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Council and Park Board Preview April 26-28th: Electronic and telephone voting motion, Property Tax Exemptions, Decriminalizing Poverty and Supporting Community Led Safety Initiatives

There’s a fairly light week at City Council ahead with just a Regular Council meeting and a Committee meeting scheduled. There is also a Park Board Meeting scheduled for the night of Monday, April 26th. A report on Low Intensity Turf Maintenance is coming back to Park Board along with a report on Mural Installation for Cathedral Square Park.

$3 million tax exemption for 564 Beatty (Reliance Properties)

The Regular Council meeting on Tuesday, April 27th includes a few taxation-related items including shifting the 2021 Main Property Tax payment due date back to its original date (second business day in July) so that it is no longer deferred, as it was in 2020. There’s a report on the distribution of the property tax levy which further details the split between residential and businesses (and the continuing slight shift to residential). A summary of the 2020 Property Tax Exemptions will be reviewed. The City exempts 13% of the assessment roll valued at $50.8 billion from taxes. The exemptions also include $24 million in Heritage Property Exemptions (Reliance Properties received $3 million for 564 Beatty, as well as a tax exemption for Burns Block that was recently sold).

There’s a report on the last year of actions related to Covid-19 recovery. Plus, a number of motions on notice are on the agenda, including an item seeking support for the Formula E World Championship Event. There’s a motion from Councillor Fry to look at using a bike safety index as one consideration in active transportation planning. There’s also a pedestrian safety index component in this motion. Cited studies in the motion suggest that the highest collision risk to cyclists included zones that also rank high in walkability and bikeability scores, thus it would follow that high crash zones could be prioritized. Mayor Stewart seeks to limit 2022 Property tax increases to a maximum of 5%.

Finally, at the Regular Council meeting, there’s a motion on notice from Councillor Wiebe on expanding voting options for municipal elections to include telephone and electronic voting, in a move to attempt to make voting more accessible. This last one deserves a comment due to its vast implications. The motion could be “dead on arrival.” Provincial legislation states that people may not cast a ballot in a local election via the Internet or over the telephone. Currently this is illegal under the Vancouver Charter. There are many reasons for this. Digital voting is insecure since it goes to a third party, is like a black box, could be manipulated, and fails to produce backup documentation for auditing. The Provincial government considered and rejected electronic voting at the provincial level. If it is not good enough for the Province, why would it be good enough for the City? The motion calls for Council to “direct staff to request that the Province amend the Vancouver Charter to provide the required authority for the City to authorize telephone, mail-in and/or online voting in preparation for
the 2022 municipal election understanding that telephone voting is a critical need.” The motion also calls for Council to “direct staff to request that the Province provide the City with the ability to validate voters’ personal information, such as a personal health number, Vancouver Public Library card or other forms of authentication.” We have many concerns about all of this, two of which are protection of personal information, and the fact that VPL cards are not really a solid form of authentication of the level needed for elections. Electronic voting is currently too rife with problems, and many people may question that need for Vancouver to be an outlier in this area. Not worth the risk.

The Council Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 28th only has two items on the agenda.  There’s a report back on next steps for the process to decriminalize poverty and to support community led safety initiatives. This is a response to a motion on notice that had over 400 speakers and it includes $300,000 in funding. The second item on the agenda is a staff report making a recommendation for a consultant for the Granville Bridge Interim Design and North Loops Reconfiguration. The contract would have a value of $2.76 million over a 4-year term, with an option to extend the contract for two one-year terms. The report does not reveal the bids by all of the vendors, it only notes that staff recommend the proposal from Associated Engineering (B.C.) Ltd.

The meeting agendas are reproduced below:

https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2021/20210426/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, April 26, 2021
Time:
6:30pm
Place:
via video conference & Park Board – Boardroom
2099 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

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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.

Printable Agenda PDF

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:

(c) labour relations or other employee relations;
(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 MINUTESRegular Board Meeting – Monday, April 26, 2021

CHAIR’S REPORT

COMMUNICATIONS

STAFF PRESENTATIONS  

1. Cathedral Square Park Mural Installation: Blanketing the City (for information)

2. Low Intensity Turf Maintenance – Interim Update (for information)

3. General Manager’s Report (for information)

NOTICE OF MEMBERS’ MOTIONS

OTHER BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES

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NEXT MEETINGS

Committee & Regular Board Meetings: Monday, May 17, 2021

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20210427/regu20210427ag.htm

Council agenda
April 27, 2021

Revised – April 21, 2021

Date and location

Tuesday, April 27, 2021  9:30 am

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

Following updated guidance issued on December 4, 2020, and exteded on February 5, 2021, in-person participation for local government meetings and public hearings is not permitted under the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Order on Gatherings and Events.

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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:

(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;

(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. Auditor General Recruitment Committee – April 9, 2021

2. Council – April 13, 2021

3. Public Hearing – April 13, 2021

4. Council (Policy and Strategic Priorities) – April 14, 2021

5. Public Hearing – April 15 and 20, 2021

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Appointment of Council Representatives to the Task Force on Implementing UNDRIP in the City of Vancouver

2. Changes to 2021 Council Meetings Schedule

REPORTS

1. One Year In: City of Vancouver Contributions to Covid-19 Recovery and Council Covid-19 Recovery Committee (CCRC) Report Back to Council

2. 2021 Main Property Tax Payment Due Date

3. 2020 Property Tax Exemptions

4. 2021 Property Taxation: Distribution of Property Tax Levy

5. Proposed Amendment to Subdivision By-law 5208 – Reclassification of 375 North Kootenay Street

BY-LAWS

By-laws 1 to 18 PDF

1. A By-law to amend Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan By-law No. 9488 regarding C-2 Districts

2. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 regarding amendments related to the C-2 Districts in the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan
(All Council members present for this item at Public Hearing)
Subject to approval of By-law 1.

3. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 4506 Rupert Street and 3309 Price Street

4. A By-law to authorize the amendment of a Housing Agreement authorized by By-law No. 12838 for 1956-1990 Stainsbury Avenue

5. A By-law to amend the Drinking Water Conservation By-law regarding miscellaneous amendments

6. A By-law to amend the By-law Notice Enforcement By-law No. 10201 regarding screening officers for Drinking Water Conservation By-law enforcement

7. A By-law to amend Water Works By-law No. 4848 regarding meter requirements

8. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1
regarding 1102 – 1138 East Georgia Street
(All Council members present for this item at Public Hearing)

9. A By-law to amend Sign By-law No.11879 regarding four electronic static image signs at 688 Hamilton Street
(Mayor Stewart absent for this item at Public Hearing)

10. A By-law to amend License By-law No. 4450 regarding discretion to increase seating capacity

11. A By-law to amend Sign By-law regarding 7299 Granville Street (formerly 7101 – 7201 Granville Street)
(Councillor Bligh absent for this item at Public Hearing)

12. A By-law to amend CD-1 (620) By-law No. 11374 regarding 1412 – 1424 East 41st Avenue
(Councillor Bligh absent for this item at Public Hearing)

13. A By-law to amend CD-1 (743) By-law No. 12675 regarding 3281 – 3295 East 22nd Avenue
(Councillor Bligh absent for this item at Public Hearing)

14. A By-law to amend CD-1 (758) By-law No. 12869 regarding 1956 – 1990 Stainsbury Avenue
(Councillor Bligh absent for this item at Public Hearing)

15. A By-law to amend East Fraser Lands Official Development Plan By-law No. 9393 regarding 2020 updates

16. A By-law to amend CD-1 (567) By-Law No. 10943 East Fraser Lands Waterfront Precinct regarding housekeeping amendments
(Councillor Kirby-Yung absent for a portion of this item at Public Hearing)
Subject to approval of By-law 15.

17. A By-law to amend the Tax Penalty By-law No. 9284
Subject to approval of Report 2.

18. A By-law to amend Subdivision By-law No. 5208 regarding 6750 – 6770 Oak Street and 975 West 52nd Avenue

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development: 5035 Boundary Road

B. Council Members’ Motions

1. Request for Leave of Absence

2. Limiting 2022 Property Tax Rate Increase to No More Than 5%

3. Affirming Support for a Formula E World Championship Event including a Conference focusing on Climate Change and Sustainability, Musical and Cultural Event and the Canadian Round of an Electric Vehicle Race

4. Incorporating a Bike Safety Index into Urban and Active Transportation Planning

5. Accessible Voting Options for Municipal Elections

NOTICE OF COUNCIL MEMBERS’ MOTIONS

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

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Download the agenda 

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20210428/cfsc20210428ag.htm

Standing Committee on City Finance and Services agenda
April 28, 2021

Date and location

Wednesday, April 28, 2021  9:30 am

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

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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.

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Questions about this agenda?

PLEASE NOTE:
Following updated guidance issued on December 4, 2020 and extended on February 5, 2021, in-person participation for local government meetings and public hearings is currently not permitted under the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Order on Gatherings and Events.

We recommend participating in meetings by sending comments to City Council online. If you prefer to speak at the meeting, you may attend by phone. We will contact you with instructions on how to attend when we receive your request.

ROLL CALL

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEMS

1. “Decriminalizing Poverty and Supporting Community Led Safety Initiatives” Process Update and Recommendation

2. Consultant for Granville Bridge Interim Design and North Loops Removal

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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, April 28, 2021

Approval of recommendations and actions.

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Download the agenda 

 

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