Council Preview July 7-9th: Two Public Hearings incl. 28-storey tower at Birch & Broadway, 14 storeys at 1111 Kingsway, ‘Missing Middle’ motion, climate, City budget, e-scooters and more

(To be updated. This version Tuesday morning.) This week there are four meetings of Vancouver City Council. A regular Council meeting (Tue/July 7, 2020, starting 9:30 a.m.) and a committee meeting (Wed/July 8, starting 9:30 a.m.), plus TWO public hearings (Tue/July 7 and Thu/July 9, both starting 6 p.m.). Park Board meets on Monday, July 6 (see link below).

As we have observed below the planning staff at City Hall are pushing a huge amount of business through the Council pipeline, some items controversial and with long-lasting implications. We see this as rather opportunistic, exploiting emergency legislation. The public is at a considerable disadvantage under the current arrangements, so extra effort is needed to spread the word in the communities, and to proactively write and speak to Council.

Here are some selected hot and important topics, and further below, the full agendas (at the time of this post).

REGULAR COUNCIL, JULY  7 (TUES) 9:30 AM. Agenda link here

  • Climate Emergency Response – Accelerated Actions & Greenest City Action Plan Update. Report to be given.
  • Admin motion: Approval of Form of Development – 167 East 36th Avenue – Little Mountain Building AB
  • Councillor Motion 5: Enhanced Mobility Options to Support Post Pandemic Recovery through a Shared e Scooter and an e-Bike Pilot Program
    See CityHallWatch post: https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2020/07/03/e-scooters-in-other-cities/
  • Councillor Motion 6: Enabling Creative and Easily Replicated “Missing Middle” Housing Pilots.
    Hot topic. See further below.

PUBLIC HEARING, JULY 7 (TUES), 6 PM. Agenda link here

COUNCIL COMMITTEE, JULY 8 (WED), 9:30 AM. Agenda link here

  • 2021-2025 Budget Outlook

PUBLIC HEARING, JULY 9 (THURS), 6:30 PM. Agenda link here

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Regarding Committee July 8 (Wed) Motion 6: Enabling Creative and Easily Replicated “Missing Middle” Housing Pilots.

Letter from Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN): http://coalitionvan.org/posts/5-jul-2020-m6-missing-middle-motion/

CityHallWatch comment. Though the intent may be good, there are many negative points. The Vancouver Plan process is intended to provide housing to meet growth and community needs and this should be the staffs’ focus.

This motion is inappropriate for many reasons, some of which are as follows:
• It would undermine the Vancouver Plan process;
• It is inappropriate to be promoting widespread spot rezoning, especially while undertaking a comprehensive planning process;
• It is contrary to the intent and standard practice of having Interim Rezoning Policies in place to prevent spot rezonings, which create speculation during the planning process;
• The COVID recovery phase should not be exploited as an opportunity to permanently change the city through spot rezonings;
• Arbitrary spot rezoning doesn’t consider neighbourhood context and undermines neighbourhood character, and that is contrary to the intent of zoning by-laws and local community visions and plans;
• Allowing higher density spot rezoning everywhere would increase speculation and demolition of older, more affordable housing, causing displacement while also undermining the few character house retention incentives currently existing in zoning and City policy;
• Allowing even larger MIRHPP projects would set huge precedents, pre-empt comprehensive planning, and encourage speculation;
• The MIRHPP program is already producing precedents that are far too large; the program should be cancelled not expanded.

More coming..

For reference, reproduced below are the agendas for the upcoming meetings:

Park Board agenda and notes July 6, 2020

https://council.vancouver.ca/20200707/regu20200707ag.htm

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Regular Council agenda
July 7, 2020 (Updated: July 3, 2020)

Date and location

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 9:30 am

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

Get involved and stay informed

Send comments to Council

Note Tip: Send your comments by the day before the meeting so Council has time to review them.

Sign up to speak about an agenda item by 8:30am. Requests to speak must be received no later than one hour prior to the scheduled start time of the meeting.

Request to speakWatch the live broadcast Get updates on Twitter

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:

(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; and

(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 – June 23, 2020

2. Public Hearing – June 23, 2020

3. Council (Policy and Strategic Priorities) – June 24, 2020

4. Public Hearing – June 25 and 30, 2020

5. Special Council (Public Hearing) – June 30, 2020

6. Special Council (Sign By-law Appeal Hearing)

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

PRESENTATIONS

1. Climate Emergency Response – Accelerated Actions & Greenest City Action Plan Update

REPORTS

1. Business Licence Hearing Panels – September to November 2020

2. 2020 Transportation Safety Update

3. Modification of Lease for Aunt Leah’s Independent Lifeskills Society at 1101 Seymour Street

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

4. Defer 2020 Sale of Land for Taxes

5. Alignment of Occupancy Limits between Building and Fire By-laws

6. Vancouver Heritage Foundation – Heritage Conservation Grants Program Report 2019/20

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

7. Heritage Façade Grant – 3495-3505 Commercial Street – DP-2019-00435

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

8. Community Housing Incentive Program Grants

Recommendations A through D requires two-thirds affirmative votes of all Council members under Section 206(1) of the Vancouver Charter.

BY-LAWS

1. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (686-688 East 22nd Avenue, 3811-3891 Fraser Street and 679 East 23rd Avenue)

(Councillors De Genova, Dominato and Kirby-Yung will need to review a portion of the proceedings to be eligible to vote.)

2. A By-law to amend Vancouver Development Cost Levy By-law No. 9755 regarding for profit affordable rental housing

3. A By-law to amend Area Specific Development Cost Levy By-law No. 9418 regarding for profit affordable rental housing

4. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 1805 Larch Street

Subject to approval of by-laws 2 and 3.

5. A By-law to defer the 2020 Tax Sale

Subject to approval of Report 3.

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 167 East 36th Avenue – Little Mountain Building AB

B. Council Members’ Motions

1. Leave of Absence Requests

2. Ending Street Checks in Vancouver

3. Retail Revolution – Bringing Digital Main Street to Vancouver

4. Decriminalizing Poverty and Supporting Community-led Safety Initiatives

5. Enhanced Mobility Options to Support Post Pandemic Recovery through a Shared e Scooter and an e-Bike Pilot Program

6. Enabling Creative and Easily Replicated “Missing Middle” Housing Pilots

NOTICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER’S MOTIONS

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

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Download the agenda  PDF

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20200707/phea20200707ag.htm

Public Hearing
July 7, 2020 (Revised July 3, 2020)

Date and location

Tuesday, July 7, 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. M192, “Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3 ”.
  • Members of the public may attend at the Council Chamber in City Hall to hear and watch the meeting proceedings, 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; 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 at https://vancouver.ca/your-government/contact-council-public-hearing.aspx.
  • Get live updates on the meeting at http:vancouver.ca/speaker-wait-times or follow Twitter @VanCityClerk.
  • Watch the meeting live here

Get involved and stay informed

Tip: Send your comments by the day before the meeting so Council has time to review them.

Send comments to Council

Sign up to speak about an agenda item:

  • 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
  • In-person from 5:30pm to 6:00pm on the day of the meeting

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.

Request to speak

Watch the live broadcast  Get updates on Twitter

Questions about this agenda?

ROLL CALL

1. CD-1 REZONING: 1111-1123 Kingsway

CORRESPONDENCE:

Distribution Date
Support
Opposed
Other
July 3, 2020 (received up to 10:30 am) PDF
14
4
1

2. 3350 Marine Way and 3565 Sawmill Crescent – Amendments to CD-1 (566) and East Fraser Lands Official Development Plan

3. AMENDMENTS to the False Creek Area Plan for Area 10B

CORRESPONDENCE:

Distribution Date
Support
Opposed
Other
July 3, 2020 (received up to 10:30 am) PDF
3
4
1

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Download the agenda PDF

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20200708/cfsc20200708ag.htm

Standing Committee on City Finance and Services agenda
July 8, 2020 (Revised July 2, 2020)

Date and location

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 9:30 am

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

PLEASE 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 or follow Twitter @VanCityClerk.
  • Health protocols associated with COVID-19 will be observed for all members of the public in attendance.

Get involved and stay informed

Send comments to Council

Note Tip: Send your comments by the day before the meeting so Council has time to review them.

Sign up to speak about an agenda item by 8:30am. Requests to speak must be received no later than one hour prior to the scheduled start time of the meeting.

Request to speak   Watch the live broadcastGet updates on Twitter

Questions about this agenda?

ROLL CALL

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEMS

1. Contract Award for Supply and Maintenance of Sewage Heat Recovery Heat Pump

2. 2021-2025 Budget Outlook

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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, July 8, 2020

Approval of recommendations and actions.

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Download the agenda

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20200709/phea20200709ag.htm

Public Hearing
July 09, 2020

Updated: July 3 , 2020

Date and location

Thursday, July 09, 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. M192, “Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3 ”.
  • Members of the public may attend at the Council Chamber in City Hall to hear and watch the meeting proceedings, 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; 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 at https://vancouver.ca/your-government/contact-council-public-hearing.aspx.
  • Get live updates on the meeting at http:vancouver.ca/speaker-wait-times or follow Twitter @VanCityClerk.
  • Watch the meeting live here

Get involved and stay informed

Tip: Send your comments by the day before the meeting so Council has time to review them.

Send comments to Council

Sign up to speak about an agenda item:

  • 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
  • In-person from 5:30pm and 6pm on the day of the meeting

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.

Request to speak

Watch the live broadcastGet updates on Twitter

Questions about this agenda?

ROLL CALL

1. CD-1 AMENDMENT: 2538 Birch Street (formerly 1296 West Broadway)

Distribution Date
Support
Opposed
Other
July 3, 2020 (received up to 3:45 pm)
0

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One thought on “Council Preview July 7-9th: Two Public Hearings incl. 28-storey tower at Birch & Broadway, 14 storeys at 1111 Kingsway, ‘Missing Middle’ motion, climate, City budget, e-scooters and more

  1. Dear City of Vancouver, current council. Your “pushing” through of important re-zoning issues is disturbing and unfair. You fly under the banner “we put it out for consultation”, but most definitely, you did not do it thoroughly enough to ensure all of Vancouver residents would get the message. Shame on you!
    I am a resident filled with civic pride, your conduct disheartens me.

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