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January 1, 2000

July 27, 2021

Revised Balcony Enclosure Guidelines

On July 19th, Council recommended the Revised Balcony Enclosure Guidelines be considered and referred to Public Hearing. Subject to the adoption of the amendment, Council endorsed the revisions. Key revisions include replacing the definition of “Open Appendage” to mean…”an unenclosed part of a building that projects beyond the exterior walls and which:

  1. may or may not be covered by a roof or floor above;
  2. may or may not be recessed into the building;
  • is finished as exterior space with drainage;
  1. has at least 50% of the vertical planes along the perimeter of the Open Appendage unenclosed. The perimeter calculation shall be calculated as per Figure 2-2;
  2. for purposes of calculating the unenclosed portion of the Open Appendage, clear retractable glazing is deemed to be unenclosed provided that:
    1. the glazing at no point provides a complete seal/separation from the exterior (i.e. an air gap must be provided);
    2. when in its retracted state, the Open Appendage complies with the minimum 50% unenclosed requirement in subsection iv above; and
    3. all retractable glazing on the building must have a uniform appearance.

Other key components of the update include exclusion from the Gross Floor Area (GFA) and allowing retractable balcony systems, by no longer requiring that they be at least 40% enclosed. The updated definition of GFA deletes Section (11) in its entirety and replaces it with the following:

“(11) Open Appendages, as follows:

(a) Balconies, Porches and Decks;

(b) Corridors, stairways, and landings that provide required access to habitable rooms up to a maximum of 10% of maximum Gross Floor Area.”

The changes will make it easier to design buildings and calculate an Open Appendage. In addition, they will now allow for retractable glazing as an outright Building Permit application. Alongside the new definition, the unenclosed percentage requirements for an Open Appendage to qualify for a GFA exemption are being removed from several GFA definitions, since these are now the same and are contained within the new definition of Open Appendage.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Park at hpark@udi.org.

 

Residential Tenant Displacement Policy and UDI Letter

On July 12th, Council endorsed the updated Residential Tenant Displacement Policy, a policy to mitigate the impacts resulting from redevelopment of rental buildings on current tenants.

The updated policy applies to all rezoning applications made after the adoption date of the policy. The updated policy will not apply to current rezoning applications (submitted prior to the adoption date of the updated policy).

Key updates can be referenced on our website. UDI also wrote a letter to the City commenting on the updated policy, which can be read here.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Park at hpark@udi.org.


 

July 13, 2021

Residential Tenant Relocation Policy Update

The City of North Vancouver has provided notice of proposed updates to the City’s Residential Tenant Displacement Policy, which are being considered by Council at their July 12th meeting. The agenda package for the meeting, including the full draft of the policy can be viewed here.

The draft of the policy includes updates in response to the Council Notice of Motion that directed staff on proposals reflecting increased financial assistance for tenants based on length of tenancy, and increased support for low income and marginalized tenants who face additional barriers in securing stable and affordable housing.

Key proposed updates include:

  • Widening the applicability of the policy to apply to all rezoning applications that propose to redevelop or demolish any building or combination of buildings containing five or more dwellings occupied by tenants as their primary place of residence
  • Increasing the baseline amount of financial compensation from 3 months’ rent to 4 months’ rent
  • Introducing additional financial compensation for tenants whose tenancy began 5 years or more prior to the date of the development application, calculated at a rate of $25 per month for each full month’s tenancy beyond 5 years
  • Introducing a flat rate payment for moving expenses based on unit size
  • Clarifying the types of additional assistance that low income tenants and other facing barriers may request (generally these would be addition services provided by the Tenant Relocation Coordinator, such as support with accessing social housing or connecting with non-profit services)
  • Specifying that the Tenant Relocation Coordinator should be an independent, third party professional
  • Clarifying that displaced tenants have the first right of refusal to rent any mid-market rental units in the new building (provided the tenant meets the eligibility criteria for MMR unit at the time it’s first available for rent), and that where there are more tenant wishing to exercise their first right of refusal than available MMR units, the developer will be responsible for selecting a tenant in accordance with the provisions of the Housing Agreement.

The updated policy applies to all rezoning applications made after the adoption date of the policy. The updated policy will not apply to current rezoning applications (submitted prior to the adoption date of the updated policy).

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Park at hpark@udi.org.


 

June 15, 2021

Housing Needs Report Survey

The City of North Vancouver is currently conducting outreach to inform its Housing Needs Report. These Housing Needs Reports are a requirement for municipalities to complete every 5 years and will be used to inform the City’s housing policy.

The City held a virtual focus group earlier this month for multi-family builders and has now launched a stakeholder survey for organizations working in the City or serving its residents. The survey is open until June 30th, and if you are working in the City, we would encourage you to take a few moments to share your thoughts.

A general overview on the project can be found on the City’s Housing Needs Report webpage.


 

June 1, 2021

North Shore Neighborhood House Redevelopment Project

The City has an ongoing public engagement opportunity for the North Shore Neighbourhood House, which is going through a redevelopment process. Staff are looking for feedback on their initial proposals for the project through their Let’s Talk CNV page. The page includes a project outline and description of the proposals as well as a public survey.

If you want to share your thoughts on this project please visit the page here: https://letstalk.cnv.org/north-shore-neighbourhood-house


 

March 23, 2021

Non-Residential EV Charging

On March 8, City Council gave the first three readings to a bylaw amendment that will create new EV-readiness requirements for non-residential developments.

The bylaw will require that a minimum of 45% of parking spaces provided in non-residential uses are EV-Ready as follows:

  • 10% of parking spaces are EV-Ready for opportunity charging (Level 2 charging on dedicated circuits)
  • 35% of parking spaces are EV-Ready for a minimum workplace charging (Level 2 charging with EVEMS)
  • A minimum of one parking space is EV-Ready

If approved, the requirements will apply to parking spaces provided for all non-residential uses, including commercial, industrial, public and assembly building uses.

There are a few additional amendments in the bylaw, including applying the residential and non-residential EV-Ready requirements to “disability parking spaces”. The EV-Ready disability parking spaces will count towards the requirement that 45% of non-residential parking spaces are EV-Ready.

The changes will also introduce a 10% EV-Ready requirement for residential visitor parking spaces.

The Zoning Bylaw requirements are proposed to take effect on January 1, 2022. Projects submitted for Building Permit prior to January 1, 2022 would not be required to comply with the amended bylaw, while projects submitted on or after January 1, 2022 would be required to comply.

If you have any questions, please contact Cassandra McColman.

 

Development Service Process Improvements

Also presented at Council on March 8 was a report on development service process improvements. The report updates Council on some internal process improvements staff are working on and sought Council direction to bring forward bylaw amendments that will help modernize triggers and clarify off site requirements.

Staff are intending that these initiatives will improve service to property owners and builders when it comes to ease of application, predictability of review, and reduction of the current backlog.


 

May 1, 2020

See here for City of North Vancouver News Releases

See here for City of North Vancouver updates on COVID-19

April 23rd How Does City Hall Deliver Services during a Pandemic? With a Strategy. https://mailchi.mp/cnv/cityview-enews-for-april-23-2020

April 16 City of North Vancouver E. News COVID Update https://mailchi.mp/cnv/cityview-enews-for-april-16-2020-x2nzt7vnme

March 27 Public hearings on Hold during COVID-19 https://www.cnv.org/your-government/news-room/whats-new/2020/3/27/public-hearings-on-hold-during-covid19

March 23rd – Metro Mayors Ask Province to Provide Urgent COVID 19 Fiscal Support https://www.cnv.org/your-government/news-room/news-releases/2020/3/23/metro-mayors-ask-province-to-provide-urgent-covid-19-fiscal-support

COVID-19 Updates (Coronavirus Disease) https://www.cnv.org/city-services/health-and-public-safety/emergency-preparedness/covid-19

 


November 25, 2019

Balanced Housing Lab

The Balanced Housing Lab initiative was introduced at the recent North Vancouver UDI Liaison meeting. The project will develop implementable housing solutions for working individuals on the North Shore. This work will be facilitated by Urban Matters and will involve West Vancouver, the Squamish Nation, School District 44, provincial and federal politicians, BC Housing, the UBC Housing Research Collaborative, and thought leaders in business, real estate, planning, and others with a direct connection to the issue or implementing solutions.

Sessions will begin in December and will run until March 2020. For a full list of sessions and details on how to participate, please visit the City’s webpage. Application deadline is December 2, 2019.


 

October 29, 2019

Building Housing Lab
City staff provided a presentation on a new council initiative entitled the Balanced Housing Lab. This project will seek to identify opportunities and high impact actions to address the urgent need for housing facing low and moderate income earners.  Some strategic goals include:

  • Generate innovative workforce housing solutions through co-creation and collective action
  • Involve diverse array of stakeholders, including individuals with lived experience
  • Increase rental and ownership options for individuals and families with annual incomes between $50,000 – $100,000
  • Partner with all levels of government and other stakeholders to implement solutions

City staff will be recruiting participants from industry to test ideas that arise from the Lab. Members of the UDI City of North Vancouver Liaison committee will be participating in this initiative. Please contact Marissa Chan-Kent for further information.

 


December 10, 2018

Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy

On December 10, the City of North Vancouver Council will be presented with a report regarding electric vehicle charging infrastructure requirements for new developments. The recommendations in the report include amending the Zoning Bylaw to require 100% of residential parking spaces and parking spaces for shared vehicles to be equipped with an energized outlet capable of providing Level 2 charging or a higher charging level for an electric vehicle. The requirement would include parking spaces in single family homes, duplexes, multi-family buildings and parking spaces for shared vehicles, and exclude residential visitor parking spaces and parking spaces for secondary suites. Equipping all residential parking spaces with electric vehicle charging infrastructure is recommended as the simplest, most equitable, future-proof and cost-effective approach. The requirement would allow for energy management systems which reduce the electrical supply required by buildings and associated costs. The report also recommends amending the Sustainable Development Guidelines to include a measure that 20% of commercial parking spaces and 20% of residential visitor parking spaces are equipped with energized outlets capable of providing Level 2 charging or a higher charging level for an electric vehicle. UDI had the opportunity to provide feedback to city staff during the creation of this report. If you have any questions, please contact Marissa Chan-Kent at 604.661.3033.

See here for the website for the City’s EV strategy and here for the strategy. 

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