Sunday, October 27, 2013

North Shore density the most important issue of the year

Chief Editor of the North Shore News Martin Millerchip talks on  "Ask the News' on the North Shore News website. Scroll down to the second video.

Watch the video

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Lynn Valley Town Centre Implementation Plans

Link to video clip of DNV Council's regular meeting on Monday, October 7th. below.  You can watch the public engagement session at the beginning of the clip and agenda 9 at 57 minutes into the meeting when DNV planners are explaining their concepts and after that the council session.
It looks like we are at general height of 5 to 8 stories and 12 stories at strategic locations and not 16 as previously intended. 

Concerns with traffic, public transit issues, a sustained 'village' feel with the increased density, and a neighbourhood that stays in tune with it's natural surroundings as well as 'renewal' seemed to remain  the priorities with Lynn Valley residents.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Coast Guard ships awarded to Seaspan by the Feds

3.3 Billion dollars and 10 more ships to be built in North Vancouver.

Premier Clark says this will mean 'great jobs for B.C."

Walter Gerlach, with the International Association of Machinists Lodge 692, said Monday’s announcement was a great one. However, he said the key will be bringing the vessels in on time and on budget. “The machine’s going to have to hit on every cylinder every time and hope we don’t run into any problems,” he said in an interview

The federal government announced Monday that the Vancouver Shipyard is set to build up to 10 additional large non-combat ships for the Canadian Coast Guard. (JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS)Thousands of jobs

Friday, October 04, 2013

DNV Council - Finally Moving Lynn Valley ahead?

Next Monday's Council meeting represents an important opportunity for DNV Council to start the Lynn Valley revitalisation rolling.

(Follow-up - the item below as approved.  PDF Notice here.)

Although they won't be actually approving any new projects - in large part because no applications have been made - they will be voting on options including having District staff:

 "Develop a Planning Framework to guide decision-making (generally based on a 5- storey height limit with maximum 8 storeys at strategic locations; additional height 
considered on a case-by-case basis). "

(Scroll down to page 71 of the linked PDF to see the background)

My letter supporting this proposal is here.

In the meantime, Mark Sager has sent me some design ideas from the Bosa presentation a couple of weeks ago.  To my eye they feel like Edgemont Village meets Park Royal, and maintain a nice West Coast feel.  From the map in image number four you can see that they're working within the Official Community Plan.

(Thanks to a sharp eyed reader who noted that the Council meeting is Monday, not Tuesday.)