Tsleil-Waututh Nation has filed an application with the Government of Canada to include 45 acres of area that is the Maplewood North Innovation District in its reserve.
“The return of this ancestral land to the Tsleil-Waututh Nation will help the Nation move towards economic prosperity for present and future generations, and create more opportunities for the Nation to continue to build meaningful relationships with our neighbouring communities,” said Chief Leah George-Wilson.
“The decision to file an Addition to Reserve relates back to Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s mandate to expand its community land base and develop new and existing sustainable business opportunities and partnerships that provide economic growth for the present community and the generations that follow,” he said.
According to Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the plans for the site will be in alignment with the its land-use values, and will incorporate the District of North Vancouver Official Community Plan, with a focus on housing, transportation, economic growth, employment, and addressing environmental impacts and climate change.
“The Maplewood North Innovation District will add community amenities, housing and childcare facilities, among many other diverse services. The feedback received from the Tsleil-Waututh and larger community will continue to be reflected in the planning for this project,” the Nation said in a statement.
The North Shore Innovation District is a partnership between Darwin Properties and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
Darwin brought a scaled-back project to the council this summer. As part of a land-swap deal with North Shore Winter Club, Darwin proposed two six-storey mid-rise buildings, one 32-storey tower, one 29-storey tower and one two-storey building. Also proposed was 5,000 square foot of commercial space and 1,133 underground parking spaces.
Darwin says the Innovation district will bring more than 1,100 new rental homes and a variety of office, light industrial, educational and recreation facilities. The council, citing density, parking and congestion, rejected the proposal and deferred discussion on it to 2020.