CBC’s McElroy reports on the positioning that has already started for the next SkyTrain line.
… the main goals of the current TransLink Mayors’ Council’s 10-year plan have been completed … and it’s time to start deciding what the priorities will be in the next 10-year plan.
Which might be why politicians on the North Shore are stepping up their campaign. … One of the biggest arguments North Shore politicians are making is that literally everywhere else in Metro Vancouver has gotten a new bridge, rapid transit line or highway in recent decades, while they haven’t.
“We haven’t had a lane increase to the North Shore since 1960, and our population more than doubled since that time,” said District of North Vancouver (DNV) Mayor Mike Little.
But I think McElroy discreetly answers the question in the subsequent post:
DNV is practically the slowest growing municipality in Metro. (Until recently, West Vancouver actually lost population.)
North Shore News gives the stats:
The City of North Vancouver grew by 353 residents or 0.6 per cent between 2018 and 2019, bringing the total population to 57,325 residents, the province estimates.
The District of West Vancouver’s population went up by 228 or people 0.5 per cent in the last year, according to the latest update, bringing the total population to 43,945.
And the District of North Vancouver made it into the bottom 10 municipalities ranked by population growth, adding 78 people for a total of 89,763, a growth rate of 0.1 per cent.
In other words, Mayor Little’s municipality grew in one year by less than the number of people who will live in this:
People experiencing homelessness in Vancouver are moving into 78 new supportive homes, with two more modular housing projects opening in the City of Vancouver that will offer residents including people with disabilities, a safe and stable place to call home.
That happened in 2018, the same year DNV rejected this:
The North Shore believes it should be next in line for a multi-billion-dollar high-capacity rapid-transit line, meant to shape growth in a region growing by another million people over the next 30 years … but, if DNV’s decisions are indicative, not in their district. Presumably the SkyTrain line will serve those coming to work or play on the North Shore, and who will then go home at night, taking the pressure off the bridges and highways the residents will use to get around.
Well, good luck arguing that their priority should trump Vancouver’s desire to spend the money on the Broadway line extension to UBC to handle growth west of Arbutus, incorporating Jericho and development on the endowment lands. The population increase alone could top a hundred thousand = more than half that of everyone on the North Shore.
But maybe as an inducement, Mayor Little will promise that DNV will allow two additional apartment buildings a year.