West Vancouver council tonight to discuss “Upper Lands Study” of its North Shore mountains, relation to RGS

The elected council of the District of West Vancouver this evening will hear a report from Bob Sokol, Director of Planning, Lands and Permits, about the purpose, goals, and timing of an Upper Lands Review. This topic relates to the Official Community Plan (OCP). The Upper Lands are about 6,050 acres above the 1,200 foot level.

Photo caption: This image created a stir in 2011 when we showed that this is where the Regional Growth Strategy could lead West Vancouver. See our Feb. 2011 presentation to council here.

EXCERPT FROM COUNCIL AGENDA FOR JULY 23, 2012
15. Upper Lands Study
 (File: 2570-01) 
 RECOMMENDED: THAT the report dated July 10, 2012 from the Director of Planning, Lands and Permits titled “Upper Lands Study” be received for information. Download:
http://www.westvancouver.ca/uploadedFiles/Your_Government/Agendas_and_Minutes/2012/July/12jul23-15(1).PDF

MetroVanWatch has flagged this topic as one worthy of a high level of public scrutiny, a significant case study in how Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy was developed, passed and is being implemented. Billions of dollars are at stake.

In July 2011, Metro Vancouver adopted the RGS, which establishes a long term vision and plan for the region of 24 local governments. One major issue was the future of these Upper Lands, particularly those above the 1,200 foot contour and below the Provincial Park Boundary. While the District of West Vancouver policy is relatively clear, designating these lands as having very limited development potential, the RGS designated these lands in the”General Urban” category, “in part to reflect the potential 1,200 foot expansion area.” These lands were designated as a “Special Study Area.” Today’s meeting is a presentation about work to be done by a working group starting the fall of 2012. While some decisions will need to be made to inform the regional context statement in the spring of 2013, “it is likely that the Upper Lands Update will not be completed until 2014.”

MetroVanWatch note: The next civic election will be in November 2014. We have also pointed out that the Special Study Areas could result in major developments right up Hollyburn Mountain. Search for “Slippery Slope” in our search field.

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