I’m a fan tried and true,
I’m a fan of doubling density,
How ’bout you?
Say it loud, say it proud,
We want more density, density!
Fight, fight, win, win!
Go Harry Jerome Titanic Rec Centre
Go Darwin Twining Megaliths
‘Cause I want to be your next mayor!
Rah, rah, rah,
Carpetbagger Witchy Back is back in Mussatto’s Team Fold – turning a deaf ear, “overriding” yet another neighbourhood’s protests/concerns at a Public Hearing over the wrong kind of density on their street by yet another Mussatto empowered hijacking “4 to 3” scorecard.
Seriously, why do we even bother having Public Hearings when the “majority” of the concerns on any given recorded development is ignored. Which by the way was the exact sentiments of those against this twining housing project i.e. left helpless and in disgust with “Mussatto’s Team Knows Best Slate”. A neighbourhood like so many in our city losing its character for the almighty sake of densification, deconstructing and alienating neighbours from each other.
Wannabe night-mayor Buchanan and the rest of her Team Buffoons want to tear down one neighbourhood after another and screw zoning bylaws by setting a strong message to any homeowner who wants to redevelop their property in (as Back put it) ‘tiny little houses’… ‘twining infill houses, each over 3,000 sq. ft.’ providing unsightly density for up to 4 families and with only two extended family and friends front parking spots!
Which leads me to today’s blog… with the just passed “double your money” housing project that will surely encourage other single family home owners to follow suit under the umbrella of skyrocketing home prices. Will our entire city council turn their backs on an entire neighbourhood during the upcoming Monday Night’s Harry Jerome Public Hearing dedicated to the en masse deconstruction of two Upper Lonsdale city blocks. (If ever I want to be wrong)
In one corner we have Councillors Bell, Clark & Bookham wanting to bulldoze the existing HJCRC, lawn bowling, Silver Harbour Centre, tennis courts and Norsman (skateboard) Park and titanic-size it one block north with an all encompassing enchilada
Community Sports Centre costing over $200 million hinged and dependent on ripping up existing height and masse city building bylaws: succumbing to Mussatto’s double dipping campaign “investor” Darwin Construction.
Mayor Mussatto and his anti NIMBY councillors Buchanan, Keating & Back may not like the idea of spending $200 million of city taxpayers money on a new HJ ‘Monster SportsPlex’. But in order to pay back their campaign donor Darwin they must in copious approve a new Harry Jerome Watering Hole. Without joint adjudication, there can be no unprecedented towering development on the existing Harry Jerome Lands. Welcome to CNV Politics 101… where every neighbourhood is the property of Mussatto’s city council and his notorious city planners!
The feature bout from last Monday Night’s fight card was reinforcing the need for a public town hall meeting featuring this year’s Main Event: Building a new Harry Jerome Sports Enchilada that no other North Shore city would dare venture and all on the backs of a neighbourhood who have overwhelming been against this “Sports” not ‘Community’ Rec Centre AND chained to its hip is an 8 year crushing towering OCP rezoning en masse Mussatto donor development!
The odds on favourite i.e. hitting below the money belt favours a new
Community “Sporting” Harry Jerome mega structure and an en masse Darwin twin towering development i.e. basically shitting on the neighbourhood residents. Screw you NIMBY’s, senior lawn bowlers and Norseman Park – skateboard lovers. We (Back, Bell, Bookham, Clark) can get re-elected without your damn NIMBY support on October 20th!
Here are just a few choice video clips I pulled from last Monday’s city council meeting dealing with the new proposed HJ ‘Sports Centre’ & Darwin Lands verses the city’s neighbourhood from each councillor. Which I am sure all will be reiterating at the June 18th Public Hearing… Even our mayor is on record (District ★ Trojan Crier aka NSN) saying: you don’t buy the house and then figure out how to pay for it.
First up is Councillor Keating’s POV – pulling back the curtains!
Then along comes Councillors Bell and Back…
Wrapping up Councillors Buchanan, Bookham and Clark…
First kudos to our Canadian Paralympic Team in South Korea – capturing 28 medals! Only one less than our Canadian Olympic Team http://www.cbc.ca/sports/paralympics/paralympics-closing-wrap-1.4581555
Compositing these videos has been a challenge as with the new audio/video format the video streaming colour temperature is tinting facial skin tones purple. And the audio especially off the top never sounds ready and cuts out during (ironically) Public Input Period.
But not last Monday as out of the 15 or so who signed up for public input WTF 4 were conveniently developers or pro Mussatto supporters/donors who were selling their project wares for city council approval. It should be noted that NDP Moneybags Craig Keating who seems to only attend council meetings when the mayor needs “a majority” to enforce his “4 to 3” Team Hijackers empowerment “kiboshed” having more than 5 speakers at the 6:39 mark! And of course there was NO wide shot or 3 group shot of Councillor Keating voting against! (despicable camera work)
IF elected to city council I would really like to see Public Input Period changed to “Neighbourhood Input Period”. And of course stop having city council meetings on is it a holiday or not this Monday. This would give everyone one more day to examine and digest the contents of any agenda posted the prior Friday.
So without further adieu here is my first of 3 or 4 video replay excerpts from the March 12 Monday night city council fight card.
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
Mayor Mussatto pals Onni: “is pre-selling the upcoming 1335 Howe condominium at a Hong Kong fair for prices cheaper than if bought in Canada, while boasting about pricing ordinary Canadians out of the housing market.” And lest we forget Onni also has a bid/proposal for the lots at the existing Harry Jerome CRC and NS Lawn Bowling Club. What do you think the odds are IF the new proposed HJCRTitanic somehow is approved by city council that the old HJCRC and NSBC is awarded to grifter’s Onni.