City Council & Park Board preview June 27-29: Art, empty homes, Airbnb, city core, Joyce, Commercial, local Council meetings, and much more

City HallBelow is our quick review of some highlights of the meeting agendas, some media links, and the excerpts of the agendas. The Park Board meets Monday, June 27, starting at 7 pm. Regular Council meets Tuesday, June 28, starting at 9:30 am, and Council Committee meets Wednesday, June 29, starting 9:30 am. Agendas are below, preceded by some highlights we have selected, and media links for selected topics.

The next Public Hearings are July 12 and 19.

The Urban Design Panel meets June 29 (Wed) starting 3 pm, on these projects:
1335 Howe Street (40 storeys)
1575 W Georgia Street (26 storeys)
33 W Cordova Street (36 Blood Alley) (11 storeys)
526-548 W King Edward Avenue (6 plus 2 storeys)

The Development Permit Board for June 27 has been cancelled and its next meeting is scheduled for July 11 (no agenda published as of today). The Vancouver City Planning Commission meets next on July 16.

The PARK BOARD meeting starting at 7 pm on Monday, June 27, has the following items:
1. REPORT: Prospect Point Café – Lease Line Amendments
2. REPORT: “Survivor’s Pole” Community Public Art – Pigeon Park
3. REPORT: “SeeSawSeat” Public Art Installation – Sunset Park
Note: the latter two are described in Metro News Vancouver, with photos
http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2016/06/27/5-things-at-vancouver-city-hall-this-week.html

REGULAR COUNCIL meets from 9:30 am on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. It is a very full meeting. Some of the key items include:

Developing Vancouver’s Economy
a) Supporting Vancouver’s Innovation Economy
b) Streamlining of Business Licence Categories and Fees
c) Filming in Vancouver Update
d) Vancouver Economic Commission Update

 

FINAL COUNCIL VOTING ON SOME CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS
1. Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan and Related Rezonings. CHW: Major decision. Much controversy. Local residents are very concerned about the City’s nasty consultation process, and about possible evictions and demolitions if this plan is approved. See Joyce Area Residents’ Association for details. https://joyceareara.wordpress.com/
2. REZONING: 1037 West King Edward Avenue
3. EAST FRASER LANDS: Amendments to the Official Development Plan and Associated CD-1 By-laws. CHW: A key point here was the potential loss of a precious playing field to be filled in for a childcare facility. We have covered this story previously.
4. REZONING: 3365 Commercial Drive and 1695-1775 East 18th Avenue. CHW: Major decision. Much controversy. The previous Public Hearing on this (May 24) was declared void after four Councillors walked out to protest unfair and inconsistent practices by the meeting chair. The Public Hearing was held anew on June 23, and the final decision will be made by Council vote on June 28, this day. For the second public hearing, a group of activists mobilized to speak to Council in favour of the rezoning, countering the strong opposition from the local community. But it turns out that that most vocal speaker among them, appealing for the creation of rental housing here, is actually operating illegal Airbnb short-term rentals, effectively removing rental housing from the rental market. Locals proposed alternative scenarios that would still create condos and rentals. Will Council listen? Projecte by Cressey Developments. 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
1. Building By-law Housekeeping and Minor Energy Efficiency Amendments
2. Deconstruction of 900 Pacific Street for Burrard Street Improvements
3. Review of Development, Building and Other Permit Fees

POLICY REPORTS
1. CD-1 Rezoning: 585 West 41st Avenue (5688 Ash Street – Oakridge Lutheran Church)

MOTIONS
A. Administrative Motions
1. Approval of Form of Development – 1750 Pendrell Street
2. Approval of Form of Development – 5466 Oak Street

B. Motions on Notice
1. Tax Fairness for Online Accommodation Booking Platforms – CHW: Motion by Clr Meggs asking B.C. government to collect provincial sales tax and hotel tax on online booking operators such as Airbnb. 
2. False Creek – Moorage-Free Waters for Non-Motorized Races
3. Loss of Home Owner Grant in VancouverCHW: Motion by Clr Louie to ask City Staff to find out the number of Vancouver properties that have historically been eligible for the home owner grant and how that compares with today. The homeowner grant reduces the property taxes households pay by up to $570 for a property assessed at $1.2 million or less.
4. Call for a Poverty Reduction Plan for British Columbia
5. Fostering Change: Supporting Kids Aging out of Care
6. Mandatory Certification and Licensing of Asbestos and Hazardous Material Removal Contractors
7. Vancouver Engagement in TransLink Fare Review
8. City Core 2050 Vision  – CHW: This could be MAJOR. Motion by Mayor Robertson appears to seek to advance the Regional Growth Strategy vision for the “City Core.” ALERT: This is defined to include the Downtown Peninsula, False Creek, False Creek Flats, Port Lands and Broadway Corridor. Actually, the “Broadway Corridor” goes from Nanaimo St. to UBC. These papers should probably restrict the plan to “Central Broadway” only. But it looks like the City is preparing to designate the Broadway Corridor as a “Frequent Transit Development Area” under the Regional Growth Strategy. It may be a tactic in anticipation of a subway funding approval. Public scrutiny required. 
9. Increasing Public Participation at Council Meetings – CHW: Very important motion by Clr Carr. Calls for staff to investigate criteria/potential for public hearings and Council meetings to be held in some cases on evenings and weekends within the affected neighbourhood.

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The STANDING COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL ON POLICY AND STRATEGIC PRIORITIES starts at 9:30 am on Wednesday, June 29. Some topics include:

1. 390 Main Street – New Lease and Grant to the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society
2. 2016 Homelessness Action Week (HAW) Grants
3. CD-1 Rezoning: 155 East 37th Avenue (Little Mountain). IMPORTANT: Speakers for item 3 will not be heard at this meeting. However, should this report be referred to Public Hearing, there will be an opportunity to speak at that meeting. CHW: Project with a long history, loss of social housing. Many towers proposed. Holborn Group — builders of the Trump Tower in Vancouver.
4. Contract Award for the Redevelopment of the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) North Plaza
5. Contract Award for the Vancouver City Hall East Wing Annex Deconstruction and Renovations to Site – CHW: This is about deconstruction and renovation but no plans of what is proposed there.
6. Capital Contribution for 288 East Hastings Street for Social Housing
7. Report Back on Council Motion for a Public Art Boost
8. Policy and Regulatory Steps for Reducing Empty HousingCHW: Mayor Gregor Robertson has vowed just recently to start taxing empty housing in Vancouver, with or without the province’s help. This is an administrative report to Council calling on the provincial government to create a new property class on the assessment roll called ‘residential vacant’ to give cities the authority to tax empty homes at a different rate. If the city doesn’t receive a response from the province by Aug. 1, the Mayor intends to have the City create its own program to tax empty homes. Quoting Metro News Vancouver: “A recent report found that 4.8 per cent of housing units in Vancouver were un-occupied in 2014, representing 10,800 units. Of those, 9,700 were condominiums and apartments.” (By our math, that leaves 1,100 empty houses.)
On this topic, it is interesting to note (The Province, June 6, 2008) that seeking to become a mayoral candidate within Vision Vancouver, in the lead-up to the Nov 2008 civic election, Robertson said “What I will work to implement  [if elected] as mayor is a speculator tax.”  “…”Basically, the investors that are holding all these vacant homes, and there’s well over 18,000 estimated by housing at city hall, we need to have a tax, effectively a business-tax rate applied to empty homes.” THAT WAS mayoral candidate Robertson speaking in June 2008. Robertson has been in power as mayor for nearly eight years now.  Why was so much time lost? Also, interestingly, by these numbers, empty housing has gone down in number. 

For the record the full agendas follow for both council meetings. Please excuse the lack of formatting.

http://council.vancouver.ca/20160628/regu20160628ag.htm

Updated June 24, 2016

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

REVISED AGENDA

DATE: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
TIME: 9:30 am
PLACE: Council Chamber
Third Floor, City Hall

PLEASE NOTE:

Revised Printable Agenda PDF

For information please call Leslie Tuerlings, Meeting Coordinator, at 604.873.7015 or e mail leslie.tuerlings@vancouver.ca or Nicole Ludwig, Meeting Coordinator at 604.873.7191, e mail nicole.ludwig@vancouver.ca

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;

(f) law enforcement, if the Council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the conduct of an investigation under or enforcement of an enactment;

(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 – June 14, 2016 PDF

2. Public Hearing – June 14, 2016 PDF

3. Regular Council (City Finance and Services) – June 15, 2016 PDF

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

REPORT REFERENCE

1. Developing Vancouver’s Economy

a) Supporting Vancouver’s Innovation Economy

Jessie, Adcock, Chief Digital Officer and Acting Chief Information Officer, and Jane Pickering, Acting General Manager, Planning and Development Services, to present on this matter.

 

b) Streamlining of Business Licence Categories and Fees

Sarah Hicks, Deputy Chief Licence Inspector and Licence Office Manager, to present on this matter.

The attached Administrative Report dated May 30, 2016, refers PDF

 

c) Filming in Vancouver Update

Sandi Swanigan, Branch Manager, Film and Special Events, to present on this matter.

 

d) Vancouver Economic Commission Update

Bryan Buggey, Director, Vancouver Economic Commission, to present on this matter.

The attached Administrative Report dated June 17, 2016, refers. PDF

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1. Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan and Related Rezonings

At the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting on June 15, 2016, Council concluded hearing from speakers on the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan and Related Rezonings. Council then referred discussion and decision on the related Policy Report to the Regular Council meeting on June 28, 2016.

The following previously distributed document refers:

Added Items

2. REZONING: 1037 West King Edward Avenue

At the Public Hearing on June 21, 2016, Council concluded hearing from speakers and closed receipt of public comments on the above-noted application. Council then referred discussion and decision to the Regular Council meeting on June 28, 2016.

The following previously distributed documents refer:

 

3. EAST FRASER LANDS: Amendments to the Official Development Plan and Associated CD-1 By-laws

At the Public Hearing on June 21, 2016, Council concluded hearing from speakers and closed receipt of public comments on the above-noted application. Council then referred discussion and decision to the Regular Council meeting on June 28, 2016.

The following previously distributed documents refer:

 

Added Item – June 24, 2016

4. REZONING: 3365 Commercial Drive and 1695-1775 East 18th Avenue

At the Public Hearing on June 23, 2016, Council concluded hearing from speakers and closed receipt of public comments on the above-noted application. Council then referred discussion and decision to the Regular Council meeting on June 28, 2016.

The following previously distributed documents refer:

Summary and Recommendation PDF
Policy Report dated April 11, 2016 PDF
Memo dated May 17, 2016, from the Assistant Director of Planning – Midtown PDF
Memo dated June 21, 2016, from the Assistant Director of Planning – Midtown PDF

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

1. Building By-law Housekeeping and Minor Energy Efficiency Amendments PDF

2. Deconstruction of 900 Pacific Street for Burrard Street Improvements PDF

3. Review of Development, Building and Other Permit Fees PDF

 

POLICY REPORTS

1. CD-1 Rezoning: 585 West 41st Avenue (5688 Ash Street – Oakridge Lutheran Church) PDF

 

BY-LAWS

Link to By-laws 1 to 11 PDF

Link to By-laws 12-35 PDF

Link to By-laws 36 and 37 PDF

1. A By-law to amend Noise Control By-law No. 6555 (1600-1620 West 6th Avenue)

2. A By-law to contract a debt by the issue and sale of Debentures in the aggregate principal amount of $30,439.89, for certain local improvement street work projects, including lane paving, and for imposing an annual special rate on real property specially benefited by such local improvements

3. A By-law to contract a debt by the issue and sale of Debentures in the aggregate principal amount of $6,062.08, for certain local improvement street lighting projects, and for imposing an annual special rate on real property specially benefited by such local improvements (street lighting)

4. A By-law to contract a debt by the issue and sale of Debentures in the aggregate principal amount of $2,835.64, for certain local improvement lane lighting projects, and for imposing an annual special rate on real property specially benefited by such local improvements

5. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (5470-5490 Oak Street)
(Councillor Jang absent for the Public Hearing)

6. A By-law to designate certain real property as protected heritage property (5010 Cambie Street – Milton Wong Residence)
(Councillors Ball, Deal, and Reimer absent for the Public Hearing)

7. A By-law to amend the Heritage Conservation Area Official Development Plan By-Law
Regarding removal of 3738 Cypress Street from the list of First Shaughnessy protected heritage properties
(Councillors Deal and Reimer absent for the Public Hearing)

8. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 3063-3091 West Broadway

9. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area from M-2 to I-2
(Councillor De Genova not on Council at the time of Public Hearing; Councillor Deal absent for the Public Hearing)

10. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 1077-1099 Richards Street
(Councillor Jang absent for the Public Hearing)

11. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (2312-2328 Galt Street)

12. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the West Broadway Business Improvement area

13. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Cambie Village Business Improvement Area

14. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Chinatown Business Improvement Area

15. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Collingwood Business Improvement Area

16. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Commercial Drive Business Improvement Area

17. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Area

18. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Dunbar Village Business Improvement Area

19. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Fraser Street Business Improvement Area

20. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Gastown Business Improvement Area

21. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Area

22. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Hastings North Business Improvement Area

23. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Hastings North Expansion Business Improvement Area

24. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Kerrisdale Business Improvement Area

25. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Kitsilano 4th Avenue Business Improvement Area

26. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Marpole Business Improvement Area.

27. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area

28. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Mount Pleasant Expansion Business Improvement Area

29. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Point Grey Village Business Improvement Area

30. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Robson Street Business Improvement Area

31. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the South Granville Business Improvement Area

32. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Strathcona Business Improvement Area

33. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Victoria Drive Business Improvement Area

34. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the West End Business Improvement Area

35. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Yaletown Business Improvement Area

Added Items – June 24, 2016

36. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 288 East Hastings Street (Social Housing)

37. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 288 East Hastings Street (Market Rental)

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 1750 Pendrell Street PDF

2. Approval of Form of Development – 5466 Oak Street PDF
Subject to approval of By-law 5.

 

B. Motions on Notice

1. Tax Fairness for Online Accommodation Booking Platforms PDF

2. False Creek – Moorage-Free Waters for Non-Motorized Races PDF

3. Loss of Home Owner Grant in Vancouver PDF

4. Call for a Poverty Reduction Plan for British Columbia PDF

5. Fostering Change: Supporting Kids Aging out of Care PDF

6. Mandatory Certification and Licensing of Asbestos and Hazardous Material Removal Contractors PDF

7. Vancouver Engagement in TransLink Fare Review PDF

8. City Core 2050 Vision PDF

9. Increasing Public Participation at Council Meetings PDF

NOTICE OF MOTION

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

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http://council.vancouver.ca/20160629/pspc20160629ag.htm

STANDING COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

ON POLICY AND STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

 

AGENDA

DATE: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
TIME: 9:30 am
PLACE: Council Chamber
Third Floor, City Hall

PLEASE NOTE:

AGENDA PDF

 

ROLL CALL

 

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

 

AGENDA ITEMS

 

1. 390 Main Street – New Lease and Grant to the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society PDF

Recommendations A and B require eight affirmative votes

 

2. 2016 Homelessness Action Week (HAW) Grants PDF

Recommendation requires eight affirmative votes

 

3. CD-1 Rezoning: 155 East 37th Avenue (Little Mountain) PDF

Note: Speakers for item 3 will not be heard at this meeting. However, should this report be referred to Public Hearing, there will be an opporutnity to speak at that meeting.

 

4. Contract Award for the Redevelopment of the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) North Plaza PDF

 

5. Contract Award for the Vancouver City Hall East Wing Annex Deconstruction and Renovations to Site PDF

 

6. Capital Contribution for 288 East Hastings Street for Social Housing PDF

 

7. Report Back on Council Motion for a Public Art Boost PDF

8. Policy and Regulatory Steps for Reducing Empty Housing 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, June 29, 2016

Approval of recommendations and actions.
NOTE:
Item 1 – Recommendations A and B require eight affirmative votes; and
Item 2 – Recommendation requires eight affirmative votes.

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