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Residents angered over West Van paving the way for Dundarave Festival of Lights Collingwood expansion an electric future organizer honoured
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School expansion plan outrages West Van neighbourhood
British Properties residents say they were not properly informed of the nature and timing of the Collingwood School expansion TODD COYNE S TA F F R E P O RT E R
ritish Properties residents outraged over a planned private school expansion in their neighbourhood won a loud-fought reprieve Monday night from a District of West Vancouver council ready to move on the project. The Collingwood School’s Morven Drive campus is slated for a complete rebuild; demolishing the cafeteria, the parkade and an old wing of the campus and putting a new 7,000-square-metre wing where the athletics field is today. The new construction will max out the lot’s allowable height and density and that has many of Collingwood’s neighbours angrily claiming they were not informed of the true scope of the project until just two weeks ago. Those neighbours turned out for Monday’s council in considerable volume — both in numbers and decibels — and won an amendment tabled by councillors Craig Cameron and Bill Soprovich to hold at least one public meeting between the school, district staff and residents to discuss potential short- and long-term neighbourhood impacts of the construction before Collingwood’s plans move forward. “The rezoning that allows Collingwood to build to the height that they’re building, the square footage they’re building and to put the buildings where they’re going to put them was approved in the 1980s,” Coun. Cameron told the vocal residents at Monday’s meeting. “That doesn’t give you much comfort, I’m sure, but that’s the fact.” Fellow councillors Mary-Ann Booth, Michael Lewis and Nora Gambioli sided with the residents, each saying explicitly that they too would be upset being next door to
the proposed school expansion, with the latter councillor comparing living next to an expanded Collingwood with living next to a Costco retail store. And it’s not just the eventual finished product that residents are upset about. Many opponents to the project complained about the increase in truck traffic the construction would bring to the neighbourhood during its projected two-year build-out. Speaking to council, Collingwood project manager Harp Hoonjan said he’d be amenable to trying to restrict trucking in the neighbourhood to five days a week, down from the scheduled six, and continue at that reduced pace only if construction could still stay on deadline. So far, West Vancouver has only approved an excava-
tion permit for the Collingwood site, and the building permit will in all likelihood follow once the school consults with the district and the public in an open forum yet to be scheduled. As part of the Collingwood expansion, the school’s Parent’s wing will be renovated while a new wing for academic, administrative and athletic facilities is constructed atop two levels of underground parking. Collingwood’s student enrolment will not increase with the expansion and remains capped at a maximum 600 students as per a West Vancouver zoning bylaw that could only be changed with public assent. firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/toddcoyne
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Resident Parking Policy Update Open House
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Thursday, July 12 from 5pm - 7pm North Vancouver City Hall Atrium (Upper Level) The City is currently working on updating its Resident Parking Policy. The outcome of this project will affect the way the City manages on-street parking in residential areas. The Open House on July 12th is the ﬁrst of two events where interested stakeholders will have an opportunity to meet with staff and review parking information. The City invites all residents and other stakeholders to attend this Open House to learn more about the project and provide us with feedback about the current Resident Parking Policy. For more information, visit www.cnv.org/Parking.
Saturday and Sunday, July 14 & 15 at the Shipyards (Foot of Lonsdale)
Canada Day Celebrations Sunday, July 1st Canada Day Parade & Pancake Breakfast Pancake breakfast from 8am - 9:30am, Parade starts at 9:30am Start your day with a pancake breakfast at Grand Blvd Park and then watch the parade as it goes from 13th Street & Grand Blvd to Mahon Park. More information at www.NorthShoreParade.org. Celebrations at Waterfront Park, Noon - 4pm This popular (and free!) community event appeals to the whole family. Enjoy a great variety of music and entertainment, crafts, face painting, a bouncy castle, mini-golf, a climbing wall, tugboat ballet and more. More information at www.NorthVanCanadaDay.org.
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The Lower Lonsdale Business Association is hosting the 6th Annual Party at the Pier. This maritime celebration includes family-friendly entertainment and activities throughout the weekend. The festival kicks off with a free outdoor concert on Saturday, July 14 at 6:30pm. Join us for a unique blend of jazz, R&B, vintage blues and pop with Les is More, followed by North Shore's very own Lions Gate Sinfonia. On Sunday, July 15 enjoy a full day of fun from 11am - 4pm. Entertainment includes a variety of award-winning musical guests, strolling performers, face painters, balloon creations, mascots, a climbing wall, interpretive tours and more. Tickets for the popular harbour tour onboard the Magic Charm go on sale June 23 at John Braithwaite Community Centre and North Shore Neighbourhood House. An exceptional weekend of entertainment and activity. Complete details at www.cnv.org.
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est Vancouver is installing electric car fill-up stations and will force developers to follow suit. The district will ask the province for $6,500 to buy and install four electric vehicle charging stations and will make developers install the outlets at all future multi-family residential and some larger commercial developments. But Mayor Michael Smith called Mondayâ€™s vote of council a step in the wrong direction. â€œI think weâ€™re rushing out, spending $6,500 to be politically correct, quite frankly,â€? Mayor Smith said. While the mayor was not clamoring aboard the electric bandwagon, he was not alone either. Coun. Michael Lewis called the staff proposal for two charging stations apiece at the West Vancouver and Gleneagles community centres and the mandatory outlets at new developments â€œway too vague.â€? What is unclear, he said, is whether electric vehicle users will have to pay for the power they draw from the district â€œpumpsâ€? or whether itâ€™ll be provided free. And the idea of mandating one outlet for every new multi-family residential unit and at least one for every new commercial development larger than 1,500 square metres doesnâ€™t make sense, Lewis said. â€œI donâ€™t know why youâ€™d ask a developer to provide for a number of EV [electric vehicle] outlets when everyone who moves into those apartments doesnâ€™t have a car, much less an electric car,â€? he added. Mayor Smith struck a similar note. â€œNumber one, we donâ€™t even know whether we have any electric vehicles in West Van and it seems to be the ones we do get hit with, if we do have some, theyâ€™re avoiding 45-cent-litre gas tax
so why would we provide at a cost of $6,500 a free charging station?â€? he asked council. â€œI think the technology is going to be outdated by the time we install it,â€? he added. While eventually voting in favour of the electric car infrastructure, Coun. Mary-Ann Booth said the districtâ€™s focus should instead be on encouraging residents to move away from singleuser transportation towards mass transit and car share programs. Along with Booth, councillors Craig Cameron, Trish Panz, Bill Soprovich and Nora Gambioli won the vote in favour of installing the infrastructure, with the latter calling the decision â€œa no-brainer.â€? â€œItâ€™s in our official community plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it was in our climate action plan of 2010 of which I was co-chair of the committee. It is in our strategic transportation plan, we need to move ahead on this, we need to lead on this,â€? Gambioli said. In his statement of support for the electric vehicle infrastructure, Coun. Cameron said the cost accrued by future developers to install the outdoor EV outlets would be an â€œextremely nominal fee,â€? though no exact figure was available to The Outlook at press time.
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est Vancouver council took a step toward encouraging coach houses in the district Monday, with Mayor Michael Smith urging developers to now take the lead with proposals. “We really need the development community to step up with some projects,” Mayor Smith said, following a unanimous council vote in support of exploring the infill housing option. But the step is a small one and — as is apparent in the wording of the housing report that council merely voted to receive — it’s one of very many small steps in a long process. Council received the “Transitioning to an Investigation of the Potential of Coach Houses in West Vancouver” report Monday night, a report with enough non-committal qualifiers in its title to fuel the frustration of some councillors at the bureaucratic pace of the coach house initiative. “I’m concerned about death by study,” said Coun. Craig Cameron. “I would like to see some action, I would like to see things built. Not an endless surround of studies that go nowhere.” Councillors Cameron and Michael Lewis acknowledged the apparent concerns of some residents that coach houses could change the character of their neighbourhoods. But Cameron said the incremental introduction of infill housing is likely the only way to dispel those fears. Fellow councillor Nora Gambioli agreed. “We already engaged the community a long time ago with neighbourhood housing and neighbourhood character study groups and
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Plans for future of Marine Drive Safeway site revealed Owners of sprawling Ambleside plot announce new grocer by year’s end and free grocery delivery starting now TODD COYNE S TA F F R E P O RT E R
fter a story in last week’s Outlook about the future of a prime piece of West Vancouver real estate once longtime leaseholders Safeway shutter their flagship Marine Drive grocery store on June 30, the site’s owners and operators of the rival grocery chain IGA told the newspaper Monday about its plans to fast-track the opening of their own store on the site by year’s end. IGA-operators H.Y. Louie Group own the Safeway lot at 1650 Marine Drive and told The Outlook Monday that in an effort to soothe any inconvenience to North Shore shoppers in the interim between Safeway’s closure and the opening of an IGA or Marketplace IGA store, the company will offer free grocery delivery anywhere on the North Shore. From Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove, shoppers at either one of the North Vancouver or West Vancouver Marketplace IGA stores can now place their grocery orders of $25 or more instore and arrange a time for free delivery, allowing residents the freedom of shopping on lunch breaks or buying more than they could otherwise carry home. This service is in addition to the current phone-in delivery service for seniors and those with mobility problems that runs only one to two days per week. The announcement was made to The Outlook after the closure of the Marine Drive Safeway store took many Ambleside-area shoppers by surprise and left District of West Vancouver council and planning staff scratching their heads about the future of the site as no requests for permits to build on the soon-to-bevacant lot have been received. New H.Y. Louie-IGA spokesman and director of marketing, Mark McCurdy, also revealed the company’s plans for the 1650 Marine Drive site in an interview with The Outlook on Monday. “We have IGA and we have Marketplace IGA; we’re just not sure which banner we’ll put in there yet,” McCurdy said, adding that leasing the property to a competitor is off the table this time around. “It’s kind of one of those things where we really want to make sure we get out on the right foot with the community.”
FOOD FORECAST - After Safeway closes its doors June 30, either an IGA or IGA Marketplace store will replace it. Outlook files
It’s a lesson McCurdy said H.Y. Louie learned last summer when the company came close to getting approval for one of two massive mixed-use development proposals for the site before both plans were rejected during public consultations over residents’ concerns about obstructed views of the waterfront. The two options presented to District of West Vancouver council at the time both included a 41,000-square-foot underground grocery store, 16,800 square feet of ground-level retail and office space and between 144 and 154 residential units. The only difference between the two designs was in their residential buildings, with one option proposing a 15-storey tower and the other 10 storeys. But while those two concepts for the site were quashed indefinitely, the H.Y. Louie spokesman said the company will not give up altogether on redeveloping the site in the future to include residential and
more retail space, but those plans are now years away. “If the building and the tower had gone through, I’d imagine it’d be a two- to three-year build-out for something that massive,” McCurdy said. “So now we’re turning around and saying, ‘Okay, we’ve got to open up this store as quickly as possible for the benefit of everyone.’ “It’s a very, very, very tight timeframe but we think we owe it to everybody to get a store back up and running right away,” he added. Once Safeway closes its doors Saturday, the grocer will have until the end of July to clear out its stock and property. Then H.Y. Louie will hire a company to conduct hazardous materials testing in the building to determine the presence of potential environmental toxins like asbestos and remove them if necessary. “That usually takes us a couple
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