Agenda for the last meeting (notes from the meeting will be on the "Meetings" page) that was held at the John Braithwaite Center on January 25th.
The agenda has three main components: First, a discussion of three issues and the way they affect City of North Vancouver differently than in the rest of the region. Second, a presentation on the next steps for the Association. Third, and most important for the Association, getting feedback on how to move the organization forward and have an impact on the way the City of North Vancouver is being governed at the next election and beyond.
I - Welcome, Introductions & Update
Introduction of Paul McCann as the moderator. Update by Guy Heywood.
II - Three Issues
TRAFFIC CONGESTION (Prof. Jack Knestch)
How did we get here? What do we know? What do we need to know to understand the problem better? What is it about the way decisions are being made that might have contributed to the problem? What could be done that isn't being done now?
DENSITY & PACE OF DEVELOPMENT (Linda Heese)
Are there logical & practical limits to density? What is 'density bonusing'? Why is it done? Who is supposed to benefit? Who actually benefits?
TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY (John Jensen)
Is the decision-making process transparent and legitimate? Are the decisions coordinated with providers of the related infrastructure? Is the 'structure' of our decision-making processes part of the problem?
III - Next Steps / Taking Action
Trevor Wiebe and Shari Lazlo will lead a discussion about the alternatives considered and the direction proposed for:
Association Purpose & Legal Form
Board of Directors
Recruitment & Endorsement of Candidates
Potential Activities After the Election
IV - Breakout Discussion Groups
Based on the number of people that attend, we would like to break the meeting up into several smaller groups for 20 minutes of discussion regarding the proposed directions presented by Trevor and Shari. This part of the meeting is important to the Association for it to realize its objective of not only engaging but also taking action.
V - Wrap Up & Conclusion
*GROUND RULES FOR NVCAA MEETINGS
There will be a topic leader to briefly introduce an issue and lead a break-out group for more interactive discussions.
Our meetings are opportunities for citizens - not planners, developers or politicians - to lead frank discussions about challenges as they are being experienced here in the City of North Vancouver as opposed the Metro Vancouver region and in society.
Our discussions are about causes and possible solutions - not politics or personalities. Participants agree in advance to these conditions and to the right of a moderator to say how they apply in a given situation.