Council Preview Oct 6-8: Vancouver Plan update, 3 Westbank projects incl. 14 storeys at Broadway/Alma, 36 storey Joyce tower, District Energy site rezoning, and more

(Version 3 new post on 5055 Joyce public hearing) This is heads up on selected issues coming up for City Council the week of October 5, 2020. Also, a Park Board meeting is set for Monday, October 5, with updates on the agenda. Further below we provide the links and agendas as initially posted on the City website.  Note that all meetings continue to be held virtually, online, due to the emergency status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

City Council has four meetings set:

Regular Council – Oct 6 (Tue) at 9:30 a.m.
Public Hearing –  Oct 6 (Tue) at 6 p.m.
Standing Committee – Oct 7 (Wed) at 9:30 a.m.
Special Council – Oct 8 (Thu) at 9:30 a.m.

Here is a short list of some selected topics, with a brief comment on some. Time permitting, we will do separate posts and analysis on items shown in bold text.

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REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING (Oct 6/Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.)

  • Vancouver Plan Phase 1 Report: Public Engagement Summary, Provisional Goals and Update on COVID-19 Community Recovery Actions. [CHW comment: This report is exceedingly important. This report by chief planner Gil Kelley at 76 pages long asks council to “endorse the Vancouver Plan Provisional Goals, as presented in
    this report, to guide the creation of the Vancouver Plan…” This is for the citywide plan and requires the highest level of public attention. Every step forward sets the scene for the rest of the process, so if anything seems problematic now, it deserves attention, debate, and rectification before it’s too late. Watch for another post from CityHallWatch, coming soon.]
  • Presentation: Temporary Patio and Road Reallocation Updates. [CHW comment: Important for survival of local businesses.]
  • Unfinished business: Short Term Actions to Preserve and Expand Access to Mental Health Resources and Housing in Grandview-Woodlands
  • Report: 7. Vancouver Heritage Register Administrative Update
  • Communications: 2. Changes to Council Meetings Schedule: “Public Hearing from Tuesday, November 3, 2020 to
    Wednesday, December 2, 2020.” CHW comment: Something’s up. Could be plans for a major topic at this Public Hearing.
  • REFERRAL REPORTS: [CHW comment: These staff reports are, in practice, the last step before citizens can really influence a rezoning proposal. Upon receiving the reports, City Council normally approves the next step of going to a Public Hearing. Speakers are not invited to address Council on “referral reports” so if you see any problems with the content (errors, omissions, questions, concerns), it is imperative that you write City Council prior to the meeting and let them know your concerns.]
    1. CD-1 Rezoning: 24 East Broadway and 2520 Ontario Street
    2. CD-1 Rezoning: 203-263 West 49th Avenue
    3. Amendment to the Regional Context Statement Official Development Plan By-law for 1580 Vernon Drive: [CHW comment: See our post “Heads up: 1580 Vernon (at 1st and Clark) ‘industrial land’ proposed change to ‘general’ for Temporary Modular Housing“]
    4. Rezoning: 376-406 West 45th Avenue
    5. CD-1 Rezoning: 3701-3743 West Broadway: [CHW comment: This is a Westbank (CEO Ian Gillespie) tower being proposed at Broadway and Alma. It is highly controversial and precedent-setting. Nearly 3,000 people have signed the Change.org “No Tower @ Broadway & Alma” petition. See image below. Related post – https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2020/10/04/3701-broadway-alma-westbank-referral/]
  • MOTIONS: A total of TEN (10!) motions have been proposed by Council members, from “no pet” clauses in rental contracts, and translation for speakers, to fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty, tiny homes, circular economy, public safety, and renovictions. Please see agenda for details and text of motions. [Matt Robinson in the Vancouver Sun has summarize four housing-related motions: “Vancouver council to consider quartet of housing motions.” Click here.]

3701-3743 West Broadway at Alma, Westbank Projects Corp., Oct 2020

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PUBLIC HEARING (Oct 6/Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.)

Here are the four items set for this meeting. We may add more comments or do special posts, time permitting.

1. CD-1 Text Amendment: 380-390 West 8th Avenue: to allow for an increase to the overall permitted floor area by approximately 1,730 sq. ft. (160.7 sq. m) and an increase in the maximum floor space for Restaurant – Class 1 use from 65 to 150 sq. m.
2. CD-1 Rezoning: 564-570 West 49th Avenue, from RS-1 (One-Family Dwelling) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District for 31 market strata units (four-storey residential building).
3. CD-1 Rezoning: 720 Beatty Street and 701 Expo Boulevard. [CHW note: See image below. This is a Westbank project (CEO Ian Gillespie) project on the corner of BC Place at the former site of the steam plant that was purchased by Gillespie and renamed Creative Energy. This rezoning is from Downtown District (DD) to Comprehensive Development District (CD-1). “As of March 17, 2020, the applicant would like to revise their proposal to include the neighbouring property at 701 Expo Boulevard and rezone the property from B.C. Place/Expo District (BCPED) to Comprehensive Development District (CD-1). The proposal consists of a 17-storey office building located at 720 Beatty Street and a five-storey commercial building located on 701 Expo Boulevard. Public scrutiny is needed to ensure this is a good deal for the public interest.]
4. CD-1 Rezoning: 5055 Joyce Street: [CHW note: See image below. This is yet another Westbank project (CEO Ian Gillespie] for a major tower in this neighbourhood. It is to rezoning from C-2C to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District under the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan. The revised proposal consists of a 36-storey mixed-use development, with a floor space ratio (FSR) of 15.97. Public scrutiny is needed to ensure this is a good deal for the public interest.] See our post: https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/5055-joyce-tower-rezoning-public-hearing/

5055 Joyce, 35 storeys, Westbank Projects Corp.

720 Beatty 701 Expo rezoning Westbank Projects Corp. Oct 2020

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STANDING COMMITTEE ON POLICY AND STRATEGIC PRIORITIES (Oct 7/Wed, 9:30 a.m.)

Five items are on the agenda.

1. Presentation: Homelessness and Supportive Housing Strategy
1(a) SRO Revitalization Progress Update and 2019 Low Income Housing Survey
2. 1178 Davie Street – The Cap on Davie Ltd. (The Capital)
3. 435 West Pender Street – Days Inn Limited Partnership
4. Contract Award for RFP PS20200058 – Consulting Services for West End Waterfront Parks and Beach Avenue Master Plan
5. Village Farm Landfill Gas Utilization Agreement Extension

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SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING (Oct 8/Thurs, 9:30 a.m.)

Only one item on the agenda: 1. Response to Council Motion: Emergency COVID-19 Relief for Unsheltered Vancouver Residents

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Meeting agendas have been reproduced below:

Park Board: https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2020/20201005/index.htm

NOTICE OF MEETING

BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION

  REGULAR BOARD e-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, October 5, 2020
Time: 6:30pm
Place: via video conference &
Park Board – Boardroom
2099 Beach Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
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Printable Agenda PDF

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:

(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 Board Meeting – Tuesday, September 15, 2020

CHAIR’S REPORT

COMMUNICATIONS

STAFF PRESENTATIONS  

1. COVID-19 Pandemic – Parks & Recreation Reopening & Recovery Update (for information)

2. Park Board Meeting Dates – 2021 Schedule (for decision)

3. General Manager’s Report (for information)

NOTICE OF MOTIONS

OTHER BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES

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NEXT MEETINGS

Committee & Regular Board meetings: Monday, October 19, 2020

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20201006/regu20201006ag.htm

Council agenda
October 6, 2020

October 1, 2020

Date and location

Tuesday, October 6, 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 broadcast  Get updates on Twitter

Questions about this agenda?

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;

(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. Special Council (Emergency COVID-19 Relief for Unsheltered Vancouver Residents) – September 11 and 14, 2020

2. Council – September 15, 2020

3. Public Hearing – September 15, 2020

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

PRESENTATIONS

1. Vancouver Plan Phase 1 Report: Public Engagement Summary, Provisional Goals and Update on COVID-19 Community Recovery Actions

2. Presentation: Temporary Patio and Road Reallocation Updates

(a) Zoning and Development By-law Amendment to allow Temporary Patios for Businesses on Private Property

(b) Extending Temporary Expanded Service Areas (TESAs)

(c) Extension to the Temporary Patio Program through COVID-19 Recovery

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1. Short Term Actions to Preserve and Expand Access to Mental Health Resources and Housing in Grandview-Woodlands

At the Council meeting on September 15, 2020, Council referred the following motion to the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting on September 16, 2020, in order to hear from speakers. Subsequently, due to time constraints, the meeting reconvened on September 29, 2020 and again on September 30, 2020. Following hearing from speakers on September 30, Council referred debate and decision on the motion to the Council meeting on October 6, 2020, as Unfinished Business.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Appointment of Council Representative to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board

2. Changes to 2020 Council Meetings Schedule

REPORTS

1. New Sublease for Community Legal Assistance Society – #300 – 1140 West Pender Street

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

2. 2020 Animal Welfare Grant

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

3. Seksik Early Care and Learning Centre (321 Princess Avenue): Funding approval and authorization to enter legal agreement(s)

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

4. Downtown Eastside (DTES) Plan Implementation Grant Allocation – 2020

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

5. Funding Application to Investing in Canada Infrastructure (Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure) Program for the Sunset Seniors Centre Project

6. Modification of Lease for Supporting Women’s Alternatives Network (SWAN Vancouver) Society, and Lease for RainCity Housing and Support Society for Overdose Prevention Site, both at 1101 Seymour Street

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

7. Vancouver Heritage Register Administrative Update

REFERRAL REPORTS

1. CD-1 Rezoning: 24 East Broadway and 2520 Ontario Street

2. CD-1 Rezoning: 203-263 West 49th Avenue

3. Amendment to the Regional Context Statement Official Development Plan By-law for 1580 Vernon Drive

4. Rezoning: 376-406 West 45th Avenue

5. CD-1 Rezoning: 3701-3743 West Broadway

BY-LAWS

By-laws 1 to 10 PDF

1. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 3600 East Hastings Street

2. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 3680 East Hastings Street

3. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 6137 Cambie Street

4. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area from RS-1 t RM-8A (435-475 West 28th Avenue)
(Councillor Hardwick will need to review the proceedings to be eligible to vote)

5. A By-law to amend CD-1 (643) By-law No. 11661
(Councillor De Genova will need to review the proceedings to be eligible to vote)

6. A By-law to amend Sign By-law No. 11879 (686-688 East 22nd Avenue, 3811-3891 Fraser Street and 679 East 23rd Avenue)

(All Council members eligible to vote)

7. A By-law to amend Noise Control By-law No. 6555 (686-688 East 22nd Avenue, 3811 3891 Fraser Street and 679 East 23rd Avenue)

8. A By-law to amend Sign By-law No. 11879 (3429-3469 Fraser Street)
(All Council members eligible to vote)

9. A By-law to amend Noise Control By-law No. 6555 (3429-3469 Fraser Street)

10. A By-law to amend Vehicles for Hire By-law No. 6066 Regarding Impoundment Towing Rates and Release and Storage Fees

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

None.

B. Council Members’ Motions

1. Requests for Leaves of Absence

2. Prohibition of “No Pets” Clauses in Rental Contracts

3. Rent Forgiveness Program

4. Ensuring Equity for Speakers Using Translation

5. Calling on the Federal and Provincial Governments to Make Emancipation Day an Official Holiday

6. Endorsement of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

7. A Closer Look at Tiny Homes and Shelters

8. Improving the Circularity of Vancouver’s Economy

9. Sustaining Public Safety as a Core Service in the City of Vancouver

10. Protecting Tenants – Taking Action Against Renovictions

NOTICE OF COUNCIL MEMBERS’ MOTIONS

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

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Download the agenda  PDF

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Public Hearing: https://council.vancouver.ca/20201006/phea20201006ag.htm

Public Hearing
October 6, 2020

Date and location

Tuesday, October 6, 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 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

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20201007/pspc20201007ag.htm

Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities agenda
October 7, 2020

October 1, 2020

Date and location

Wednesday, October 7, 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 broadcast  Get updates on Twitter

Questions about this agenda?

ROLL CALL

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEMS

1. Presentation: Homelessness and Supportive Housing Strategy

Celine Mauboules, Acting Managing Director, and Allison Dunnet, Senior Planner, Homelessness Services and Affordable Housing Programs – Arts, Culture and Community Services, will present.

(a) SRO Revitalization Progress Update and 2019 Low Income Housing Survey

2. 1178 Davie Street – The Cap on Davie Ltd. (The Capital)
Liquor Primary Liquor Licence Application
Liquor Establishment Class 2

3. 435 West Pender Street – Days Inn Limited Partnership
Liquor Primary Licence Application
Liquor Establishment Class 1

4. Contract Award for RFP PS20200058 – Consulting Services for West End Waterfront Parks and Beach Avenue Master Plan

5. Village Farm Landfill Gas Utilization Agreement Extension

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NOTICE

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

COUNCIL MEETING
REVISED AGENDA

ROLL CALL

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

1. Standing Committee of Council on Policy and Strategic Priorities
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Approval of recommendations and actions.

BY-LAWSAdded October 1, 2020
1. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (8636-8656 Oak Street)

Download the agenda  PDF

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