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Petitioning District of North Vancouver Mayor and Councillors

Save Braemar School Land for our Children's Future

The North Vancouver School Board has conditionally sold a portion of Braemar Elementary School Land. The condition of sale is contingent upon District of Vancouver re-zoning from Public Assembly to Single Family.

We strongly oppose the proposed development and re-zoning for the following reasons:

  • The Evergreen Park Watershed and Mosquito Creek need to be protected from development as significant risk associated with water drainage and erosion exists.
  • The land in question will be required by School Board to enable even the most minor future expansion plans at Braemar School. Braemar is already at full capacity for its present square footage.
  • Until such time as the land is needed for expansion, it should be put to use enhancing educational opportunities for our children and protected as green space to enable independent child play. For example, the Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society stewards three ½ acre schoolyard farms on school in Vancouver. Those fields are hands-on learning classrooms, engaging school communities and residents to address food security and community health, as well as develop vocational skills. The District should not become complicit in the short-sighted disposal of this endowment of irreplaceable school land.
  • The neighboring 3500 block of Calder Ave is heavily utilized by children and families walking to and from Braemar. There are no sidewalks on Calder. In allowing the 3500 block of Calder to become a through road under present circumstances, the District would be recklessly endangering young children.
  • In June 2012, District Council advised staff to prepare a bylaw pertaining to the re-purposing of school board land to “…generally prohibit uses other than existing school uses on existing school sites if such other uses would or could result in increased traffic or parking demand.” The development proposes 4 homes with suites for a total of 12 additional cars. Considering that there are 9 homes in the cul-de-sac, 12 additional cars represents an traffic increase of greater than 50%.
  • A similar proposal was brought to District Council by the same proponent in 2014, and the rezoning proposal was denied for a myriad of reasons unrelated to the specific development plan for the site. It is offensive to the democratic process and disrespectful of District's resources to reopen this topic so soon after a comprehensive and appropriate public process had closed the issue.

Enough is enough. Council has spoken. The residents have spoken. How many times should the proponent be permitted to reapply, when the fundamental reasons for his original rejection are unchanged?

 

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