Interested in how the District of North Vancouver is developing? Come to the Council workshop Tuesday night

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Do you have issues or questions about the pace of development in the District of North Vancouver? Is the traffic driving you crazy? Is construction making your neighbourhood unlivable and has your neighbour’s bungalow turned into a monster home?

All of this arises from decisions in the District’s Official Community Plan (OCP) and on Tuesday (November 29) District Council will be holding a workshop at 6 pm to discuss the OCP.

The meeting agenda sets aside 10 minutes for public input so if you have something to say arrive early to get your name on the list.

Even if you don’t wish to speak we encourage people to come to the meeting to demonstrate we think this is an important issue.

You can read the whole agenda package for the meeting including the report from Councilor Lisa Muri whose motion at the Council meeting last week made it possible for this review to take place. The Agenda package can be found here.

http://app.dnv.org/OpenDocument/Default.aspx?docNum=3056009

The day before, on Monday, November 28, the regular Council meeting will discuss the Districts Affordable Housing Strategy.

In an in-camera meeting before the official Council meeting at 7:00 pm Council will discuss several different rezoning applications and an amendment to the Official Community Plan. The public is not permitted to attend or know the results of in-camera meetings.

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New developments on Delbrook Lands, affordable housing and development in the DNV

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There are lots of new developments in the past 24 hours that affect the pace of growth in the District of North Vancouver, provincial funding for affordable housing and what is going to happen to the Delbrook Lands.

Starting from the last point, at the end of last night’s Council meeting (November 21) it was announced that on December 12th Council will hold a workshop on what will happen with the lands and how it will affect the Delbrook community.

On the affordable housing issue, today the provincial government announced just where they will be funding affordable housing projects. Some people have suggested that this provincial funding could be used to develop affordable housing on the Delbrook Lands, however, none of the communities on the North Shore were chosen for any of the 2,900 housing units provided at a cost of $516 million.

In fact, Metro Vancouver with half the population of the province and with the province’s most critical housing affordability issues will get less than 45 per cent of the new units. Burnaby gets 202 units, Richmond 160, Surrey 326 and Vancouver will receive 611 units.

The province’s press release can be found here:

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016PREM0145-002468

Last night Councilor Lisa Muri opened an important discussion at DNV Council on that rate of change faced by residents of the DNV. She presented a four-page report to Council on issues faced by the community and moved a motion calling for a “high level review” of the Official Community Plan which was passed just before the 2011 local elections.

She raised the issues of traffic, affordable housing, the loss of industrial/employment land and changes in communities and suggested that letters being received by Council were reflective of a community at odds with its local government. While not included in her motion she said that, “Council needs to understand we need to have a pause in accepting any additional applications in order to address the issue that may arise during this high level planning review exercise”

All members of Council except Roger Bassam supported the high level review. Bassam said he felt there had not been enough progress on the OCP since 2011 to justify such a review.

Despite not being included in the motion much of the debate centered on whether there should be a pause in approval of new development applications. Councilor Bond said that only 1,300 of the 3,000 new housing units anticipated in the OCP had been built. Councilor Muri responded with a list of more than 2,500 approvals Council had already agreed to which were waiting to begin.

Councilors acknowledged ongoing stress in the community from the pace of development. Councilor Hansen said the residents saw a link among issues like transportation, housing affordability and deletion of industrial/employment lands. He suggested Council needed to fix its attention on where we are now.

Other Councilors suggested the greater need was to look at long term issues. Councilor Hicks said that there was no frenzy of development and that “I think the people who are living here now have to accept the fact that were going to have a lot more people coming here, a lot more challenges of affordability.”

Mayor Walton said “I am a resident of Edgemont and have taken the brunt of traffic diversions. Edgemont is an absolute mess. It’s a construction zone. It will be finished in two years and we have to suck it up and get through it.”

Council agreed further discussions were necessary and have slated a workshop for November 29th.

The entire meeting is on line at the URL below with the discussion starting about one hour and 25 minutes into the meeting.

http://app.dnv.org/council/default.aspx?filename=20161121cc&type=MP4&start=0&end=8378

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Some developments on affordable housing

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Affordable housing remains a critical issue in British Columbia, the Lower Mainland and in the District of North Vancouver. For those who are following the issue, some recent news articles and developments at the District will make interesting reading.

Vancouver Sun reporter Douglas Todd has been following the issue and last week wrote an article with an explanation of how we ended up with skyrocketing home prices. He begins his article saying:

“Metro Vancouver homes have become unaffordable in part because regulatory loopholes and lax oversight have made it easy for wealthy individuals to manipulate Canada’s legal systems to buy and sell city homes as commodities.”

He concludes:

“Canada’s anti-money-laundering arm, Fintrac, has been largely ineffective, and the B.C. government has for years been sluggish about protecting constituents.”

Todd goes into more detail on these two groups and their failures being particularly critical of the provincial government. The whole article is worth reading and can be found here:

http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/douglas-todd-vancouverites-betrayed-by-lax-politicians

A second Vancouver Sun article the same day looks at the promised $500 million provincial program to provide affordable housing and offers some insight into how likely it is that the DNV will see any of the money. The promised funding was unveiled in September with a promise of construction of 2,900 affordable rental units.

Rob Shaw reports almost all of the money has already been committed. He identifies 842 units promised outside of Metro Vancouver with the largest group being 520 units for Greater Victoria. More information is reported to be coming about commitment to Metro Vancouver. Assuming that all the remaining new units go to Metro, which is very unlikely, that would mean about 2,000 units, or one unit for every thousand people in Metro Vancouver. Assuming that the units were distributed equally that would give the District 84 units. However, the District must compete with the growing and politically important Surrey and larger community of Vancouver. Shaw’s article can be found here.

http://vancouversun.com/news/politics/b-c-starts-spending-its-500-million-affordable-housing-fund

At their last Council meeting the District was discussing support for the Metro Affordable Housing Strategy. It is a fairly lengthy document that can be found here:

http://app.dnv.org/OpenDocument/Default.aspx?docNum=3046579

Minutes of this meeting will be posted to the District web site this coming Thursday.

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Edgemont Village residents and businesses speak out on development

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Letters in the North Shore News on November 4th focused on the pace of development that is affecting the village.

Among the comments?

  • Personally, I’ve reached redevelopment meltdown
  • Meanwhile, our district hall – rather than protect what was a lively, viable, entrancing destination shopping district, unlike any other – has sold us out to developers in order to line their tax coffers with pieces of silver. They have cared not a wit what is happening to us merchants day to day.
  • Shops are being adversely affected by the steady stream of traffic passing through Edgemont, so our once-quaint Village is changing and not being refreshed as was intended by the study several years ago.
    You can read the full letters at the URLs below.

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Last week’s motion on a new housing development near Edgemont Village and a public hearing on a new c0mplex.

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As reported earlier, housing is becoming the hot topic in the District of North Vancouver. At the last meeting Council divided between three Councillors concerned the pace of development was too fast and that it was causing unmanageable traffic problems and four Councillors supporting consideration of another new development.

The draft minutes of last week’s meeting are now available on the DNV web site and this is how the motions played out.

Bylaws 8178, 8179 and 8186: OCP Amendment, Rezoning, and Housing

Agreement Bylaw for 3105 and 3115 Crescentview – 22 Unit Apartment and

Single Family House

 File No. 08.3060.20/038.15

MOVED by Councillor HANSON

SECONDED by Councillor MURI

 THAT Bylaws 8178, 8179 and 8196 not be given any Readings.

 DEFEATED

 Opposed: Mayor WALTON and Councillors BASSAM, BOND and HICKS

MOVED by Councillor HICKS

SECONDED by Councillor BASSAM

 THAT the “District of North Vancouver Official Community Plan Bylaw 7900, 2011,

Amendment Bylaw 8178, 2016 (Amendment 21)”, to amend the Official Community

Plan (OCP) from Residential Level 2 to Residential Level 5, is given FIRST Reading;

 AND THAT the “District of North Vancouver Rezoning Bylaw 1341 (Bylaw 8179)”, to

rezone the subject site from Single Family Residential Edgemont (RSE) to

Comprehensive Development Zone 95 (CD95), is given FIRST Reading;

 AND THAT “Housing Agreement Bylaw 8186, 2016 (3105 and 3115 Crescentview

Dr.)” is given FIRST Reading;

AND THAT pursuant to Section 475 and Section 476 of the Local Government Act,

additional consultation is not required beyond that already undertaken with respect

to Bylaw 8178;

 AND THAT in accordance with Section 477 of the Local Government Act, Council

has considered Bylaw 8178 in conjunction with its Financial Plan and applicable

Waste Management Plans;

 AND THAT Bylaw 8178 and Bylaw 8179 are referred to a Public Hearing.

 CARRIED

 Opposed: Councillors HANSON, MACKAY-DUNN and MURI

 

One more interesting thing in this week’s Council Package. An announcement of a public hearing on a proposed new six story residential building at 1519 Crown Street.

The hearing is at District Hall at 7 pm, Tuesday, November 15, 2016. More details at the URL below.

http://app.dnv.org/OpenDocument/Default.aspx?docNum=3028367

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