Newsletter January 2021

Dear ADRA Members,

Heather Mersey
President

With a new year upon us, your ADRA directors have jumped right back into community involvement mode! On January 6th, a special meeting was held to discuss the Inglewood Campus of Care proposal: to identify positive points and major concerns. On January 13th, we held our first board meeting of the year with a very full agenda. The date for our Annual General meeting has been set for WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 7 p.m. More details will follow.

Foremost on our minds is the 2021 District Budget process. Public consultation will commence at the end of January in the form of two information meetings and an online comment form.


As you may recall the initial increase proposed for 2020 was 6%, well beyond the inflation rate and not reflective of the economic and health crisis caused by COVID 19. . Through the combined efforts of ADRA, other community groups and residents, the increase was reduced to 2%. You can appreciate why your involvement is so important.


ADRA directors will be reviewing the budget material along with the revised Strategic Plan and reporting back to members. We urge you to register for one of these public (virtual) information sessions to gain your own perspective on proposed Municipal spending for 2021.

Thursday, January 28 from 6–7 p.m.
Friday, January 29 from 1–2 p.m.

FULL DETAILS ON REGISTRATION, ETC. ARE AVAILABLE AT the westvancouverite site:
REGISTER HERE: https://www.westvancouverite.ca/budget

An online comment form will also be available from Tuesday, January 26 to Tuesday, February 9.

The next ADRA newsletter will include details on:

ADRA AGM Wednesday, February 10 at 7 pm (via Zoom – passcode will be emailed on the day)

AND information on the following ongoing projects:-
* Navvy Jack Park
* Inglewood Campus of Care Update
* WV Community Stakeholder ‘Vision’ Survey
* ADRA Community Outreach

In the meantime, please consider renewing your ADRA membership for 2021.

The fee is $10.00 and includes a couple at the same e-mail address. You may send a cheque to:
ADRA
2336 Marine Dr.
West Vancouver V7V1K8

OR – See the website – and send a bank transfer to: rb866@telus.net

Newsletter – November 2020

Dear ADRA member
Here is an update of what’s been happening in our seaside villages over the past few weeks.  A separate email will be following shortly regarding the Klee Wyck property.  This item is on the Council agenda for December 7th so please watch for this important update!


ARTS CENTRE SURVEY/SUMMARY OF RESULTS
ADRA members recently completed a survey on the proposed Arts Centre, the top project identified by Council as part of their 2020/2021 Strategic Plan.A summary of the results showed a general reluctance to the notion that the DWV should undertake major projects with significant financial implications in 2021 and in particular, that an Arts Centre should not comprise a major project in the coming year.  A copy of the results have been sent to Mayor and Council asking if the Strategic Plan will be revised given the current COVID economic and health crisis.   A complete analysis of the survey is available at:   ADRAwestvan.ca


AMBLESIDE STREETSCAPES
Construction work continues at the 14th Street and Marine Drive Intersection.  Work continues as part of a plan approved by Council in 2013.  Creation of bumpouts and repaving on the south side are funded through development.  Reconstruction work on the north side is funded by Translink as Marine Drive is a designated corridor in the Major Road Network.  More details are available:westvancouver.ca/transporation-roads/major-projects/ambleside-projects


DUNDARAVE/ PALM TREES 
Seven palm trees have been recently planted in Dundarave Park.  These trees were donated to West Vancouver by Earls restaurant. Dundarave Park, already home to palm trees, was chosen as the new location for these mature palm trees.   The new trees provide shade for beach users, and there are plans to include dune grass, driftwood logs, and additional benches in the area. Staff have undertaken the installation within available resources. 


DUNDARAVE/TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES
Council approved a temporary Pilot Program to allow businesses to apply online for an extension of outdoor space  through to October 3, 2021.  The District is working closely with the ADBIA and local businesses to support them in this uncertain economic environment, while helping them to adhere to the health and safety requirements of the Provincial Health Officer.  Council welcomes feedback from the community. https://westvancouver.ca/economy/covid-19-business/temp-outdoor 

FILMING IN DUNDARAVE AND JOHN LAWSON PARK   
Netflix feature will be filmed in the playground of John Lawson Park on Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1. The playground will be closed.  As a thank you from the production, look for additional picnic benches in the spring. Please expect intermittent pedestrian and traffic delays in Dundarave on Wednesday, December 2. https://westvancouver.ca/news/filming-dundarave-and-john-lawson-park

Newsletter October – 2020

OCTOBER 20TH  @ 6 PM –  PUBLIC HEARING – COACH HOUSE INFILL-
1186 DUCHESS AVENUE


An application has been made to add a Coach House onto a 33 ft. lot where the existing house has already been built out to the maximum allowed Floor Area Ratio*(FAR).  Initially Coach Houses were allowed to be built on lots where the existing structure did not exceed the FAR.* The addition of a Coach House on this particularly small lot requires spot rezoning.  
For further details please visit  

https://westvancouver.ca/home-building-property/planning/major-applications/1186-duchess-avenue

OCTOBER 29TH & NOVEMBER 5TH – INGLEWOOD CARE CENTRE

Baptist Housing will host public information meetings on their proposal for a 699 unit development at Inglewood Care Centre site and adjacent acquired properties. Considerable additional floor area is proposed – much of it allocated to non-care purposes such as staff accommodation and ‘Life-Leases’ similar to condos. 

For more information see our HOT-TOPICS tab.

ARTS FACILITY SURVEY

Last chance to complete the ADRA Arts Facility Survey:

https://forms.gle/e6Hw4sokgdP8yMx99

MISCELLANEOUS:

DON’T KNOW WHO TO CALL?

Do you have questions, need information about operations within the District of West Vancouver?  Contact:

Natalie Roizman, COMMUNITY RELATIONS LIAISON
604-925-7008      nroizman@westvancouver.ca

DWV NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

Would you like to get more involved with the DWV?  Volunteers are needed on a number of committees.  Applications may be submitted to 4:30 pm on October 23rd.  Check the DWV website to access the Community Involvement Application Form or call Legislative Services 604-925-7004.

TRAFFIC AND CORNER BUMPOUTS

If you have noticed the proliferation of concrete “Bump-Outs” and the “Slow Streets” notices on Bellevue – write to us with your comments regarding how easy (or otherwise) it is to drive around West Van!  adrawestvan@gmail.com

Cypress Village / Rodgers Creek “Rezoning”

This Post is Re-printed from West Vancouver Community Stakeholders Association-
Massive 7 tower Rodgers Creek project – Public Rezoning Hearing – Nov 19 – 7pm
British Pacific Properties proposes nearly 700 for-sale condos and 250 rental units to bring total development to nearly 1,000 units (2,000+ people). Scant details include:Seven Towers up to 16 storeys including two 12-storey rental Towers. No details on parking for estimated 2,000+ cars.How many residents will use proposed private bus service to Park Royal?For higher density, DWV proposes BPP pay $7 million Community Amenity Contribution.$2 million of CAC reportedly to be used to build / lighting for trails in the development.And DWV is reportedly to own a rental tower.Think of Traffic Congestion on 22nd and 15th Streets, Taylor Way and Lions Gate Bridge by additional 2,000+ residents. What is Council doing about this #1 issue identified by residents?

Higher Density: 67% of West Van residents polled in recent Angus Reid survey were opposed to increasing our population by building more high-density apartment buildings and condos.

DWV’s Climate Emergency: Council already approved the tree clear-cutting (photo below) and 5 Creeks big pipe project to support this project. Concrete is a major contributor to GHG.

CACs in perspective: Carolanne Reynolds notes that this is more than twice the number of units in the two Park Royal towers currently being built. Park Royal offered $21 million in CACs for their development, BPP is offering $7 million. DWV staff refuses to provide their CAC calculations. 

If this massive project‘s density, traffic congestion and CAC calculation concerns you,please email mayorandcouncil@westvancouver.ca. Public input after Nov 19 will not be accepted. 

Arts Facility Plan

Please click the link below to see the October 1st update to the Arts Facility Planning document

http://adrawestvan.ca/files/2019/10/Arts-Facilities-Planning-Update-October-1_-2019-3.pdf

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Here is a recap of the AFAC Meeting with WVD held (16th Oct.) by Judy Chalmers of ADRA :

Site Identification


The sites that were identified were on the list ONLY because they are District owned properties.  There would be criteria that would need to be met so they were on the list because they were considered but some would not be an option

The criteria that the committee members evaluated each site on ( a scale of 1-5) were:


-Connectivity with Arts and Culture Community
-Placemaking / Destination Ability
-Functional Appropriateness
-Pedestrian/Vehicle/Public Transit Access
-Economic Connectivity
-Future Flexibility
-Parking and Loading
-Neighbourhood Enhancement
-Sustainability
-Alignment with District’s Planning and Policy
-Development Timing
-Development Complexity
-Financial Efficiency

At the next meeting ( October 30 ) Cornerstone Consultants will present  and review the site analysis findings.

The District owned sites are:

  • Ambleside Field H
  • Ambleside Tennis Courts
  • 3 sites adjacent to the Ferry Building
  • Music Box and Silk Purse
  • John Lawson Park parking lot
  • Lawn Bowling site
  • S.A. C
  • Art Museum
  • Lots adjacent (east) of the fire hall
  • Library Parking Lot
  • Gordon House
  • Dundarave Park

    Keep in mind theses are ONLY IDENTIFIED as they are District owned properties, and may NOT even be considered as options due to MANY factors! For example: a site would be considered but has not been discussed, or is not an option…using the Library and Lawn Bowling, Dundarave Park as examples. There will also be private property options identified at a later date.

    Site size analysis was presented for the two options ( 1 or 2 buildings ) which was:
  • 1 storey with surface parking
  • 1 storey with underground parking
  • 2 storeys with surface parking
  • 2 storeys with underground parking

    Future AFAC meeting timeline
  • October 30 – review site analysis findings to draft a report
  • November 13 – review draft report        – develop community workshop material
  • November 20 – Community Workshop with stakeholders
    At this workshop the top 3 sites would be presented with massing models, land values, and cost to build.  At the public Q&A I asked if it would  be possible for an estimated build time-frame also.
    A possible date for presentation to Council would be end of January.

    With regards to Klee Wyck:  there is a Sub Committee to determine the short term and long term plans for that site.

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FINAL DATA: ADRA MEETING Feb. 21, 2018

FINAL DATA:  ADRA MEETING

FEBRUARY 21, 2018

 

FINAL DATA FROM ADRA MEETING – FEBRUARY 21

The draft OCP was released on Feb 13th and the public has been given until March 16th to provide their input.

The Planning department is holding information sessions with individuals and board/directors of groups (up until March 2), but not with groups themselves.

ADRA felt it was critical to gather member feedback in order to provide their comments & questions to staff by March 1st, so a meeting for Feb. 21 was quickly arranged.

We were disappointed Planning Department would not attend and speak to our group about the draft OCP, or that no summary document or chart of changes (from old OCP to new draft) was available from the district.

In the absence of this, ADRA volunteers prepared a worksheet with questions based on issues commonly raised by members.  To the best of our ability (and where they existed) we provided references in the 53-page draft document.

Meeting attendees were dispersed to table groups to conduct short discussions on each question before recording their comments on their individual worksheets.

Worksheets were gathered at the end of the evening with some attendees opting to provide their comments later by email.

A total of 67 people registered for this meeting (include 4 from Chamber of Commerce), and 57 attended.

Given the snowy weather, the short notice and a gold-medal hockey game it can be surmised that there is significant community interest in the draft OCP.

From these we received a total of 49 responses.

38 of the respondents identified as ADRA members.

11 of the respondents were not ADRA members or did not identify.

41 identified as living in West Vancouver and 7 identified as working in West Vancouver

Supplementing this data are two further documents: One summarizing participant comments, the other participant questions.

  1.  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.)

YESNODon’t Know/ UnsureNot an Issue for MeNot Answered
ADRA MEMBERS

3%

32 

84%

11%

3%

OTHERS

27%

45%

18%

9%

TOTAL

8%

37 

76%

12%

4%

  1. Will provision of more diverse housing, including mixed

    residential/commercial, help support and retain small, independent shops and services
in our villages?

YESNODon’t Know. UnsureNot an Issue for MeNot Answered
ADRA MEMBERS

21%

20 

53%

24%

3%

OTHERS

55%

9%

36%

TOTAL14 

29%

21 

43%

13 

27%

2%

 Traffic congestion (current and projected) is not addressed in

  the draft OCP (pages 35-36).  Should this be addressed in the draft?

 YESNODon’t Know/ UnsureNot an Issue for meNot answered
ADRAMEMBERS34 

90%

5%

5%

 

 

OTHERS

82%

18%

TOTAL43 

88%

4%

4%

4%

  1. MONSTER HOMES:  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.)

 YESNODon’t Know/ UnsureNot an Issue for meNot answered
ADRAMEMBERS

3%

34 

89%

5%

3%

OTHERS

18%

55%

18%

9%

TOTAL

6%

40 

82%

8%

4%

  1.  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, page 20, item 2.1.19; page 31-33, items 2.3.1, 2.3.4, 2.3.6 – 2.3.21.)

 YESNODon’t Know/ UnsureNot an Issue for meNot answered
ADRAMEMBERS

3%

28 

74%

8%

16%

OTHERS

18%

55%

9%

9%

9%

TOTAL

6%

34 

69%

8%

2%

14%

  1. The draft OCP touches on quality of life in broad terms (reference

 page 5, 1.3; page 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?

 YESNODon’t Know/ UnsureNot an Issue for meNot answered
ADRAMEMBERS32 

84%

11%

5%

OTHERS

45%

27%

18%

9%

TOTAL37 

76%

6%

12%

6%

  1. The draft OCP refers to evolving housing needs and a priority to

 house young families and seniors (page 7, last paragraph and page 14, 15, & 19, 20), but does not demonstrate how specific percentages (page 14) and numerical targets for new housing units (Section A, page15-30) 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?

 YESNODon’t Know/ UnsureNot an Issue for meNot answered
ADRAMEMBERS27 

71%

5%

11%

3%

11%

OTHERS

36%

36%

9%

18%

TOTAL31 

63%

12%

10%

2%

12%

  1. The draft OCP contains specific numerical targets for new 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?

 

 YESNODon’t Know/ UnsureNot an Issue for meNot answered
ADRAMEMBERS25 

66%

5%

13%

16%

OTHERS

36%

27%

9%

27%

TOTAL29 

59%

10%

12%

18%

  1.  CLARITY / CERTAINTY: Does the draft OCP provide a satisfactory degree of clarity and certainty about what may be built and where? (Section A, pages 15-30.)
 YESNODon’t Know/ UnsureNot an Issue for meNot answered
ADRAMEMBERS29 

76%

16%

8%

OTHERS

27%

64%

10%

TOTAL

6%

36 

73%

12%

8%

  1. TIME FRAME: Is the time frame (Feb 13 – March 16) adequate for

       the public to digest and provide comment on the draft OCP?

 

 YESNODon’t Know/ UnsureNot an Issue for meNot answered
ADRAMEMBERS

5%

34 

89%

5%

OTHERS

45%

45%

10%

TOTAL

14%

39 

80%

6%

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