Municipal News- City of North Vancouver
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
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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.