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Council preview June 8-9: Shortcuts to speed development approvals, weakening tree protection, $41 million Burrard Slopes Park, regulation redesign, and more


This week City Council has a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, June 8, and a Committee meeting on Wednesday, June 9. There are no public hearings this week, as they have been shifted to one week later. Also, there is no Park Board meeting this week, as their schedule out of sync with City Hall until June 21st).

Staff are asking Council to weaken tree protection bylaws to speed up development

We have more content coming soon on the two Council meetings this week, but as time is of the essence, for now we post this text on crucial topics, with agendas further below, and will add more later.

Regular Council, Tuesday, June 8, 2021
https://council.vancouver.ca/20210608/regu20210608ag.htm

This meeting has an important report on “Internal Development Application and Permitting Modernization Task Force – First Bi-Monthly Update” (see link to our post further below), plus a decision on Granville Street Promenade, Appointment of Council Representative to the Inaugural Board of the Zero Emissions Innovation Centre, Funding Application to UBCM’s Local Government Development Approvals Program, referral reports going to Public Hearing on “Regulation Redesign – Simplifying Height Regulations and Miscellaneous Amendments” as well as CD-1 rezonings for 5107-5119 Main Street and 196 East 35th Avenue, 4575 Ash Street and 623-693 West 30th Avenue, 1190 Burrard Street, and 1405 East 15th Avenue and 3047-3071 Maddams Street. Plus there are administrative motions on RM-3A, RM-4, and RM-4N Guidelines for Social Housing (to put into law a decision from April), and Closure and Sale of Lane Adjacent to 1750 Franklin Street and 1717-1771 East Hastings Street.

Again, tons of members motions, including duelling motions “Towards a Quieter and Emission-Free Landscape Maintenance Equipment Future in Vancouver” versus “Pursuing Emission-Free Landscaping Equipment in the City of Vancouver” (can they not be combined?!), plus Endorsing the Vote16BC Campaign to Lower the Voting Age to 16 across British Columbia, Supporting Hotel Workers’ Right to Return to Their Jobs at Living Wages
Motion, Safe Passing Distance for All Road Users, Keeping HandyDART Accessible to People Living with Disabilities, Issuing an Official Apology from the City of Vancouver to the Italian Canadian Community During Italian Heritage Month in 2022, Vancouver Blueways Cleanup, and Reconnecting to the Sto:lo (Fraser River).

Our posts….

Presentation 1. “Internal Development Application and Permitting Modernization Task Force
– First Bi-Monthly Update” – See CityHallWatch: “Report to Council June 8 seeking to speed development approvals affects trees, emissions, and RS-3, RS-3A, RS-5, RT-3, RT-6, RT-7, RT-8, RT-9, RT-10 zones: Internal Development Application and Permitting Modernization Task Force”
https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2021/06/07/implications-devapp-permit-task-force/

Referral reports. 1. Regulation redesign see CityHallWatch: Staff tell Council they’re ready for show time (a public hearing) on ‘Regulation Redesign’ (Simplifying Height Regulations and *Miscellaneous* Amendments). But is this ready yet?
https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2021/06/07/regulation-redesign-not-ready-for-showtime/

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Standing Committee on City Finance and Services agenda, Wednesday, June 9, 2021
https://council.vancouver.ca/20210609/cfsc20210609ag.htm

This meeting has a shorter agenda, but items from the previous day where the public requested to speak will be carried over to this day.

The two current items are (1) 2021 Homelessness Action Week and Supportive Housing Grants, and (2) Transfer of Parks Development Cost Levies (DCL) to the Property Endowment Fund for the Burrard Slopes Park Expansion, Designation of Permanent Park and Approval of a Capital Budget for Deconstruction.

CityHallWatch post on the second item:

Future Burrard Slope Park report recommends $41.6M DCL transfer to PEF. Lots of questions & ideas. Plus city block still contains unacquired parcel (8-Jun-2021)
https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2021/06/08/future-burrard-slope-park/

Meeting agendas are reproduced below:

https://council.vancouver.ca/20210608/regu20210608ag.htm

Council agenda
June 8, 2021  Updated: June 4, 2021

Date and location

Tuesday, June 8, 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.

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;

(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 – May 18, 2021

2. Public Hearing – May 18, 2021

3. Special Council (In Camera Motion) – May 20, 2021

4. Auditor General Recruitment Committee – May 25, 2021

5. Special Council (Auditor General Recruitment Committee) – May 31, 2021

6. Council (Policy and Strategic Priorities) – May 19, 25, 26 and 27, 2021 – distributed when available

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

PRESENTATIONS

1. Internal Development Application and Permitting Modernization Task Force – First Bi-Monthly Update

Jessie Adcock, General Manager, Development, Buildings & Licensing, to present the report dated May 31, 2021.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1. Granville Street Promenade – A People First, Pedestrian Friendly, Summer 2021 Pilot

At the Council meeting on May 18, 2021, Council referred the motion below to the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting on May 19, 2021, in order to hear from speakers, followed by debate and decision. Subsequently, due to time constraints, the meeting reconvened on May 25, 26 and 27, 2021. Following hearing from speakers and debate, on May 27, 2021, Council postponed decision on the motion to the Council meeting on June 8, 2021, as Unfinished Business.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Changes to 2021 Council Meetings Schedule

2. Appointment of Council Representative to the Inaugural Board of the Zero Emissions Innovation Centre

REPORTS

1. Funding Application to UBCM’s Local Government Development Approvals Program

2. Closure and Sale of Lane Adjacent to 1750 Franklin Street and 1717-1771 East Hastings Street

REFERRAL REPORTS

1. Regulation Redesign – Simplifying Height Regulations and Miscellaneous Amendments

2. CD-1 Rezoning: 5107-5119 Main Street and 196 East 35th Avenue

3. Rezoning: 4575 Ash Street and 623-693 West 30th Avenue

4. CD-1 Rezoning: 1190 Burrard Street

5. CD-1 Rezoning: 1405 East 15th Avenue and 3047-3071 Maddams Street

BY-LAWS

By-laws PDF

1. A By-law to amend the City Land Regulation By-law No. 8735 regarding consumption of liquor on city land (2021)

2. A By-law to amend the Street and Traffic By-law No. 2849 regarding removal of snow or ice from sidewalk

3. A By-law to amend the Ticket Offences By-law No. 9360 regarding amendments to the Street and Traffic By-law regarding failure to clear snow and ice within 24 Hours

4. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law to rezone an area to CD-1 (1506 West 68th Avenue and 8405-8465 Granville Street)
(All Council members, except for Councillor Carr and De Genova, will need to review the proceedings to be eligible to vote)

5. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 2628 Duke Street

6. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 3701 – 3743 West Broadway

7. A By-law to amend Sign By-law No.11879 re: 4506 Rupert Street and 3309 Price Street

(Councillor De Genova absent for this item at Public Hearing)

8. A By-law to amend Noise Control By-law No. 6555 (4506 Rupert Street and 3309 Price)

9. A By-law to amend Sign By-law No.11879 (118-150 Robson Street)
(Councillors Dominato, Hardwick and Swanston will need to review the proceedings to be eligible to vote)

10. A By-law to amend Noise Control By-law No. 6555 (118-150 Robson Street)

11. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (1425 and 1451 East 12th Avenue)
(Councillor De Genova absent for this item at Public Hearing)

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. RM-3A, RM-4, and RM-4N Guidelines for Social Housing

2. Resolution – Closure and Sale of Lane Adjacent to 1750 Franklin Street and 1717-1771 East Hastings Street

Subject to the approval of Report 2

B. Council Members’ Motions  Note: Order updated June 4, 2021

1. Request for Leave of Absence

2. Towards a Quieter and Emission-Free Landscape Maintenance Equipment Future in Vancouver

3. Endorsing the Vote16BC Campaign to Lower the Voting Age to 16 across British Columbia

4. Supporting Hotel Workers’ Right to Return to Their Jobs at Living Wages

5. Safe Passing Distance for All Road Users

6. Pursuing Emission-Free Landscaping Equipment in the City of Vancouver

7. Keeping HandyDART Accessible to People Living with Disabilities

8. Issuing an Official Apology from the City of Vancouver to the Italian Canadian Community During Italian Heritage Month in 2022

9. Vancouver Blueways Cleanup

10. Reconnecting to the Sto:lo (Fraser River)

NOTICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER’S MOTIONS

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

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Download the agenda

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20210609/cfsc20210609ag.htm

Standing Committee on City Finance and Services agenda
June 9, 2021

Date and location

Wednesday, June 9, 2021  9:30 am

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

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.

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. 2021 Homelessness Action Week and Supportive Housing Grants

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

2. Transfer of Parks Development Cost Levies (DCL) to the Property Endowment Fund for the Burrard Slopes Park Expansion, Designation of Permanent Park and Approval of a Capital Budget for Deconstruction

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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, June 9, 2021

Approval of recommendations and actions.

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Download the agenda

One thought on “Council preview June 8-9: Shortcuts to speed development approvals, weakening tree protection, $41 million Burrard Slopes Park, regulation redesign, and more

  1. The Burrard Slopes land purchase and park designation is dangerous, and should be postponed. It has the effect – perhaps deliberate – of permanently closing off that vital portion of the Arbutus Line right-of-way. We *must* preserve every option for rail transit, which means the *entire* Arbutus Line as it remains.

    The last time the Arbutus Line came up was the redesign and possible sale of portions of the “triangle lands” at the north end of Fir Street. At that time, Staff *promised* a set of drawings for that area which, to my knowledge, has yet to be officially presented to Council. There is NO rush to acquire and designate that portion of the Line. I suggest that Council defer consideration of the topic until after Labour Day, and that Council require Staff – particularly Transportation and Engineering – to report at that time with the *promised* drawings and a “Next Steps” timeline.

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