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Here’s what's up at North Shore councils this week (May 9)

Three large-scale redevelopments in three municipalities will face votes Monday night.

District of North Vancouver

District staff will table a series of the municipality’s important financial documents including the audited financial statements, which offer a look into the district’s accounts and the statement of financial information, which includes detailed data on staff costs. A separate document outlining council’s pay and expenses from 2021 is also on the agenda.

Council will vote on extending the district’s temporary outdoor patio and business areas, created in 2020 to help businesses through COVID-19, for another year.

And the district may embark on some changes to what is and is not allowed to be done in traditionally single-family home neighbourhoods. Options mentioned in the staff report include increasing the maximum allowable size of secondary rental suites within homes, and doing public engagement on allowing new forms of infill housing as well as allowing for short-term rentals to be legalized and regulated.

The owner of the land where the former Maplewood Pub sits, at 1970 Spicer Rd., is seeking to demolish the building and rezone the property to light industrial so it can be used for storage of construction materials.

And council will have their first major vote on the large-scale redevelopment of 2050-2070 Marine Dr., where the Travelodge and Pho Japolo restaurant currently sit. IBI Group has applied to build a number of buildings on the site. The proposal includes:

  • 77 market rental apartments and 158 owned apartments in a 27-storey tower with adjacent townhouses;
  • 54 owned apartments in a nine-storey building with adjacent townhouses;
  • 41 non-market rental apartments in a four-storey building;
  • Two floors of underground parking with a total of 373 parking spaces (337 for residents, 34 for visitors, and 2 for commercial);
  • a small commercial space, and
  • a new public park.

The meeting is open to the public at district hall (355 West Queens Rd. in North Vancouver) at 7 p.m. To sign up to speak at the regular meeting of council, email before noon on Monday.  Watch it live online.

City of North Vancouver

North Vancouver city council members will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m., before having a vote on one of the largest and densest residential/commercial redevelopment projects in the city. Polygon Development is seeking to build 136 strata homes and 25,000 square feet of commercial space in a 22-storey tower at 114-132 West 15th St. The property is currently home to a 53-year-old two-storey commercial building on the west side and a 1986 single-storey commercial building, including the neighbourhood produce store Persia Foods on the east side. In order to go ahead, the project would require a transfer of density from other city-owned sites, bringing in about $5 million in community amenity contributions for the city.

Following that, council will vote on two smaller rezonings – a subdivision at 2008 Westview Dr. and the stratification of a coach house at 639 East Fourth St.

Sign up on the city's webpage to speak virtually. Watch the meeting live online

District of West Vancouver

West Vancouver council members will have their first debate on a proposal to allow an eight-unit townhouse redevelopment to replace a single-family home at 2905 Marine Dr.

Of greater consequence will be council’s vote on 2195 Gordon Ave. In July 2020, council approved a plan to take the district-owned lot, break it into two pieces, and build 50 strata condos in an eight-storey tower at the southern portion of the land, and 167 below-market rentals and a seniors day facility in two six-storey buildings on the northern portion.

Council will vote Monday on signing long-term leases with the Kiwanis North Shore Housing Society for the non-profit housing and Darwin Properties for the market condos, which will bring in almost $22.2 million in prepaid lease revenue.

Darwin and Kiwanis were chosen following an open request for proposal process in 2021.

 The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Watch it online through the district's livestream. Before the meeting starts, learn how to participate here