Metro's 'Stage 1' water restrictions in effect

In the summer and early fall, water use can double from the rest of the year for swimming pools, growing food, maintaining sports fields, and other social and community-building uses. But a lot is also used to green our lawns, wash our decks or driveways, and other lower-priority uses. Metro Vancouver imposes region-wide sprinkling regulations as an effective way to help us use our drinking water wisely.

Registration for the June 18 Delbrook Lands Dialogue is now open

We have partnered with Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue to conduct an innovative, open, and transparent public process to find options for what to do with the Delbrook Lands. Working closely with the community, we will identify ideas for potential future land use, and make a recommendation to Council that is informed by community values and real-world constraints, and is broadly supported by area and local residents. About the Deliberative Dialogue A major component of this process is the Community Deliberative Dialogue, being held on June 18.

Share your thoughts on the future of Maplewood

We are working with community members to help make the Maplewood area a complete and balanced community with thriving local businesses that reflect high environmental standards, and complement the community’s outstanding natural setting. The area will include a variety of housing options for all ages, incomes, and family circumstances, centred on a newly invigorated, walkable Maplewood Village Centre.

North Shore Firefighters add Autism Awareness Training to their emergency response arsenal

The District of North Vancouver Fire & Rescue Service (DNVFRS) is the second only service in Canada to complete a specialized training program that helps fire fighters deal more effectively during emergencies with people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviours.

Share your thoughts on this year's budget

Our draft 2016 – 2020 Financial Plan (budget) contains our proposed operating and capital budget, highlights of our work program, and the proposed tax increase for 2016. Core services, such as public safety, transportation and recreation, and large investments in new infrastructure and renewal of the existing built environment are primarily funded by your tax dollars. Review the draft budget (PDF; 12MB)

Beautification funding from BC Hydro announced

Overhead power lines along Keith Road will be moved undergroundWe have been awarded up to $317,000 from BC Hydro to ‘underground’ power lines at the location of the new Keith Road Bridge, now under construction.

Restoring fish habitat in the Lynn Creek Estuary

We are working with the BCIT Rivers Institute, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, our government partners, and local industry to improve the fish, bird, and wildlife habitat in and around the Lynn Creek Estuary. Details of this project We are improving the estuary itself (the area where Lynn Creek enters Burrard Inlet), as well as the surrounding lands (riparian area) of Harbour View Park.  The newly restored areas will provide refuge and foraging areas for juvenile fish, spawning habitat for salmon and resident fish, and improved habitat for birds and wildlife.

Design Exellence and Heritage Award winners announced

This year's winners for both the 2015 Heritage Awards and the 2015 Design Excellence Awards were presented at a special ceremony during the February 22 Council meeting. 2015 Heritage Awards Chosen by the District’s Community Heritage Committee, the Heritage Awards honour special projects and accomplishments in the field of preservation and protection of heritage buildings. There were four Heritage Award recipients this year for heritage advocacy:

Changes to permit applications and inspection requests

As part of our commitment to improving how you do business with District Hall, we are upgrading our system for managing permits, licences, inspections, and other service requests. Our new system — an industry-leading software platform that streamlines workflow, improves collaboration, and increases productivity  —  is being rolled out in three phases. The first phase launched March 7, 2016.

Delbrook Lands ideas workshop report now available

In total, we received over 1,000 suggestions for what to do with the Delbrook Lands — from almost 300 people — with the majority of ideas falling into four categories: parks and outdoor recreation, community programming facilities and structures, housing, additional ideas.