City Council meetings May 12 & 13, 2020, Park Board May 11: Heads up on controversial and critical topics.

The Vancouver City Council agendas for Regular Council and Standing Committee, May 12 and May 13, have been posted online. A Public Hearing is scheduled for May 12, and a Park Board meeting for May 11.

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We have copied official agendas (as of May 9) further below, after a detailed analysis of several topics. Analysis of the context for the first electronic Public Hearing (May 12), is covered under another post (Vancouver’s first-ever electronic Public Hearing May 12, 2020 (6 pm) merits scrutiny). Below are some key topics we’ve identified with comment.

Council Members Motions:

  1. Recalibrating the Housing Vancouver Strategy post COVID-19

https://council.vancouver.ca/documents/b7.pdf

CityHallWatch comment: We laud this motion by Clr. Colleen Hardwick and believe it is worthy of strong support. It proposes a revisit of the Housing Vancouver targets to align with historical and projected population growth based on census. It also requests that important related data be made transparently and publicly available. This has been a long time coming.

  1. Rescinding Motion to Include C-2 Zones in Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan

https://council.vancouver.ca/documents/b4.pdf

This motion by Mayor Stewart is problematic. It states:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council rescind the motion to extend the Rental Housing Stock ODP to the C-2 zoning districts, adopted at the November 26, 2019, meeting (Vote No. 05196):

  1. THAT Council instruct staff to prepare a report for consideration for referral to public hearing to amend the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan to extend rental replacement requirements to C-2, C-2C, C-2B and C-2B-1 zoning districts city-wide.

CityHallWatch comment: As we have described (Mayor Stewart seeks to stop rental unit protection for C-2 zones), this motion proposes to withdraw the important motion previously passed by Council to protect existing residential rentals in the C-2 zones.

  1. Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Development Application Processes

https://council.vancouver.ca/documents/b6.pdf

CityHallWatch comment: This motion by Mayor Stewart is also problematic. In effect, it proposes that the development and rezoning democratic process be substantively weakened, in the name of expediency. The rezoning enquiry phase is proposed to be only voluntary, not mandatory. Currently, this phase helps to weed out any proposals that are substantially “not supportable” and requires the developer to reach out to the community to test public support. It is an important part of the process and should not be eliminated.

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Agendas are reproduced below:https://council.vancouver.ca/20200512/regu20200512ag.htm

Council agenda
May 12, 2020

Date and location: Tuesday, May 12, 20209:30 amCouncil Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

Note:

  • Members of the public may attend at the Council Chamber in City Hall to hear the meeting proceeding, but are strongly urged to listen to the proceedings via the City’s website.
  • Health protocols associated with COVID-19 will be observed for all members of the public and any speakers in attendance.

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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:

(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;

(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. Council – April 28, 2020

2. Council (Policy and Strategic Priorities) – April 29, 2020

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

PRESENTATIONS

1. Report Back on Review of Fairness and Effectiveness of the Empty Homes Tax

Julia Aspinall, Director of Financial Services, to provide a review of the fairness and effectiveness of the Empty Homes Tax as outlined in the Report dated May 4, 2020.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. 2020 Lower Mainland Local Government Association Resolution Submission Adjustment

REPORTS

1. Quarterly Capital Budget Adjustments and Closeouts

2. 2020 Property Taxation: Rating By-laws and Averaging Resolutions

BY-LAWS

1. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 re: 5130-5170 Cambie Street

(Councillors Bligh, Boyle, Dominato, Fry, Hardwick, Kirby-Yung, Swanson, Wiebe and Mayor Stewart, not on Council at the time of the Public Hearing)

2. A By-law to amend Building By-law No. 12511 regarding various energy requirements and housekeeping amendments

3. A By-law to amend Parking By-law No. 6059 regarding electric vehicle charging stations

4. A By-law to amend Building By-law No. 12511 regarding electric vehicle charging stations

5. A By-law to levy rates on all taxable real property in the City of Vancouver, to raise a sum which added to the estimated revenue of the City of Vancouver from other sources, will be sufficient to pay all debts and obligations of the City of Vancouver falling due within the year 2020 and not otherwise provided for

Subject to approval of Report 2

6. A By-law to levy a rate on property to raise monies required to be paid to the Metro Vancouver Regional District
Subject to approval of Report 2

7. A By-law to amend Heritage Property Standards of Maintenance By-law No. 11351 regarding the scope of application, the definitions and housekeeping

8. A By-law to amend Subdivision By-law No. 5208 regarding heritage property

9. A By-law to amend Energy Utility System By-law No. 9552 regarding a reduction of peak heat energy demand during an emergency

10. A By-law to amend the Mayor and Councillor Remuneration By-law regarding 2020 remuneration

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. “Guidelines for the Administration of Variances for Zero Emission Buildings in RS, RT and RA Districts” and “Guidelines for the Administration of Variance in Larger Zero Emission Buildings”

2. 2020 Tax Levies for Provincial Schools

Subject to approval of by-law 5

3. 2020 Tax Levies for South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (“TransLink”)

Subject to approval of by-law 5

4. 2020 Tax Levies for British Columbia Assessment Authority

Subject to approval of by-law 5

5. 2020 Tax Levies for Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia

Subject to approval of by-law 5

B. Council Members’ Motions

1. Reconsidering Three Proposed Referrals to Public Hearing

2. Flexible, Innovative and Expedited Patio Permitting

3. Working for More Housing Affordability in the Cambie Corridor

4. Rescinding Motion to Include C-2 Zones in Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan

5. Reallocation of Road Space to Support Shared Use During Pandemic

6. Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Development Application Processes

7. Recalibrating the Housing Vancouver Strategy post COVID-19

NOTICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER’S MOTIONS

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

Download the agenda

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20200512/phea20200512ag.htm

Public Hearing
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Revised: May 6, 2020

Date and location

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

6 pm

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

Please note:

    • This Public Hearing is to be convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No. M139, “Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 2”.
  • Members of the public may attend at the Council Chamber in City Hall to hear and watch the meeting proceeding, but are strongly urged to listen and watch the proceedings via the City’s website or follow Twitter @VanCityClerk.
  • Due to COVID-19, it is recommended that speakers participate by telephone or provide written submissions; however, limited space will be made available at City Hall to accommodate those who are unable to participate by telephone.
  • To participate in the public hearing process, you can register to speak in person or by telephone at the Public Hearing:
  • by going to the Council meeting page on the City’s website and selecting the meeting date, meeting type and agenda item(s) and specifying whether you will participate in person or by telephone;
  • by emailing the meeting date, meeting type and agenda item(s) and specifying whether you will participate in person or by telephone to publichearing@vancouver.ca; or
  • by calling 604.829.4238 and specifying which meeting date, meeting type and agenda item(s) you wish to speak to and whether you will address Council by telephone or in person.
  • If you want to participate by telephone then you must have access to a telephone, provide a telephone number that can be used to contact you, and an email address where instructions on when and how to call into the public hearing can be provided to you.
  • You can also register by telephone, on the day of the public hearing, between 5:30 pm and 6 pm, or 30 minutes before the hearing starts, at City Hall. For more information, visit vancouver.ca/publichearings
  • Send your comments to Council by emailing publichearing@vancouver.ca.
  • Get live updates on the meeting at http:vancouver.ca/speaker-wait-times or follow Twitter @VanCityClerk.
  • Watch the meeting live at http:vancouver.ca/council-video

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  • Register by phone at 604-829-4238 between 5:30pm and 6pm on the day of the public hearing, or 30 minutes before the hearing starts at City Hall. Find out more
  • Online by 5:00pm on the day of meeting
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If you miss the deadline, listen to the livestream of the meeting and follow the Chairs phone in instructions, or attend in person, and raise your hand, when the meeting Chair calls three times for any other speakers after all registered speakers are heard.

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20200513/cfsc20200513ag.htm

Standing Committee on City Finance and Services agenda
May 13, 2020

Date and location

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

9:30 am

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

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ROLL CALL

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEMS

1. Presentation: COVID 19 – Mobility and Public Space Responses

NOTE: As this presentation is for Council’s information only, no speakers will be heard.

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NOTICE

A Council meeting will be convened immediately following the Standing Committee meeting.

COUNCIL MEETING
AGENDA

ROLL CALL

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

1. Standing Committee of Council on City Finance and Services
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Approval of recommendations and actions.

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Download the agenda

 

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https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2020/20200511/index.htm

NOTICE OF MEETING

BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION

  COMMITTEE MEETING –  

AGENDA

NOTE:  Members of the public are encouraged to watch meetings online as the Park Board Administration Building is currently restricted to staff access only to ensure COVID-19 health protocols are maintained

Date:
Monday, May 11, 2020
Time:
6:30pm
Place:
Park Board – Boardroom
2099 Beach Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

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Printable Agenda PDF

ROLL CALL

ADOPTION OF MINUTES  Park Board Committee Meeting – Monday, March 9, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNICATIONS

STAFF REPORTS

1. East Park & Creekside Park South – Design Contract (for decision) 

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

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NOTICE OF MEETING
BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION

  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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

IN CAMERA MEETINGS
THAT the Board will go into meetings, prior to the next Regular Board meeting, which are closed to the public, pursuant to Section 165.2(1) of the Vancouver Charter, to discuss matters related to paragraphs:

(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;

 

(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 – Regular Park Board Meeting – Monday, March 9, 2020

CHAIR’S REPORT

COMMUNICATIONS

COMMITTEE REPORT – Report of the Park Board Committee – Monday, May 11, 2020

 

STAFF REPORTS 

1. COVID-19 Pandemic – Parks and Recreation Response (for information)

2. General Manager’s Office Report (for information)

NOTICE OF MOTIONS

OTHER BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES

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NEXT MEETINGS

COMMITTEE & REGULAR BOARD: Monday, May 25, 2020

One thought on “City Council meetings May 12 & 13, 2020, Park Board May 11: Heads up on controversial and critical topics.

  1. I read a post on daily hive about colleen hardwick’s motion about recalibrating the housing vancouver plan – downsizing the goals. The comments to this story were very negative, including a number of personal attacks. Not surprising, considering the source.

    There were a couple positive comments.

    Personally, i tend to agree with colleen, although the calculus based on 2.2 persons per unit may be off.

    But as far as more new development driving down housing prices, as per many of the commenters, i cannot agree. How many decades have we building new housing, and prices just keep escalating?

    With respect to kenedy stewart’s motion to remove rental housing protections in the c2 zones, who is pulling his strings. When you look at the streets where c2 zones occur, i would not be surprised if many of those older blocks have been acquired by major developers, quietly.

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