What's up at council this week? (June 24)

The bureaucratic badger saw its shadow today so we’ve got four more weeks of council meetings before summer. This Monday is set to bring loads of financial information, a fistful of pot shops set to clear their penultimate legislative hurdle, and old strata buildings in West Vancouver looking for council’s permission to do a little something with the ping pong room.

West Vancouver

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Two buildings or one?

That’s the question before West Vancouver council as they take a long range view of arts facilities in the community. While the discussions are preliminary, council is set to mull the prospect of a one-stop-shop for art versus a pair of buildings with one hosting theatre, music and workshops with the other gallery acting as a home for curated exhibitions.

In a bid to crack down on those things we use once and toss, West Vancouver may act to try striking a deal with the province that could involve banning single-use items in the municipality.

The merits of preserving the past are set to be weighed against the perils of subdivision Monday as the owner of the 95-year-old Hewitt House on Racliffe Avenue applies to split their property into two lots and to build a 1,557-square-foot house on the northern side.

In a novel approach at densification, council might appoint an Approving Officer to tackle the task requests from strata buildings to convert their common rooms into strata units.

Lastly, council may switch the zoning of a section of 2330 Cypress Bowl Lane from single-family residential to public assembly, which would allow Mulgrave School to add two new gyms.

City of North Vancouver

When it comes to pot shops, the city has been high and dry since legalization. However, that may soon change as a half-dozen hopeful pot shop proprietors are set to have their rezoning applications before council Monday.

If approved by council, the shops would need a green light from the Provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch to proceed.

Council is also set to consider expanding the types of business that could operate out of 132 West Esplanade, which has been vacant since the fall of 2017. Currently, permitted uses include: book shops, barbershops, restaurants and dry cleaners. Expanded uses would include child care, grocery stores, a bank or business offices, as well as others.

The city is also set to consider community grant recommendations, a tweak to the food cart policy, and a subdivision at 410 West 15th St.

District of North Vancouver

With the annual canoe races at Cates Park/Whey-ah-Wichen set to begin June 27, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Canoe Club is asking council to allow vising canoe teams to camp out during the event. The park is usually closed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

There’s also an update scheduled on the planned Maplewood Fire and Rescue Centre, which is slated to be up for tender this summer.

For the main event, council is set to look over their financial statements, municipal services, and everything else covered in the municipality’s 2018 annual report.

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