Wow! Tonight’s city council agenda content is 458 pages deep! From: Smoking Prohibition Expansion and Enforceability, Greater Vancouver Regional District, Metro Vancouver brief, to in-depth studies on Walk CNV – Pedestrian Plan, Proposed Cannabis Dispensary Enforcement “closed session,” various land matters, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Service Amendment Bylaw, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Service Amendment Bylaw, (anybody getting dizzy yet)… “Zoning Bylaw, 1995, No. 6700, Amendment Bylaw, 2018, No. 8610 (232-234 West 5th Street, CD-692, Text Amendment), a lengthy Draft 2018-2027 Financial Plan, Cannabis Regulation: Zoning and Business Bylaw Amendments, more zoning bylaw amendments including Cannabis Regulation: Zoning and Business Bylaw Amendments (whew) to Duplex Special Study: Results and Direction, Development Application: 125 and 145 East 13th Street and finally Councillor Bell’s (water logged) 50 Metre Pool at Harry Jerome!… And then there is the: “Mussatto Labour Matter” File: 07-2510-01-0001/2018 and its outcome will remain in Closed Session. 2018 03 05 Regular Agenda Package for March 5 2018
And yet between Feb. 5 and Feb. 26 council meetings our City Clerk and mayor could not find enough agenda items warranting a public council meeting. And yet here we are today with a 450+ paged agenda that was not available until last Friday afternoon. To expect city councillors and city taxpayers would have had enough time by 6 pm tonight to fully review and digest this all encompassing agenda is inauspicious, ominous at best and why I believe city councillors and taxpayers “deserve” a week’s notice to study and realize key discerning elements to be brought forward regarding any agenda item. But we “all know” that will never happen under Mussatto’s regime as he is running out of time getting his inglorious agenda across the line before October 20th or 18 City Council Meetings left in his autocratic governance! #CNVelections2018
Silver Harbour Seniors’ Activity Centre accessibility is on a collusion course with cyclists according to many seniors who use the SHSAC on a regular basis. And what is so asinine about this is WHY the city wants to proceed with this BLACK TOP BIKE PATH when city council is proposing REDEVELOPMENT of these lands along with the HJCRC by campaign double dipper donor Darwin Properties. Is it not conceivable this pathway may need to be altered, re-worked into the developer’s final pedestrian/traffic flow schematics. Or is the mayor that convinced these lands will not be handed over to Darwin Properties. i.e. The mayor and his Team Slate Collusion have already decided 4 to 3 in not having a new HJCRCentre at this location? In the meantime our infamous mayor’s Black Necklace final link will not be deterred or denied… all hail Commandant Mussatto’s dam bike legacy!
A consequence that should bare validity after October 20th city elections re: our city’s daily less than “2% cyclists.”
Isn’t it ironic a siren could be heard in the distance at a very key moment in last Monday Night’s city council meeting as our City Clerk was proclaiming to council by order of commandant Mussatto the Rezoning Application: 2601 Lonsdale Avenue (Pezzente Holdings Inc. /GBL Architects) to a public hearing previously in a Feb 5th meeting denied; deferred and referred back to city planning for further review regarding proposal size & scale, readdressing traffic flow concerns and lack of no more green space. Even councillor Buchanan, an ol’ vet NSN paper carrier to this area felt it needed a community concerns redress much to the chagrin of her commandant and guru – whom curiously was absent from last Monday night’s fight card… hmm. #DemocracyVetoed
Like our mayor loves to toot: “Welcome to North Van,” proudly building affordable rental housing while penny pinching low income rental housing. Though this Sundance Airbnb bad behaviour is somewhat last week’s news, I am getting no shortage of people crying foul, up in arms in just how UNAFFORDABLE our city is for far too many and how it is negatively impacting small business when it comes to maintaining staff and the overall social wellness of our city. And it is only going to get much worse! And lest we forget the hundreds of displaced Mussatto Team Slate city renters for the sake of so few willing to pay mortgage rate rentals.
Our infamous Mussatto Team controlled/bloc city council has created over the last three years going on four a zealot, no turning back policy against common sense development while shrinking the wellness of our green spaces. But we do have over $20 million worth of unwarranted BLACK NECKLACE bike lanes that less than 2% of our population will ever use. #UnaffordableHousing #CNVSOL #MortgageRateRentals
With density having reached unprecedented 2041+ levels many are now realizing the adverse impact and negative wellness it is having on our neighbourhoods. We do not need up to 1,500 more residents taking over the existing HJCRC lands as it only further injects unabated commuter congestion and gridlock and neighbourhood stress.
Re: HJCRC, I realize there are according to the MODUS survey a mere 900 across the entire North Shore of over 180K in support of the proposed HJCR Centre and only 241 whose postal code actually live in this neighbourhood. Yes, our existing HJCRC is at the end of its run. But I am completely opposed to spending $130 to $160 MILLION on an enchilada sporting mega-dome. The interest so far does not warrant such an all inclusive sporting facility. And our current HJCRC is NOT operating anywhere near full capacity, partly due to the onslaught of private fitness centres and just a few blocks north of HJCRC is the “brand new” Delbrook Community Recreation Centre that has a six lane, 25 metre pool. And what is blatantly missing is an attached PARKADE, or inclusive ground level parking to accommodate the traffic for those attending say an aquatic competition. A spendthrift mega-dome dependent on drawing people from across the North Shore and from the lower mainland… oh yeah I forgot everyone will be bicycling or taking transit and being dropped off and picked up at the ONE NORTH/SOUTH BUS STOP.
We should be seriously looking at alternative low-cost prefabricated modular options allowing for a much faster and cost effective turnaround in the reconstruct of our existing HJCRC. Rebuilding from the ground up in SECTIONS – independent state of the art building materials – allowing the rest of the existing rec centre to remain active. This would allow new second floor areas to be portable, interchangeable, easily updated meeting the unforeseen demands placed on the new rec centre for decades to come… and there lies the challenge, the needed resilience to reinvent our 52 year old HJCRC working drawings.
Tonight’s agenda once again does not address our many SHORTcomings like: offering city rent-controlled housing for people who work full or part-time in our local business whom cannot AFFORD our escalating rental/housing costs. And like so many asking: “Why does the Mayor hide our Statement of Financial Information – is it that incriminating?”
Meanwhile way, way back during our last NVCH meeting…
A must read: Rebellion in the Neighbourhood by Corrie Kost via https://www.theglobalcanadian.com/2138-2/#.WoXSXnx9u6o.wordpress
The proof is in the pudding thanks to: North Van City Voices: https://nvcityvoices.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/cnv_housing-units-january-2018.xls
This cycling imagery is wrong on so many fronts, perhaps the BC Child Protection Services should be notified and the North Shore SRA should be reprimanded, spanked for promoting such troubling, freewheeling practices. They are anything but “safe route advocates” willingly encouraging unsafe cycling habits that will cause unnecessary injury (death) to children especially during this wintry season… I thought I had seen it all – unbelievable. #EpicInsanity #NorthShoreSRArenegades #CyclingGoneWrong
A year ago I ran a similar blog, and it is as fresh today as it was last February. Nothing has changed when it comes to our mayor staying the psycho-ling course; steadfastly obedient and accordant for SO FEW winter cyclists. After all his derelict legacy is dependent on it. #CNVSOL
Another pet peeve of mine is Monday’s Agenda is not posted much before Friday noon. Releasing a city council agenda with only hours before a weekend is just one more example of the mayor and City Clerk unable or is it unwilling to deliver an agenda until the very last inauspicious minute. And if their excuse is there’s just not enough time to prepare prior to a city council meeting; then may I suggest any upcoming relevant agenda be prepared/discovered one full week prior. Allowing everyone time to study, digest and prepare for that upcoming city council meeting… I know this is OMG blasphemy – but only until October 20th – 34 weeks from tomorrow.