It would seem (from the view of the Gallery at last night’s meeting) that public interest in the goings-on at CNV Council is waning, . We (Voices) know from what we hear that this is not the case, many residents are quietly biding their time, communicating with each other and on social media, and waiting patiently for the next local election. Thanks to two residents for attending meetings and speaking up last night. Meeting video: http://www.cnv.org/your-government/council-meetings/council-videos/2016-council-videos
Two of the speakers at public input last night, CNV Council.
- Kerry Morris spoke about his 20% property tax increase and ‘squandering money’ on pet projects in the City. We (Voices) note that the bike lift was back again – this time with a price tag of $4.2M estimated. We also note that this was brought up in 2009, with the Mayor saying at that time that ‘he wouldn’t expect the City to pay anything’.
- We thank Councillors Back, Bell, Bookham and Clark for voting with the financial interests of residents in mind (re the bike lift).
Follow up email from Kerry Morris to Council with further detail:
- Cathy Lewis was the next speaker and spoke about Development Cost Charges, and lost opportunities for the CNV. It would seem that the new bylaw passed with minimal increases from 1997 – a bonus for developers of townhouse/apartments. The City is expecting 7500 new residents in the next 10 years in 4052 new units, the majority of those in townhouse and apartments. Draft of Ms Lewis’ input:
‘May 30, 2016 Council Presentation
Regarding item # 5 on the agenda Development Cost Charges Review and Update, I was the resident who asked the questions on Attachment #3 of tonight’s package and I would like to thank staff for responding to my questions.
However, I would like to again say that I believe the City is missing out on an opportunity to secure more revenue for the much needed infrastructure that new development will require.
The District of North Vancouver has recently amended their DCC Bylaws and their rates for Duplexes, Townhouses and Apartments are still about 50% higher than the proposed rate adjustment being considered tonight. Why is the City not on par with the District in these areas?
With the projected growth figures and the massive redevelopment of the Moodyville area where most of the development will come in the form of townhouses and apartments, we are missing a chance to have these rates set at a comparable level.
Since the DCC bylaw has not been updated in 20 years we have certainly already missed a huge opportunity. The past 5 years alone have seen an enormous amount of development that should have secured us more revenue.
To argue that the extra cost to the developer will be passed on to the purchaser does not factor out in today’s market where the purchase price is whatever the market will bear.
I would urge staff to consider changing the rates to be on par with the District.
On another issue, I believe Port of Vancouver is holding a public AGM tomorrow afternoon where the CEO Robin Sylvester and board of directors have invited MLA’s MP’s and Mayor’s to attend and I wondered if the Mayor will be attending? The G3 Grain Terminal Project that is planned for our waterfront has massive implications on our entire harbour and the surrounding municipalities and like so many of the ports projects, the risk we all take is certainly not outweighed by any benefits. Please protect our environment.