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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

North Shore Culture Days, September 25, 26, and 27

Culture Days is an annual Canada-wide celebration of arts, culture and heritage where the public is invited to experience a wide range of creative activities. Culture Days is an opportunity to try something new — to play the musical instrument of your dreams, sing Broadway show tunes with a really big choir, attend an artist talk, roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty at any number of hands-on workshops.

The deadline to apply for a municipal grant is January 31

Municipal community grants help support not-for-profit organizations who serve our North Shore residents. We and other North Shore municipalities provide these grants in order to assist groups deliver services intended to reduce social, economic, or physical disadvantages, or improve the quality of life for residents. The application deadline is January 31, 2016. Who can apply for funding You can apply for a grant if your organization:

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:

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.

Your 2016 property assessment notice

BC Assessment, the provincial Crown corporation that classifies and values properties in BC, has recently mailed out their 2016 assessment notices. These assessments reflect the value of all homes in the District as of July 1, 2015. Property assessments and your property taxes While municipal governments don't control these assessments, we use the valuations to calculate the amount of property tax payable for each property, as required by law. Residential taxes are based on the total average assessed value for all residential properties in the District.

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