Council Preview April 28 & 29: Marijuana Dispensaries, District Energy monopoly, Telus Wi-fi contract, Financial Statement and more

City Hall at nightThree meetings of City Council are scheduled on April 28th and 29th, 2015. There is also a Park Board meeting planned for Monday, April 27th (see our previous report on the Park Board meeting here).

The most controversial item on the Regular Council meeting agenda on April 28th is the report on regulating medical marijuana retail outlets. If the report is accepted, Council will hold a Public Hearing on changes to zoning bylaws in order to permit marijuana shops in commercial districts. An additional 6 dates are recommended to be added for potential Public Hearings in May and June of 2015.

Cannabis plantCouncil will consider requiring new large developments to have a compulsory connection to a neighbourhood energy system in Northeast False Creek and in Chinatown. The main corporate beneficiary of this move is Creative Energy Canada Platforms Corp., a firm that was quietly bought by Ian Gillespie of Westbank Projects as reported in the Vancouver Sun (Jeff Lee, February 24, 2014). Westbank is a financial backer of Vision Vancouver. Creative Energy may have a monopoly on providing centralized district energy in certain parts of the City as a result of proposed changes by Council.

The 2014 Statement of Financial Information is mandated by the province; it will also be reviewed by Council on Tuesday. This document contains a list of City employees earning over $75,000, a consolidated financial statement, and a list of suppliers with contracts that exceeded $25,000 in value. Policy reports for rezoning applications at 4956 Cambie (6-storeys), 5648 Victoria Drive (6-storeys), 3819 Boundary Rd (4-storeys) will be reviewed and likely sent to public hearing. Liquor License amendments to Farmers’ Markets and changes to ground level retail at the Telus Garden CD-1 are also proposed in staff policy reports. A motion on notice related to the proposed relocation of St. Paul’s Hospital is also on the agenda.

A raft of zoning bylaw amendments are proposed for the Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 28th. The Granville Slopes, Dowtown Eastside (DEOD) and Downtown Official development plans will be affected (include more FSR exclusions, less sun, relaxations to side and rear yard setbacks). Heritage Revitalization Agreements for 2546 West 3rd Avenue and 1836 West 12th Avenue are also on the agenda.

The Planning Committee meeting for Wednesday, April 29th includes the approval of a contract to award Telus a 5-year contract to supply public Wi-Fi at 43 locations in the City. Telus is a financial backer of Vision Vancouver. This contract can be extended to up to a 20-year term. The Annual Procurement Report 2014 has details on large contracts and sole source purchases. The distribution of 2015 Property Taxes will also be discussed (54.1 residential vs. 45.9 non-residential).

There will also be a Digital Strategy Update by Jessie Adcock, Chief Digital Officer at the Committee meeting. The report is not yet available online. It may be worth noting that parts of the City’s website are inaccessible to search engines for indexing; a simple fix would allow search engines to link to City staff reports. There are also issues with the City’s reluctance to share internal digital data; here’s an example:

For reference, we’ve reproduced the agendas for the upcoming meetings below:

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING (REVISED AGENDA Updated April 24, 2015)

DATE: Tuesday, April 28, 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, e mail laura.kazakoff@vancouver.ca or

Nicole Ludwig, Meeting Coordinator at 604.873.7191, e mail nicole.ludwig@vancouver.ca

Printable AgendaPDF

ROLL CALL

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT – Day of Mourning

PROCLAMATION – Emergency Preparedness Week

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:

(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;

(j) information that is prohibited, or information that if it were presented in a document would be prohibited, from disclosure under section 21 [disclosure harmful to business interests of a third party] of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
(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 – April 14, 2015 PDF

2. Public Hearing – April 14, 2015 PDF

3. Regular Council (City Finance and Services) – April 15, 2015 PDF

4. Special Council (By-laws re 508 Helmcken Street) – April 16, 2015 PDF

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

REPORT REFERENCE

1. Regulation of Retail Dealers – Medical Marijuana-Related Uses PDF

Penny Ballem, City Manager, to present on the attached Policy Report dated April 21, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE: In the related Policy Report, staff are recommending that the matter be referred to a Public Hearing. This is the only decision before Council regarding this report. Under the City of Vancouver Procedure By-law, Council does not hear from speakers on reports recommending referral to Public Hearing. If Council refers the report to a Public Hearing, members of the public will have an opportunity to speak to Council at that Public Hearing.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Revision to 2015 Council Meetings Schedule PDF

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. First and Second Step Report, Local Improvements by Petition, Court of Revision June 2, 2015 – One Lane Paving Project PDF

2. Neighbourhood Energy By-law for Northeast False Creek and Chinatown PDF

3. 2014 Statement of Financial Information PDF

POLICY REPORTS

1. CD-1 Rezoning: 468 West 33rd Avenue, 4956 and 4958 Cambie Street PDF

2. Amendments to the Zoning and Development, License and Street Vending By-Laws to Allow Sampling and Sale of Local Liquor at Farmers’ Markets PDF

3. CD-1 Rezoning: 5648-5678 Victoria Drive PDF

4. CD-1 Text Amendment: 555 Robson Street, 775 Richards Street and 520 West Georgia Street (Telus Block) PDF

5. CD-1 Rezoning: 3819 Boundary Road (3680-3684 East 22nd Avenue) PDF

RISE FROM COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

ADOPT REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

BY-LAWS

Link to By-laws PDF

1. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (508 West 28th Avenue and 4439-4461 Cambie Street)
Mayor Robertson and Councillor Meggs not present for this item at Public Hearing; Councillor De Genova not on Council at the time of the Public Hearing.

2. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (357, 375 and 391 West King Edward Avenue)
Councillor Ball not present for this item at Public Hearing due to conflict of interest; Councillor Jang not present for this item at Public Hearing; Councillor De Genova not on Council at the time of the Public Hearing.

3. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (3120-3184 Knight Street)
Mayor Robertson, Councillor Jang and Councillor Reimer not present for this item at Public Hearing; Councillor De Genova not on Council at the time of the Public Hearing.

4. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement (Market Rental) for 1155 Thurlow Street

5. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement (Non-Market Rental) for 1155 Thurlow Street

Added Item – April 24, 2015

6. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (2806 Cambie Street, 2850 Cambie Street, 454 West 12th Avenue and 465 West 13th Avenue)
Councillor Louie not present for this item at Public Hearing however on March 25, 2015, he advised he had reviewed the proceedings of the Public Hearing; Councillor Meggs not present at the Regular Council meeting where the decision was made; Councillor De Genova not on Council at the time of the Public Hearing.

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 3120-3184 Knight Street PDF

MOVER: Councillor
SECONDER: Councillor

Subject to approval of By-law 3.

2. Establishing Road on the south side of Powell Street, between Glen Drive and Clark Drive, adjacent to 1100 Block of Powell Street, for the Powell Street Overpass Project PDF

MOVER: Councillor
SECONDER: Councillor

3. Establishing Road on the south side of Powell Street, between the Cordova Diversion and Raymur Avenue, adjacent to 900 Block of Powell Street, for the Powell Street Overpass Project PDF

MOVER: Councillor
SECONDER: Councillor

B. Motions on Notice

1. Relocation of St. Paul’s Hospital PDF

MOVER: Councillor Jang
SECONDER: Councillor Stevenson

2. Request for Leave of Absence – Mayor Robertson PDF

MOVER: Councillor
SECONDER: Councillor

NOTICE OF MOTION

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

* * * * *

PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA

DATE: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
TIME: 6 pm
PLACE: Council Chamber
Third Floor, City Hall

PLEASE NOTE:

Updated Printable Agenda PDF

ROLL CALL

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

1. TEXT AMENDMENT: Miscellaneous Amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law, the Downtown Official Development Plan (DODP), the Downtown Eastside Oppenheimer District Official Development Plan (DEOD ODP), and the Southeast Granville Slopes Official Development Plan (SEGS ODP)

Summary and Recommendation PDF

Policy Report dated March 2, 2015 PDF

Draft By-law – Downtown District Official Development Plan PDF

Draft By-law – Downtown Eastside Oppenheimer Official Development Plan PDF

Draft By-law – Southeast Granville Slopes Official Development Plan PDF

Draft By-law – Zoning and Development PDF

Draft By-law – Zoning and Development Fee PDF

No correspondence has been received for this item to date.

2. TEXT AMENDMENT: 2610 Victoria Drive

Summary and Recommendation PDF

Policy Report dated March 16, 2015 PDF

Draft By-law – CD-1 PDF

Draft By-law – Sign PDF

No correspondence has been received for this item to date.

3. HERITAGE DESIGNATION/HERITAGE REVITALIZATION AGREEMENT (HRA): 1836 West 12th Avenue

Summary and Recommendation PDF

Policy Report dated April 9, 2015 PDF

Draft By-law – Heritage Designation PDF

Draft By-law – Heritage Revitalization Agreement PDF

No correspondence has been received for this item to date.

4. HERITAGE DESIGNATION/HERITAGE REVITALIZATION AGREEMENT (HRA): 2546 West 3rd Avenue

Summary and Recommendation PDF

Policy Report dated April 8, 2015 PDF

Draft By-law – Heritage Designation PDF

Draft By-law Heritage Revitalization Agreement PDF

No correspondence has been received for this item to date.

RISE FROM COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

ADOPT REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

BY-LAWS

* * * * *

STANDING COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL ON PLANNING, TRANSPORTATION AND ENVIRONMENT AGENDA

DATE: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
TIME: 9:30 am
PLACE: Council Chamber
Third Floor, City Hall

PLEASE 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. Digital Strategy Update

Presentation by Jessie Adcock, Chief Digital Officer.

2. Contract Award for City of Vancouver Public Wi-Fi PDF

3. Annual Procurement Report 2014 PDF

4. 2015 Property Taxation – Distribution of Property Tax Levy PDF

5. Civic Theatres Rental Rates 2015-2016 PDF

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

* * * * *

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, April 29, 2015

Approval of recommendations and actions.

* * * * *

NOTICE OF MEETING

BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION
PARK BOARD COMMITTEE MEETING

AGENDA

Date:
Monday, April 27, 2015
Time:
7:00 pm
Place:
Park Board – Boardroom
2099 Beach Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

Printable Agenda PDF

PLEASE NOTE:

ROLL CALL

ADOPTION OF MINUTES

  1. Park Board Committee Meeting – March 2, 2015
  2. Park Board Committee Meeting – April 13, 2015

CHAIR’S REPORT

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEMS

  1. REPORT: Queen Elizabeth Park Zipline PDF
  2. REPORT: Mount Pleasant Skateboard Facility Location PDF

* * * * *

NOTICE

A Regular Board meeting will be convened immediately following the Park Board Committee meeting.

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

AGENDA

PLEASE NOTE:  Regular Board meeting items are not available for speaker registration. To hear from delegations on a topic, the Board will refer the item to a future Committee meeting.

ROLL CALL

IN CAMERA

THAT the Board will go into a meeting on May 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm, which is closed to the public, pursuant to Section 165.2(1) of the Vancouver Charter, to discuss matters related to paragraphs:

(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 Board, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the City and Park Board if they were held in public.

ADOPTION OF MINUTES

  1. Regular Board Meeting – April 13, 2015

COMMUNICATIONS

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. Report of the Park Board Committee – Monday, April 27, 2015 Approval of recommendations and actions.

STAFF REPORTS

GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT

PRESENTATIONS

  1. REPORT BACK:  Creating Greater Community Engagement

MOTIONS

MOTIONS ON NOTICE

  1. Vancouver Recreational Water Quality PDF
    MOVER:  Commissioner Wiebe
    SECONDER: Commissioner Evans
  1. Cherry Tree Groves PDF
    MOVER:  Commissioner Coupar
    SECONDER:

NOTICE OF MOTIONS

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES

* * * * *

NEXT MEETING: Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Park Board office.

One thought on “Council Preview April 28 & 29: Marijuana Dispensaries, District Energy monopoly, Telus Wi-fi contract, Financial Statement and more

  1. They all must be shut down, any pot heads on Council or Staff must be fired immediately drug testing office set up in City Hall now to test Councillors and Staff

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