Governance and Services

Lynn Valley, can you help warm North Van’s homeless?

December 3, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Last year we were delighted to make the acquaintance of North Van RCMP Cpl. Randy Wong and his wife Sahar Manochehri, who spend many of their off-hours assembling and delivering “care packages” to those who live rough on our streets….

Too many leaves for your bin? Here’s what to do

November 4, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

You either love this time of year: cool days, golden light, leaves to scuffle in, or you hate it: frost to scrape, short days and mounds and mounds of leaves to deal with. This fall’s yard clean up is looking…

Traffic detours coming to Mountain & Frederick

June 25, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Summertime means street work! Starting on June 28 and running right through to August 20, the District will be installing a new watermain and services on Mountain Hwy just south of Frederick Road. Excavating will be done of the street,…

Remember watering restrictions when sunny weather comes

June 22, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Water restrictions probably haven’t been top of mind for most Lynn Valleyites, seeing as Mother Nature has been abundantly generous with water herself. But now that sunny weather is upon us, here’s a reminder of our water-conservation responsibilities. Phase One…

Be a Lynn Valley LINK trail builder!

May 3, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

There’s an exciting new outdoor recreational project afoot in Lynn Valley, and you could be on the ground floor (literally). The Lynn Valley Community Association’s Annual Park Project takes place on Saturday, May 13 and is a key component of the new…

Keep your finger on the pulse of development in Lynn Valley

February 17, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Mairi Welman, North Van District’s communications manager, recently let us know about two new online tools you can use to keep abreast of issues affecting your neighbourhood. If you’d like to receive email notifications of new development applications in Lynn Valley,…

Open Houses held to demo highway improvements

February 4, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

With the recent announcement about increased funding that will allow for a smoother flow of  traffic up to and around the Ironworkers Memorial bridge, two meetings have been scheduled to update the public and answer questions. Please see this Lynn…

Lynn Valley donors warm hands and hearts

January 4, 2017

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

‘Twas the week before Christmas (or maybe a bit more) When we asked you to keep your eyes peeled at the store For gloves and hats, and protection from sleet To help Cpl. Wong bring some warmth to the street….

Warm the homeless with help from first responders

December 12, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Looking for some good news to warm a cold day? LynnValleyLife recently received this lovely press release from the North Vancouver RCMP, about a neighbourly initiative launched by Cst. Randy Wong and his wife, Sahar. Using money donated by Randy’s…

Headwaters road deterioration prompts closure to vehicles

December 1, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

  Temporary Closure to Lynn Headwaters Access Road In the interest of public safety, the District of North Vancouver has closed its access road to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park at the top of Lynn Valley Road to vehicles, effective immediately….

Argyle school replacement subject of open house

November 13, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

The community has long been awaiting news of the fate of Argyle Secondary. The school district is inviting local citizens to an open house and presentation that will explain the proposal and offer the opportunity to ask questions and put…

Lynn Valley water restrictions 101 – lawn sprinkling and frisbees!

May 25, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Water restrictions have kicked in again, and while our reservoirs aren’t in bad shape at the moment things can change quickly. Here’s a reminder about the Phase One lawn sprinkling restrictions that are currently in force: Lawn sprinkling are restricted…

LV Services Society seeking board members

February 28, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Update March 20, 2016: please scroll to bottom if you have an aptitude for numbers – a treasurer is needed! Lynn Valley is fortunate in many ways – and having a dedicated non-profit group adding to the programming and life…

DNV sets library land sale record straight

February 23, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Mairi Welman, communications manager with North Vancouver District, contacted LynnValleyLife with concerns regarding the circulation of an email containing false allegations of North Vancouver District wrongdoing in the sale of the former library property at 27th and Mountain Highway to…

New highway interchanges will affect Lynn Valley traffic flow

February 3, 2016

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

By Sue Ronson, Contributing Writer There are big plans for the multitude of entrances and exits at the north end of the Iron Workers Memorial/Second Narrows Bridge. And let’s just say up front that it’s not going to be easy…

Lynn Valley organizations gather to swap ideas

November 22, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

From the desk of Peggy Trendell-Jensen, LVLife editor It’s no accident that Lynn Valley has become one of the North Shore’s most family-friendly places to live – the fact is due in large part to the efforts of our neighbourhood…

Fireworks in North Vancouver: what you need to know

October 6, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

We were all brought up on cautionary tales featuring misbehaving children who lost a finger or two while playing with illicit firecrackers. But humans remain fascinated by things that blow up, especially if accompanied by pretty lights and alarming noises….

Brush up on voter basics at Democracy Cafe!

September 19, 2015

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

We have all, at times, been guilty of taking our democratic system for granted. Many citizens even forego their chance to vote, despite the fact that casting a ballot is a privilege denied to many in this world. But more…

NVD expedites homeowners’ flood repair process

November 19, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

The following news release was sent our way by North Vancouver District – please alert neighbours affected by flood damage! November 18, 2014 District expedites permit process, waives fees for residents affected by flooding In order to assist residents, North…

Lynn Valleyites run for school trustee post

November 12, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Last week we posted some profiles of our Lynn Valley neighbours who have taken the plunge and are running for (re)election to North Vancouver District Council. Now we’re introducing you to three Lynn Valley residents who are running for the…

Lynn Valley well represented in municipal election

November 5, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Every year is a good year to get involved in municipal politics – after all, it’s often local-level  decisions  that have the most immediate impact on our day-to-day lives. But this year is an especially good year to take notice,…

LV’s Mathew Bond: DNV councillor candidate

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

LynnValleyLife asked each Lynn Valley-residing DNV council candidate to respond to a set of questions designed to help readers become acquainted with their views. Read about candidate Mathew Bond, below, and see our original story for links to all the…

LV’s Linda Findlay: DNV council candidate

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

LynnValleyLife asked each Lynn Valley-residing DNV council candidate to respond to a set of questions designed to help readers become acquainted with their views. Read about candidate Linda Findlay, below, and see our original story for links to all the…

LV’s Robin Hicks: DNV council candidate

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

LynnValleyLife asked each Lynn Valley-residing DNV council candidate to respond to a set of questions designed to help readers become acquainted with their views. Read about candidate Robin Hicks, below, and see our original story for links to all the…

LV’s Roger Bassam: DNV council candidate

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

LynnValleyLife asked each Lynn Valley-residing DNV council candidate to respond to a set of questions designed to help readers become acquainted with their views. Read about candidate Roger Bassam, below, and see our original story for links to all the…

Make good in the ‘hood – join the LV Services Society!

October 5, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Last time LynnValleyLife put out the call for board members for the LV Services Society, we’re glad to say that at least one of our readers stepped up to add their voice and vision to shaping our neighbourhood. The LVSS…

LV Services Society needs YOU!

May 9, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Want to help shape the future of Lynn Valley’s programs and services? Join with other people in your neighbourhood to sit on the board of the Lynn Valley Services Society. If the feedback and debates about the implementation of the…

Learn about Keith Road Bridge replacement at Open House

May 5, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Wondering what’s going on with the Keith Road Bridge project? For everyone who is anxious about traffic congestion up Mountain Highway, here is a great resource – a website with tons of info about the bridge replacement project (including a…

Public speaks to mall redevelopment

April 16, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Passion was evident at last night’s public hearing into Bosa’s proposed redevelopment of Lynn Valley Mall, a culminating point in what has been an exhaustive and exhausting journey for North Van District staff and council, the developer, and the community…

LV mall proposal goes to public hearing

April 1, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

This in from the North Van District website: The rezoning proposal for the Bosa development (1175 Lynn Valley Road and 1280 East 27th Street) received first reading at Council on Monday, March 24, 2014. The development proposal has been referred…

Crowd of 500+ hears Bosa proposal for Lynn Valley mall

February 21, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Four hundred chairs had been set out, but they proved unequal to the task of seating the overflow crowd of residents who came out Wednesday night to learn more about the Bosa Developments proposal for the transformation of Lynn Valley…

Lynn Valleyites are sure cleaning up!

February 6, 2014

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

We recently received an email from NVD Community Beautification Coordinator Courtenay Fraizl (our lovely Adopt-a-Street boss!) It was an inspiring email for two reasons. First, as you can see from the map above (click on image for a closer look),…

How Rapid Notify system was deployed in search for senior

December 14, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

  Although the recent search for senior Joan Warren ended tragically, the event served to galvanize first responders and local citizens in an unprecedented manner thanks to the use of communication tools such as the Rapid Notify system, an automated…

DNV votes for ‘Flexible Framework’ plan in town centre

October 8, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Last night the District of North Vancouver Council considered a staff report that detailed financial and other impacts that would result from the adoption of a five-storey town centre height restriction versus a model that is predominantly five storeys, with…

Council ponders LV town centre feedback

September 27, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

North Vancouver District Council is on the hot seat as it ponders a report describing options for the implementation of the Official Community Plan (OCP) in Lynn Valley. The report was presented at a regular council meeting on September 23,…

Volunteers keep North Van clean & green

September 13, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

It was swing-your-partner time Friday night as the District of North Vancouver hosted a dinner and barn dance to thank the many volunteers who take part in the muncipality’s outdoor programs. Maplewood Farm helpers, parks and trails workers, Adopt a…

Library lends itself to summer R&R

July 18, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

There’s a new vibe happening in Lynn Valley Library, and we have to say it’s a good fit for these lazy summer afternoons. You’ll notice that the lobby now sports a bank of magazine racks to suit a wide range of…

Resident reflects on highjack of highrise conversation

June 27, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

This was submitted to LynnValleyLife by Dan Ellis; it is a copy of his recent submission to North Vancouver District Council. *** I’m the Chair of the Official Community Plan Implementation Committee, who are 15 citizens appointed by Council to…

LV town centre planning: a range of perspectives

June 8, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

UPDATED: June 28, 2013 You’ve seen the signs around the neighbourhood, the pamphlets in your mailbox, and the emails in your inbox. As public consultation regarding the implementation plan for Lynn Valley’s town centre intensifies, a range of views are being…

Interesting online option for sharing town centre views

June 4, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

We’ve been promoting the two most recent opportunities presented for Lynn Valley residents to get involved in shaping Lynn Valley’s future – those are the NVD June Open Houses, and Mark Sager’s Bosa-sponsored storefront in Lynn Valley Centre. It’s our…

Town centre feedback invited at June open houses

May 18, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

As promised, North Vancouver District has expanded the time frame for public consultation on the issue of how the municipality’s Official Community Plan will be implemented in Lynn Valley town centre. We hope that people will share their views and…

Adopt a Lynn Valley street today!

January 30, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

There’s a great new North Vancouver District program that can improve your life – and your community – all at the same time. Whether you want to teach your kids responsibility, lose a few pounds, get your partner out walking…

Council votes to extend LV town planning consultation

January 8, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

North Vancouver District Council members sat in front of a packed house at their first regular council meeting since the Christmas break. Most people in attendance at the Jan. 7th meeting were there to demonstrate their interest in the future…

Wanted: your thoughtful views on LV development plan

January 3, 2013

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

For a number of years, North Vancouver District planners worked on an Official Community Plan for the municipality, which was formally approved by council in June 2011. That OCP then became the foundation for the further planning of ‘town centre’…

LV town centre at the preliminary application stage

November 5, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

At LynnValleyLife, our goal is to bring our readers easy-to-understand, but thorough information regarding all the important developments in the implementation of the Lynn Valley Town Centre plans. Last month, we wrote this blog post that provided some context to the…

North Vancouver RCMP receive Queen’s Jubilee medals

October 25, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

It was slipped into our email inbox like any other press release from the North Van RCMP, but this one – we think – is rather special. Twenty-two of our local RCMP officers, employees, and volunteers were recently awarded the…

Lynn Valley sewer system tested

October 8, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

What the heck is a vapour test? And why is there one coming to a sewer near you? Click on this link from North Vancouver District, in which the municipality explains how and why Lynn Valley’s storm and sanitary sewers…

Lynn Valley town centre plans taking shape

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

For more than five years, North Vancouver District planners have been trying to get into the heads of Lynn Valley residents. They’ve asked for our views, they’ve brought in speakers, they’ve created opportunities for online education and feedback, they’ve set…

Compost coaches offer free, at-home instruction

August 31, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Waste-reducers and gardeners can learn more about one of their favourite pastimes without spending a cent, thanks to the Compost Coaching program offered by the North Shore Recycling Program. Now that colder weather is on the horizon, you might want…

Lynn Valley property rezoning process explained

August 23, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Not so long ago, LynnValleyLife told readers about a public information meeting that Polygon Properties was holding to discuss a potential redevelopment of the land at the southwest corner of Mountain Highway and 27th. The event was held in the…

Ass’t Fire Chief seeks seniors for home safety project

July 31, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

When North Van District Assistant Fire Chief Curtis Bremner set out to research preventable deaths in North Vancouver, he was surprised at some of the facts he discovered. First, a report from the BC Coroner Office revealed that the average age of…

Circling helicopters part of Lynn Valley life

June 8, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

FROM THE EDITOR: The sound of sirens isn’t too unusual in Lynn Valley, especially during the summer months when it’s often assumed emergency responders are en route to a mishap in Lynn Canyon. While those occurrences can sometimes be tragic,…

Help plan LV’s future – your health depends on it!

May 1, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

FROM THE EDITOR: Do you consider yourself an opinionated person? If so, this is the week for you! I can’t remember being asked for my opinion quite so often. Between the North Van District Open Houses presenting the new Lynn…

Visions of the valley await your voices and views

April 28, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

There was quite a buzz around the boards set up near the Lynn Valley Mall centre court today, as district planners toured visitors around several graphic displays that gave glimpses into the future of Lynn Valley Town Centre. Since the…

Recycling depots close at hand

February 11, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Lynn Valley is an excellent place to live if you’re an environmentalist. Sure, we have lots of trees. But did you know we’re also particularly well-situated when it comes to recycling drop-off depots? We’re a hop, skip and a jump…

District workers are up the creek

January 30, 2012

From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

FROM THE EDITOR: It’s always been easy to be impressed by Lynn Valley’s trees; after all, the world’s tallest fir – measuring 417 feet high and 77 feet around – was documented here in 1875. But for the next few…