What's up at council this week?

This story has been amended since first posting to correct an error.

There’s a big triple-header coming Monday night and we’re not talking about the NHL playoffs. All three councils have heavy agendas to get through.

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District of North Vancouver

 

District council is set to get an update on plans to reaplce its Fire Hall No. 1 in Lynn Valley, and decommission Fire Hall No. 2 in Lynn Creek and the Fire Training Centre on St. Denis Avenue and consolidate them into one new all-in-one facility in Maplewood. The $34-million plan has been in the works for a decade. According to the fire department, the move will result in greater efficiency for the department, faster response times in the Seymour and Blueridge Area, higher environmental performance and upgrades to industry-standard facilities.

Council will also set the parameters for just who will be first in line for consultation on the future of the Delbrook Lands. In November, council voted down an affordable housing project on the site for a host of reasons but largely because it was unpopular with the neighbours. Future plans are heading back to the drawing board with new consultations set to begin. Options presented by staff include starting first with people who live within a 100-metre radius of the property, people within a 200-metre radius, or some “alternate notification area as determined by council."

The North Vancouver school district is set to get its development permit from the district for the new Handsworth Secondary school, but whether or not the new school will have a track and artificial turf sports field remains an open question. Currently, the province has not offered enough capital funding to build the sports facilities but district council is set to discuss whether or not they would be interested in offering some track and field funding.

Mayor Mike Little will also bestow a certificate of appreciation to the group of boys who jumped into action and rescued an eight-year-old dangling from a Grouse Mountain chairlift in February.

Editor's note: This section has been updated to correct an error. Only the administrative function and the tower and rescue truck will move from Firehall No. 1 to the Maplewood Fire and Rescue Training Centre. The regular firehall functions will remain in Lynn Valley.

 

 

City of North Vancouver

 

Speak now or forever hold your peace. At 6:30 p.m. council will hold a public hearing for an 85-unit rental building at 125 East 20th Street. Of the new units, 10 would be offered at $375 per month to clients of the Vancouver Resource Society for the Physically Disabled, which owns the land.

Council will vote on whether to set aside $300,000 for affordable housing initiatives include including plans for rental-only zoning and the new “North Shore Balanced Housing Innovation Lab.”

And council will finalize its 2019 tax structure, bringing an overall 4.25 per cent tax increase. If council approves the mill rates recommended by city staff Monday night, homeowners will pay $1.61185 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Light industrial and commercial will pay $5.03018 and major industry will pay between $21.42464 and $26.18567, depending on whether specific businesses are eligible for tax relief from the province.

 

District of West Vancouver

 

Council is set to receive the final staff report on the future of the North Shore B-Line express bus. NEWS FLASH: They’re not into it. Staff are recommending the bus be halted at Park Royal when it begins running in early 2020. But West Van will keep the door open to potential expansion of the B-Line services to Dundarave, as originally intended, so long as it doesn’t turn around near any schools, does not require any bus lanes through Ambleside, minimizes the loss of on-street parking and minimizes impacts to residential neighbourhoods.

Council is also scheduled to vote on issuing a development permit for a 64-unit strata building. The development includes 10- and six-storey residential towers, plus a three-storey private amenity building off Chippendale Road. The land was rezoned for condos more than 10 years ago as part of the Rodgers Creek Area plan.

 

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