City Council preview July 7-8: Steam generation site rezoning, Living wages, homeless count, DCLs, and more

Steam generation plumeThe Regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 7th will have a relatively light agenda. The numbers from the 2015 homeless count will likely be released by City Staff. The 2015 rates for Development Cost Levies (DCLs) will be adjusted upwards; a common DCL benchmark will be increased to $13.31 / per square foot (from $12.87). Council will review the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility. A motion on notice by Mayor Robertson will be introduced to make the City of Vancouver a Living Wage Employer. Councillor Carr will introduce another motion on notice on dealing with unoccupied and deteriorating properties slated for redevelopment.

Speakers to both motions on notice will likely be heard on Wednesday. We encourage concerned citizens to write and/or speak to Council.

The July 8th City Finance and Services Committee meeting agenda includes a report on issues related to a Proposed Rezoning at the Central Steam Site at 720 Beatty Street across from BC Place. A number of Grant proposals will be reviewed, including the 2015 Social Grants and Cultural Infrastructure Grant Allocations, and a Downtown Eastside Community Economic Development Matching Grant Project. All of the grant approvals require 8 affirmative votes.

For reference, we’ve included the meeting agendas below, with some links to related articles:http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20150707/regu20150707ag.htm

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

DATE: Tuesday, July 7, 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

“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;

(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. Public Hearing – June 10, 11, 13 and 22, 2015PDF

2. Regular Council – June 23, 2015 PDF

3. Regular Council (Planning, Transportation and Environment) – June 24, 2015 PDF

4. Public Hearing – June 25, 2015 PDF

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

REPORT REFERENCE

1. Youth Homelessness: Challenges for Vulnerable Youth

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth, to present on this matter.

2. 2015 Report on Homelessness and Related Actions on SROs PDF

Mukhtar Latif, Chief Housing Officer, and Abi Bond, Director of Housing Policy and Projects, to present on this matter and on the attached Policy Report dated June 29, 2015, entitled “SRO Actions and Proposed Single Room Accommodation By-law Amendments”.

3. New Edition of the Fire By-law (2015 Fire By-law) PDF

Steve Laleune, Deputy Chief – Protective Services, Fire and Rescue Services, to present on the attached Policy Report dated June 23, 2015.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. 2015 Inflationary Adjustment to Development Cost Levy Rates PDF

2. Improvements to Development Cost Levy (DCL) System: Replacing Area Specific DCL Districts and Excluded Areas with the Vancouver (City-wide) DCL District; and, Updating Vancouver DCL Growth Costs, Rates and Allocations PDF

3. Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility (“SEFC NEU”) – Five-Year Review PDF

4. Application to Participate in Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Leadership in Asset Management Program 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 Parking By-law No. 6059 with regard to CD-1 Districts Parking Requirements (4139-4187 Cambie Street)

2. A By-law to amend Subdivision By-law No. 5208 (4139-4187 Cambie Street)

3. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 5037, 5067 and 5087 Main Street

4. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (5030, 5040, 5060 and 5080 Quebec Street)
(Councillor De Genova not present for this item at Public Hearing due to Conflict of Interest; Councillors Ball, Jang and Meggs not present for this item at Public Hearing)

5. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (3503-3523 East Hastings Street and 394-398 Skeena Street)
(Councillor De Genova not on Council at time of Public Hearing; Councillor Jang not present for this item at Public Hearing)

6. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 regarding Building Lines (3503-3523 East Hastings Street and 394-398 Skeena Street)
(Councillor De Genova not on Council at time of Public Hearing; Councillor Jang not present for this item at Public Hearing)

7. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (275 Kingsway (333 East 11th Avenue))
(Councillor Ball not present for this item at Public Hearing and, along with Councillor Jang, the Regular Council meeting where the decision was made)

8. A By-law to amend CD-1 By-law No. 7166 (785 West 16th Avenue) (Text Amendment regarding School use)
(Councillors Ball and Jang not present for this item at Public Hearing)

9. A By-law to amend CD-1 By-law No. 4472 (Vancouver General Hospital) (Text amendment regarding setbacks for Segal Building
(Councillors Ball and Jang not present for this item at Public Hearing)

10. A By-law to amend CD-1 (588) By-law No. 11107 (1229-1281 Hornby Street)
(Councillors Ball and Jang not present for this item at Public Hearing)

11. A By-law to designate certain real property as protected heritage property (3171 West 5th Avenue Juno Miller House)
(Councillors Ball and Jang not present for this item at Public Hearing)

12. A By-law to designate certain real property as protected heritage property (1938 Ferndale Street – Margaret and Joseph Dick House)
(Councillors Ball and Jang not present for this item at Public Hearing)

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 3503-3523 East Hastings Street and 394-398 Skeena Street PDF
MOVER: Councillor
SECONDER: Councillor
Subject to approval of By-laws 5 and 6

2. Approval of Form of Development – 508 West 28th Avenue PDF
MOVER: Councillor
SECONDER: Councillor

3. Amendment to West End RM-5, RM-5A, RM-5B, RM-5C and RM-5D Guidelines PDF
MOVER: Councillor
SECONDER: Councillor

4. Approval of Form of Development – 1551 Quebec Street, 1600 Ontario Street, and 95 East 1st Avenue PDF
MOVER: Councillor
SECONDER: Councillor

B. Motions on Notice

1. Dealing with Unoccupied and Deteriorating Properties Slated for Redevelopment PDF
MOVER: Councillor Carr
SECONDER: Councillor

2. Make the City of Vancouver a Living Wage Employer PDF
MOVER: Mayor Robertson
SECONDER: Councillor Meggs

NOTICE OF MOTION

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

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http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20150708/cfsc20150708ag.htm

STANDING COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL ON CITY FINANCE AND SERVICES

AGENDA

DATE: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
TIME: 9:30 am
PLACE: Council Chamber
Third Floor, City Hall

PLEASE NOTE:

Printable Agenda PDF

ROLL CALL

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEMS

1. A Healthy City for All Phase II: Healthy City Strategy Action Plan (2015-2018) PDF

2. Issues Report – Proposed Rezoning – Central Steam Site, 720 Beatty Street PDF

CHW comment: The Vancouver Sun reported on this topic, in “Twin towers proposed for downtown Vancouver steam plant: Permission sought for residential, commercial buildings on Beatty St site” (John Mackie, Vancouver Sun, July 6, 2015). Excerpt: Ian Gillespie’s purchase of a steam plant in downtown Vancouver has been portrayed as a green energy deal, where the gas-powered plant would be converted to low-carbon biofuel. But Gillespie is a developer. And there’s a development tied to the deal, as well. The Creative Energy steam plant has sent a “letter of inquiry” to the city about rezoning the 720 Beatty St. site, which occupies two-thirds of a block south of the Georgia Viaduct. The proposal would see two towers built, one for residential, one for office and commercial. The site is in a “view corridor,” which limits the height, but the Assistant Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver Kevin McNaney said the residential tower could still be 20 storeys, and the office building 18 or 19 storeys. The steam plant is in the Central Business District, which restricts residential use, so staff has sent a report to council recommending it consider the rezoning application….The plant supplies heat to 210 buildings downtown, including the main branch of Vancouver Public Library, BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Pacific Centre.”

It is interesting that the article notes the residential tower could be up to 400,000 square feet. At 20 storeys in height, this means a floorplate of an almost unheard of 20,000 square feet. This would be the equivalent of an Intracorp tower project approved at Jervis and Davie Streets (with a 7,500 square foot plate) being 53 storeys high.

Also, will Mr. Gillespie get support from Vision Vancouver for violating the existing policy regarding new residential units being built in the Central Business District?

It is also interesting to note, during the current situation with falling water reservoir levels, that in 2007, this plant was the third-largest water consumer in Vancouver, at 588,423 cubic metres.

The merits of this application rest significantly on its claims of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by  switching to “a low carbon energy source.” In the public interest, and considering the lucrative concessions being proposed by staff, those claims deserve stringent independent scrutiny.

3. Report Back on Contracting Protocol and Lease Rates for Telecommunications Installations on City-Owned Poles PDF

4. 2015 Social Grants: Social Innovation Partnership Grants and Childcare Grants PDF
Requires eight affirmative votes

5. 2015 Cultural Infrastructure Grant Allocations PDF

Requires eight affirmative votes

6. DTES Community Economic Development Matching Grant Project PDF
Requires eight affirmative votes

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 City Finance and Services
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Approval of recommendations and actions.

Note: Items 4, 5 and 6 require eight affirmative votes.

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http://former.vancouver.ca/parks/board/2015/20150706/index.htm

BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION PARK BOARD COMMITTEE MEETING

AGENDA

Date:
Monday, July 6, 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 – June 22, 2015

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEMS

1. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: YMCA Childcare at Champlain Community School

2. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: Lawn Bowling Clubs – Operating Agreement Renewal

3. PRESENTATION: Trans* and Gender Variant Inclusion Working Group Update

4. REPORT BACK: Love Locks Concept Plan

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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 July 20, 2015, which is closed to the public, pursuant to Section 165.2(1) of the Vancouver Charter, to discuss matters related to paragraphs:

(g) litigation or potential litigation affecting the City or Park Board;

(i) the receipt of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose;

(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.

ITEMS ARISING FROM THE “IN CAMERA” MEETING OF JUNE 22, 2015

Park Board made the following appointments to the Trans* and Gender Variant Inclusion Steering Committee for the term of July2015 – July 2017:

  • Aftab Erfan
  • Cindy Holmes
  • Jazmine Khan
  • Dora Ng
  • Kai Scott
  • Jaedyn Starr
  • Lori Shenher
  • Kira Yee

ADOPTION OF MINUTES

1. Regular Board Meeting – June 22, 2015

COMMUNICATIONS

COMMITTEE REPORTS

1. Report of the Park Board Committee – Monday, July 6, 2015
Approval of recommendations and actions.

STAFF REPORTS

GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT

MOTIONS

MOTIONS ON NOTICE

1. Jericho Lands – Park Board Involvement
MOVER: Commissioner Evans
SECONDER:

NOTICE OF MOTIONS

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES

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NEXT MEETING: Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Park Board office.

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