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What’s up at council this week? (Feb. 1)

North Van may double fines for people who park in bike lanes
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Alcuin College's proposal for an additional floor on their Lower Lonsdale school will go before City of North Vancouver council Monday night.

City of North Vancouver

The City of North Vancouver appears ready to crack down on drivers who park in bike lanes. Council will vote on a proposed new bylaw that would slap a $200 fine on anyone stopping, parking or otherwise impeding a mobility lane. Council will also consider formally allowing people to use skateboards in mobility lanes.

Council will also vote on whether to renew the mandate of the Lower Lonsdale Business Improvement Area for another seven years. The BIA spearheads promotion of the neighbourhood businesses and beautification projects on an annual budget of $500,000 raised from the 389 businesses in the area.

And council will consider whether to allow the already-under-construction Alcuin College to add a fourth storey to its new school at 63 Mahon Ave. If approved, the space would be a gymnasium/multi-purpose space for students during the day and be rented out as an event venue after school hours. A petition opposing the expansion has been circulating, citing concerns over noise and parking impacts, but city staff say the proposal is consistent with the official community plan and should go ahead. Because the extra floor would change the density of the project, it will have to go to a public hearing.


District of North Vancouver

District council members will meet for a workshop Monday. The only item on their agenda is a discussion about how COVID-19 has impacted the four subjects currently being reviewed in the district’s official community plan: climate emergency, economy and employment lands, housing, and transportation.


District of West Vancouver

West Van council’s next scheduled meeting is on Feb 8.