Over the summer I have spent time patronizing our local and North Shore restaurants, coffee shops and strolling through our shopping centres… And it doesn’t take long to notice how many store front windows have signs looking for HELP i.e. now hiring apply within. Is it just me or is there not a noticeable increase in our city’s businesses struggling to find qualified and reliable help. #NorthVanBusinessSOL
Patrick Stafford-Smith, CEO of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, said back in January: “it’s time for the North Shore to get a rapid transit link to the rest of the Lower Mainland or risk facing an exodus of local employers.” A dedicated B-Line along Marine and Main should help relieve commuter congestion but does absolutely nothing for business up and down Lonsdale Avenue – absolutely nothing. And with an estimated 1,000 plus residents planned between 20th and 27th streets in Upper Lonsdale – we are headed for one hell of a Lonsdale freeze!
Rumour has it: 40% of North Vancouver business will or are considering to leave the North Shore while couriers curse North Vancouver as the “seventh circle of hell.” The future business climate in our city is looking bleak at best. There is no quick fix or even short to mid-term fix, with the damage further diecast by Mussatto’s CityShaping. We are confronted with a 3 headed monster: 1. unaffordable housing, 2. employee shortages, 3. entangled inefficient commuter accessibility to and from the lower mainland.
Our NDP MLA Ma and TransLink rep and her infamous leader Hulk Horgan are currently bolstering transportation infrastructures throughout the lower mainland. But when it came to the North Shore they decided all they really only needed was a B-Line route along our south shoreline! It is quite obvious the North Shore is not a priority to TransLink or to our culpable NDP Government. Maybe it’s already time to start rebelling for change heading into our next provincial election.
And another themed sign noticeably cropping up on front lawns for weeks on end is “House For Sale.” …hmm.
Perhaps we should begin renaming the Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands “The Darwin I.O.U. Neighbourhood Lands” The AUDACITY of Darwin proposing such a MAXIMUM SIZED development that could (will) include a 32 high storey condo PROVES just how deep they are into the mayor’s IOU pockets; with his city planners falling over backwards desperately seeking their nefarious commandant’s approval on this project!
Read’em and Weep: HARRY JEROME NEIGHBOURHOOD LANDS PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND POTENTIAL AMENITIES: THAT my staff proceed with processing a rezoning and Official Community Plan amendment for the Harry Jerome Lands substantially as outlined in the report of the Director, Planning dated March 7, 2018, including:
– density of up to 2.5 FSR, including additional density to secure on-site amenities; (OMG)
– tower heights of up to 32 storey;
– creation of transferable density on the future Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre site – WTF!
Is this the beginning of city management showering final tributes to their leader who will be first and foremost remembered for his “4 to 3” OCP anarchism, city parking shortages, never taking advantage of provincial or federal affordable rental housing monies. While a growing number of local businesses are unable to maintain or afford part-time help – driving business off our shore. Topped off by his campaign donor developer lane closures, paralyzing traffic flows i.e. slow motioning getting anywhere on time which has also had an untimely adverse effect on our ambulance, police and fire departments emergency vehicles performance.
Under mayor MASSassto’s regime there has been absolutely NO REGARD to the fact we are already well over 2041 Regional Strategy (density/population) Levels… much like our OCP Guidelines a FARCICAL SHAM! #replaceOCP2019
Now we’ll have to wait and see which corner office position Grinch has accepted. Could it be at Onni/RPMG or Translink… I mean really, who else would be willing to use his convolute talents? Wait a minute, oh yeah, Polygon, Anthem, Concert, Hollyburn, BCLC casinos or will he eventually end up in an executive suite on the 24th or is it 32nd floor at the Darwin Neighbourhood Lands? #WeHaveHadEnoughOfMayorMussatto
Happy New Year and in just 292 days or in 9 months and 19 days we will be saying so long, arrivederci to Mayor Mussatto and his Team Slate. A new independent developer free city council will be surely elected, dawning a new era freezing highrise density growth, ending city government and developer collusion, seriously tackling unaffordable housing. And lest we forget our crumbling transportation infrastructures in the short term and not foolishly waiting or believing in billion dollar wet dreams like tunnels, SkyTrain rails over Second Narrows. TransLink is first and foremost willing to ignore the North Shore and deal with the serious transit shortages felt in Surrey, Richmond and Langley.
We can’t and should not have to wait for the estimated ten years before TransLink finally completes a bridge or tunnel – alleviating North Shore commuter congestion. We need to include and then look beyond TransLink in order to resolve i.e. re-engineer our immediate short transportation/commuter failings undermined by our North Shore city councils ramrodding density levels beyond our city’s transportation capacities. Competition is good for the transportation soul…
Paul Sullivan contributing writer to the NSN reported on a recent North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce “traffic yammering” Breakfast. A morning brekkie featuring guest “pro density” speakers MLA’s Thornthwaite, Sultan and parliamentary secretary for TransLink and pro cyclist’s Ma. http://www.nsnews.com/opinion/columnists/sullivan-adding-housing-will-not-remove-traffic-jams-1.23103434
Three unlikely bedfellows whom have copiously rationalized and no doubt had a little help from their respective mayors and BFF city councillors, i.e. the “hostage takers” behind our traffic woes. Despicable’s indebted to their campaign development backers and vainglorious egos; having heedlessly voted in favour of EVERY high density project after another to the point where we have now surpassed 2041 regional levels!
MLA Densifier’s Dumb, Dumber and Dim-wit (you decide which one is which), had better soon realize their pro density North Shore city councillor pals come next year’s civic elections may not as in probably won’t be re-elected with a few of these City Slickers like our mayor not running for re-election. At which point ALL three MLA’s will be confronted by new city hall board of directors. North Shore City Councils that won’t be in favour of more density, more unaffordable development nor will they ever be in favour of taxing our highways and bridges… and there lies your Density Fate of ever again getting re-elected.
As Grinch aka mayor Mussatto has sarcastically vetted, “Welcome to North Van, ha, ha.”
Could we at least get a ‘smile’ from either one of you!