Council Meeting Highlights: February 7, 2022
The Canadian Mental Health Association, North-West Vancouver, presented the new Peer Assisted Care Team.
The West Vancouver Memorial Library provided an annual presentation and accepted an award.
The District has received a formal rezoning proposal for 3180 Travers Avenue to fix a historical surveying error.
A small part of the lot was zoned for Marine Use sometime in the past, while the majority is zoned single-family residential. Private residential lands are generally not zoned Marine Use; this typically only applies to public lands. The rezoning would consolidate the property under a single single-family residential designation.
The proposed rezoning would also allow the waterfront boundary to be measured from the current, accurate natural boundary.
Once the property is rezoned to align with current surveys, a new single-family home that conforms to all zoning requirements is planned for the site. The foreshore area will remain undisturbed.
Council read the two Zoning Bylaw amendments the first time and scheduled a Public Hearing to take place on March 7, 2022.
In 2019, Council defeated a development proposal for 14 single-family and duplex units at 6404 Wellington Avenue and 6407 & 6403 Nelson Avenue. Since that time, the Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan has been completed, and half of this site has been rezoned to allow for infill housing. The other half is currently zoned for places of worship but has not been used for that purpose for many years. The new Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan supports the new proposal for this site, which is for ten single-family units.
Council read the proposed bylaw amendments a first time and scheduled a Public Hearing to take place on March 7, 2022.
Council also directed staff to negotiate a deferred CAC payment schedule with the proponent in a manner that staff recommend.
North Shore Connects is a partnership of North Shore municipalities and First Nations to advance a shared vision for improved transportation on, to and from the North Shore. In October 2021, North Shore Connects released an economic impact study that looked at the benefits of a Burrard Inlet Rapid Transit (BIRT) investment. The study indicates economic benefits to the North Shore, the Metro region, and the nation. Important benefits that a Burrard Inlet rapid transit crossing would provide:
- shifting more than 50,000 daily vehicle trips across Burrard Inlet to transit, resulting in decreased congestion, emissions, and collisions.
- near doubling of jobs accessible within a 60-minute transit ride for North Shore residents.
- improved connectivity and economic development conditions for four First Nations reserves across the North Shore.
Council discussed how this project fits into the regions' new 30-year transportation strategy, Transport 2050, and formally requested that the Mayors' Council prioritize the inclusion of Burrard Inlet Rapid Transit in the 10-Year Regional Transit and Transportation Vision. Council requested the Mayor, on behalf of Council, send a letter to the Chair of the Mayors' Council to advise them of this recommendation.
At the January 24 Council meeting, Council defeated a motion to relocate the 29th Street pickleball courts to a temporary location and directed staff to close the 29th Street courts to pickleball effective April 30, 2022.
A Council member requested that Council reconsider that decision at this meeting on short notice.
Council directed staff to install temporary pickleball courts in Normanby Park as soon as possible and convert the courts back to tennis use as soon as permanent pickleball courts are built.
The previous decisions still stand:
- to close the 29th Street courts to pickleball and convert them to tennis effective April 30
- to proceed with building permanent pickleball courts at Hugo Ray Park as soon as possible.
The next regular Council meeting will take place on February 14, 2022.