And the 2023 Winner is …

With the last ornament packed away. lights wrapped, carpets rolled up and the stands and sand bags tucked away for another year, we finally get down to the challenging task of counting the ballots and announcing a winner for Best Overall Tree. This year we introduced an online voting option. As with everything ‘new’, there’s always a learning curve so thank you so much for your patience! The Parade of Trees once again extended onto the plaza at Lynn Valley Centre and we were thrilled to welcome new participants! We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting the results so without further ado, here they are . . . *drumroll please* Best Tree Overall:  Sitka Coast Construction Honorable Mention: Silver Harbour Seniors Activity Center Best School Tree: Boundary Elementary School And a special mention to St. Clements with their ‘Building Community Spirit’ Theme. Your theme encapsulated what LVCA is all about. A special thank you once again to our Partners: (click on the name to be directed to their websites)

Twin Lions Contracting

Great Canadian Landscaping Company

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture

District of North Vancouver

Lynn Valley Centre

RONA: BH Allen Building Center Ltd.

Lynn Valley Village Absolute Landscaping And to you, our “You + One” Shining Stars, your generosity is duly noted and so appreciated!

We were thrilled to support the Spectrum Mothers Support Society  and the work they do in our community.

Our thanks to this great team who stepped up to chip up the trees onsite with our donation going to Scouts Canada. Davey Tree Expert Company, we love you!

A special thank you to Gillian Konst and Stefanie Donohoe for their dedication, tireless energy and incredible positive energy for making it all come together. And a big thank you to all of you who pitched in to make this event come together – our sponsors and volunteers. It takes a community to make events like this a success. PS Let us know if you want us to save you a tree for next year!

Dogs, People and Parks

In keeping with the guidance in the Parks and Open Spaces Strategic Plan 2012, the North Vancouver District is working to continue developing guidelines for parks and trail planning that promote safety and enjoyment for all.

They have heard many comments and requests from the community that relate to dogs in District Parks. Along with a desire to create new opportunities to recreate with dogs in parks, they also hear about conflicts relating to interactions with dogs, waste management, environmental concerns and more.

The District wants to hear from you whether you are a dog owner or not.

This survey will take about 15 minutes to complete all sections. Most questions are optional so you don’t have to answer every question, however, click through to the end of the survey to ensure your responses are submitted.

Deadline DECEMBER 5TH.

https://www.dnv.org/parks-trails-recreation/dog-plan

DNV Urban Tree Canopy Project

A more diverse and healthy urban tree canopy will help us take action against climate change and increase biodiversity and wildlife habitat.

Plant a tree, make a difference.

The DNV is enhancing the urban tree canopy by giving free trees to homeowners, and plants or shrubs to people living in apartments and condos, as part of their Urban Tree Canopy Project.

Program history

The DNV invited residential property owners to participate in the inaugural Urban Tree Canopy program in 2021. 

In 2022, they expanded the program so those living in apartments or condos could receive a plant or shrub for their balcony. This year’s program offers a variety of tree and shrub species: cedar, fir, dogwood, shore pine, big leaf maple, willow, Nootka rose, woolly sunflower, tall Oregon grape, and Douglas aster.

To date, District residents have received 689 trees and shrubs to plant and help grow our tree canopy. 

The Urban Tree Canopy program is run in partnership with Coast Salish Plant Nursery and the Wild Bird Trust. Funds from the environmental compensation fee account were used to run the program.

Register today!

https://www.dnv.org/community-environment/urban-tree-canopy-project

To get your free plants, fill out the online linked above before Sept. 15, 2023. All plants are available while supplies last.

How the program works

If you own or rent a home in the District, you can apply to receive three trees and/or three shrubs for free, depending on your available space.

To request your free plants, fill out the online form linked above before September 15, 2023.

All plants are available while supplies last. DNV will be providing substitutions if any plant species run out.

After you submit your request

You’ll receive a confirmation email after submitting the online form. They will also email you approximately two weeks before the plant pick up days (Oct. 21 and 22) with more information about pickup times and parking, etc.

Picking up your trees or shrubs

You can pick up your plants at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area (2649 Dollarton Hwy) on October 21 or 22, 2023. If you’re unavailable on the days above, and are unable to have someone else pick up your plants, email iwantatree@dnv.org to arrange a different time

If you’d like to know more about the native plants being offered, and which ones are suitable for your yard or balcony, refer to the plant information sheet (PDF file link) and by visiting the website to view videos on the program, how to choose, how to plant and care for your plants and so much more@

It’s the 2nd Annual Lynn Valley Family Fun Fair!

Come to Lynn Valley Elementary Field Saturday, September 16th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM where you and your family can enjoy free entertainment including games, dunk tank, face painting, plus musical performances. Enjoy lots of FREE family fun and meet the people in your Lynn Valley neighbourhood!

Save room for lunch as the Firefighters Charitable Foundations will be having a BBQ by donation!

This event will occur rain or shine!

Click here for more information LYNN VALLEY FAMILY FUN FAIR

Adopt a Street Program

Did you Know you can Adopt A Street?

By volunteering to adopt a street or trail and regularly collecting litter you improve the neighbourhood for everyone. It can be a family affair, including kids in the process, and you’ll get a bit of exercise as well. It’s easy to do, and you are sure to meet a few appreciative neighbours while you are out doing the job.

The District supplies trash grabbers, hi-vis vests, and some garbage bags to get you started. The minimum commitment is only once a month, but you can do it more often.

This is a great opportunity for community associations, local businesses, schools, sports teams, individuals, and families to make a difference in our community. You can even challenge and inspire other groups or neighbours to see who can keep the cleanest street.

When you adopt a street, you can:

  • build a stronger sense of community in your neighbourhood
  • get to know your neighbours
  • improve your street
  • reduce litter, vandalism, and crime in your area

Do we have any volunteers willing for LVCA to adopt a street? Let us know! We’ll for a ‘posse’ and head out!

All the information can be found here: https://www.dnv.org/programs-and…/adopt-street-program

Report a Crime Online

#DYK that you can report Non-emergency crimes online using the North Van RCMP’s online reporting tool?

This service is an alternative way for you to report non-emergency crimes day and night without having to visit or call a detachment. The report you submit is reviewed and entered into the RCMP Records Management System by your local detachment.

An incident number will be included in a generated report that is emailed to you upon submission. However, there will be no follow up unless more information is required.

For FAQ’s & to find out which incident types are applicable, visit: https://bit.ly/3M40UKo

Your report is vital in assisting the RCMP with identifying crime trends in the community and deterring future crimes.

To report a non-emergency crime, visit: https://bit.ly/3ZsfPkU

If it is an emergency such as a crime in progress, or you’re in need of emergency responders, don’t hesitate – dial 911 immediately.

Annual Youth Awards

Youth Awards nominations are open!

Do you know an exceptional young person who is working hard to make life better for themselves, their peers, or the community?

Maybe they’ve overcome personal challenges or obstacles… or maybe they’ve made a significant achievement in academics, sports, or music… or maybe they’re doing volunteer work to help make the District a better place to live, work, or play.

Whatever the accomplishment, celebrate it with a Youth Award.

Each year, awards are given in four categories:

Youth Recognition Award

For young people who have made great personal strides, overcome personal or societal barriers, or demonstrated great skill in music, academics, art, or sports.

Youth Community Enhancement Award

For young volunteers who have made positive contributions to the community by providing at least 75 hours of service on a committee, or by working with a local organization or group.

Outstanding Youth-Friendly Business/Supporter of Youth Award

For a person or business that did an exceptional job in hiring or training youth, providing opportunities to youth, or providing funding, support, or services to young people. 

Outstanding Youth Team Award

Recognizes a group of young people (ages 10 – 24) who have completed a minimum of 50 hours per person of community (or school) service to enhance programs or services in their school or community.

Nominations Deadline is March 13, 2023 @11:59PM PST

For more information and how to nominate that special youth, go to: Annual Youth Awards

Zoning Bylaw Amendment for Cannabis Store in Lynn Valley

WHEN: February 7, 2023 @ 7pm

A PUBLIC HEARING will be held on February 7th in a hybrid format with a combination of in-person at the Council Chamber and electronic participation by some or all members of council, staff and the public.

Currently a ‘Cannabis Retail Store’ is not listed as a permitted use of property for the Lynn Valley Town Centre and there is a proposal – Bylaw 8607 – to change the Zoning to allow it.

Council wants to hear from us and welcomes our input regarding this change.

When and How: The Public Hearing will take place on Tuesday, February 7th 2023 at 7pm. You can sign up to speak at the hearing by contacting the Municipal Clerk at signup@dnv.org prior to 3pm on Tue. Feb. 7th 2023. You may also provide a written submission at any time prior to the close of the public hearing by sending it by email to the Municipal Clerk at input@dnv.org or by mail to Municipal Clerk, 355 West Queens Road, North Vancouver, BC V7N 4N5

After the speakers list has been exhausted, there will be an opportunity for additional speakers who had not signed up in advance to make submissions. * editor’s note: this will be at Council’s discretion

PLEASE NOTE! Once this public hearing is over, you will NOT be able to submit further opinions concerning this application. So if you have questions or concerns – NOW is the time to speak up.

Need more info?

For your convenience we’ve made the notice for the hearing from the District of North Vancouver available here. DOWNLOAD PDF

Additional relevant background material and copies of the bylaw are available fo review at the Clerk’s Office or online at www.DNV.org/public-hearing