The Ambleside and Dundarave Ratepayers’ Association (ADRA), 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.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
The District is recruiting ten citizens to serve on a Neighbourhood Character Working Group. Applications are due Monday April 9th. More information is available below:
OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN
Public input into the draft Official Community Plan has now closed. However, we understand staff may still accept emails over this weekend.
ADRA continues to have concerns around the draft plan and the time frame for public engagement and has sent the following letter to Mayor and Council:
Dear Mayor and Council,
We continue to have concerns with the limited time-frame for public input on the Draft OCP and feel the timelines for consultation following the second draft are extremely tight. There is public desire for a better understanding of this important document and a well-informed community is better equipped to provide knowledgeable feedback. As such, we respectfully request that a public hearing be scheduled only after the following takes place:
- The new (second) draft OCP document include (1) a plain language summary document and (2) a comparison document specifying the substantive or key changes between the existing (2004) OCP and the new draft. Ideally the summary and comparison documents as well as the following suggestions, should be vetted by the Community Engagement Committee.
- The new (second) draft and accompanying summary and comparison documents be widely publicized and circulated. The community would greatly benefit from having hard copies made readily available at Municipal Hall, Gleneagles and West Vancouver Community Centres, the Seniors Centre, the Library, etc. Ideally the summary document will also be made available in a translated copy.
- Once the (second) Draft plan, summary and comparison documents have been circulated throughout the community it would be helpful to hold a series of Neighbourhood Town Hall meetings to both educate and obtain informed feedback. To reach as many people as possible we suggest three Town Hall meetings held in the following geographic areas: (1) Ambleside/Dundarave/Altamont; (2) British Properties/Cedardale/Sentinel Hill; (3) Horseshoe Bay/Gleneagles. All West Van neighbourhood associations should be encouraged to have their members attend. It is also suggested the District utilize the SFU Centre for Dialogue to conduct these meetings.
- The westvancouverITE online forum be used as one means of capturing and sharing public input. The value of sharing comments, questions and ideas cannot be underestimated. We feel this is an integral aspect that stimulates public participation and allows people to consider and build on other ideas.
- The above endeavours to educate and obtain informed public input be held over a minimum 6 weeks (similar to the time frame provided for initial OCP public input).
- The results of the above engagement process will then be incorporated into a third OCP draft, including a revised Summary and a Comparison document specifying changes from the second draft.
We anticipate these endeavours will move us significantly closer to obtaining a broad-based understanding of the Draft OCP – a key factor before public support can be ascertained – but acknowledge that will be determined by Council at the conclusion of the proposed process.
on behalf of
Ambleside & Dundarave Ratepayers’ Association
OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN
DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 29 to share your thoughts on the Draft Official Community Plan. You can respond:
- Visit District of West Vancouver website and use the comment form
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get a hard copy comment form at the Municipal Hall information desk
2. Come to an information booth
There are two more information booths where you can talk to staff and get more information.
- West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive
- Monday, March 12: 4–7 p.m.
- West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive
- Tuesday, March 13: 4–7 p.m.
LIQUOR LICENSE – PROVIDE FEEDBACK BY MARCH 2nd. NOTE: Earls has withdrawn their application to extend hours till 2am.
PHASE 2 SURVEY FROM THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION ON MOBILITY PRICING:
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.
Article of interest – Global Canadian Feb 19
Rebellion in the Neighbouhood