What’s up at council this week?

It's the season when municipal governments cast their lines on the water hoping to reel in one of those big, fat federal grants. And so while the District of North Vancouver looks to refine the definition of affordability, West Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver are both hoping senior levels of government can share the respective costs of a rec centre yet to be and gallery that’s been standing since 1913.

City of North Vancouver

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Despite being approved in July 2018, the new Harry Jerome rec centre came to a standstill last November after council suspended issuing the construction tender over cost concerns.

To help cover the $210-million tab, the city may apply to the federal government for a $20-million grant.

If approved, the grant would lessen the city’s reliance on an estimated $90 million in bridge financing.

The city is also mulling a six-storey, 26-unit apartment building at 2612 Lonsdale Avenue.

District of West Vancouver

Will senior levels of government wave a magic ferry wand over West Vancouver?

That's what council is hoping as they submit a $1.8 million grant application toward the $2.5 million Ferry Building restoration project.

Council is also set to appraise a tweak to the 349-unit Evelyn by Onni project. Onni has applied to build four townhouses north of Park Royal and south of Evelyn Drive rather than the previously contemplated 10,250 square foot private clubhouse.

District of North Vancouver

Merriam Webster defines affordable as: “able to be afforded: having a cost that is not too high.” But just what does that mean in the District of North Vancouver?

District council is set to seek an answer to that question at an informal council workshop beginning at 5 p.m.

Council is also scheduled to meet Tuesday to focus on priorities for the forthcoming official community plan review.

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