Ambleside Dundarave Ratepayers Association

ADRA

adrawestvan@gmail.com

The Ambleside and Dundarave Ratepayers’ Association (ADRA), is a legally constituted society run entirely by volunteers. We strive to inform and involve our members so they may better influence important issues in their community. Our enviable quality of life is something we wish to maintain, enhance and share.

Do you love Ambleside and Dundarave? Do you support quality of life principles? Then consider joining ADRA. Our active members share an interest in our community, but don’t all live here.

Read what others are saying:
https://westvancouver.ca/government/mayor-council/write-mayor-council/2019-correspondence-mayor-and-council

Watch a Council Meeting On-Line
https://westvancouver.ca/government/mayor-council/council-videos

NOTE:  Council is no longer requesting that speakers at Council meetings provide their name or state whether they live in West Vancouver or elsewhere.
Please share your opinion with Mayor and Council on this most important issue either at a Council meeting , in writing or by phone.

Mayor Mary-Ann Booth mbooth@westvancouver.ca (604) 340-8490
Councillor Craig Cameron ccameron@westvancouver.ca (604) 828-0805
Councillor Nora Gambioli ngambioli@westvancouver.ca (604) 653-8823
Councillor Peter Lambur plambur@westvancouver.ca (604) 312-7856
Councillor Bill Soprovich bsoprovich@westvancouver.ca (604) 561-3219
Councillor Sharon Thompson sthompson@westvancouver.ca (604) 209-4621
Councillor Marcus Wong mwong@westvancouver.ca (604) 219-0064

IMPORTANT DATES

I.  INITIAL CONSULTATION:
Below Market Housing at 2195 Gordon Avenue

https://www.westvancouverite.ca/gordon

LAST DAY FOR FEEDBACK ON BELOW MARKET HOUSING AT 2195 GORDON  IS April 15, 2019.

Click below to take survey. (Hint: Ignore questions where your choice is not listed.)
https://www.westvancouverite.ca/gordon/survey_tools/survey

1.  detailed meeting notes:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/4341359f8684b4a74e95a7f77/files/30ba253c-76f5-4688-8ec9-be1254768113/ADRA_MEETING_WITH_DISTRICT.pd
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2.  Questions and Answers:
https://www.westvancouverite.ca/gordon?tool=qanda#tool_tab

II.  More on the B-Line

As part of Phase One of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision, a proposal for a new rapid B-Line service (Phibbs Exchange in North Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay to Dundarave in West Vancouver) has been developed to address regional and local needs, and to improve the speed, reliability and convenience of transit service across the North Shore

For further information, click below:

http://adrawestvan.ca/b-line/

Am I the last voice against Skytrain toUBC? 

-relationship between developers and transit

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/01/29/Last-Voice-Against-SkyTrain-to-UBC/

Who is Transit for? (Vancouver Sun, Feb. 4, 2019 p. A7)
relationship between developers and transit

Elizabeth Murphy: Region needs to reconsider Broadway subway to UBC

To “B” or not to “B”  (West Vancouver Magazine, Feb, 2019 p. 6) 

https://issuu.com/turnermedia/docs/westvancouvermagazine-jan2019/6

The B-Line in Kerrisdale

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/41st-avenue-b-line-kerrisdale-road-changes

Marine Drive Eastbound.  Nov. 30, 2018

For further information, click below:
https://www.westvancouverite.ca/b-line

III.  More on Affordable Housing

  1.  City Still Falling Short on Housing Targets for the Middle Class (Vancouver Sun, April 3, 2019 p. A5)   City still fall­ing short on hous­ing tar­gets for the mid­dle class
  2.  Why real estate ‘supply skeptics’ have it all wrong (Financial Post/Vancouver Sun, Feb. 1, 2019  p. C3)  -discusses whether increased supply really does improve affordability 

https://business.financialpost.com/real-estate/real-estate-supply-skeptics-have-it-all-wrong-building-more-houses-really-does-improve-affordability

2.  Severe gap between Income and House Prices in All Metro Vancouver Markets (Vancouver Sun, September 12, 2018)
-shows income needed to purchase Metro property. 

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/severe-gap-between-income-and-house-prices-in-all-metro-vancouver-markets-report

 Message to Members: Jan. 11, 2018

The first time many citizens became aware that the B-Line was not just an extension of existing bus service was when ADRA advised our members about the District open house information sessions held November 28 and 29, 2018.

On December 5th, 2018,  ADRA sent your questions and comments to both WV Mayor and Council and Translink. (copy of questions attached below – attachment #1). Please note we have yet to receive a reply.

Also around this time local businessman, Nigel Malkin struck a group called “Stop the Road Closures” stoptheroadclosures.ca

On January 9th, 2019,  the B-Line first appeared on the agenda of the WV Community Engagement Committee. (and narrative about this and other components is below – attachment #2)

On January 10th, 2019, the District announced the intent to hold a public consultation event on January 24th, 2019.. They indicate they will make available to the public B-Line information they say has “already been carefully considered”. They also indicated that  “variation of the proposal will not be part of the consultation but overall support for or against will be”. 
This means that there is NO PUBLIC OPPORTUNITY to amend or improve the B-Line proposal. Council will either accept or reject the proposal as is. 

It is unknown how the district will measure “overall support for or against” or if they will adhere to public input.

To date, District consultation/messaging has focused on promoting/justifying the B-Line option. They have yet to acknowledge the significant number of concerns and criticisms voiced in public correspondence and other venues, (Unless that is what they consider the “misinformation” they have stated is circulating material. Although many have asked, we have yet to clearly determine what misinformation has been circulated.)

The next Council meeting is MONDAY JANUARY 14th, 2019 – at 6PM – While the B-Line is (remarkably) not on the agenda you may speak for up to 3 minutes during the public question period near the end of the meeting.

We also encourage you to email mayorandcouncil@westvancouver.ca or individual council members (contacts all listed on the ADRA and district websites). We recommend you ask that your name not be redacted and appreciate when you copy your messages to ADRA.

Sincerely,  Scenery Slater
for
Ambleside & Dundarave Ratepayers Association (adrawestvan.ca)

ATTACHMENT 1:  Member Questions and Comments
https://adrawestvan.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4341359f8684b4a74e95a7f77&id=4339ffd088&e=17f62980cb

ATTACHMENT 2:  B-Line Timeline and Details
https://adrawestvan.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4341359f8684b4a74e95a7f77&id=c90318415c&e=17f62980cb

Link to North Vancouver B-Line Proposal
https://www.dnv.org/news/update-translinks-marine-main-b-line-rapid-bus-service

MESSAGE TO MEMBERS:  Dec. 7, 2018

Ambleside & Dundarave Ratepayers Association members have provided the following questions and comments regarding the B-Line proposal. We are requesting answers from the District of West Vancouver and/or TransLink so we may circulate the information to our general membership.

Please know that our membership has indicated overwhelming support for improved transit and increasing transit ridership, but not all are convinced that the B-Line proposal is the most appropriate way to achieve this.

Thank you to all members who provided feedback.  ADRA will circulate responses to the questions and any additional information when it is received.

Click on the links below for further information on the B-Line, the questions and comments.

Sincerely,  Scenery Slater
for
Ambleside & Dundarave Ratepayers Association (adrawestvan.ca)

B-Line Proposal:

https://westvancouver.ca/transportation-roads/blue-bus/translink-b-line

 

Website dedicated to this issue(includes petition and information)  created by local businessman, N. Malkin, http://www.stoptheroadclosures.ca/

Contact Translink:   bline@translink.ca
Contact Mayor and Council:  MayorandCouncil@westvancouver.ca

EXECUTIVE GROUP

660 Clyde Avenue and 657 and 675 Marine Drive (District of West Vancouver)

https://westvancouver.ca/home-building-property/planning/major-applications/executive-group

OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS
Click on the link below:

https://westvancouver.ca/sites/default/files/dwv/assets/gov/docs/Election/2018/ELECTION_2018

PHASE 2 SURVEY FROM THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION ON MOBILITY PRICING:

https://its-time-en-2.ethelo.net/projects/5a4bd68169702d52ad370000/vote/project-user/background?utm_source=its-time&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=engagement&utm_term=press-release

NEW NORTH SHORE NEWSPAPER

A new newspaper, providing alternative political content is now being published on the North Shore.  The Global Canadian is a free publication available in newspaper boxes, coffee shops as well as the Library and Seniors Centre. The January 15-31 edition included many interesting points of view from many different North Shore groups including the one below by by ADRA president Scenery Slater.  We invite you use the  “share” and “like” buttons included in the below link.

https://www.theglobalcanadian.com/quality-life-vision-ambleside-dundarave-ratepayers-association/

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Real Estate’s ‘Missing Middle’ is Missing for a Reason (Financial Post/Vancouver Sun, December 21, 2018 p. C3)
-polls reveal a strong preference fort low -rise and large-sized housing over mid-rise residences

Big https://business.financialpost.com/real-estate/the-missing-middle-in-real-estate-is-missing-for-a-reason-no-one-wants-to-live-in-mid-rise-housing

Money Still Flows into Civic Governance (Vancouver Sun, December 15, 2018, p. A19)
-how developers influence governments

Elizabeth Murphy: Vancouver must stop allowing the development community to set the agenda

New Supply May Not Reduce Housing Prices (Vancouver Sun, December 15, 2018, p. D3)

–migration and other influences on housing demand in Vancouver

Douglas Todd: Will building more housing satisfy migration demand? (Part 2)

Province Should Follow California’s Example  (Vancouver Sun, November 7, 2018 p. A7)
-the relationship between density public transit and economics

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/alex-boston-despite-new-mayors-promises-transit-extensions-require-population-density-sound-business-models-to-work

Condominium Towers Have Changed Metro Forever (Vancouver Sun, Oct. 20, 2018 p. H3)
growth of condominiums in Metro

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/douglas-todd-condos-changed-metro-vancouver-forever-for-better-and-worse

False Creek proven model for affordable living (Vancouver Sun, Oct. 20, 2018 p. H3) 

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/richard-evans-false-creek-south-offers-proven-model-on-how-to-create-affordable-housing

Don’t Zone Out – Vote  (Vancouver Sun, October 9, 2018, p. A10)
-discusses the shift from livability to growth

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/elizabeth-murphy-vancouver-voters-need-to-think-about-the-city-they-want-before-they-vote link)

The Ups and Downs of Highrise Living (Vancouver Sun, October 6, 2018  p. A9-10)
-discusses pros and cons of highrise living for various demographics

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/douglas-todd-the-ups-and-downs-of-highrise-living

North Shore needs LRT now (North Shore News, Oct. 5, 2018, p A1) 
-discusses transportation issues on the North Shore

https://www.nsnews.com/news/north-shore-needs-rapid-transit-now-sfu-expert-1.23453112

Council Candidates Debate West Van’s Future (North Shore News, Oct. 5, 2018, p. A5)
-reports on All Candidate Meeting for Council on Oct. 3

https://www.nsnews.com/news/council-candidates-debate-west-vancouver-s-future-1.23453393

West Van Considers Building Subsidized Housing for Workforce (Vancouver Province,Oct. 3, 2018 website ) -discusses provision of housing for local civil servants

https://theprovince.com/news/local-news/west-vancouver-considers-building-subsidized-workforce-housing/wcm/ced3ffc2-80aa-4920-8834-62b2ac8f8deb

How Taxes Compare Across Metro (Vancouver Sun, September 29, 2018, P. 10)
-compares property taxes in Metro

https://vancouversun.com/news/politics/how-do-your-taxes-and-user-fees-compare-to-neighbouring-cities-and-how-much-more-are-you-paying-since-the-last-election

Daphne Bramham:  As Small Businesses Struggle, Sim Fears For Heart, Soul of CIty (Vancouver Sun, September 28, 2018, p. A3)
-how density and zoning affect small business 

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/daphne-bramham-ken-sim-on-cambie-street-and-the-need-to-preserve-local-businesses

Duplex zoning is just one way city is Making Room  (Vancouver Sun, September 28, 2018 p. A11)  -discusses influence of zoning on property values and density

Gil Kelley: Duplex zoning is just the start of city-wide planning process

Duplexes may not Improve Affordability  (Vancouver Sun, September 22, 2018 p. A-14)
-discusses influence of zoning on property values and density

https://vancouversun.com/business/local-business/allowing-duplexes-will-increase-land-values-at-least-a-little 

Fixing Affordability:  Mayoral Candidates in Burnaby, Vancouver and on the North Shore have plenty of ideas (Vancouver Sun, September 22, 2018 P. A-12-13)
-discusses solutions to  housing affordability

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/housing-affordability-feature

Livability Must Not be Forgotten in the Civic Debates About Housing (Vancouver Sun, September 19, 2018 p. A1-A2)  -discusses housing affordability and livability

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/daphne-bramham-its-time-to-start-asking-tough-questions-of-civic-candidates

Growth and Affordability  (Vancouver Sun,  Sept 15, 2018, p. B2)

-discusses the disconnect between growth and affordability. 

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/elizabeth-murphy-citys-high-housing-growth-rate-making-homes-less-affordable

Vancouver City Hall is slamming through destructive new zoning without giving citizens a say  (Vancouver Sun, September 14, 2018)
-relationship between zoning, density, transportation and livability

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/elizabeth-murphy-vancouver-city-hall-is-slamming-through-destructive-new-zoning-without-giving-citizens-a-say

Growing Supply Making Homes Less Affordable (Vancouver Sun, Sept. 1, 2018 p B2)
-older, more affordable character homes replaced with more expensive new construction

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/elizabeth-murphy-citys-high-housing-growth-rate-making-homes-less-affordable

No One is Building Rental Apartments – But There are Ways to Change That (Vancouver Sun, August 17, 2018 p. C2)

https://business.financialpost.com/real-estate/no-one-is-building-rental-apartments-but-there-are-ways-to-change-that

Rebellion in the Neighbouhood  (Global Canadian Feb 19, 2018)
-discusses growth in West Vancouver

https://www.theglobalcanadian.com/2138-2/

A giant makes a cautious approach (The Globe and Mail, Oct. 21, 2017 p. S4)
-a history of Grosvenor Pacific

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/vancouver/grosvenor-pacific-takes-cautious-approach-with-downtown-vancouver-condo/article36675800/