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City Council Preview Sept 21-22, 2021: First week back, staff aim to reduce public access, towers for West End and Kits, spotlight Westbank, YITBYs, holes in ground, friendship city programme, etc.

The first Park Board meeting of this fall season will be on Monday, September 27, 2021 (revised date). The agenda will go online several days in advance.

This week, Vancouver City Council will resume its first regular meetings after the summer break, with three meetings this week — a regular Council meeting on Tuesday, September 21st, a Public Hearing the same evening, and a committee meeting on Wednesday, September 22nd. Below we highlight selected topics, and further below provide the full meeting agendas (check the City website for updates).

Regular Council meeting on Tuesday, September 21st will consider

Among the key topics this day, we see the following:

  • Staff are proposing changes that, if approved, will make it more difficult for some people to address Council – in two agenda items: “2022 Council Meetings Schedule” and “Amendments to Procedure By-law No. 12577.” Related post: “Why are City staff trying to limit public access? Council to consider *daytime* public hearings and shorter time window for citizens to register to speak (Sept 21)
  • Internal Development Application and Permitting Modernization Task Force – Zoning and Development By-law Amendments to Enable Issuance of a Building Permit for Excavation and Shoring Before a Development Permit. We covered this topic when first proposed by staff a few months ago. Now it has come forward for – Related post: “Staff recommend (Jul 20) letting developers dig big holes in ground before they have development permits. What could go wrong?”
  • Several major referral reports (staff recommending rezoning applications get into the pipeline for a Public Hearing). Council can make a few comments or ask questions of staff, but the next opportunity for public comment is at the Public Hearing, likely to occur within several weeks. However, this is a good chance for concerned persons/groups to have a good look at what planning staff are proposing:
    • CD-1 Rezoning: 1157 Burrard Street – (West End) Current site of Burrard & Davie Community Garden site in the West End, 47-storey condo, 469 ft height, 13.37 FSR (exceeding the Higher Buildings Policy of 375 ft). By having a “community garden” on the site, this developer has saved millions of dollars in property taxes (putting the burden on other taxpayers) by while the land value skyrocketed. The height is far above what was originally envisioned by the already-high “Higher Buildings Policy” adopted under Vision Vancouver. Enabled by the West End Community Plan, adopted in 2013 under Vision Vancouver.
    • CD-1 Rezoning: 1450 West Georgia Street (West End) at West Georgia and Nicola, a 49-storey, 497 ft mixed condo/market rental tower (162 rental / 193 condo), FSR 14.14. Enabled by the West End Community Plan.
    • Rezoning: 427-477 West 49th Avenue (Between Cambie & Alberta on West 49th, currently zoned RS-1,
      166 ft building + podium, 3.99 FSR). Appears to violate some aspects of the Cambie Corridor Plan.
    • Rezoning: 328-360 West 2nd Avenue (and Alberta) – 152.5 ft, 6FSR in the area in the Mount Pleasant Industrial zone on 2nd Avenue that saw recent changes (up from a 60 ft height limit). 
    • CD-1 Rezoning: 4575 Granville Street – Townhouses on a site beside hospice (this is a new application after the extremely rare Council rejection of the previous application on this site)
  • Another item that may draw attention is an administrative motion by staff, Approval of Form of Development – 3701 West Broadway. This is a controversial tower at Broadway and Alma, proposed by Westbank (CEO Ian Gillespie). It already went through a Public Hearing. Nearly 4,000 people have signed a petition against it. This is the final stage of Council oversight and approval. It has undergone several iterations of bait and switch. Original public consultation was for one 6- storey building. Then it became 12. At the public hearing it was presented as a 14-storey building. The documents going before Council now present it at 17 storeys. What has changed since the public hearing? What relaxations and concessions have been negotiated and accepted by the planning department? This project merits the spotlight right now as Westbank has many past and current projects, and progressed under the oversight of previous chief planner Gil Kelley and currently Theresa O’Donnell. The document package does not provide Council or the public enough information to really scrutinize/understand the outcome.  A separate CHW post is coming on this one.
  • Motions by Council (a selection)
    • Acting on the Climate Emergency by Opposing the Tilbury LNG Phase Two Expansion Project” (by Clr Christine Boyle).  Calls on Council to take a stand to oppose this project in Delta on the Fraser River due to its climate impacts. CityHallWatch has covered the topic (Proposed LNG production/storage increase, and  Stop Tilbury LNG expansion)
    • Establishing a Friendship City Program in the City of Vancouver” (by Mayor Kennedy Stewart): Our comment. Nice idea, but with all the other issues facing Vancouver, and the current loads on City staff, do we need this now? At this point, it feels like virtue signaling.
    • Effective and Equitable Staffing for Council” (Clr Melissa De Genova): Takes aim at the Mayor’s staff privileges and huge slush fund, his opaque and nont-transparent “discretionary budget” and seeks to get more

The Public Hearing scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, September 21st, will look at six items: (1) Internal Development Application and Permitting Modernization Task Force – Zoning and Development By-law Amendments to Enable Issuance of a Building Permit for Excavation and Shoring Before a Development Permit, (2) 835-837 Beatty Street – Anglo-Canadian Warehouse Company Building – Heritage Designation, (3) Rezoning at 515 West 60th Avenue (townhouse development with a maximum FSR of 1.2), (4) Rezoning at 721-735 West 49th Avenue (to permit a townhouse development with a maximum FSR 1.20), (5) CD-1 Rezoning: 4426-4464 Knight Street and 1406 East 28th Avenue, and (6) CD-1 Rezoning: 3449-3479 West 41st Avenue and 5664 Collingwood Street. Further details of the rezonings can be found at ShapeYourCity.ca. You are encouraged to write or speak to Council if you have any comments or concerns.

Regarding the Public Hearing…
Item 1 (Building Permit for Excavation and Shoring Before a Development Permit), CityHallWatch has done a previous post. Staff recommend (Jul 20) letting developers dig big holes in ground before they have development permits. What could go wrong?” We’ve covered before what could happen if a hole is left in the ground for too long when ground collapsed at a construction site (https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2020/02/03/138-east-8th-wall-collapse/). Council needs to ensure the public safety and public coffers are protected. Perhaps developers taking this path should be required to post big bonds to cover any problems.
Item 2 (Anglo-Canadian Warehouse Company Building) is covered by Carlito Pablo in a Georgia Straight article.
Item 5 (4426-4464 Knight Street and 1406 East 28th Avenue) is to permit the development of a 6-storey residential building with 72 secured market rental housing units, including 10 live-work units. A height of 20 m (66 ft.) and FSR of 3.1. In the Georgia Straight, Carlito Pablo has looked at the expensive rental units being created despite sweet subsidies for developers.
Item 6 (3449-3479 West 41st Avenue and 5664 Collingwood Street) is to permit the development of a 6-storey residential building with 109 secured market rental housing units. A height of 21 m (69 ft.) and FSR 2.73. Interestingly, correspondence posted Sept 16 (up to 4 pm) had 74 letters in support, 0 opposed. It is interesting to note the the vast majority of support letters are from people outside the neighbourhood or outside of Vancouver, suggesting that this is really a case of YITBY activism (Yes In THEIR Back Yard). We suspect the correspondence was generated by a letter generator and invite reader tips on a link to that generator for a future CityHallWatch story to have a look at how the letters came about.

The Council Committee meeting for Wednesday, September 22nd will hear registered speakers on agenda items from the previous day, after handling Vancouver Patios and Road Reallocation Updates, Regal Hotel – Injunction and Notice on Title, Downtown East Side Special Enterprise Program – Allocation of Grant Funding to Implementers, and First United Church and Lookout Powell Street Getaway Grant Funding Recommendation.

Regarding the Regal Hotel item, some side reading: “Dan Fumano: The end of SROs in Vancouver? Minister, mayor and CEO agree. Analysis: Vancouver’s mayor, B.C.’s housing minister and a major operator of single-room occupancy hotels say SROs should be phased out.” (The Province, Dan Fumano, 20-Sep-2021)

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For reference, the meeting agendas are reproduced below:

https://council.vancouver.ca/20210921/regu20210921ag.htm

Council agenda

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 9:30 amCouncil Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

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This meeting 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”.Following updated guidance issued on September 10, 2021, there is a maximum allowable capacity for public in-person participation permitted in the Council Chamber, for local government meetings, and public hearings under the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Order on Gatherings and Events.

ROLL CALL

PUBLIC NOTICE – Pursuant to Section 164.1(2) of the Vancouver Charter, public notice is hereby given that Council will give consideration to amend Procedure By-law No. 9756 at the Council meeting on October 5, 2021.

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. Council – July 20, 2021

2. Council (City Finance and Services) – July 21 and 22, 2021

3. Auditor General Recruitment Committee – July 22, 2021

4. Special Council (In Camera Motion) – July 26, 2021

5. Special Council (In Camera Motion) – July 29, 2021

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

PRESENTATIONS

1. Permitting Modernization Task Force – Update

Andrea Law, General Manager, Development, Buildings and Licensing, to provide a presentation on the above-noted matter.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Appointment of Council Representatives to the Joint VSB-COV Elected Officials Planning and Facilities Committee

2. Changes to 2021 Council Meetings Schedule

3. 2022 Council Meetings Schedule

REPORTS

1. Amendments to Procedure By-law No. 12577

2. 2022 Interest Rate on Property Tax Arrears

REFERRAL REPORTS

1. Piloting Regulatory Changes to Support Commercial Renovations and Small Business

2. CD-1 Rezoning: 1157 Burrard Street

3. CD-1 Rezoning: 1450 West Georgia Street

4. CD-1 Rezoning: 427-477 West 49th Avenue

5. Rezoning: 328-360 West 2nd Avenue

6. CD-1 Text Amendment: 3380 Maquinna Drive

7. CD-1 Rezoning: 4575 Granville Street

BY-LAWS

By-laws 1 to 20 PDF

By-law 21 PDF

1. A By-law to amend Subdivision By-law No. 5208 regarding reclassification of 585 East 52nd Avenue

2. A By-law to provide for the imposition of interest on delinquent property taxes for 2022
Subject to approval of Report 2

3. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (2735 East Hastings Street)
(All Council members present for this item at Public Hearing)

4. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (835-837 East Hastings Street)
(Councillors Carr and Hardwick will need to review the proceedings of the meeting to be eligible to vote)

5. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (4750 Granville Street and 1494 West 32nd Avenue)
(All Council members present for this item at Public Hearing)

6. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (177 West Pender Street)
(All Council members, except for Councillor Carr, will need to review the proceedings of the meeting to be eligible to vote)

7. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area from RS-1 to RM-8A (916 – 926 West 32nd Avenue)
(Councillors Bligh, Carr, De Genova, Wiebe and Mayor Stewart will need to review the proceedings of the meeting to be eligible to vote)

8. A By-law to amend By-law No. 13089 regarding a Housing Agreement for 3329 Kingsway

9. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 1636 Clark Drive and 1321-1395 East 1st Avenue

10. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 4750 Granville Street and 1494 West 32nd Avenue and repeal By-law No. 12954

11. A By-law to amend Street and Traffic By-law No. 2849 regarding electric kick scooters

12. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD 1 (105-125 West 49th Avenue)
(All Council members present for this item at Public Hearing)

13. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street

14. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 regarding 2021 Annual Inflationary Adjustments to Density Bonus Contributions available in certain zoning districts
(Councillors De Genova and Hardwick will need to review the proceedings of the meeting to be eligible to vote)

15. A By-law to amend Vancouver Development Cost Levy By-law No. 9755 regarding 2021 rates

16. A By-law to amend Area Specific Development Cost Levy By-law No. 9418 regarding 2021 rates

17. A By-law to amend Vancouver Utilities Development Cost Levy By-law No. 12183 regarding 2021 rates

18. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (619-685 West Hastings Street)
(All Council members present for this item at Public Hearing)

19. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 5740 Cambie Street

20. A By-law to authorize the amendment of a Housing Agreement Authorized by By-law No. 12729 (1805 Larch Street)

21. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement 480 Broughton Street

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 2425 East 26th Avenue

2. Approval of Form of Development – 3270 Riverwalk Avenue

3. Approval of Form of Development – 1102-1138 East Georgia Street

4. Approval of Form of Development – 4745 Main Street

5. Approval of Form of Development – 3572 Glen Drive (Formerly 1111 – 1121 Kingsway)

6. Approval of Form of Development – 3780 Clark Drive (Formerly 1303 Kingsway and 3728 Clark Drive)

7. Approval of Form of Development – 1490 West 32nd Avenue (Formerly 4750 Granville Street and 1494 West 32nd Avenue)

8. Approval of Form of Development – 1425 and 1451 East 12th Avenue

9. Approval of Form of Development – 2735 East Hastings Street

10. Approval of Form of Development – 3701 West Broadway

B. Council Members’ Motions

1. Requests for Leaves of Absence

2. Change to September Business Licence Hearing Panel

3. Acting on the Climate Emergency by Opposing the Tilbury LNG Phase Two Expansion Project

4. Establishing a Friendship City Program in the City of Vancouver

5. Effective and Equitable Staffing for Council

NOTICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER’S MOTIONS

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20210921/phea20210921ag.htm

Public Hearing agenda
September 21, 2021 (Updated September 17, 2021)

Date and location

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6 pm

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

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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 when the meeting Chair calls three times for any other speakers after all registered speakers are heard.

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Questions about this agenda?

  • This meeting 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”.
  • As of August 25, 2021, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, even if you are vaccinated, until further notice.
  • Members of the public who wish to participate are encouraged to submit comments online or participate via telephone.  If attending in person, health protocols associated with COVID-19 will be observed in Council Chamber and City Hall.

ROLL CALL

1. Internal Development Application and Permitting Modernization Task Force – Zoning and Development By-law Amendments to Enable Issuance of a Building Permit for Excavation and Shoring Before a Development Permit

2. 835-837 Beatty Street – Anglo-Canadian Warehouse Company Building – Heritage Designation

3. Rezoning: 515 West 60th Avenue

4. Rezoning: 721-735 West 49th Avenue

Distribution Date
Support
Oppose
Other
September 16, 2021 (up to 4 pm)

0

0

5. CD-1 Rezoning: 4426-4464 Knight Street and 1406 East 28th Avenue

Distribution Date
Support
Oppose
Other
September 16, 2021 (up to 4 pm)

6. CD-1 Rezoning: 3449-3479 West 41st Avenue and 5664 Collingwood Street

Distribution Date
Support
Oppose
Other
September 16, 2021 (up to 4 pm)
0
0

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20210922/StandingCommitteeonPolicyandStrategicPriorities-September222021.htm

Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities agenda
September 22, 2021

Date and location

Wednesday, September 22, 2021  9:30 am

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

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Questions about this agenda?

  • This meeting 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”.
  • As of August 25, 2021, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, even if you are vaccinated, until further notice.
  • Members of the public who wish to participate are encouraged to submit comments online or participate via telephone. If attending in person, health protocols associated with COVID-19 will be observed in Council Chamber and City Hall.

ROLL CALL

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEMS

1. Vancouver Patios and Road Reallocation Updates

(a) Making Patios a Part of Every Summer in Vancouver

(b) Zoning and Development By-law Amendments to Allow Patios for Liquor Manufacturers

Referral to Public Hearing – no speaker requests at this time.

2. Regal Hotel – Injunction and Notice on Title

3. Downtown East Side Special Enterprise Program – Allocation of Grant Funding to Implementers

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

4. First United Church and Lookout Powell Street Getaway Grant Funding Recommendation

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

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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, September 22, 2021

Approval of recommendations and actions.

BY-LAWS

1. A By-law to Amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 Regarding Building Permits
(Subject to approval of Item 1 at the Public Hearing on September 21, 2021)

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3 thoughts on “City Council Preview Sept 21-22, 2021: First week back, staff aim to reduce public access, towers for West End and Kits, spotlight Westbank, YITBYs, holes in ground, friendship city programme, etc.

  1. Pretty great to see such overwhelming support for more rental on Vancouver’s west side. Perhaps some of those writing in support would like to move to the area?

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