Council meetings, the week of Jan 19, 2015: Birds, Rental 100, political structures, transportation and campaign $$$, election review, arts, CACs, density bonusing

West Georgia Street(Updated 3 pm Sun.: We’ll add comments and links as time permits. Some added below, more to come.) City Council has two main meetings this week: Regular Council on Jan. 21 (Tues) and the Committee on Planning, Transportation and Environment on Jan. 22 (Tues). The Public Hearing originally scheduled for Jan. 20 has been cancelled. A Park Board meeting will occur on Jan. 19 (Mon). A meeting of the Board of Metro Vancouver will happen on Jan. 23 (Fri). Agenda and links are further below. We encourage people to write or sign up to speak to Council on items you feel are important.

Some interesting and notable agenda items on the Council agendas include the following

JANUARY 21, Regular Council

JANUARY 22, COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF MEETING
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20150120/regu20150120ag.htm

AGENDA

DATE: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
TIME: 9:30 am
PLACE: Council Chamber
Third Floor, City Hall

PLEASE NOTE:

For information please call Laura Kazakoff, Meeting Coordinator, at 604.871.6353 or e mail laura.kazakoff@vancouver.ca or Nicole Ludwig, Meeting Coordinator at 604.873.7191, e mail nicole.ludwig@vancouver.ca

Printable AgendaPDF
WELCOME

ROLL CALL

“IN CAMERA” MEETING

THAT Council will go into meetings later this week which are closed to the public, pursuant to Section 165.2(1) of the Vancouver Charter, to discuss matters related to paragraphs:

(a) personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the city or another position appointed by the city;

(e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the Council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the city;

(k) negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of an activity, work or facility that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the Council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the city if they were held in public.

ADOPTION OF MINUTES

1. Regular Council – December 16, 2014 PDF

2. Regular Council (City Finance and Services) – December 17, 2014 PDF

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

REPORT REFERENCE

1. Vancouver Bird Strategy Initiatives and Design Guidelines

Sadhu Johnston, Deputy City Manager, and Alan Duncan, Environmental Planner, Parks and Recreation, to present on this matter.

NOTE: The relevant staff report and its attachments are linked below. The attachments are large and may take some time to download.

Staff Report dated January 7, 2015 PDF

Attachment A – Vancouver Bird Strategy PDF

Attachment B – Bird Friendly Design Guidelines Explanatory Note PDF

Attachment C – Bird Friendly Landscape Operational Guidelines PDF

Attachment D – Vancouver Bird Week Final Report PDF

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. Business Licence/Chauffeur’s Permit Appeal Hearing Panels – January to May 2015 PDF

2. FCM Sustainable Communities Conference – February 10-12, 2015 – London, ON – Councillor Reimer PDF

3. Increase to Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Licences PDF

4. Approval of Increased Floor Space Ratio for 311 East 6th Avenue PDF

POLICY REPORTS

1. CD-1 Rezoning: 6070-6090 Oak Street PDF

2. CD-1 Rezoning: 5430-5450 Oak Street PDF

3. CD-1 Rezoning: 5508-5542 Oak Street PDF

4. CD-1 Rezoning: 275 Kingsway (333 East 11th Avenue) PDF

RISE FROM COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

ADOPT REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

BY-LAWS

Link to By-laws 1-7 PDF

By-law 8 PDF

1. A By-law to amend Subdivision By-law No. 5208 (587-591 West King Edward Avenue)

2. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 3795 Commercial Street

3. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 671 Cordova Street

4. A By-law to amend Water Works By-law No. 4848 regarding Housekeeping

5. A Housekeeping By-law to repeal Water Lot Moorage By-law No. 8336

6. A By-law to amend Vehicles for Hire By-law No. 6066 regarding licences for 20 full-time wheelchair accessible taxis approved by the Passenger Transportation Board
(Subject to approval of Administrative Report 3)

7. A By-law to amend Solid Waste By-law No. 8417 Regarding a miscellaneous amendment

Added Item – January 16, 2015

8. A By-law to amend Street and Traffic By-law No. 2849 regarding political structures and housekeeping
MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 4790 Manor Street PDF

MOVER: Councillor
SECONDER: Councillor

2. Approval of Form of Development – CD-1 – 39 Smithe Street PDF
MOVER: Councillor
SECONDER: Councillor

B. Motions on Notice

1. Support for the Regional Transportation Funding Initiative PDF
MOVER: Councillor Affleck
SECONDER: Councillor Ball

2. Urgent Action on Campaign Finance Reform PDF
MOVER: Councillor Reimer
SECONDER: Councillor

CityHallWatch comment: This is a huge topic. The motion restates a 2010 Council motion asking the Provincial government to let the City of Vancouver set its own election finance rules. The punchline (the “therefore” part, copied below) seems good enough, but the entire discussion comes with a LOT of baggage and risks: 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Vancouver urgently request that the Provincial Government expand the terms of reference for the Special Committee on Local Elections Expense  Limits to allow for consideration of changes to the Vancouver Charter as outlined in Appendix A and which allow for limits on campaign spending and contributions, bans on donations from corporations and unions, and provide for greater disclosure.

But the whole thing could be VERY tricky. For example, people might wish to ask Clr Reimer to go into more detail on this request to the Province, adopted by Council in 2010.

Provide local governments with the authority to use any method of elections they wish to use, and repeal the requirement for Lieutenant Governor in Council approval to adopt such a change.

3. Review of the 2014 City of Vancouver Civic Election PDF
MOVER: Councillor Affleck
SECONDER: Councillor Ball

The punchline of this motion is:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT staff report back to Council to:
(a) Present any official list of public enquiries submitted to the City of Vancouver regarding the 2014 civic election; and
(b) Clarify processes and procedures during the 2014 City of Vancouver Civic Election and the role of Elections BC.

CityHallWatch: IMPORTANT topic. Stay tuned on Monday for our list of 20 eyebrow-raisers in the 2014 Vancouver election. We urge citizens to write/speak to Council pointing out their experiences/concerns and indicating what they’d like to see in the proposed staff report

4. Request for Leaves of Absence – Councillor Louie PDF
MOVER: Councillor
SECONDER: Councillor

5. Create an Independent Arts and Culture Fund PDF
MOVER: Councillor Deal
SECONDER: Councillor Meggs

NOTICE OF MOTION

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

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NOTICE OF MEETING
STANDING COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL
ON PLANNING, TRANSPORTATION AND ENVIRONMENT
AGENDA
DATE: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
TIME: 9:30 am
PLACE: Council Chamber
Third Floor, City HallPLEASE NOTE:

• If you would like to speak at this meeting, please call Lori Isfeld, Meeting Coordinator, at 604.871.6355 or email speaker.request@vancouver.ca.
• You can communicate your comments to City Council by emailing mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca.
• Visit http://vancouver.ca/speaker-wait-times or @VanCityClerk on Twitter for real-time information on the progress of City Council meetings.
• A live video stream of the meeting will be available at http://civic.neulion.com/cityofvancouver/. An archive of the video stream will be available the day following the meeting.

PRINTABLE AGENDA PDF

ROLL CALL
MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT
AGENDA ITEMS

1. 2015 Assessment Roll

Paul Borgo, Acting Area Assessor, and Dharmesh Sisodraker, Deputy Assessor, BC Assessment, Vancouver Sea to Sky Region, will present the 2015 Assessment Roll for Council’s information.
2. 2015 Advance Grant Installments to Cultural Operating Organizations PDF

Requires eight affirmative votes
3. Heritage Revitalization Agreement Amendment, Property Tax Exemption Incentive and Conversion Permit for the Boulder Hotel at 9 West Cordova Street PDF

4. 2013 Annual Report on Community Amenity Contributions and Density Bonusing PDF

Where applicable, interested parties have been notified regarding the above noted items.

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NOTICE

A Regular Council meeting will be convened immediately following the Standing Committee meeting.

 

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

AGENDA

ROLL CALL

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

1. Standing Committee of Council on Planning, Transportation and Environment
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Approval of recommendations and actions.

Note: Item 2 requires eight affirmative votes.

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