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What's up at council this week? (July 19)

District of North Vancouver voting on a proposal to allow drinking in 14 outdoor public spaces

District of North Vancouver

There’ll be fireworks in District of North Vancouver council chambers Monday night.

After a contentious proposal to ban fireworks in the fall of 2020, council is schedule to vote on a bylaw Monday that could “prohibit consumer use and sale of fireworks.” Currently, they are only legal between 6 and 10 p.m. on Halloween, and even then, only with a permit.

On the subject of permitted (or non-permitted) fun, council will vote on a proposal to allow drinking within 14 areas of local parks.

The new Lions Gate Community Recreation Centre is set to open this fall and district council will vote on a budget to plan programming for the site.

In the same neighbourhood, council is being asked for their input on a proposal for 326 new homes (207 strata, 77 market rentals and 41 below-market rentals) in four buildings between four and 27 storeys at 2050-2070 Marine Dr. The site is currently home to the Travelodge, Denny's and Pho Japolo restaurant.

District staff are scheduled to brief council on all of the district’s efforts related to housing, including provision of new rentals and affordable housing, their housing needs report, short-term rentals, and assistance for demovicted tenants.

The owners of a dilapidated home at 5748 Sunshine Falls Lane may be ordered to demolish and remove the building.

And council will vote on whether to endorse a campaign to lower the voting age in B.C. to 16.


City of North Vancouver

North Van city council members will receive an update from staff on their ongoing “open streets” project, particularly the efforts to make Central Lonsdale more people friendly by introducing seating, patios, parklets and programming where roadway parking stalls used to be.

The city and Flicka Gymnastics Club are about to sign an agreement, leasing the old Mickey McDougall Community Recreation Centre to the club for a period of 10 years, subject to some capital improvements being made first

Council will have their first vote on a six-storey rental project that would see 58 apartments built at 1220 St. Georges Ave., currently home to the renters of 28 suites in a late 1950s apartment building.

They are also being asked to approve a proposed 15-unit townhouse complex at 427-435 East 3rd St. and a triplex proposal for 261-263 West 6th St.

Lastly, Mayor Linda Buchanan has asked staff to begin drawing up some new guidelines for child care facilities “to ensure quality design, care and operational needs are met.”


District of West Vancouver

West Van council members do not have a regular council meeting scheduled until July 26.