The Edible Garden Project
Official Community Plan Feedback
District of North Vancouver

This Friday (January 28th) is the last day to send in feedback on the first draft of the District of North Vancouver's (DNV) official community plan (OCP). This plan will lay the foundation and vision for the DNV's development over the next 20 years. It's a really important document! We've noticed the food and urban agriculture plans in the document could be strengthened. If you feel the same way, we'd like you to write to the DNV to share your thoughts. To make things easy, we've laid out some recommendations that we would like to see in the OCP (below).

Give Your Feedback

1. Read over the recommendations we've outlined below.
2. Write an email to identity@dnv.org with your feedback (example email below).
3. Learn more about the OCP here!

 

What is an Official Community Plan?



"An OCP sets out the vision, goals and overarching policies to guide the municipality. Council, staff and citizens use the OCP to help make decisions on things like where we locate housing, what our transportation priorities are, and how we provide recreational and municipal services. An OCP applies to the whole District, and maps out how we want to progress as a community." - District of North Vancouver

Recommendations We'd Like to See in the OCP


Dear District of North Vancouver,
 
As a resident/stakeholder in the District of North Vancouver, I have reviewed Draft #1 of the OCP and am providing the following feedback on the policies. In this letter, I am focusing on an area that will become increasingly important over the next 20 year: food and agriculture. While the current draft contains a few references to food, I feel the document should be strengthened. In Metro Vancouver, currently 1 out of 8 jobs are related to food. It is a main driver of our economy. Many residents of the District are very interested in increasing our access to local food and growing food. Council saw this on December 6 when they heard about the success of the Lillooet community garden and the overwhelmingly interest in community gardens found in a survey of 450 residents. My comments are below.
 
Sincerely,

      _______________
 
CHAPTER 2. URBAN STRUCTURES

2.2 Village Centres

The District’s objective for Village Centres is to build on their own unique characteristics to create distinct urban village environments.
 
Establish Development Permit Areas and Design Guidelines regulating the form and character of development to promote design excellence and reflect the unique qualities of each Village Centre
·      Include roof-top gardens as a design option within the guidelines.
·      Develop incentives which would encourage developers to provide space for urban agriculture in landscaped areas, on rooftop gardens and on “green walls” where appropriate,
·      Ensure that neighbourhoods throughout the District include zones which would permit independent grocers, corner stores, farmers markets, pocket markets (mini farmers market) and other businesses that can provide healthier food options.
 
2.3 Neighbourhoods

The District’s objective for Neighbourhoods is to provide safe, beautiful and inclusive environments for residents of all ages.
 
Integrate a network of parks and open spaces throughout neighbourhoods
 
·      Encourage developers to integrate community gardens as an amenity.
·      Redefine a “park” or “open space” to include food growing areas.
·      Consider the inclusion of edible landscaping at District facilities and on District lands where appropriate.
 
CHAPTER 3. EMPLOYMENT LANDS

The District’s objective for employment lands is to encourage wealth generating investment resulting in net new employment and increased tax revenue which benefits the whole community.
3.3 Enabling a Diverse Range Economic Uses within Employment Lands
The District’s objective is to provide flexibility for businesses to grow and adapt, while avoiding land use conflicts.
  • Use land, where feasible, for intensive agricultural production, not just industrial uses. Ensure opportunities for food related small businesses.

CHAPTER 4. PARKS AND OPEN SPACE

The District’s objective is to provide a variety of year-round recreational experiences, meet the needs of all users, and protect the ecological integrity of our natural systems.
 
Protect District parkland and manage it according to the type of parkland and measures within the District’s Parks and Open Space Strategic Plan
  • Provide for each neighbourhood to have access to passive and active outdoor recreational opportunities within an appropriate distance.
  • Support District residents interested in developing community gardens in their neighbourhoods as an outdoor recreational opportunity.
 
CHAPTER 6. SOCIAL WELL BEING

The District’s objective is to foster a safe, socially inclusive and supportive community that enhances the health and well being of its residents.
 
Encourage inclusive community participation in leisure and recreation activities throughout the District
Ensure that a broad range of leisure and recreation opportunities suited to community needs and interests are accessible through the development and coordination of public, non-profit and private services
 
EXISTING POLICIES RELATED TO FOOD/URBAN AGRICULTURE
Encourage sustainable, local food systems through initiatives such as the promotion of local foods and food production on private property, and the facilitation of community gardens, farmers markets, urban agriculture pilot projects in appropriate locations
Collaborate with Vancouver Coastal Health and other community partners in their efforts to provide increased access to safe, nutritious food
  • Develop a ‘food charter’ that outlines the District’s vision and commitment to developing a food system which benefits the community and environment.
  • Implement policies to allow backyard beekeeping and backyard chickens. 
 
CHAPTER 8. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The District’s objective for economic development is to become an increasingly successful, economically viable and dynamic community where existing and potential employers and employees want to be.
 
Community Stewardship
The District’s objective is to create a stewardship ethic where citizens and businesses engage in environmental efforts.
Policies
1. Coordinate and partner with senior government, neighbouring municipalities, local First Nations, the School District and community organizations in the delivery of environmental stewardship initiatives
2. Facilitate the delivery of programs in District Parks to advance environmental sustainability objectives
3. Work with land owners to conserve and enhance habitat on private lands, including food production.
  • Through incentives, that the District encourages gardeners to contribute to micro-economies by engaging in community economic development activities related to food production.
  • Support economically sustainable food systems: locally and regionally. (eg. Support maintenance of the Agricultural Land Reserve).Coordinate and partner with senior government, neighbouring municipalities, local First Nations, the School District and community organizationsto ensure residents have access to regional/local food through an improved food distribution system of local warehousing and outlets.
  • The District increases the amount of regional/local food procured for organizational/institutional use by set targets



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