Ambleside Dundarave Ratepayers Association

ADRA

 

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. 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

PROVIDE OCP INPUT TO ADRA

 

 

WORKSHEET TEXT FROM WED. 21 MEETING – PLEASE SEND COMMENTS TO adrawestvan@gmail.com by Feb. 27th.   

NAME________________________________________                          

I am an ADRA member: Yes  No   I live in West Van: Yes  No  I work in West Van: Yes  No

  • Does this draft OCP provide adequate measures to support and retain small independent shops and services in our villages? (Reference page 33, item 2.3.18.)

Yes                        No                   Don’t Know/Unsure                       Not an issue for me

Comments/Question:

  • Will provision of more diverse housing, including mixed residential/commercial, help support and retain small, independent shops and services in our villages?

Yes                        No                   Don’t Know/Unsure                       Not an issue for me

Comments/Question:

  • Traffic congestion (current and projected) is not addressed in the draft OCP (pg. 35-36). Should this be addressed in the draft?

Yes                        No                   Don’t Know/Unsure                       Not an issue for me

Comments/Question:

  • Does this draft OCP provide adequate measures to prevent the construction of “monster” homes? (Reference page 16, items 2.1.8 to 2.1.11.)

Yes                        No                   Don’t Know/Unsure                       Not an issue for me

Comments/Question:

  • Does this draft OCP provide adequate measures to protect the unique character and heritage of Ambleside and Dundarave commercial centres? (Reference pg. 15, item 2.1.5; pg 19, item 2.1.14, pg 20, item 2.1.19; pg 31-33, items 2.3.1, 2.3.4, 2.3.6 – 2.3.21.)

Yes                        No                   Don’t Know/Unsure                       Not an issue for me

Comments/Question:

  • The draft OCP touches on quality of life in broad terms (reference pg 5, 1.3; pg 49, 2.9.7), but does not address protection of specific quality of life factors which affect the livability and enjoyment of your home, such as protection of privacy, views, view corridors and sunlight. Should the draft address these specific quality of life factors?

Yes                        No                   Don’t Know/Unsure                       Not an issue for me

Comments/Question:

  • The draft OCP refers to evolving housing needs and a priority to house young families and seniors (page 7, last paragraph and pg 14, 15, & 19, 20), but does not demonstrate how specific percentages (page 14) and numerical targets for new housing units (Section A, pg. 15-30) will achieve this, how this will be measured or how expectations compare to existing policies. Do you wish to see these (or other) details in the draft OCP?

Yes                        No                   Don’t Know/Unsure                       Not an issue for me

Comments/Question:

  • The draft OCP contains specific numerical targets for new housing units (pg. 14, 15, 19) but does not describe how or how much rental housing or special needs housing will be attained. The expectation is this will be articulated in yet to be drafted Local Area Plans.  Should details on how much rental and/or special needs housing and how such housing will be attained, be included in this draft OCP?

Yes                        No                   Don’t Know/Unsure                       Not an issue for me

Comments/Question:

  • Does the draft OCP provide a satisfactory degree of clarity and certainty about what may be built and where? (Section A, pages 15-30.)

Yes                        No                   Don’t Know/Unsure                       Not an issue for me

Comments/Question:

  • Is the time frame (Feb 13 – March 16) adequate for the public to digest and provide comment on the draft OCP?

Yes                        No                   Don’t Know/Unsure                       Not an issue for me

Comments:

Are there other issues you wish to address? Additional comments may also be e-mailed to adrawestvan@gmail.com

Yes                        No                   Don’t Know/Unsure                       No other issues for me

Comments/Question:

 

PROVIDE OCP INPUT TO PLANNING

West Vancouver released the draft Official Community Plan (OCP) and will accept public comments on it until March 16th. https://westvancouver.ca/home-building-property/major-projects/official-community-plan-review   Alternately a hard copy can be obtained at Municipal Hall.

Among other things, the plan calls for the addition of: 1000-1200 new residential units in Ambleside; 500-600 new residential units along Taylor Way; 500-750 new residential units Park Royal/Marine Drive; 200-300 new residential units in Horseshoe Bay

The plan does not indicate what this will look like or how this will impact many quality of life factors. However, page 33 of the report to Council on the draft plan :https://westvancouver.ca/sites/default/files/dwv/council-agendas/2018/feb/05/18feb05-5.pdf speaks to both mid rises of up to 12 stories and high-rises above 12 stories for our town and village centres. (note video of this meeting confirms a typo in this report that refers to mid rises as up to 5 stories)

The Grosvenor development when complete (it is approximately half finished now) will provide 99 new residential units.  Ambleside currently has 4872 housing units.

You may provide feedback to Planning in the following ways:

ocp@westvancouver.ca

Comment Form

Planning  information booths:

West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive

  • Wednesday, February 28: 1–4 p.m.

West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive

  • Tuesday, March 6: 4–7 p.m.

Gleneagles Community Centre, 6262 Marine Drive

  • Thursday, March 1: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Municipal Hall, Atrium (ground floor), 750 17th Street

  • Thursday, February 22: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 5: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

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/

******

Article of interest – Global Canadian Feb 19

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

Rebellion in the Neighbouhood

******

Reminder

ADRA – AGM Saturday March 3rd 1:00 p.m. West Vancouver Seniors Centre

Please plan to attend and bring a new recruit with you!