Landslide buyout plan advances
Assessments are complete on all of
the nine North Vancouver District
properties included in a recently
announced buyout plan.
fieldwork was done this week, and
the next stage will be for the
district to meet with the families
to decide on the values of the
properties and come up with an
District staff planned to present
assessment findings to five of the
nine families this week, and the
other three in September, said
Colleen Brow, district spokeswoman.
Last Thursday, the district
announced that it would offer buyout
packages to nine families who were
directly affected by the January
landslide that pushed mud and debris
from the Berkley Avenue escarpment
onto Chapman Way below, destroying
two houses, killing one resident and
seriously injuring another.
district also planned to hold two
meetings this week for families
whose properties border the buyout
About 12 families from Berkley
Avenue were invited to an
information meeting with the
district on Tuesday night, and
another meeting was planned for
about 12 families located below the
Those meetings were not public, but
Brow said the district is planning
to hold community information
meetings to address concerns of
residents in the broader slide area.
purpose of the two meetings this
week were to update the families on
the work that has been done by the
district, and to answer the
Both James Ridge, district chief
administrative officer, and Jozsef
Dioszeghy, director of environment,
parks and engineering, were
scheduled to attend the meetings.
an interview with the North Shore
News before the meetings, Dioszeghy
outlined some of the plans for the
area if the buyout offers are
said once the district acquires the
homes so it has unlimited access to
the area, four houses at the top of
the escarpment will be removed.
backyards of those houses will be
re-shaped to the way they were about
40 to 50 years ago before the area
was subdivided and the houses were
After the fill is removed, new
vegetation will be planted, and
Dioszeghy said trees and shrubs may
be used to create a canopy to
provide protection to reduce ground
water penetration of rainfall.
"One of the objectives is to make
(the area) a little bit park-like,"
he said, "but at the same time
Dioszeghy said he is hoping the
district can start removing the
houses on Berkley Avenue within the
next two months.
district would then proceed with
reshaping the slope, weather
permitting, immediately following
the demolition of the houses.
Although long-term plans for Chapman
Way are still being considered, the
buyout properties on that street
probably won't be occupied in the
foreseeable future, said Dioszeghy.
Bill Maurer, of the Seymour Valley
Community Association, said the
buyout plan is "good news" for those
residents most affected by the
explained that neighbours in the
areas bordering the buyout
properties have varying needs due to
the differences in their situations.
Many of the residents on Treetop
Lane north of where the slide
occurred have flat area behind them,
so are less concerned about slope
conditions than some residents on
Chapman Way who have a slope right
behind their properties, said
said he is confident many of the
residents on Chapman Way, close to
the buyout properties, would welcome
a similar deal with the district.
"Others are living under the same
conditions but they didn't have any
direct impact from their properties
from the slide," he said. "It's kind
of more difficult if nothing has
actually directly happened to your
published on 8/25/2005