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Rally against density in North Vancouver

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The density debate in North Vancouver is expected to heat up again tonight, as the city hosts a public hearing into changes to its official community plan.

Critics are holding a rally outside city hall ahead of the meeting because they feel councillors are trying to ram through the legislation with limited consultation.

Organizer Joe Heilman says increased density is grinding traffic on the North Shore to a halt.

“Over the last five years, you can see the change,” he points out. “At four o’clock… five years ago, you could get anywhere you want pretty quickly, but now you’re going to be waiting a half hour, 45 minutes even sometimes.”

“The highway between the bridges has turned into a parking lot around four o’clock, five o’clock every day now. It’s gone crazy.”

Heilman has also drawn up a petition calling on the city not to allow secondary suites and coach houses on the same property, and to limit development in some areas to six storeys.

Today rally starts at 5 p.m. and the public hearing begins at 6 p.m. at North Vancouver City Hall.