Goal: Achieve a balanced and fair economy
Council recognizes that a diverse and resilient local economy is a fundamental element of a healthy community. Priorities in its term include achieving a balance of jobs and housing, addressing property assessment inequities, and ensuring our land use plans and policies enable business to stay and grow in the District.
Council has also identified a particular need to examine the benefits and impacts of attracting regional visitors for recreation and other North Shore activities.
Our priority areas and supporting objectives
The Corporate Plan sets objectives in these areas: pursuing equity in taxation, fairly allocating the cost of community amenities and improvements, and promoting employment and economic activity in balance with its impacts on the local community.
Priority: Advocate for fairness in taxation and fees
|Work with the Province and the Port to reduce port property tax inequities and better support businesses||Financial Services||Ongoing|
|Advocate for a review of and changes to Metro Vancouver’s funding model to ensure that member municipalities are receiving maximum value for the money expended||Financial Services||•|
|Develop a comprehensive and fair strategy to deal with land encroachments||Planning, Properties, and Permits||•|
Priority: Explore and leverage funding opportunities to achieve community improvements
|Develop short and long-term funding strategies for ride-hailing, autonomous vehicles, e-bike sharing and micro-transit||Engineering, Parks, and Facilities||•|
|Pursue alternative revenue sources such as franchise fees, encroachments fees, gifts, bequests and grants||Financial Services||Ongoing|
|Ensure development contributions are accurate and pay for growth impacts on services||Financial Services||Ongoing|
Priority: Increase employment opportunities and economic development activity, with attention paid to local impact
|Review the Maplewood Plan to ensure alignment with housing, employment, and transportation needs||Planning, Properties, and Permits||•|
|Work with the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and the business community to identify specific strategies to maintain and increase business and employment in North Vancouver||Corporate Services||•||•||•|
|Finalize the District policy with respect to cannabis stores||Planning, Properties, and Permits||•|
|Continually assess land use plans and policies in order to encourage business sector sustainment and growth||Planning, Properties, and Permits||•|
|Attract tourists and visitors to North Vancouver Museum and Archives||Museum and Archives||Ongoing|
COVID IMPACT: The Corporate Plan was composed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent and ongoing impacts on the organization and our community. While we continue to strive to achieve the goals and objectives stated throughout, we also understand that adjustments are probable given the changing circumstances in which we publish this plan.