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Municipal News- District of North Vancouver

January 1, 2000

December 15, 2020

Energy Step Code Update

On December 7, District of North Vancouver Council gave final approval to an amendment to the municipality’s Construction Bylaw to increase the Energy Step Code requirements for new buildings. The changes will be: for Part 9 – Step 5 or Step 3 with Low Carbon Energy Systems and for Part 3 – Step 4 or Step 3 with Low Carbon Energy Systems. These changes will come into effect on July 1, 2021.


August 11, 2020

UPDATED: BC Energy Step Code

As noted in previous newsletters, the District of North Vancouver is reviewing its approach to the ESC to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. As recommended by UDI and other stakeholders, they are seeking to align their changes with the other North municipalities (i.e. West Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver).

Staff are proposing that the current ESC requirements be “… amended to provide a two-tier low carbon energy system option to incentivize reduction in GHG’s from new buildings while enabling builders to construct at a lower step of the Energy Step Code,” as noted in the table below:

Other local governments have adopted similar approaches to incent the construction of buildings with lower GHG emissions, and UDI has supported this ‘two-tiered’ or ‘step-down’ optional approach. Under staffs’ proposals, all Part 3 residential buildings would have to meet the higher ESC steps – not just those where a rezoning is required. The District is also increasing the requirements for new Part 3 commercial buildings and is considering mandating Step 1 for commercial buildings undergoing “significant renovations”. Finally, Public Sector buildings will also have ESC requirements.

The District is seeking comments from stakeholders by September 18, 2020, and UDI will be submitting a letter. If you have any questions or comments please provide them to Marissa Chan-Kent by September 14. She can also be reached at 604.661.3033. Please see the letter and full report here on the proposed ESC changes from the District of North Vancouver.


June 16, 2020

UPDATED: BC Energy Step Code

Further to the updates provided earlier this spring, and the letter that UDI wrote to the District of North Vancouver regarding proposed Energy Step Code changes, the District has confirmed that a revised Step Code approach will not likely occur in early 2021, rather that the initially proposed mid-2020.

Staff have indicated that they are exploring options including a “two-tier” or “step-down” approach, which has been implemented in other municipalities in the region. UDI will continue to participate in ongoing consultation with the North Shore municipalities as they align their approach to the BC Energy Step Code.


March 25, 2020 

See here for the latest updates on COVID-19 from the District of North Vancouver

March 13th Joint Statement on COVID-19 response planning across the North Shore https://www.dnv.org/news/joint-statement-covid-19-response-planning-across-north-shore

February 11, 2020

UPDATED: BC Energy Step Code

As previously mentioned, the District is considering changes to its Energy Step Code requirements for Part 3 and Part 9 buildings as part of its Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). UDI submitted a letter as part of the consultation period.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Cassandra McColman at 604.661.3032.


January 28, 2020

UPDATED: BC Energy Step Code

On December 2, 2019, the District passed a Community Energy and Emissions Plan that included a path forward for the applying the ESC in the community. They would like to “Phase in the BC Energy Step Code to reach higher steps in the mid-2020s and phase out fossil fuel dependency by 2032,” in the building sector. This year, the District is considering the following changes to their ESC policy:

  • “Moving from Step 3 to Step 4 for Part 9 residential buildings;
  • Moving from Step 2 to Step 3 for Part 3 residential buildings (The District currently requires Step 3 only if a rezoning is required);
  • Moving from Step 1 to Step 2 for Part 3 commercial buildings (New construction);
  • Moving from no requirement to Step 1 for Part 3 commercial buildings (major renovations); and
  • Moving from no requirement to Step 1 for schools, libraries, colleges, recreation centres, hospitals, and care centres.”

UDI will be providing comments to the District regarding the proposals on February 7, 2020. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Cassandra McColman at 604.661.3032.


December 23, 2019

BC Energy Step Code

The District passed a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) on December 2, 2019. As part of the CEEP, they are seeking to increase the Energy Step Code (ESC) requirements in 2020. This includes mandating Step 4 for both Part 3 and Part 9 buildings (see table below):

The District is requesting comments from stakeholders and the public by January 22, 2020, and UDI will be responding because higher ESC steps are being proposed without incentives. If you have any comments or questions, please contact Marissa Chan-Kent at 604.661.3033.


September 30, 2019

Advisory Design Panel Opportunity

The District of North Vancouver is reaching out to UDI Members in search of a new Development Community Representative for the Advisory Design Panel (ADP) for the 2020-2021 term.

The ADP reviews development applications and public projects against urban design objectives. The Panel advises Council and staff on the design of projects, including site layout, exterior design of proposed buildings, choice of building materials, and landscape design. Comprehensive feedback is provided on each proposal to help ensure new buildings fit the local context, and support the community.

In the past the District of North Vancouver has used the following requirements for selection:

  • Representative of the Development Community
  • Resident of the North Shore
  • Is not a member of Council or an employee of DNV

Note: A representative of the local development community and may include an employee of a development company, a developer, or a project manager.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply directly to the District of North Vancouver by Wednesday October 2nd at: https://app.dnv.org/CommitteeForm/Default.aspx


April 1, 2019

North Vancouver District Council Cancels Another Affordable Housing Project

North Vancouver District Council has reportedly cancelled another non-profit housing project which would have provided much needed rental housing for people on disability or income assistance, low-income seniors and youth. At the suggestion of the previous Council, Hollyburn Family Services had applied for provincial funding of the project, which the non-profit spent about a year and a half working on according to Hollyburn Family Service’s Executive Director, Nanette Taylor. “I’m very disappointed in the new district council.” Taylor said. “We’ll probably look at a different municipality.”


March 4, 2019

Upcoming Council workshops

On March 4, 2019 the District of North Vancouver will hold a Council workshop to discuss key issues, including the Official Community Plan (OCP). In a presentation to Council, District Staff will present option for a review of the current OCP, originally adopted in 2011. The agenda and presentation can be viewed here.

A second workshop will be held on March 5, 2019 to discuss development contributions (DCCs and CACs), and revenue generated by these fees. The agenda is also posted on the District of North Vancouver’s website.


February 18, 2019

Updated: Upcoming Council Workshops

Due to poor weather conditions, the District of North Vancouver has rescheduled a Council Workshop, on the Official Community Plan. This will now be combined with the Community Engagement Steps workshop on February 20.

February 5, 2019

Upcoming Council Workshops

The District of North Vancouver will be holding three open Council Workshops in February on topics related to development. If any of the following topics interest you we would encourage you to attend:

February 4 – Transportation Infrastructure

February 11 – Defining Terms (of Affordable Housing)

February 20 – Community Engagement Steps


January 21, 2019

Pace of Development Workshop

On January 14, the District of North Vancouver held a Pace of Development workshop to discuss ongoing projects in the District. City staff made a presentation to Council and there were discussions on the direction that Council would like to take going forward.


December 10, 2018

Rejected Project Applications

Earlier this month UDI and the GVHBA submitted a joint letter to the District of North Vancouver Mayor and Council, urging them to reconsider two rejected project applications. The rejection of these much-needed housing projects raised concerns over the municipality’s willingness to partner with home builders to deliver the added housing options that our communities desperately need.


October 15, 2018

Community Energy & Emissions Plan Survey

The District is in the process of developing a Community Energy & Emissions Plan (CEEP), and they have released a survey and are seeking responses by October 19. The survey covers a number of issues, including:

  • Electric Vehicles;
  • The Energy Step Code;
  • Recycling;
  • Road Pricing;
  • Improvements for transit users, cyclists, and pedestrians; and
  • Compact Communities/Transit Oriented Development.

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