What’s up at council this week? (Jan. 20)

Will the minutes be adopted? Will the agenda be approved as circulated? These and other burning questions will be answered Monday night as our two North Vancouvers roar back into action.

We’ve got coach houses, commercial tax rates, and a possible cap on just how big a house can be.

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District of North Vancouver

There’s one zone in the district that doesn’t have a maximum house size but council is set to consider changing that with new rules limiting homes in the Single-Family Residential One Acre Zone to 5,813 square feet. There are 51 lots in the area on which owners could currently build homes exceeding that limit.

In a game of game of proceed, revise, reject or defer, council is slated to offer direction regarding a potential three-storey, 15-unit townhouse project on two single-family lots on Glenaire Drive in the Lions Gate Village Centre.

The meeting also includes a report to council on how the municipality is planning to adapt to a rising sea level.

City of North Vancouver

Council may need a new tax tool to help fix things for local businesses.

That’s the upshot of a motion put forward by Couns. Don Bell and Tony Valente asking staff to report on the impacts of splitting the zoning of commercial properties – essentially applying one tax to the building that is there and another tax rate based on what could be there.

Currently, a one-storey business operating on a site zoned for four storeys pays property taxes as though it already were four storeys.

The evening also includes community grants of $7,000 for the North Shore Table Tennis Society and $1,500 for the North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre – particularly for young stroke survivors.

West Vancouver is off Monday so instead, take a few minutes to listen to Marvin Gaye’s beautiful and unfortunately timeless lament, “What’s Going On?” released as a single on Jan. 20, 1971.

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