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Following lengthy community consultations earlier in 2017, the Delbrook Community Association (DCA) has submitted a proposal to District of North Vancouver Council on what to do with the Delbrook lands site.
The two buildings currently on the site are now largely closed with much of the previous activity being moved to the new Delbrook Recreation Centre on Queens Road.
In an extensive and expensive community consultation process in the spring the community concluded the land should not be sold, that it should have a large component of parks in new plans, and that a portion of the property should be used for non-market housing.
District Staff are now in the process of preparing a report that is planned to go o Council this autumn. The DCA has submitted its proposal to Mayor and Council and to staff to inform this planing process. DCA president Rene Gourley in his letter to Cuncil said,
It is our hope that this submission will help inform the development of the staff report to Council anticipated for the autumn as well as the thinking of Council itself.
The DCA believes this proposal is consistent with the principles, goals and policies of the OCP in terms of sensitively providing diverse housing and providing parks and open spaces for use by all segments of the population. It also is in keeping with the findings of the Districts extensive community consultation on use of the Delbrook Lands.
The Delbrook Community Association looks forward to participating in these discussions on this important project for our community.
The DCA proposal calls for the south parking lot area to be used for ground oriented housing with the sale of the properties restricted to first responders working in the District. Appreciation of the value of the units would be limited to ensure when sold the units would continue to be affordable by first responders.
The DCA’s full proposal is shown below.
Submission to Mayor and Council
District of North Vancouver
Regarding Future Development of the Delbrook Lands Site
The District of North Vancouver is in the process of determining the future use of the Delbrook Lands. We believe the future use of this property offers the potential for both the long-term use of the community and the immediate needs of the community for both family based, ground oriented housing offering homes to people offering important services in our community.
The District undertook an extensive community consultation on this property involving both local residents and residents of the broader District. We anticipate any forthcoming bylaw proposals pertaining to these lands will reflect the principles articulated by the community.
none of the land is to be sold
- most of the land is to be retained as green space
- limited non-market housing is to be provided at no cost to the District
The January 17 Staff Report to Council on the results of the Public Consultation Process identified the following:
the south parking lot is dedicated to housing
- the balance of the lands being reserved for parks and green space.
The Delbrook Community Association welcomes the long sought park / green space for the community along with limited non market housing as an appropriate blueprint for any proposed re-zoning bylaws.
Delbrook Community Association Proposal for
Non-Market Housing on Delbrook Public Assembly Lands
In this context, the DCA favours a non-market housing model which would not only provide perpetually affordable housing at no cost to the District and preserve the District’s propriety of the land, but would also enhance public safety. Effectively, we support a restricted sale and restricted price model as per the Whistler Housing Authority.
In its simplest terms, our proposal includes the following:
the DNV would provide leased land at a minimal cost on which two and three bedroom ground oriented townhouses would be constructed; ground level housing is in extreme demand for families and helps create community among neighbours
- Units would be constructed in what is ow the south parking lot of the property. We envision a small number of low rise units built along Queens. Units would be attractive to families and would be offered for sale only to District firefighters as well as paramedics, nurses and police officers who work in the City or District of North Vancouver.
- Such purchasers would also be
- Canadian citizens or permanent residents
- could not own another home
- and would work for a minimum of 20 hours per week in the District or City.
In the event of a natural or man-made catastrophe, first responders would already be in our community thereby addressing some of the concerns recently expressed by the public and by some members of Council. In addition:
Through purchasers’ mortgages, the capital cost of construction could be quickly recovered.
- A covenant requiring the owner to sell his/her home to another similarly “qualified” person within 6 months of leaving employment in North Vancouver would also be in place.
The appreciated cost of these units would be determined not by the free market, but by the Core Canadian Consumer Price Index. The price of such non-market homes would always be in reach of middle income earners while simultaneously providing the owner with the opportunity to build some equity. Furthermore, the District could, if necessary, re-purpose the land in the future by purchasing units as they came available for sale.
Finally, the DCA affirms that the proposed use of the Delbrook Lands in general, outlined above, is consistent with the principles, goals and policies of the OCP in terms of sensitively providing diverse housing and providing parks and open spaces for use by all segments of the population.
Details of the manner in which the Municipality of Whistler operates its restricted sale and restricted price program is available at www. Whistler Housing Authority .ca.
The Delbrook Community Association thanks you for your consideration of this non market housing proposal. We are confident this proposal meets and in fact, exceeds the expectations of those who participated in the intensive consultation process. Ground level, non market housing with the DNV retaining ownership and with families and inhabitants so essential to our well being is a win-win for all residents. We welcome the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have and offer our support as the DNV plans the future of the publicly held Delbrook Lands.
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