Anyone waiting for council to vote on Lower Lonsdale’s pending Business Improvement Area will have to wait a little longer.
The previously deferred vote was delayed until Nov. 14 after City of North Vancouver council opted not to proceed without all seven elected officials at the table. Coun. Craig Keating did not attend the meeting.
The proposed BIA breezed through the negative petition process after 68 per cent of the area’s property owner did not oppose the organization. However, final approval was delayed when Coun. Holly Back asked for details on how much the BIA’s levy would cost business owners.
The motion presently up for final adoption refines the definition of “market commercial” to mean 10 or more retail stores in a complex that provide pedestrian access or a public plaza and is built in conjunction with a hotel. The levy charged on hotels and market commercial properties is 50 per cent of the tax due from other area properties.
A development proposal for 59 stratified residential units over a commercial podium at the corner of West 15th Street and Bewicke Avenue was also moved to Nov. 14.