City agendas for week of Jan 23: City Council, Park Board, Urban Design Panel, DPB, etc. – Election finance reform, cetaceans, opioids, grants, rezonings, parkings, CCAs …

City Hall StatueThe civic schedule slows completely down from mid-December each year until late January the next, as many officials and staff take vacations and then take time to gear up again. The first City Council meetings of 2017 are the week of January 23.

Below are links to agendas and references for the week. Later we might add more content.

We encourage citizens to scan through agendas for any items important to them.

  • Vancouver Park Board Jan 23 (Mon)
  • Vancouver City Council has two meetings (Regular Jan 24 Tues, Standing Vommittee Jan 25 Wed), plus two Public Hearings (Jan 24 Tues, and Jan 26 Thurs)
  • Urban Design Panel (Jan 25 Wed)
  • Vancouver City Planning Commission already met on Jan 4 (Wed) and the next meeting is set for Feb 1 (Wed).
  • Development Permit Board (DPB) meetings have been cancelled for Jan  9, 23, and Feb 6, and the next one is set for Feb 20 (Mon). The only published future meeting details (as of Jan 17 update) are for Apr  3 (Mon, for 320 Granville/Bosa/30 storeys, and 4255 Arbutus/Dialog/Arbutus mall Block B).
  • Vancouver Board of Education (Vancouver School Board) agenda shows a meeting was held on Jan 23 (Mon). The public can watch the government-appointed trustee debate motions with herself.

In terms of the integrity of our municipal government and municipal elections, a crucial topic this week is the long-anticipated report from Vancouver’s “Independent Election Task Force.” Also it seems Council has never received the report back from Mike Magee, former Chief of Staff who was sent to Ottawa on taxpayer funds to lobby the federal government for Vancouver (see Where’s Mike?).

We would draw readers’ attention to Metro Vancouver (GVRD), whose Dec 9 Board meeting was cancelled. The first Board meeting of the year is coming up (Jan 27 Fri).

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Vancouver Park Board, Monday, Jan 23, 2017 (7 pm)
http://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2017/20170123/index.htm

Main items:

  • Staff report: Community Center Associations (CCAs) Joint Operating Agreement Amendments. IMPORTANT
  • Motion: Cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium (Commissioner Kirby-Yung). Note: At the meeting, this motion was postponed for more info from staff.
  • Motion: Permits and Special Events (Commissioner Evans)

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Vancouver City Council – Regular Council, Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017, 9:30 am
http://council.vancouver.ca/20170124/regu20170124ag.htm

Ban corporate, union donations from Vancouver civic elections, says report
In 2014 election, corporations and union donations made up between 70 and 80 per cent of campaign financing, by Mike Laanela, CBC News Jan 24, 2017. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-donations-election-reform-1.3949717

Hot topic: See media. Report suggests big changes for Vancouver’s local elections, by Frances Bula, Globe and Mail, 23-Jan-2017. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/report-suggests-big-changes-for-vancouvers-local-elections/article33713643/

Selected topics (see official agenda for all):

  • Opioid Overdose Crisis Update (Paul Mochrie, Deputy City Manager, and Dr. Reka Gustafson, Vancouver Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health, to present).
  • City of Reconciliation and Canada 150+. Presentation.
  • Independent Election Task Force – Final Report. Shoni Field, Chair, Independent Election Task Force, to present. Download Jan 5 admin report here. Download Task Force report here. VERY IMPORTANT FOR INTEGRITY OF MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

  • Vancouver Community Sport Hosting Grants – 2016/2017 Winter Intake
  • 2017 Advance Grants to Cultural Organizations
  • Funding Applications to Federal Rail Safety Improvement Program
  • 3580 Graveley Street – Land Exchange for Road Purposes

POLICY REPORTS

  • CD-1 Rezoning: 2106-2138 Main Street
  •  CD-1 Rezoning: 4621-4663 Cambie Street and 605 West 31st Avenue
  • CD-1 Rezonings: (i) 1380-1382 Hornby Street and (ii) 801 Pacific Street

OTHER REPORTS

  • Naming of Civic Asset – White Pine Mill Pump Station

BY-LAWS (11 bylaws, mostly related to rezonings/developments. See official list)

ADMIN MOTIONS (5 items,  mostly related to rezonings/developments. See official list)

MOTIONS ON NOTICE (5 items, selected items below)

  • National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  • City of Vancouver-Led Intergovernmental Task Force to Combat Homelessness and Increase Supply of Non-Market Housing in Vancouver
  • Inquiry and Future Planning for Extreme Cold Weather and Snow Removal

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Public Hearing – Tues, Jan 24, 2017, 6 pm
http://council.vancouver.ca/20170124/phea20170124ag.htm

  1. MISCELLANEOUS TEXT AMENDMENTS (Miscellaneous Text Amendments to 2133 Nanton Street, 1768 Cook Street, 1551 Quebec Street and to the RM-5, RM-5A, RM-5B, RM-5C and RM-5D Districts Schedule)
  2. MISCELLANEOUS TEXT AMENDMENTS TO THE ZONING AND DEVELOPMENT BY-LAW, THE DOWNTOWN OFFICIAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN BY-LAW AND THE ARTIST STUDIO GUIDELINES (Miscellaneous Text Amendments to the Zoning and
    Development By-law, the Downtown Official Development Plan By-law and the
    Artist Studio Guidelines). CHW comment. These relate to many aspects of the zoning, affecting how floor area is calculated, etc. Public scrutiny would be advised here, to ensure that it is not too sweet a deal for developers, and bad deal for the public. Has the community been adequately consulted on this? 
  3. REZONING: 2720 EAST 48TH AVENUE (6465 VIVIAN STREET). To rezone 2720 East 48th Avenue (6465 Vivian Street) from CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District (7A) to a new CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District, to increase the floor area from 1.03 to 1.55 FSR and to increase the height from 10.0 m (33 ft.) to 14.5 m (48 ft.) to permit a social housing development. A consequential amendment to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District (7A) to remove the rezoning site 2720 East 48th Avenue is also proposed. (Applicant is Colliers International)
  4. REZONING: 575 DRAKE STREET (COVENANT HOUSE). To rezone 575 Drake Street from DD (Downtown) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District, to increase the floor area from 1.00 FSR to 5.15 FSR and to increase the height from 21.33 m (70 ft.) to 36 m (118 ft.) to allow for a 10-storey social service (institutional) building providing shelter rooms, program and amenity spaces for at-risk street youth as well as office spaces for Covenant House Vancouver. CHW Comment: Covenant House is a well known public service organization. Public scrutiny needed to ensure that the whole package is a good deal for the public.
  5. REZONING: 530 DRAKE STREET (COVENANT HOUSE). To rezone 530 Drake Street from DD (Downtown) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District, to increase the floor area from 1.00 FSR to 3.05 FSR to allow for a five-storey social service (institutional) building providing shelter rooms and program spaces for street youth as well as office spaces for Covenant House Vancouver.
  6. REZONING: 1495 WEST 8TH AVENUE. To rezone 1495 West 8th Avenue from C-3A (Commercial) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District to permit the development of a new four-storey building for the Vancouver Masonic Centre on 7th Avenue, connected to an 18-storey secured mixed-income social housing building with 149 units fronting 8th Avenue. A height of 54.0 m (177 ft.) and a floor space ratio (FSR) of 6.02 are proposed. CHW note: Just off Granville Street.

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Vancouver City Council – Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities, Wednesday, Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 9:30 am
http://council.vancouver.ca/20170125/pspc20170125ag.htm

Selected topics (see official agenda for all)

  • Presentation – 2017 Assessment Roll CHW – Important – relates to property taxes, which affect everyone.
  • Presentation – Metro Vancouver Mixed Income Transit-Oriented Rental Housing Study
  • False Creek South, Report Back and Next Steps
  • Contract Award for Provision of Parking Enforcement Platform Solution
  • 2017 Street Cleaning Grants
  • Appointment of Social Service Operators and Lease Terms for Two City Facilities in Marpole: 1305 West 70th Avenue and 8188 Lord Street PDF
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Public Hearing – Thurs, Jan 264, 2017, 6 pm
http://council.vancouver.ca/20170126/phea20170126ag.htm

  • HERITAGE DESIGNATION: 305 WEST 16TH AVENUE (JACKSON RESIDENCE)
  • TEXT AMENDMENT: 1461 GRANVILLE STREET (FORMERLY 1429-1499 GRANVILLE STREET AND 710 PACIFIC STREET)
  • TEXT AMENDMENT: 1462 GRANVILLE STREET (FORMERLY 1410 GRANVILLE STREET)
  • FACILITATING GROWTH IN VANCOUVER’S INNOVATION ECONOMY – MOUNT PLEASANT INDUSTRIAL AREA – AMENDMENTS TO THE ZONING AND DEVELOPMENT BY-LAW
  • FACILITATING GROWTH IN VANCOUVER’S INNOVATION ECONOMY – RAILTOWN – ZONING AND DEVELOPMENT BY-LAW AMENDMENTS FOR I-4 (HISTORIC INDUSTRIAL) DISTRICT

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Urban Design Panel – Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 3 pm
http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/committees/agenda-urban-design-panel-%2020170125.pdf

  • 1715 Cook Street (220 W 1st Avenue). RZ-2016-00026. 10-storey residential building comprised of 104 secured market rental units. Building height 30.27 m (99.31 ft.), floor area 5,690 m2 (61,243 sq. ft.), proposed floor space ratio 5.03, under Southeast False Creek Official Development Plan and Secured Market Rental Housing (Rental 100) Policy.
  • 4238–4262 Cambie Street. RZ-2016-00030. A 6-storey residential building comprised of 57 residential units including 5 townhomes, building height 19.5 m (64 ft.), floor space ratio 2.75, under Cambie Corridor Plan.
  • 469–485 W 59th Avenue. RZ-2016-00031. A 6-storey residential building, 43 residential units, building height 21.0 m (69 ft.) from grade, floor space ratio 2.50, under Marpole Community Plan.
  • 470–486 W 58th Avenue. RZ-2016-00032. A 6-storey residential building, 43 residential units, building height 21.0 m (69 ft.) from grade, floor space ratio 2.50, under Marpole Community Plan.

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