valuable in helping rate payers decide “where we want to go and by how much”.
If you plan to attend the event, please note the following:
Metro Vancouver, working with all municipalities, assigned “growth targets” to 2040 – the City of North Vancouver signed the document in March 2011, this is the “Regional Growth Strategy”: the City is assigned a 1% annual growth rate. All municipalities are now working on their Regional Context Statements which must comply with their Regional Growth Strategy.
Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy Projections:
City of North Vancouver
2021 2031 2041
Dwellings 25,600 28,000 30,200
Population 56,000 62,000 68,000
Points to note:
The City disputes the 2.2 per unit figure, although they agreed to that figure in 2011
The 2011 census verifies that “persons per occupied dwelling” in the City are 2.1 per unit
The City is now adding a “20% buffer” to the targets- adding almost 10,000 units to the 2041 target
This means that the City is now using an annual growth rate target of 1.9%, almost double
With the addition of suites to duplexes, it’s likely that the number of people per unit will increase
Population is 51,870 (BC stats)
Housing units 24,206 (2011 census including unoccupied units)
New Housing planned since 2011 4,336 units at 2.1 / unit adds 9,105 population
Total planned population currently 60,975
The City of Vancouver’s Regional Context Statement is suggesting their population “under a high regional growth scenario would increase to 788,000 from a target of 765,000 – an increase of 3%
The City of North Vancouver’s current plan to add 10,000 more units would add 21,000 people to a target of 68,000 – a population increase of 30.8% to the 2041 target and an increase in excess of 60% to current (2011) population.
Why is the City ignoring speakers at Harbourside and Onni public hearings? How could “staff” be driving the process in the City of North Vancouver. Where are the amenities for all this planned growth? Questions must be asked. Please attend on May 2nd. Statistics are available to prove our numbers.