Council and Park Board Preview: Nov 23-25: VanSplash, City budget, taxes, EHT, fee increases, major plans for 2nd Ave area-wide rezoning, timber construction, daylighting Canyon Creek, Council salaries, Coal Harbour School, and more

In the coming week, one Park Board meeting and two Council meetings are scheduled. Below is a quick preview of items that grab our attention. We may add more comments and links later. Further below are the actual agendas of the meetings as of Thursday the prior week. Please go to the official links for the up-to-date agendas.

PARK BOARD 23-NOV-2020 (MON) 6:30 pm
Online participation encouraged
Link – https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2020/20201123/index.htm

Some highlights
STAFF REPORT
1. Daylighting Canyon Creek at Spanish Banks – Report Back (for decision)
DEFERRED ITEM
2030 Winter Olympics Bid Considerations (for decision)
STAFF PRESENTATIONS
1. VanSplash Implementation Update [CHW note: This is a master plan for pools and aquatics in Vancouver. We urge concerned persons and groups to have a good look at this update.]
2. Mobility in Stanley Park – Survey Results, Data Analysis & Next Steps
3. General Manager’s Report

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REGULAR CITY COUNCIL 24-NOV-2020 (TUE) 9:30 a.m.
Online participation encouraged
Link – https://council.vancouver.ca/20201124/regu20201124ag.htm

REPORTS
4. 2021 Land Assessment Averaging: Notice to BC Assessment Authority
5. Criteria for 100% Secured Rental and Below-Market Housing as an Alternative to Inclusionary Social Housing in the Burrard Corridor of the West End Community Plan.
[CHW note – West End Neighbours has written City Council opposing this staff proposal – Details here.]
7. Contract Award for Consulting Services for Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre

REFERRAL REPORTS
CityHallWatch note: We encourage people to have a look at the actual PDF documents for the following reports. They can contain some surprises, big or small, not immediately evident in the report title. Note for example report (b) for Mount Pleasant. Staff have been working on what appears to be significant development scenarios along 2nd Avenue (see image to the right), which to them is somehow associated with the Broadway Corridor planning process. That whole report is worthy of more public attention.

1. Employment Lands and Economy Review – Employment Lands and Economy Review Quick Start Actions:
a) Zoning and Development By-law Amendments to Remove Barriers to New Work-only Artist Studios in Industrial Areas
b) Mount Pleasant I 1 Amendment and New I-1C District Schedule
c) Downtown-Eastside/Oppenheimer District Official Development Plan Text Amendment – Retail Continuity Policy Review for Flexibility of Ground Floor Uses
d) Initial Zoning and Development By-law Amendments to Support Neighbourhood Grocery Stores
[CHW note: New post on this latter topic – Heads up! Under guise of ‘support for neighbourhood grocery stores’ City staff propose new commercial developments in residential zones
. Link here.]

2. Zoning and Development By-Law Amendments for Mass Timber Construction
[CHW note: Staff are proposing allowing variances for less articulation of upper floors and bigger massing.]

BY-LAWS
[CHW note: There are 23 bylaws listed for Council approval. We encourage people to scan them for any of concern. These ones below are a couple that caught our eye.]
6. A By-law to further amend the Mayor and Councillor Remuneration By-law regarding 2020 remuneration. See our CHW post on this topic: “City Council plans to reverse their pay cuts at November 24th meeting

7. A By-law to amend Building By-law No. 12511 to increase fees for 2021
CHW note: Several other by-laws relate to various fees for 2021. We’ll offer a $20 Starbucks gift certificate to anyone who can find even ONE fee that is going DOWN.

A. Administrative Motions
1. Approval of Form of Development – 420 Hawks Avenue
2. Approval of Form of Development – 6137 Cambie Street
3. Approval of Form of Development – 8636-8656 Oak Street
4. Approval of Form of Development – 1805 Larch Street
[CHW note – This latter one was rather controversial. Worth a look by concerned persons and groups
Here: https://council.vancouver.ca/20201124/documents/a4.pdf
Here: https://development.vancouver.ca/fod1805larch/index.htm
Here: https://shapeyourcity.ca/1805-larch-st]

B. Council Members’ Motions
1. Protecting Tenants from Real Estate Investment Trusts
2. Petition for the Removal of the Alma Street Building Line
3. Sustaining Vancouver’s Chinatown
4. Working with Senior Governments to Address the Overdose Crisis

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STANDING COMMITTEE ON CITY FINANCE AND SERVICES 25-NOV-2020 (WED) 9:30 a.m.
Link here – https://council.vancouver.ca/20201125/cfsc20201125ag.htm

1. Coal Harbour School, Childcare and Affordable Housing Project
2. Annual Financial Authorities – 2021
3. Report Back on Empty Homes Tax 2021 Tax Rate Increase

BY-LAWS
1. A By-law to authorize the borrowing of certain sums of money from January 8, 2021 to January 7, 2022, pending the collection of real property taxes
(Subject to approval of Item 2)

Out of the blue: Conceptual build-out of industrial and office projects along West 2nd Avenue, near Olympic Village

For reference, we’ve reproduced the meeting agendas below:

https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2020/20201123/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 23, 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, November 2, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNICATIONS

STAFF REPORTS

1. Daylighting Canyon Creek at Spanish Banks – Report Back (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:

(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, November 2, 2020

CHAIR’S REPORT

COMMUNICATIONS

COMMITTEE REPORT – Report of the Park Board Committee – Monday, November 23, 2020

DEFERRED ITEMS

1. 2030 Winter Olympics Bid Considerations (tabled Mar 3/20 – for decision)

STAFF PRESENTATIONS  

1. VanSplash Implementation Update (for information)

2. Mobility in Stanley Park – Survey Results, Data Analysis & Next Steps (for information)

3. General Manager’s Report (for information)

NOTICE OF MOTIONS

OTHER BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES

NEXT MEETINGS

Special Meeting, Monday, November 30, 2020

Committee & Regular Board Meetings: Monday, December 7, 2020

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20201124/regu20201124ag.htm

Council agenda
November 24, 2020

Date and location

Tuesday, November 24, 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 and any speakers 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:

(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;

(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 (City Finance and Services) – October 22, 2020

2. Public Hearing – October 27, 28, 29, 2020

3. Court of Revision – Local Improvements – November 3, 2020

4. Council (Policy and Strategic Priorities) – November 4, 2020

5. Council – November 3, 5 and 17, 2020 – Posted when available.

6. Special Council (Motion to go In Camera) – November 17, 2020

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

REPORTS

1. 2020 Cultural Grants – Cultural Impact Critical Assistance (CICA) COVID-19 Recovery Investment Grants
Recommendations A to D require two-thirds affirmative votes of all Council members under Section 206(1) of the Vancouver Charter

2. Theatre Rental Grant Allocations – Spring 2021
Recommendation A requires two-thirds affirmative votes of all Council members under Section 206(1) of the Vancouver Charter

3. New Licence Agreement for Saa-ust (“Lift Up”) Centre, 44 East Cordova
Recommendation A requires two-thirds affirmative votes of all Council members under Section 206(1) of the Vancouver Charter

4. 2021 Land Assessment Averaging: Notice to BC Assessment Authority

5. Criteria for 100% Secured Rental and Below-Market Housing as an Alternative to Inclusionary Social Housing in the Burrard Corridor of the West End Community Plan

6. Enhanced Enforcement of Street Vending By-law No. 10868 – Amending the Ticket Offences By-law No. 9360

7. Contract Award for Consulting Services for Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre

8. Funding Application to Infrastructure Canada (Clean BC Communities Fund) – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Energy Retrofit

REFERRAL REPORTS

1. Employment Lands and Economy Review

a) Employment Lands and Economy Review Quick Start Actions: Zoning and Development By-law Amendments to Remove Barriers to New Work-only Artist Studios in Industrial Areas

b) Employment Lands and Economy Review Quick Start Actions: Mount Pleasant I 1 Amendment and New I-1C District Schedule

c) Employment Lands and Economy Review Quick Start Actions: Downtown-Eastside/Oppenheimer District Official Development Plan Text Amendment – Retail Continuity Policy Review for Flexibility of Ground Floor Uses

d) Employment Lands and Economy Review Quick Start Actions: Initial Zoning and Development By-law Amendments to Support Neighbourhood Grocery Stores

2. Zoning and Development By-Law Amendments for Mass Timber Construction

BY-LAWS

By-laws 1 to 23 PDF

1. A By-law to amend Parking By-law No. 6059 regarding Change of Use Permits for Small Storefronts

2. A By-law to amend Regional Context Statement Official Development Plan By-law No. 10789 regarding 1580 Vernon Drive

3. A By-law to amend Mountain View Cemetery By-law No. 8719 regarding 2021 Mountain View Cemetery fees and charges

4. A By-law to designate certain real property as protected heritage property regarding 1215 West 16th Avenue (Baldwin Residence)

5. A By-law to amend Sign By-law regarding 631-635 Commercial Drive

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

7. A By-law to amend Building By-law No. 12511 to increase fees for 2021

8. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development Fee By-law No. 5585 regarding fees for 2021

9. A By-law to amend Electrical By-law No. 5563 regarding fees for 2021

10. A By-law to amend Subdivision By-law No. 5208 regarding fees for 2021

11. A By-law to amend Gas Fitting By-law No. 3507 regarding fees for 2021

12. A By-law to amend Noise Control By-law No. 6555 regarding fees for 2021

13. A By-law to amend Secondary Suite Inspection Fee By-law No. 6553 regarding fees for 2021

14. A By-law to amend Sign Fee By-law No. 11880 regarding fees for 2021

15. A By-law to amend Miscellaneous Fees By-law No. 5664 regarding fees for 2021

16. A By-law to amend Protection of Trees By-law No. 9958 regarding fees for 2021

17. A By-law to amend the Green Demolition By-law No. 11023 regarding fees for 2021

18. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 regarding 5190-5226 Cambie Street (All Council members, except for Councillors Carr and De Genova, will need to review the proceedings to be eligible to vote)

19. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 3493 Commercial Street

20. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 1956-1990 Stainsbury Avenue

21. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 2538 Birch Street

22. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 1649 East Broadway

23. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 2601-2619 East Hastings Street

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 420 Hawks Avenue

2. Approval of Form of Development – 6137 Cambie Street

3. Approval of Form of Development – 8636-8656 Oak Street

4. Approval of Form of Development – 1805 Larch Street

B. Council Members’ Motions

1. Protecting Tenants from Real Estate Investment Trusts

2. Petition for the Removal of the Alma Street Building Line

3. Sustaining Vancouver’s Chinatown

4. Working with Senior Governments to Address the Overdose Crisis

NOTICE OF COUNCIL MEMBERS’ MOTIONS

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

Download the agenda  PDF

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20201125/cfsc20201125ag.htm

Standing Committee on City Finance and Services agenda
November 25, 2020

Updated November 18, 2020

Date and location

Wednesday, November 25, 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. Coal Harbour School, Childcare and Affordable Housing Project

2. Annual Financial Authorities – 2021

3. Report Back on Empty Homes Tax 2021 Tax Rate Increase

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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, November 25, 2020

Approval of recommendations and actions.

BY-LAWS

1. A By-law to authorize the borrowing of certain sums of money from January 8, 2021 to January 7, 2022, pending the collection of real property taxes
(Subject to approval of Item 2)

Download the agenda  PDF

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