West Van Wins Provincial Urbanism Award for Neighborhood Character

West Van was awarded Gold for Community Approach to Neighborhood Character at the 2022 PIBC Awards.

The province’s leading planning body bestowed high honor on the District of West Vancouver this week, handing out gold to its Neighborhood Character Task Force for its planning practice.

The BC Planning Institute presented the district with the award at its Elevation 2.0 national planning conference in Whistler this week, the institute’s first in-person conference in more than two years.

Mayor Mary-Ann Booth, who won gold for her “community approach to neighborhood character,” told North Shore News she’s thrilled the neighborhood character task force has been recognized for this. important work.

“The council has created resident-led task forces because they can solve specific complex problems through collaborative research and effective community engagement.

“This complex issue has been a community concern for decades, but this group of citizen volunteers has finally tackled it. They were asked to come up with by-laws and policies that respect and preserve the character of single-family neighborhoods, while recognizing that you can’t go back in time, or even stop,” the mayor said.

Congratulating council liaison Peter Lambur and district planning staff, Booth said the team rose to the challenge, “and it’s been a long and rewarding journey.”

“For more than two years they have worked on this complex and multi-faceted file and have done a commendable job, now proudly recognized as award-winning work. They found the middle way to preserve character while introducing more options for filling and subdividing the shed.

“Their recommendations recognize the importance of being a good neighbor, and that character includes a diversity of people. Strong neighborhoods create strong communities, and everyone benefits.

More information regarding the planning awards, as well as other winners, can be found on the PIBC website.

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