Strategies & Plans
Strategies and plans are developed in consultation with the community, and provide a policy framework to achieve long-term goals.
West Vancouver has taken a leadership role in reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within its own operations. This plan supports the District's goals and commitments with regards to climate action, community sustainability and asset management.
The two key goals of the Cycling Network and Greenway Plan are to 1) increase bicycle and walking trips; and, 2) improve safety for cyclists and greenway users.
The Cycling Network and Greenway Plan was approved by Council in 2007. In June 2012, the Engineering Department reviewed the 2007 plan, updated the network map and presented an implementation strategy that was approved by Council. The Cycling Network Implementation Plan Report lays out a strategy for implementing on-street cycling route improvements, particularly in the Ambleside and Dundarave areas.
The preparation of an Economic Development Plan for the District of West Vancouver was initiated in early 2016. Work included nearly two years of research, stakeholder engagement, academic and other working partnerships and strategy development.
This plan represents the first in-depth analysis of local economic conditions in West Vancouver—both the challenges and the opportunities and the relationship between local economic health and community resilience. It has also clarified the municipality’s role in economic development: to grow and diversify the local economy to support existing and future businesses, provide more local employment opportunities and broaden the municipal tax base.
The plan shifts our thinking about West Vancouver’s economy from purely serving the needs of local residents to what it takes to build a more vibrant, thriving and sustainable local economy over the long-term.
It is founded on three strategies focused on visitors, commercial areas and emerging opportunities. Individually, these strategies will capitalize on business opportunities in key economic sectors—be they immediate or short-term opportunities or longer-term possibilities. Together, they provide the framework for a sustainable local economy.
Part A of this document speaks to the role of municipal economic development and the District’s economic partnership model. The plan’s three key strategies for economic diversification are presented in Parts B, C and D respectively.
The Emergency Plan serves as a guide for Council and staff in order to prepare for, and respond to, major emergencies and disasters affecting the District. It is required by legislation, and this is the plan referenced in the District of West Vancouver Municipal Bylaw No. 4309 (2002), North Shore Disaster Bylaw No. 4485 (2006), and Section 6(2) of the Provincial Emergency Program Act.
As part of the District's commitment to move towards a more sustainable future, Council adopted an Environmental Strategy that outlines how the environmental policies of the Official Community Plan will be put into action.
The strategy recognizes that environmental stewardship is the shared responsibility of the entire District and has been developed cooperatively by all municipal departments. The Environmental Strategy is designed to protect our natural resources and preserve ecosystems.
This plan reflects the District's ongoing commitment to provide high-quality services and programs to the community in a fiscally responsible manner. This year’s budget process addresses the rising costs of providing these services while carefully considering the use of taxpayers’ dollars.
Council adopted this plan on February 18, 2013. This document builds on the Official Community Plan (OCP) and the 2007-2008 Community Dialogue on Neighbourhood Character and Housing. It provides a framework to: continue the dialogue on housing issues and opportunities in the community; clarify West Vancouver’s goals for housing diversity and affordability; and, identify possible local government actions to address these goals and establish priorities for West Vancouver.
Invasive plants are non-native plants that have been introduced to British Columbia where we lack the insect predators and plant pathogens that help keep them in check in their native habitats. They are the second greatest threat to global biodiversity, after habitat destruction.
These plants out-compete native vegetation and spread quickly if left untreated. They destroy food sources and take over important habitats for native plants and animals. Some are even hazardous to human health.
Council created the Invasive Plants Working Group to develop a five-year strategy to manage and control invasive plants in West Vancouver.
The strategy was approved by Council June 16, 2014.
In 1998, a group of residents formed the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society to: work to protect the natural integrity of the park given its unique natural history and vulnerability to urban pressures; promote public awareness of the natural features of Lighthouse Park; promote public support for its preservation; support the development of biological zones along the park boundaries; and, to work to prevent development encroaching on the park.
In 2004, after almost two years of planning and community involvement, Council approved the Lighthouse Park Management Plan.