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Debate over park space continues in Vancouver

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The Vancouver Sun has carried another article on whether housing should be allowed to encroach on public lands and park space in the city.

Among the comments in the article is the following:

Vancouver’s parks and recreation system cannot solve the housing crisis. Opening up these large historic sites to housing will mean the public open spaces and amenities that make the city livable will be encroached upon just when increased density throughout the city puts more demand on their use. Many neighbourhoods are already underserved for parks and amenities. This would make it worse.

The article is also critical of the city’s relationship with its community associations.

How much does this article relate to what is happening in the District of North Vancouver?

The full article may be found here:

Opinion: Parks and recreation system under threat

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Arson fires hit south Delbrook area

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BC’s fire season is coming to an end and not a moment too soon for Delbrook area residents.

Friday evening, September 15th, three fires were apparently started in yards and parks in the south Delbrook area. One fire was started in the soccer field area and two on private property. Fortunately, there were no injuries and no houses were affected. A passing videographer captured some of the action and posted it to his YouTube channel at his Canadian Treasure Hunter site. The video is below.

Subsequent discussion with police and firefighters found the cause of the fires was arson and not a thrown cigarette butt.

As the video shows, one tree was candling or torching and sparks could have spread to trees and homes in other areas including Mission Creek. One fire fighter said the situation could have gotten out of control.

It is hard to imagine in this year’s BC fire season how anyone could have been so stupid as to start fires. Let’s hope North Shore RCMP find the people responsible. If you have any knowledge of this please contact the police.

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New DNV composting plan draws 1000+ complaints

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With the District of North Vancouver’s new composting system rolled out to only two of five areas in the District, more than 1,000 people have already complained.

With the new system residents have received a 240 litre cart to hold their weekly composting. However, they are limited to this cart and can no longer put out the six Kraft paper composting bags or use traditional garbage cans to hold green waste.

The process began in January when the carts were delivered to Zone 1 – Capilano. The carts have subsequently been delivered to one zone east of Capilano, Zone 2.

Residents were advised to store up their green waste and put it out week-after-week. In response to complaints residents were offered a second cart for free and the option of buying more carts.

Next week’s Council meeting will debate a report from Councilor Bassam calling for the organic waste policy to be rescinded and the limit on green waste to be removed.

The report notes comments from District residents that they ave no desire to store extra carts and reject the notion of paying for what had previously been a free service.

With 1,000 complaints from only 40% of the District, it is likely the number of complaints would rise as the system is rolled out to the rest of the community and we face the piles of autumn leaves and garden waste.

The report to be debated is found below.

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Vancouver asks, should we abandon park space for housing? How about the DNV?

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For those of us who live in the District of North Vancouver, and particularly in the Delbrook area, these thoughts about Vancouver sound familiar:

Vancouver is designed to have neighbourhoods with parks, community centres and schools on large historic sites that make communities walkable and sustainable. These amenities and open green spaces will become even more critical as the city densifies over time, as they are the heart and lungs of the city.

However, rather than being protected, they are increasingly under threat of being sold or redeveloped for housing. Astonishingly, we are moving in this direction now.

Those thoughts come from a September 8th article in the Vancouver Sun by Elizabeth Murphy, a private-sector project manager and was formerly a property development officer for the City of Vancouver’s Housing and Properties Department and for B.C. Housing.

The whole article can be found here:

Opinion: Are amenity spaces destined to become housing development sites?

This question arises in the DNV where the District is committed to building housing the the former Delbrook Recreation Commission site. While housing was supported by the commuity, the idea that got the most support was park space. On the subject we have not heard a word from the District.

The article also calls for more involvement by community associations, another idea we might wan to examine.

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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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Delbrook project needs to consider environmental issues

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The following is a really interesting presentation on environmental issues touching on the Delbrook site from long time Delbrook resident Keegan Casidy

Keegan tried to post this as a comment on an earlier blog post, but due to the mysteries of technology, it didn’t work. Perhaps its just as well. This deserves a posting on its own.

 


Hi DCA,

I was at the council meeting yesterday evening, and I am following up to gather more insight with regards to this post’s comment that “most of the land is to be retained as green space.” In particular, what exactly will be done to protect one of the last wild stock Coho & Steelhead streams left on the North Shore, Mission Creek (aka Thain Creek)?

There was little to no mention with what was going to be done with “most” of this land, being that it is proposed to be “Green Space.”

Furthermore, I find it troubling that following a review of the preliminary report, the only mention of Mission Creek was the following:

“Environmental Impact:

Mission Creek riparian area will be protected and enhanced.”

In my volunteer works with the Federal Government’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Squamish Nation, BCIT River’s Institute and other parties – It is extremely important to consider the ecological, economical, and human health values of this creek.

There is a massive opportunity to engage children and give them the opportunity to witness in their back yard one of nature’s most impressive feats, the returning spawning salmon. Something many of us probably took for granted growing up in such a beautiful area that has seen many changes over the decades.

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The District has recognized this creek’s value on occasion, with the $1.4M removal of the culvert under Westview drive in 1999, and again most recently with the replacement of the culvert on Windsor Road.

With such significant investments in the past I would hope to see that the right steps are taken to improve what is literally one of the last pieces of “Green Space” left on this creek.

Additionally, I would like to invite you all to the website I have created to read and see the true value of Mission Creek and it’s importance to not only the Delbrook residents, but to all of the residents on the North Shore.

http://mosquitocreeknv.weebly.com/

 

Keegan Casidy

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