North Van’s Smart Green Plan
January 08, 2021
North Vancouver is known for three main things: the mountains, the ocean and the forests. It’s a winning combination that draws people from all over who want to live in close proximity to everything this region has to offer. In the past, North Van was a sleepy, bedroom community of Vancouver, with a large population of families and seniors. But the last decade has brought rapid changes, and a huge influx of people wanting to call this spectacular place home. This brings great opportunities for developers, but also presents lots of challenges to the municipal government, who needs to balance growth with protections for the environment and a long-term future.
The District of North Vancouver addressed these challenges with a comprehensive Official Community Plan. Developed through a two-year-long community engagement initiative called Identity DNV 2030, the district held over 75 open houses, public and stakeholder workshops, coffee shop talks, town hall meetings, and telephone, online, and event surveys. In all, over 5,000 people shared their ideas and vision for the future of the region. The plan establishes a network of connected town and village centres, and directs future growth and renewal to these centers.
It also addresses new development permit areas, transportation, and parks and open space strategies.
Each town and village centre supports effective transit, walking, and cycling, promotes healthier living and social interaction, and protects North Vancouver’s surrounding green space. Key objectives for these centres include: creating a vibrant mixed use neighbourhood that serves as a focal point for the community, the accommodation of a diverse mix of housing; creation of engaging and interconnected public spaces; reduction of vehicle trips by improving pedestrian, bicycle, and transit conditions; resulting in a more sustainable, energy- and resource-efficient neighbourhood that supports local employment opportunities and provides enhanced amenities to meet community needs.
The five centres are: Edgemont Village, a distinctive commercial precinct serving the Upper Capilano neighbourhoods of North Vancouver; Lions Gate Village, which serves as a gateway into the District of North Vancouver, due to its unique location at the edge of the boundary, near Lions Gate Bridge; Lynn Creek Town Centre, located near the water by the Iron Workers’ Memorial Bridge; Lynn Valley Town Centre in the heart of the established Lynn Valley community; and the Maplewood Village Centre by the water on the west side of the Iron Workers’ Memorial Bridge.
There are many great new home options in North Vancouver! Here are just a few to check out:
Edgemont Village is located on a sunny, flat bench, nestled into the base of the mountains in scenic North Vancouver.
Crescentview at Edgemont is a unique opportunity to reside in this world class location, with the very best of the North Shore at your doorstep.
Crescentview at Edgemont - Crescentview.ca
Lions Gate Village
located beside the beautiful Capilano River. This ideal location between Lions Gate Bridge and Lonsdale provides convenient access to Park Royal, Ambleside Park, Edgemont Village, the North Shore’s most beloved parks and natural areas, and Downtown Vancouver.
This vibrant new neighbourhood will bring new retail shops, cafés, a community centre, park space, and a planned daycare centre, all in the near future. A perfect place to call home.
Ebb & Flow by Woodbridge - ebbandflowliving.ca
Lynn Creek Town Centre
Lynn Creek has been designated as one of the District of North Vancouver’s newest official town centres – the community is undergoing a grand and ambitious transformation. At its heart is the Town Centre – a vibrant street where neighbours will come to shop, eat, gather, and enjoy the community space.
Hunter at Lynn Creek by Intergulf - hunterlynncreek.com
Lynn Valley Town Centre
Lynn Valley Town Centre is a well-designed pedestrian, biking, and transit-oriented mixed use centre in the heart of Lynn Valley that celebrates its natural and cultural setting and strong sense of community. Building on the existing strong commercial core and civic uses, the municipality is creating a more vibrant and complete community through a mix of new residential, commercial, and employment uses, park and community space, and green building design and infrastructure.
Parkside at Lynn - mosaichomes.com/property/parksideatlynn
Maplewood West is a collection of 39 townhomes and ground level suites neighbouring Anthem’s Maplewood Place community to its east and Seymour River Heritage Park to its west. Maplewood West is nestled by the North Shore mountains and steps away from the bustling Maplewood Village Centre. Comprised of two to four bedroom homes, ranging from 925 – 1,593 sf, Maplewood West is designed for modern families that want to be connected to nature and the local community.
Maplewood West - anthemproperties.com/properties/maplewood-west
About Stephanie MacDonald
Stephanie MacDonald is the Editor-at-Large for New Home + Condo Guide Vancouver.