Council Preview January 19-20: Norquay Apartment Transition Zone rezoning, 1755 West 14th Avenue, Neighbourhood Councillor Liaison, St. Paul’s Hospital Planning, Election Task Force and more

Norquay zoning panel

Area-wide rezoning for Apartment Transition Zone (red)

Vancouver City Council begins the New Year with a Regular Council meeting and a Public Hearing scheduled for January 19th. A Committee meeting is set for Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Here is a quick overview.

The Regular Council meeting includes a controversial motion on notice put forward by Andrea Reimer on the Appointment of Neighbourhood Councillor Liaisons. This item has not been discussed publicly as far as we know, and appeared on the agenda with no prior warning. People have raised many concerns about how this system could be abused for political gain, some points of which are covered in the Straight. If the motion passes, the Mayor would make the final decision on which Councillor to assign as the liaison person to each neighbourhood (it should be noted that City Councillors are elected at large in Vancouver to represent all residents, rather than via a ward system).

A total of $2,640,000 in grants and funding installments for 90 cultural organizations will be reviewed; this item requires 8 votes of Council to pass.

A Public Hearing for 6pm on Tuesday, January 19th starts with the area-wide rezoning in Norquay. A new zoning district called RM-9A / 9AN for Norquay’s Apartment Transition Area would be established and applied area-wide to a single-family zone (RS-1 zoned lots shown in red in inset). 225 Smithe StreetThis new zoning type might be used as a precedent for other parts of Vancouver in the future. In another example of this City Council eroding public influence in decision-making, the zoning policy is written so that the Development Permit Board will not play any role in reviewing future applications in the affected zone; rather, one person — the Director of Planning (currently Jane Pickering filling this role in the interim) — will approve projects behind closed doors. This removal of checks and balances should be noted as one more of many that have occurred in the past several years. Eye on Norquay has complied extensive information on all of this (see especially their analysis here). Residents for Community Control on City Development has also expressed concerns about the process and more.

225 Smithe Street (building from 1925)

225 Smithe Street (building from 1925)

A 26-storey tower is proposed at 225 Smithe Street with a rather high Floor Space Ratio of 11.39. This tower development by Boffo Developments would include 179 parking spaces and 107 condo units, and 32,250 sq. ft. (2,996 m2) of office space on 4 levels. A building dating from 1925 would be torn down to make way for the proposed development.

The final item at the Public Hearing is a proposal for a tower at 1755 West 14th Avenue. A 120-foot (36.6 m) highrise is proposed with 116 market rental units at Burrard Street and West 14th. The site currently has a tower of a similar height. The correspondence received by Council shows that 147 neighbours have signed a petition in opposition to the new tower, while it seems that nearly all letters in favour appear to be individuals with firms associated with the real estate and development industries. You can read the actual text of the  petition here. It is serious and well-researched. The property owner appears to be Sun Life, and the developer Bentall Kennedy, which is also a major political donor to the City Council majority. This project is an interesting case study for how things work today in Vancouver.

The Policy and Strategic Priorities Standing Committee meeting for Wednesday, January 19th includes a report to consider the start of a Policy Planning Program for the new St. Paul’s Hospital lands on the False Creek Flats. A late staff report back on the formation of an “Independent Election Task Force” will be discussed; members of this Task Force are proposed to be approved by the three members of the nomination sub-committee (Councillors Reimer, Stevenson and Ball). Changes to the Vancouver Art Gallery Association bylaws will be considered. An agreement with the YMCA to operate 74 childcare spaces in Marpole will also be under review by Council.

Besides what we highlighted, there is a lot more. For reference, the full agendas (subject to change) for the meetings are reproduced below:

http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20160119/regu20160119ag.htm

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

DATE: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
TIME: 9:30 am
PLACE: Council Chamber
Third Floor, City Hall

PLEASE NOTE:

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

Laura Kazakoff, Meeting Coordinator at 604.871.6353, e mail laura.kazakoff@vancouver.ca

PRINTABLE AGENDAPDF

ROLL CALL

CONDOLENCES – Dal Richards

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;

(g) litigation or potential litigation affecting the city;

(i) the receipt of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose;
(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 (Planning, Transportation and Environment) – December 10, 2015PDF

2. Regular Council – December 15, 2015PDF

3. Public Hearing – December 15, 2015PDF

4. Regular Council (City Finance and Services) – December 16, 2015PDF

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

REPORT REFERENCE

1. Truth and Reconciliation

Wendy Au, Assistant City Manager, and Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Aboriginal Planner,
to present on this matter.

a. Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to ActionPDF

b. City of Reconciliation 2014-2016PDF

2. Urban Aboriginal Housing and Wellness

a. Presentation: Towards an Urban Aboriginal Housing and Wellness Strategy

Kevin Barlow, CEO, Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council, to present on this matter.

The following reports were previously distributed to Council and are linked here for reference:

Full Report: Towards an Urban Aboriginal Housing and Wellness Strategy for Metro Vancouver 2015-2020
Brief Overview of Report
Summary: Options for Urban Aboriginal Housing Delivery

b. Actions to Respond to Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council’s Aboriginal Housing and Wellness StrategyPDF
Recommendations C and G require eight affirmative votes.

Abi Bond, Director of Housing Policy and Projects, to present on this matter.

Following this item, Sadhu Johnston, Acting City Manager, and David Eddy, Vice-Chair, Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Appointment of Council Representatives to Statutory CommitteesPDF

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. Municipal Comments to Draft Regional Affordable Housing Strategy Update – Revised Draft (August 2015)PDF

2. 2016 Advance Grants to Cultural OrganizationsPDF
Requires eight affirmative votes.

3. 2016 Street Cleaning GrantsPDF
Requires eight affirmative votes.

4. Vancouver Sport Hosting Grant – 2015 Winter Intake AllocationsPDF
Requires eight affirmative votes.

POLICY REPORTS

Added Item – January 13, 2016

1. First Shaughnessy Heritage Conservation Area (“FSHCA”) – Amendments Regarding the Heritage Conservation Area Official Development Plan and Related By-lawsPDF

APPENDIX APDF

APPENDIX B-FPDF

RISE FROM COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

ADOPT REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

BY-LAWS

LINK TO BY-LAWSPDF

1. A By-law to amend Sign By-law No. 6510 (2095 West 43rd Avenue)
(Councillors Ball, Jang and Meggs not present for this item at Public Hearing, however on December 15, 2015, Councillor Ball advised she had reviewed the proceedings and is therefore eligible to vote)

2. A By-law to amend CD-1 (493) By-law No. 11125 (998 Expo Boulevard)
(Councillor Jang not present for this item at Public Hearing)
3. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 137-139 East Pender Street

4. A By-law to designate certain real property as protected heritage property (2836 West 14th Avenue – Beer Residence)
(Councillor Jang not present for this item at Public Hearing)

5. A By-law to amend Parking By-law No. 6059 with regard to parking amendments to various CD-1 By-laws for sites adjacent to SkyTrain

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 89 Nelson StreetPDF

Subject to approval of By-law 2

2. Approval of Form of Development – 1289 Hornby StreetPDF

3. Approval of Form of Development – 1768 Cook StreetPDF

4. Approval of Form of Development – 3488 Sawmill CrescentPDF

 

B. Motions on Notice

1. Reinstating Federal Funding for DNA AnalysisPDF

2. Investigating a Vancouver Carbon Trust to Reduce Carbon Emissions through Energy RetrofitsPDF

3. Changes to 2016 Business Licence Hearing PanelsPDF

4. Requests for Leaves of AbsencePDF

5. Recognizing Dal Richards’ Life and Legacy in the City of VancouverPDF

6. Appointment of Neighbourhood Councillor LiaisonsPDF

NOTICE OF MOTION

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

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http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20160119/phea20160119ag.htm

NOTICE OF MEETING

PUBLIC HEARING

AGENDA

DATE: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
TIME: 6 pm
PLACE: Council Chamber
Third Floor, City Hall

PLEASE NOTE:

AGENDA PDF

ROLL CALL

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

1. REZONING: Norquay Apartment Transition Area

Summary and Recommendation PDF

Policy Report dated December 1, 2015 PDF

Draft By-law – Zoning and Development PDF

Draft By-law – Sign PDF

Correspondence:

Distribution Date
Support
Opposed
Other

January 15, 2016

0 0 1 PDF
       

2. HERITAGE DESIGNATION/REVITALIZATION AGREEMENT: 2024 West 15th Avenue

Summary and Recommendation PDF

Policy Report dated December 24, 2015 PDF

Draft By-law – Heritage Revitalization Agreement PDF

Draft By-law – Heritage Designation PDF

3. HERITAGE DESIGNATION/REVITALIZATION AGREEMENT: 1060 West 15th Avenue

Summary and Recommendation PDF

Policy Report dated January 5, 2016 PDF

Draft By-law – Heritage Revitalization Agreement PDF

Draft By-law – Heritage Designation PDF

4. REZONING: 225 Smithe Street

Memorandum dated December 17, 2015 PDF

Summary and Recommendation PDF

Policy Report dated November 2, 2015 PDF

Draft By-law – Zoning and Development PDF

Draft By-law – Sign PDF

Correspondence:

Distribution Date
Support
Opposed
Other

January 15, 2016

1 PDF 2 PDF 1 PDF
       

5. REZONING: 1755 West 14th Avenue

Summary and Recommendation PDF

Policy Report dated December 4, 2015 PDF

Draft By-law – Zoning and Development PDF

Correspondence:

Distribution Date
Support
Opposed
Other

January 15, 2016

17 PDF 2 PDF +

1 Petition PDF with 147 signatures

1 PDF
       

RISE FROM COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

ADOPT REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

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http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20160120/pspc20160120ag.htm

NOTICE OF MEETING

STANDING COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL ON POLICY AND STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

AGENDA

DATE: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
TIME: 9:30 am
PLACE: Council Chamber
Third Floor, City Hall

PLEASE NOTE:

Printable Agenda PDF

ROLL CALL

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

PROCLAMATION – Alzheimer Awareness Month

AGENDA ITEMS

1. Application to UBCM Age-Friendly Community Planning and Projects Grant PDF

2. 8188 Lord Street and 401 SW Marine Drive Childcare Centres – Appointment of Operator, Lease of City-owned Property, and Approval of Grants PDF

Recommendations B, F and G require eight affirmative votes

3. Vancouver Art Gallery Association By-law Amendments PDF

4. Providence Lands (St. Paul’s Hospital) Policy Planning Program PDF

5. Municipal Election – Report Back on Independent Election Task Force PDF

6. Engaged City Task Force – 2015 Report Back and 2016 Work Plan PDF

7. Declaration of Nuisance at 7084 Beechwood Street 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 Policy and Strategic Priorities
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Approval of recommendations and actions.

Note: Item 2 requires eight affirmative votes.

 

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For the record, the agenda for the Park Board meeting held on January 11, 2016 is reproduced below:

http://former.vancouver.ca/parks/board/2016/20160111/index.htm

BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION
PARK BOARD COMMITTEE MEETIN
G

AGENDA

Date:
Monday, January 11, 2016
Time:
7:00 pm
Place:
Park Board – Boardroom
2099 Beach Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

Printable Agenda PDF

PLEASE NOTE:

ROLL CALL

ADOPTION OF MINUTESPark Board Committee Meeting – December 14, 2015 PDF

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEM

1. PRESENTATION: Neighbourhood Matching Fund Program Update PDF
Video Clip Video Clip of this Item

2. REPORT BACK: Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action PDF
Video Clip Video Clip of this Item
Presentation PDF
Final Approved Motion PDF

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NOTICE

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

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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 may refer the item to a future Committee meeting.

ROLL CALL

IN CAMERA
THAT the Board will go into a meeting on February 1, 2016, 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.

ADOPTION OF MINUTES
1. Special Board Meeting (2016 Budget) – December 8, 2015 PDF
2. Regular Board Meeting – December 14, 2015 PDF

COMMUNICATIONS

COMMITTEE REPORT – Report of the Park Board Committee – Monday, January 11, 2016
Approval of recommendations and actions

GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT

NOTICE OF MOTIONS

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES

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