Council and Park Board Preview April 18-20: Robson closure, New Brighton Salt Marsh, 2015 Financial and Procurement Reports and more

Vancouver City Council has meetings scheduled for April 19th and 20th, while Park Board will meet on Monday, April 18, 2016.

East 5th Avenue and Ontario heritagePark Board will examine the preferred concept plan for the New Brighton Salt Marsh, receive an update on the Leisure Access Program, and look at the License Agreement for the Creekside Paddling Centre. There will be a presentation on the current practices for Public Consultation at the Park Board.

The Regular Council meeting on Tuesday, April 19th includes updates on the Biodiversity Strategy and on the City’s Rainwater Management and Green Infrastructure Strategy. A one-year pilot project to support the community uses of Underutilized Spaces at Vancouver Civic Theatres will be considered.

The final debate and decision on the proposed 6-storey development at 22 East 5th Avenue will be addressed as unfinished business (the Public Hearing was held on March 8th). This proposal seeks additional density in return for a heritage designation for saving the façade of a factory building.

The approval of the form of development for the controversial 508 Helmcken tower on Emery Barnes Park will be considered (the new address is now 1111 Richards). It is worth noting that this development might not conform to the City’s enacted CD-1 zoning for the site, as City planners appear to have forgotten to include the laneways in the expanded 508 Helmcken site in the bylaw (see the map on page 5 of CD-1 (562) for more details).

The referrals of a number of policy reports to Public Hearing will be considered, including the proposals at 420 Hawks Avenue (7-storey shipping container building) and at 1695-1775 East 18th Avenue (6-storey rezoning on a heavily wooded site in Cedar Cottage). The East 18th rezoning is contentious as it may violate a number of the City’s policies and the proposal was turned down by the Vancouver Heritage Commission.

The referral of a relocated Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) flagship store at 101 East 2nd Avenue will be discussed. The policy report for a 33-storey tower at 753 Seymour Street (650 West Georgia) will also be considered for referral. The proposed tower would be adjacent to the existing Scotiabank tower, with a FSR of 22.96 (482,423 sq ft.) and provide just $2,500,000 in CACs.

Viva Robson 2015The Council Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 20th will consider the permanent closure of 800 block Robson Street (at the Vancouver Art Gallery). An update on the VIVA 2016 program will be provided. The Robson Redux program won’t be back for the summer of 2016; however, the closure of the street will likely proceed without a temporary installation for part of the summer.

The 2015 Procurement Report will be reviewed. Contracts over $75,000 are listed in the report. As well, the City’s Sole Source (“no bid”) Contracts are also shown, and include interesting “urgent/highly specialized” contracts such as the one awarded to consultant Robert Ransford for $90,000 for Transportation Consulting, as well as a $15,000 contract awarded to Ernst & Young for a review of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA).

The 2015 Financial Report reveals a number of facts and figures, including the information that the City had outstanding long-term debt of $943.9 million at the end of 2015. A report on an “Affordable Home Ownership Pilot Program” seeks to ask the Province to amend the Vancouver Charter in the context of the controversial Interim Rezoning Policy (it also includes recommendations for a stealth upzone along arterials roads in the City). A 2016 Taxation report will also be reviewed.

Councillors and/or Park Board Commissioners my bring up the topic of the 4/20 marijuana protests at Sunset beach in the “new business” part of the regular meetings. The Vancouver Aquatic Centre will be shut for the entire day on April 20th as a result of the 4/20 event.

For reference, the agendas for the meetings are reproduced below:http://former.vancouver.ca/parks/board/2016/20160418/index.html

BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION PARK BOARD COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA

Date:
Monday, April 18, 2016
Time:
7:00 pm
Place:
Park Board – Boardroom
2099 Beach Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

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Printable Agenda PDF

PLEASE NOTE:

ROLL CALL

ADOPTION OF MINUTESPark Board Committee Meeting – March 7, 2016 PDF

CHAIR’S REPORT

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEMS

1. PRESENTATION: Tribute to Park Board Arborist Jody Taylor (1973-2016)

2. PRESENTATION: Bright Nights in Stanley Park – Burn Fund

3. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: Creekside Paddling Centre License Agreements PDF

4. REPORT: Economic Access Policy & Leisure Access Program Update PDF

5. REPORT: New Brighton Salt Marsh – Preferred Concept PDF

6. REPORT REFERENCE: Park Board Public Consultation – Current Practices (presentation)

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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 May 2, 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 MINUTESRegular Board Meeting – March 7, 2016 PDF

COMMUNICATIONS

COMMITTEE REPORT – Report of the Park Board Committee – Monday, April 18, 2016
Approval of recommendations and actions

GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT

MOTIONS ON NOTICE

1. Arbutus Greenway PDF
MOVER: Commissioner Evans

NOTICE OF MOTIONS

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES

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http://council.vancouver.ca/20160419/regu20160419ag.htm

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

DATE: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
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 Agenda PDF

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;
(c) labour relations or other employee relations;
(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;
(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 5, 2016 PDF

2. Public Hearing – April 5, 2016 PDF

3. Regular Council (Policy and Strategic Priorities) – April 6, 2016 PDF

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

REPORT REFERENCE

1. Biodiversity Strategy

Nick Page, Park Planner, to present on this matter.

Policy Report dated April 11, 2016, refers. PDF

2. Rainwater Management Plan and Green Infrastructure Strategy

Brian Crowe, Director of Water, Sewers and District Energy, Engineering Services, to present on this matter.

Administrative Report dated March 30, 2016, refers. PDF

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1. HERITAGE DESIGNATION AND HERITAGE REVITALIZATION AGREEMENT (HRA): 22 East 5th Avenue (Cemco Electrical Manufacturing Company Factory)

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Vancouver City Council heard from speakers at a Public Hearing on the above-noted application and, following the close of the receipt of public comments, referred discussion and decision to the Regular Council meeting on April 5, 2016, as Unfinished Business.

Subsequently, the matter was scheduled for the Regular Council on April 19, 2016, in order to provide sufficient time for staff to provide information requested at the Public Hearing.

The following previously distributed documents refer:

Summary and Recommendation; PDF
Policy Report dated February 12, 2016, entitled “Heritage Designation and Heritage Revitalization Agreement – 22 East 5th Avenue – Cemco Electrical Manufacturing Company Factory” PDF; and
Minutes of the March 8, 2016, Public Hearing . PDF

Memorandum dated April 12, 2016, from the Assistant Director of Planning, Urban Design, is attached. PDF

Councillor Louie was absent from the Public Hearing and is therefore ineligible to vote on this matter.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. Grant Request – Atira Women’s Resource Society – 561 East Hastings Street PDF
Recommendation A requires eight affirmative votes.

2. Underutilized Spaces at Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) – Community Opportunities PDF
Recommendation requires eight affirmative votes.

POLICY REPORTS

1. CD-1 Rezoning – 101 East 2nd Avenue PDF

2. CD-1 Rezoning – 288-388 West King Edward Avenue PDF

3. CD-1 Rezoning – 4085 Ash Street and 619-633 West King Edward Avenue PDF

4. CD-1 Rezoning – 3365 Commercial Drive and 1695-1775 East 18th Avenue PDF

5. CD-1 Rezoning – 420 Hawks Avenue PDF

6. CD-1 Rezoning – 650 West Georgia Street (753 Seymour Street) 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 Noise Control By-law No. 6555 (7510-7554 Cambie Street)

2. A By-law to amend Sign By-law No. 6510 (7510-7554 Cambie Street)
(Councillor Reimer absent for this item at Public Hearing)

3. A By-law to amend Subdivision By-law No. 5208 (7518 Cambie Street)

4. A By-law to amend Noise Control By-law No. 6555 (450 Gore Avenue)

5. A By-law to amend Parking By-law No. 6059 with regard to CD-1 Districts Parking requirements (450 Gore Avenue)

6. A By-law to amend Sign By-law No. 6510 (450 Gore Avenue)
(Councillors Ball, Jang, and Meggs absent for this item at Public Hearing, however on April 5, 2016, Councillor Ball advised she had reviewed the proceedings of the Public Hearing and is therefore eligible to vote on the enactment.)

7. A By-law to amend Parking By-law No. 6059 with regard to CD-1 Districts Parking requirements (408-488 West King Edward Avenue)

8. A By-law to amend Subdivision By-law No. 5208 (408-488 West King Edward Avenue)

9. A By-law to amend Subdivision By-law No. 5208 (RM-9, RM-9A, RM -9N, and RM-9AN Districts Schedule)

10. A By-law to designate certain real property as protected heritage property (2088 Charles Street – Carlsen Residence)
(Councillors Carr and Jang absent for this item at Public Hearing.)

11. A By-law to authorize Council entering into a Heritage Revitalization Agreement with the Owner of Heritage Property (2088 Charles Street – Carlsen Residence)
(Councillors Carr and Jang absent for this item at Public Hearing)

12. A By-law to enact a Housing agreement for 5998 Saint George Street

13. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (4162 and 4188 Cambie Street)
(Councillor Jang absent for this item at Public Hearing)

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 1111 Richards Street PDF

B. Motions on Notice

1. Requests for Leaves of Absence PDF

NOTICE OF MOTION

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

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http://council.vancouver.ca/20160420/cfsc20160420ag.htm

STANDING COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL ON CITY FINANCE AND SERVICES AGENDA

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

PLEASE NOTE:

AGENDA PDF

ROLL CALL

PRESENTATION – Poetry Challenge – Rachel Rose, Vancouver’s Poet Laureate

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEMS

1. PUBLIC SPACE INITIATIVES

(a) Re-Imagine Downtown

Charles Gauthier, President and CEO, Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, to present.

(b) 2016 VIVA Vancouver Program Update PDF

(c) 800 Robson Street: Creation of a Permanent Public Plaza PDF

2. Affordable Home Ownership Pilot Program PDF

3. 2015 Annual Procurement Report PDF

4. 2015 Annual Financial Report  PDF

5. 2016 Property Taxation – Distribution of Property Tax Levy PDF

6. Vancouver City Planning Commission 2016 Operating Grant, 2015 Annual Report and 2016 Work Plan  PDF

Recommendation 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, April 20, 2016

Approval of recommendations and actions.

Note: Item 6 recommendation requires eight affirmative votes.

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