What’s up at council this week? (Jan. 27)

District of West Vancouver

The biggest talker on the municipal agenda Monday night is a motion from West Vancouver Coun. Marcus Wong asking district staff to work with the Land Title and Survey Authority of B.C. to begin scrubbing racist rules that forbid people of “African or Asiatic race” from owning homes in the British Properties. The rules have been of no force and effect since the 1970s, but Wong wants the embarrassing and shameful covenants off the books.

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Council is also scheduled to receive several presentations. Metro Vancouver staff will update council on Metro 2040, the regional growth strategy. Planning staff will also give an update on the development of their Horseshoe Bay area plan, which will determine what types of development will be allowed there under the new official community plan. Finance staff will brief council on their efforts to set aside enough money to cover the replacement of aging assets. And the West Vancouver Streamkeepers Society will present council the results of their fall spawning salmon survey, done in partnership with students from West Vancouver Secondary.

District of North Vancouver

District of North Van council members do not have a regular meeting scheduled, although do have a 5 p.m. workshop.

First up is a discussion about the 2020 budget, which is at this pointed slated to follow the template district council has used for years: A two-per cent tax increase to cover growing operating costs, plus a one-per cent increase to cover aging infrastructure replacement.

Following that, council members will get their first chance to sound off on a proposal for two all-rental buildings adjacent to Capilano University exclusively for Capilano students and staff. The plan from Darwin properties would see 330 rental units in two six-storey mixed use buildings at 1310 Monashee Dr. The land is zoned for open space although the property is home to Northwest Kennels & Daycare and storage for industrial construction equipment.

City of North Vancouver

City council members are getting down to 2020 budget talks with two possible tax increase options being presented: 4.58 per cent overall (2.87 per cent for operating, one per cent for infrastructure and 0.71 per cent for new items) or 3.87 per cent overall, (2.87 per cent for operating, one per cent for infrastructure and nothing for new items.)

Council will debate setting aside some more funding for improvements to Hammersley Park and traffic calming in Cloverley, and former fire chief and all-round great guy Dan Pistilli will receive a presentation of thanks from Mayor Linda Buchanan.

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