Fall Delbrook Digest is out: news on the Delbrook Lands, the OCP and the history of Delbrook

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The Fall 2017 edition of the Delbrook Digest is out. It has hopefully been mailed to Delbrook residents, but for those who missed it, or for those outside of the Delbrook area, you can find it below.

In this edition you can find articles about the propose five storey housing complex on the Delbrook Lands, thoughts on the review of the Official Community Plan and news about our annual general meeting.

And history buffs will enjoy Susan Hyam’s page 3 article on Delbrook in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

If you have any comments or thoughts please leave a comment with the article in the comment section under the headline. Do you have more of the Delbrook history?

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Is an 88 unit five story building a good fit for residents or the Delbrook Lands?

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The Globe and Mail carried an interesting article August 20th on housing density that should be of interest to the District of North Vancouver in their thinking about what to do with the Delbrook Lands.

Current plans call for one story of of services to seniors and children with up to 88 units of housing on four stories above. The average size of the units will be just above 500 feet.

The article noted that in Vancouver, apartment buildings with more than four stories made up only 16.7% of the total.

The article continued:

Andy Yan, an urban planner and director of Simon Fraser University’s City Program, said this type of density – more than, say, 40-storey towers – helps foster a good balance of scale, neighbourliness and connection.

“I think it’s the connection to the ground, and how the building is related to the streets, that really gives people a sense of place,” Mr. Yan said.

“A building is only as good as its interface to its urban context.”

The District is not talking about a 40 story building, but the proposed five story building will still be the tallest building in Norwood Queens, Delbrook, Edgemont Village and Upper Delbrook. It will also be taller that almost all the buildings on Marine Drive and with 88 units it will also be high density.

The whole article can be found here:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/developing-densified-vancouver-into-a-designer-metropolis/article36039290/

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