What's up at council this week? (July 6)

City of North Vancouver

City council has the busiest legislative agenda for the coming week.

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After an update on the soon-to-be-open new North Vancouver Museum and Archives in Lower Lonsdale, council is expected to embark on a new safe mobility strategy that aims to reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths for cyclists and pedestrians to zero.

On that note, the city may become one of the first municipalities to allow electric “micromobility” scooters on city streets, at least on a trial basis. Currently only e-bikes and mopeds are allowed.

And Coun. Jessica McIlroy will introduce a motion asking the city and the RCMP to explore introducing a “Non-Criminal and Wellness-Based Response Program” instead of typical police wellness checks, which have been known to escalate into violence.


District of West Vancouver

West Van council members will hear a presentation from the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War before getting down to things more typically under municipal jurisdiction – taxes, housing and homelessness.

Council will formally set which religious institutions and non-profits will be eligible for permissive tax exemptions for the year. A developer working on a rental building in Ambleside is seeking permission to do some work outside the typical allowable hours.

And Mayor Mary-Ann Booth will bring forward a motion to create a North Shore task force specifically to address homelessness.


District of North Vancouver

District council doesn’t have a regular Monday meeting scheduled but they will hold two public hearings for cannabis shops virtually across the street from one another: Kiaro Cannabis at 1560 Main St., and North Shore Cannabis at 1520 Barrow St.

The public hearings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Anyone wishing to address council must contact the municipal clerk at gordonja@dnv.org by noon on Tuesday.

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