Vancouver Council 10 Mar (Tue) & 11 Mar (Wed): Agendas, links, commentary

It can be hard to sift through everything, so as a service to citizens, CityHallWatch provide excerpts below of the agendas and will populate this page with relevant links and commentary if/when they come to us. We generally highlight items relating to urban planning plus accountability at City Hall. We encourage citizens to communicate with Council on topics that concern you. See the agenda links for how to watch and contact Council.

You can always check the official past and future agendas and minutes here:
https://vancouver.ca/your-government/city-council-meetings-and-decisions.aspx

The official agendas for the coming week are as follows:

1. Regular Council, Tuesday, 10-Mar-2020, starting 9:30 a.m.
https://council.vancouver.ca/20200310/regu20200310ag.htm

Some items of special note:

  • 2020 Property Taxation – Targeted Land Assessment Averaging
  • 2019 Statement of Financial Information
  • 2019 Annual Procurement Report
  • Referrals to public hearing: 631-635 Commercial Drive, 619-685 West Hastings Street, 2776 Semlin Drive and 2025 East 12th Avenue, 445 Kingsway and 2935 St. George Street
  • Council motions (11 items in total, here is a selected list related to governance and development):
    5. Safety for Residents with Precarious Status: Delivering Access without Fear
    6. Rewilding Vancouver: Ecosystem Restoration Action Plan 2030
    7. Beyond 2010: Consideration for the City of Vancouver to Participate in a Future Olympic Winter Games Bid
    8. Strengthening Representative Democratic Practices in the City of Vancouver
    9. Supporting Gender Equity and Diversity in Vancouver City Council
    11. Public Amenities and Equity in DCL-Waiver and Rental Re-Zoning Hot-Zones
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2. Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities, Wednesday, 11-Mar-2020, starting 9:30 a.m.
https://council.vancouver.ca/20200311/pspc20200311ag.htm

Some items of special note:

  • Presentation: Update on Phase 1 of the Vancouver Plan. IMPORTANT. This relates to the city planning process for the entire city, with huge and long-lasting implications.
  • Monitoring Report on Implementation of Cambie Corridor Plan. This is important. Report on development all along this crucial corridor through the City. 
  • Limiting 2021 Property Tax Rate Increase to No More Than 5%: Continuation of speakers, with possible decision by Council vote.

Excerpts from city website.

1. Regular Council, Tuesday, 10-Mar-2020, starting 9:30 a.m.
https://council.vancouver.ca/20200310/regu20200310ag.htm

PRESENTATIONS

1. 2020 Property Taxation – Targeted Land Assessment Averaging

[CHW note – Important. Taxation affects everyone.]

Grace Cheng, Director, Long-term Financial Strategy and Planning, to present on the 2020 Property Taxation – Targeted Land Assessment Averaging.

REPORTS

1. 2019 Statement of Financial Information

[CHW note – Important – review the City’s financial situation in 2019, where the big money is going and coming from.]

2. 2019 Annual Procurement Report

[CHW note – important to see how taxpayer money is being spent, plus transparency of the procurement system]

3. Approval of 2020-21 Business Improvement Area (BIA) Budgets

4. Heritage Action Plan – Vancouver Heritage Program

5. Vancouver Community Sport Hosting Grant – Spring 2020 Intake

Recommendation A requires two-thirds affirmative votes of all Council members under section 206(1) of the Vancouver Charter.

6. Funding Application to Green Infrastructure – Environmental Quality Program – Hastings Sunrise Sewer Renewal and Green Infrastructure Project

7. 1672 West 1st Avenue: Amendment to Parking By-law

8. Lease Extension and Modification Agreement for Kelly Court

Recommendation A requires two-thirds affirmative votes of all Council members under section 206(1) of the Vancouver Charter.

9. Cultural Services – 825 Pacific Street Multi-Purpose Arts and Culture Hub Cultural Amenity – Tenant Selection and Lease Terms

Recommendation B requires two-thirds affirmative votes of all Council members under section 206(1) of the Vancouver Charter.

10. Licence Agreement for Portions of City-owned Land at 215 West 1st Avenue and 1850 Spyglass Place to Sole Food Street Farms for Urban Agriculture Purposes

Recommendations A and B require two-thirds affirmative votes of all Council members under section 206(1) of the Vancouver Charter.

REFERRAL REPORTS [CHW note – these are rezoning applications that City staff are recommending advance to Public Hearing]

1. CD-1 Rezoning: 631-635 Commercial Drive

2. CD-1 Rezoning at 619-685 West Hastings Street and Heritage Designation at 675 West Hastings Street

3. CD-1 Rezoning: 2776 Semlin Drive and 2025 East 12th Avenue

4. CD-1 Rezoning: 445 Kingsway and 2935 St. George Street

BY-LAWS

1. A By-law to amend Parking Meter By-law No. 2952 regarding updates to one-way car sharing metered parking policy

2. A By-law to amend Parking Meter By-law No. 2952 regarding updates to one-way car sharing metered parking policy effective January 1, 2021

3. A By-law to designate certain real property as protected heritage property regarding 3495-3505 Commercial Street

4. A By-law to designate a Business Improvement Area in that area of the City known as Downtown Vancouver

5. A By-law to grant money for a Business Promotion Scheme in the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Area

6. A By-law to designate an Expansion Business Improvement Area in that area of the City known as Mount Pleasant

7. A By-law to grant money for a Business Promotion Scheme in the Mount Pleasant Expansion Business Improvement Area

8. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area CD-1 re: 5809-5811 Main Street (198 Ontario Place)
(Councillors Bligh, Boyle, Dominato, Fry, Hardwick, Kirby-Yung, Swanson, Wiebe and Mayor Stewart not on Council at the time of the Public Hearing.)
9. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 3281-3295 East 22nd Avenue

10. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 1454 William Street

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 1672 West 1st Avenue

2. Approval of Form of Development – 5811 Main Street

B. Council Members’ Motions

1. Requests for Leaves of Absence

2. Taking Steps Towards a National Cost-shared Universal Healthy School Food Program

3. Affirming Support for Residents of Indian Origin Regardless of Religion or Caste

4. Water and Washrooms as a Human Right

5. Safety for Residents with Precarious Status: Delivering Access without Fear

6. Rewilding Vancouver: Ecosystem Restoration Action Plan 2030

7. Beyond 2010: Consideration for the City of Vancouver to Participate in a Future Olympic Winter Games Bid

8. Strengthening Representative Democratic Practices in the City of Vancouver

9. Supporting Gender Equity and Diversity in Vancouver City Council

10. Providing Free Menstrual Products in City of Vancouver Civic Facilities Washrooms

11. Public Amenities and Equity in DCL-Waiver and Rental Re-Zoning Hot-Zones

 

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2. Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities, Wednesday, 11-Mar-2020, starting 9:30 a.m.
https://council.vancouver.ca/20200311/pspc20200311ag.htm

AGENDA ITEMS

1. Presentation: Update on Phase 1 of the Vancouver Plan

Gil Kelley, General Manager, Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, and Susan Haid, Deputy Director of Long Range and Strategic Planning, to present on the above item.

2. Monitoring Report on Implementation of Cambie Corridor Plan

3. Contract Award for Construction Services for the Phase 4 Closure and Gas System Upgrades – Vancouver Landfill

4. Contract Award for Consultant for Landfill Design and Contract Administration

REFERRED ITEMS

At the Council meeting on February 25, 2020, Council referred the following motion to the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting on March 11, 2020, in order to hear from speakers.

5. Limiting 2021 Property Tax Rate Increase to No More Than 5%

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