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What's up at council this week? (Oct. 25)

New North Shore Neighbourhood House and 18 storeys of affordable housing set for public hearing

City of North Vancouver

City council has cleared their entire Monday night schedule specifically to hold a public hearing on one issue – the redevelopment of North Shore Neighbourhood House into a new “neighborhood hub.”

The city is planning a 30,000 square-foot replacement for the aging facility, which primarily serves children, seniors and families in need. But apart from that, the project is slated to include a new home for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, a seniors respite centre, up to 260 below-market rental homes in six- and 18-storey buildings on the site, and a brand new Derek Inman Park.

Catalyst Community Developments Society and Hollyburn Family Services will provide the below-market housing, with the Health and Home Care Society of BC to run the seniors respite.

Earlier public consultations showed some opposition from nearby residents to the 18-storey tower, as it would spoil views and cast a shadow on other existing homes.

Sign up on the city's webpage to speak virtually. Watch the meeting live online

District of North Vancouver

District council members will convene for a 7 p.m. committee meeting specifically to review the municipality’s new draft housing needs report.

In 2019, the province required every municipality to commission a report that provides projection of population change and estimate of housing demand. The study seeks to identify how many new homes will be required and what tenure they should be, identify key areas of need and determine how many current households are experiencing core housing need.

The report finds the district will need an additional 7,056 new homes to keep up with demand between now and 2031. Of those, 5,503 should be owned homes and 1,553 should be rentals, according to the 162-page report.

To attend the meeting at district hall (355 West Queens Rd. in North Vancouver) or speak at the regular meeting of council, email gordonja@dnv.org before noon on Monday. Watch it live online.

District of West Vancouver

West Van council does not meet until Nov. 8.