Create a Lower Lonsdale brewery district, complete the new museum, create more parklets, plant more trees, and expand rentals and below-market housing.
These are just some of the goals the City of North Vancouver council says it would work on until the end of its term in 2022 with one lofty goal in mind — to become the “Healthiest Small City in the World”.
At a recent meeting, the council approved a plan that outlined how it would get there by 2022. The council’s vision revolves around five key goals — a City for People, a Connected City, a Liveable City, a Vibrant City and a Prosperous City.
Mayor Linda Buchanan said CNV was blessed with natural beauty and a diverse population but climate change along with housing affordability and mobility continued to remain challenges the council must tackle.
“We face problems of inequity, which permeates everything from housing to transportation, health to childcare. Our responsibility as a council extends beyond managing tax dollars and individual projects,” she said.
To realise its vision in the next three years, the council plans to either provide or partner with others on five areas.
To become a “City for People”, which is welcoming and inclusive, CNV plans to increase number of below-market housing, improve access to child care, expand rental housing stock, and develop a community recreation strategy that includes the Harry Jerome Recreation Centre. It also plans to complete its Balanced Housing Lab and implement the solutions. Another goal is to improve relationships with local indigenous communities.
As part of its plan to become a “Liveable City”, CNV will develop a new climate and environment strategy, plant more trees in its urban cores, create a better transit system, find ways to reduce waste, and advance the city’s electric vehicle strategy while encouraging net-zero buildings by 2050.
A complete Central Waterfront revitalisation, a new North Vancouver Museum, more parklets, more fun events in the city and completing an arts and culture strategy are some of the plans city has to become a “Vibrant City”.
CNV plans to develop and adopt a new mobility plan, complete east-west B-Line, increase protected bike lanes, complete Lonsdale Transit Corridor Study and undertake a Burrard Inlet Rapid Transit feasibility study to become a “More Connected City”.
To become a “Prosperous City”, CNV says it will help create a Lower Lonsdale Brewery District, foster the expansion of Business Improvements Association, investigate how to be a tourist destination, and find ways to reduce barriers and challenges to local businesses. It also plans to explore the possibility of creating a health economic hub in the city.
The council unanimously approved the plan at a meeting on July 22.