What’s up at council this week? (May 25)

Monday nights are taking on a tinge of normalcy as two of the three North Shore municipal councils are getting down to business.

City of North Vancouver

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A sizable new residential development could be coming to Central Lonsdale. City council will vote via webcam Monday night on whether to advance a proposal from developer Nacel Properties for 281 rental units and a new public park at 250 East 15th Street.

The property, which is across the street from the Evergreen House long-term care facility, is currently home to an older three-storey rental apartment complex.

The new homes would be in two 12-storey towers fronting 15th Street and one six-storey building on 16th. The new public park would be at the corner of 16th and St. Andrews Avenue.

And council will get a look at some best- and worst-case scenarios for how the city may be impacted by COVID-19. City staff began working on scenario planning early in the pandemic. The report coming to council Monday night examines the economic, social and development impacts the municipality will have to prepare for in the event the pandemic is suppressed this spring, the possibility of a second wave arising in the fall and the worst case scenario of a prolonged crisis.

District of West Vancouver

West Vancouver council members will be back at the table, at least remotely, to vote on whether to advance a plan to add more floors and apartment units to the already-under-construction towers at Park Royal.

The previous council approved the 11- and 14-storey towers at Park Royal in 2018. In July 2019, after construction had already begun, developer Larco returned with a proposal to add an extra 95 rental suites, taking the towers up to 16 and 19 storeys. Council’s vote Monday night will determine whether the extra storeys should go to a public hearing, which would be scheduled for June 23.

And council will vote on granting development permits for a new water reservoir at the second switchback of Cypress Bowl Road. The water is needed to serve new developments being built above the highway and the reservoir would be paid for by British Pacific Properties.

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