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DNV votes to downsize proposed Seylynn tower
A 32-storey tower is too high for District of North Vancouver council, but 28 floors will likely be just fine.
On Dec. 4, district council voted to scale down a tower proposed for the Lower Lynn area by four floors to 28 storeys, if the development is eventually approved.
If the plan does go ahead, the neighbourhood near Capilano University will be transformed by a 790-unit development with three other mixed-use buildings, ranging in height from six to 28 storeys.
With a population that is quickly aging, North Vancouver needs to provide affordable housing for younger people and seniors, said Mayor Richard Walton.
“My four well-educated adult children will likely never be able to afford a home in North Vancouver,” he said, adding the development, dubbed the Seylynn Village and located just off Mountain Highway and Highway 1, will help this problem.
Council will vote on whether to allow the developers, Seylynn Properties, to build when they meet next on Dec. 10.
“We are constantly faced with the demand of our community to keep taxes down,” said Coun. Mike Little.
“One of the options we have left to us is to use height, to sell air space to pay for the much needed infrastructure needs in our community.”
Seventy “affordable rental units” tied to median household income would be part of the development, along with another 720 condos for sale.
“This development is higher than anyone on this council initially perceived,” said Mayor Walton. Still, he added, it would be a “vibrant town centre” that connects the Maplewood, Capilano University and Lower Lynn communities.
The height amendment for the tower doesn’t replace how many units will be in it, explained district staff. Instead, the units will be rearranged to support the same number of suites.
“I honestly couldn’t tell you if a tower is 28 storeys tall or 32 stories tall without counting floors,” said Coun. Roger Bassam. “As soon as the towers become a dominant feature on the skyline, that’s the issue we’re dealing with. We’re no longer looking at forest or mountains as our dominant feature”
In exchange for amending the bylaw, Seylynn Properties would have to provide community amenities, including a trail connecting Lynnmour Elementary School to Phibbs Exchange and a daycare in one of the buildings.