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District of North Vancouver Council debated a chicken and egg question last week. Only in this case it was, which comes first, housing or transportation?
The DNV amended its official community plan to move the Maplewood Village project forward with an anticipated 1,500 condo and townhouse units between Dollarton Highway and Mt. Seymour Parkway.
The North Shore News covered the debate here:
During the debate Councillor Jim Hanson said, ““Once we’ve started to address our transportation issues – at least have a plan – that’s when we would turn our minds to bringing more people into the community in this location.” His comments reflected the nightmare of traffic issues faced by the North Shore and recently reported in a survey by the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.
Other Councillors, however, argued that if we would only add more housing we might get more transit. Coun. Mathew Bond, adding there is a strong indication a B-line bus will be routed through Maplewood.
Lisa Muri said the proposed mid-rise towers would not provide affordable housing. Coun. Robin Hicks suggested the homes would be “relatively affordable.”
The vote passed 6-1 with Coun. Jim Hanson opposed.
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