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Council and Park Board Preview: Nov 2-4: Climate Emergency Action Plan, Office of Auditor General, $100 million debt issue, Parks Washroom Strategy

There is a Park Board meeting on Monday, November 2, and Council Council has a regular meeting on Tuesday, November 3 and standing committee meeting on Wednesday, November 4. As usual, there is a enormous volume of material for the public and Council to go through, some if it with major implications for life and costs of living in Vancouver, as well as global implications.

This week we will do limited analysis of agenda items, but provide some links. An important item for Park Board is a Parks Washroom Strategy.

As for City Council, here are a few highlights…and we encourage readers to delve deeper into any items that concern them.

In the Regular Council meeting on Tuesday, November 3 (agenda here), City staff are submitting reports to refer important decisions to future Public Hearings. Anyone with concerns about the staff reports is encouraged to act immediately and communicate their concerns to Mayor and Council. By the time anything gets to a Public Hearing, it is far too late for any changes to be made, most of the time.  List:

1. CD-1 Rezoning: 2406-2488 Garden Drive
2. CD-1 Rezoning: 724 East 56th Avenue
3. CD-1 Rezoning: 7280 Fraser Street
4. Rezoning: 618 West 32nd Avenue
5. CD-1 Rezoning: 1325 West 70th Avenue
6. CD-1 Rezoning: 349 East 6th Avenue
7. Updated Zoning Regulations for Zero Emissions Residential Buildings
8. Amendment to the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan

There are other items on the agenda. Please see the official list on the City website.

Probably the most important topic for November 3 is a staff report, “Climate Emergency Action Plan,” by Matt Horne, Climate Policy Manager, Sustainability Group. This 371-page report with a $500 million price tag is dated October 22, but was only made public and provided to Council a few days ago. It feels like a much despised omnibus bill. Would it perhaps be better to deal with the various sections separately? Or at least allow more time. Once again, we ask why the City cannot publish such reports when ready, and allow several weeks for people to digest them? On social media, a handful of Councillors and groups have been mobilizing to get support for immediate approval of this proposal. Unfortunately, as we see it, the way City staff have rolled it out does a great disservice to the cause and create discord and contempt. If the ideas are so good today, they will be equally good and perhaps even better with careful consideration and dialogue, even if that takes some weeks or a couple months. Such things require more than a panicked rush to get approved. Once again, we wonder about the wisdom of moving St Paul’s Hospital from high and solid ground downtown to soft, liquefaction-prone land just slightly above sea level in the False Creek Flats. And a discussion is needed about how to get the best bang for the buck with climate actions.

The Globe and Mail, Business in Vancouver and other mainstream media have covered the concerns of experts and business. In addition, here are some recommended links:

  • City should hit pause on controversial Climate Action Plan (CityHallWatch, David Fine opinion, 2-Nov-2020): Link here.
  • CVN letter to Council: Climate Emergency Action Plan – Do not approve, send back for more consultation (Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods, CVN, 2-Nov-2020): Link here.
  • Vancouver Character House Network wants Climate Emergency Action Plan sent back for more work, consultation (VCHN, 2-Nov-2020): Link here.

As for the Council standing committee meeting on Wednesday, November 4, please see the full agenda, but here are some that caught our attention.

1. Presentation – 2021 Budget – Tax Scenarios and Options
2. Quarterly Capital Budget Adjustments and Closeouts
3. Establishing the Office of the Auditor General for the City of Vancouver
5. 2021 Fee Increases for Rezoning, Development, Building, and Other Related Permits

Bylaws
1. A By-law to Contract a Debt by the Issue and Sale of 1.40% Sinking Fund Debentures in the Aggregate Principal Amount of $100,000,000.00. [Note that is ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS. CityHallWatch related post: “City to consider borrowing $100 million for Capital Plan on November 4th. Link here. ]
2. A By-law to Establish and Maintain an Independent Office of Auditor General
(Subject to approval of Item 3)

Budgets, taxes and fees are important so we urge concerned individuals to have a close look. But probably the most important topic of the entire year 2020 is regarding item 3 above, “Establishing the Office of the Auditor General for the City of Vancouver.” This staff report and bylaw need to be passed. The office needs to be funded. Its powers should not be watered down. It needs to operate independently and not be controlled by City staff. The initiative was spearheaded by Councillor Colleen Hardwick and supported unanimously by City Council. Now is the time to create the office. Please see our post providing absolute and wholehearted support from CityHallWatch: “Creating an ‘Office of the Auditor General for the City of Vancouver’: Decision Day Nov 4. Please support it!https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2020/11/02/office-auditor-general-proposed/

Media have covered this topic, and here is a fresh article worth reading.

“Council’s push to open auditor general’s office in Vancouver rankles city manager” (Mike Howell, Vancouver is Awesome, 2-Nov-2020): https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/vancouver-news/councils-push-to-open-a-gs-office-in-vancouver-rankles-city-manager-2844949

For reference, the meeting agendas have been reproduced below:

https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2020/20201102/index.htm

NOTICE OF MEETING

BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION

  COMMITTEE 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, November 2, 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

ROLL CALL

ADOPTION OF MINUTES  Park Board Committee Meeting – Monday, October 19, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNICATIONS

STAFF REPORTS

1. Parks Washroom Strategy (for decision)

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NOTICE OF MEETING
BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION

  REGULAR BOARD e-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;

(g)    litigation or potential litigation affecting the city;

(i)     the receipt of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose;

(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 – Monday, October 19, 2020

CHAIR’S REPORT

COMMUNICATIONS

COMMITTEE REPORT – Report of the Park Board Committee – Monday, November 2, 2020

STAFF PRESENTATIONS  

1. Vancouver Plan Update (for information)

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

3. General Manager’s Report (for information)

MOTIONS ON NOTICE

1. Vancouver’s Transportation Hierarchy – Prioritizing Seniors & People with Disabilities

MOVER:  Commissioner Barker

NOTICE OF MOTIONS

OTHER BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES

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NEXT MEETINGS

Committee & Regular Board Meetings: Monday, November 23, 2020

Special Meeting, Monday, November 30, 2020

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20201103/regu20201103ag.htm

Council agenda November 3, 2020

Date and location.

Tuesday, November 3, 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 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:

(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 (Policy and Strategic Priorities) – October 7, 8 and 15, 2020

2. Council – October 20, 2020

3. Council – October 6, 13 and 21, 2020

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

PRESENTATIONS

1. Climate Emergency Action Plan

Matt Horne, Climate Policy Manager, Sustainability Group, to present the report dated October 22, 2020.

2. COVID-19 Economic and Community Recovery Program Progress Update

Karen Levitt, Deputy City Manager, to provide a presentation on this matter.

REPORTS

1. Updating the focus of the Greenest City Fund Program and Renewing Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant Relationship with Vancouver Foundation for 2021 to 2025

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

3. 2020 Social Grants: COVID Recovery Grants
Recommendations A to F require two-thirds affirmative votes of all Council members under Section 206(1) of the Vancouver Charter.

REFERRAL REPORTS

1. CD-1 Rezoning: 2406-2488 Garden Drive

2. CD-1 Rezoning: 724 East 56th Avenue

3. CD-1 Rezoning: 7280 Fraser Street

4. Rezoning: 618 West 32nd Avenue

5. CD-1 Rezoning: 1325 West 70th Avenue

6. CD-1 Rezoning: 349 East 6th Avenue

Subject to the approval of RR8.

7. Updated Zoning Regulations for Zero Emissions Residential Buildings

8. Amendment to the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan

BY-LAWS

By-law 1 PDF

1. A By-law to amend Parking Meter By-law No. 2952 regarding Veteran’s Parking

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 8486 Oak Street

B. Council Members’ Motions

1. Targeted COVID Funding Program for Vancouver’s Chinatown

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/20201103/crev20201103ag.htm

Special Council Meeting – Court of Revision – Local Improvements agenda
November 3, 2020

Date and location

Tuesday, November 3, 2020  4:00 pm

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

Get involved and stay informed

If you wish to speak at the Special Council Meeting, you can register on the evening of the meeting, between 3 and 3:30 pm.

Questions about this agenda?

ROLL CALL

RESOLVE INTO COURT OF REVISION

COURT OF REVISION

1. Projects by Petition

The attached report dated Novemeber 03, 2020, entitled “Report of the Collector of Taxes to the Local Improvement Court of Revision No. 641 – Projects by Petition”, summarizes the Special Assessment Roll for Land Improvements Projects by Petition.

Note: The full Special Assessment Roll will be available at the Court of Revision.

(a) Consideration of Errors in the Special Assessment Roll

The Court of Revision will hear from speakers on errors in the special assessment roll related to:

(i) names of property and business owners;
(ii) frontage measurements;
(iii) any variations of assessment because parcels are unequally benefited or are of abnormal shape or situation.

(b) Motion to certify the correctness of the Special Assessment Roll

RISE FROM COURT OF REVISION

2. Adopt the Report of the Court of Revision No. 641 – Projects by Petition

3. Delegations Concerning the Projects by Petition

Council will hear speakers regarding the projects by petition summarized in the attached Report dated November 03, 2020 entitled “Report of the Collector of Taxes to the Local Improvement Court of Revision No. 641 – Projects by Petition”.

4. Approval of Projects by Petition

The attached Administrative Report dated September 28, 2020, from the General Manager of Engineering Services, refers.

ADJOURNMENT

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Download the agenda

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20201104/pspc20201104ag.htm

Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities agenda
November 4, 2020

Updated on October 29, 2020

Date and location

Wednesday, November 4, 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 – 2021 Budget – Tax Scenarios and Options

Patrice Impey, General Manager of Finance, Risk and Supply Chain Management, to provide a presentation on the 2021 Budget – Tax Scenarios and Options.

PLEASE NOTE: The presentation will be posted when available.  Also, as this presentation is for Council’s information only, no speakers will be heard.

2. Quarterly Capital Budget Adjustments and Closeouts

3. Establishing the Office of the Auditor General for the City of Vancouver

Recommendations B and D require a two-thirds affirmative votes of all members of Council pursuant to section 161 of the Vancouver Charter.

4. Contract Award for a General Contractor for 10th Avenue Hospital Zone Street Improvements – Phase 2 Construction

5. 2021 Fee Increases for Rezoning, Development, Building, and Other Related Permits

6. Property Tax Sale Manifest Error – 3469 Arbutus Street

REFERRED ITEM

At the Council meeting on March 10, 2020, Council referred the following item to the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting on April 1, 2020, in order to hear from speakers. Subsequently, the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting on April 1, 2020, was cancelled, and this item was placed on the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting on November 4, 2020, in order to hear from speakers.

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

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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 Policy and Strategic Priorities
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Approval of recommendations and actions.

BY-LAWS

1. A By-law to Contract a Debt by the Issue and Sale of 1.40% Sinking Fund Debentures in the Aggregate Principal Amount of $100,000,000.00

2. A By-law to Establish and Maintain an Independent Office of Auditor General
(Subject to approval of Item 3)

3. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 re: 6137 Cambie Street
(All Council members, except for Councillors Carr and De Genova, will need to review the proceedings to be eligible to vote)

4. A By-law to amend Zoning & Development By-law 3575 by repealing By-laws 3907 and 5258, amending By-laws 8016 and 8044 and enacting a new CD-1 (12) By-law
(Subject to approval of By-law 3)

5. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 1002 Station Street and 250-310 Prior Street (New St. Paul’s Hospital and Health Campus)
(All Council members eligible to vote)

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Download the agenda

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