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Council and Park Board Preview Nov 15-18: Streamlining Rental and C-2 changes citywide rezoning debate/vote, extending Stanley Park bike lane, Outdoor Pool report, Vacancy Control Regulations in SRAs, rezoning 150 W 4th (under construction), and more

The Public Hearing on Tuesday night Nov 16 will consider the rezoning of 150 West 4th Avenue. The shocking thing is that this building is already well under construction (photo October 29, 2021). It could be a slippery slope if the City does this more often. The applicant is asking for additional height and density over the approved development permit.

It’s going to be a very busy week at City Council and Park Board. The debate for Streamlining Rental and changing C-2 zoning will now take place at the Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 16th. Previously this debate was set for December 14th.

Park Board will start the week with a meeting on Monday, November 15th at 6:30 pm. There will be a report back about the temporary bike lane in Stanley Park. A motion on notice by Commissioner Irwin seeks to “extend the temporary bike lane on Park Drive until the Stanley Park Mobility Study is complete” and until staff have reported back. A detailed study regarding Outdoor Pools in Mount Pleasant Park and at the Hillcrest Centre will be reviewed (further details are available in a previous post). At the Committee Meeting of the Park Board, there’s a review of the Raymur Pump Station replacement in Strathcona Park; this is located right adjacent to the Cottonwood Community Garden near the corner of Malkin and Raymur Avenue. The Board will also receive a report and hear from any speakers on the Local Food System Action Plan.

At City Council there are some major topics coming up, with potential implications for decades ahead.

The Regular Council meeting on Tuesday, November 16th will begin with the review of the Draft Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy Update (no document is has been posted as of this writing, but it will be a significant discussion about future growth in the region). This review will be followed by a  Presentation of the Transportation 2050 strategy by Translink. Again, there is no report online as of this writing. The public is a a disadvantage to know what’s coming up.

The Streamlining Rental and C-2 zone changes item will then be dealt with as unfinished business. A Council debate and vote is expected. All speakers to this item were previously heard during three nights of Public Hearing. We’ve had several posts on this topic. Search “streamlining rental” in our search field for examples. One example is “Arbitrary citywide rezonings undermine livability, affordability and sustainability” (Elizabeth Murphy).

There’s a report that seeks to establish a terms of reference for a Rupert and Renfrew Station Planning Area. Staff are looking to allow enhanced rezoning for 3200 East Broadway and 2625 Rupert Street (for residential use) and they seek to establish an Interim Rezoning Policy. This neighbourhood has seen significant changes with upzoning and construction of towers in the past few years and the local community should have a close look at what is being proposed.

There’s a motion on notice introduced by Councillor Dominato entitled Budget Transparency and Accountability in Municipal Election Years. The attempt of the motion is to make it clear that an incoming Council has until April 30th to adopt a budget, as permitted by the Vancouver Charter. This is to avoid any rush to attempt to rush to pass a budget by a new council on short notice after being sworn in (by the end of 2022 or the start of 2023).

A total of 10 items are up at the Public Hearing scheduled for the night of Tuesday, November 16th. That’s a heavy load, as the planning department rushes to move a large number of applications and planning initiative through the pipeline prior to the year end break, and the start of election year disruptions. The second item is a rezoning for 150 West 4th Avenue, which is a building already well under construction and is already 4-storeys in height. The rezoning seeks an increase of two storeys, specifically a height increase to 28.9m (95 ft.) (up from 18.3 m) and a FSR of 4.0 (up from the current 3.0) for a mixed office and industrial building. We’re not sure it is common practice in Canadian municipalities to accept rezoning applications when a building is well under construction based on existing permits. Such practices could end up being abused. During the public hearing, we hope planning staff let council know how often this practice is occurring.

The neighbouring property and rezoning at 110 W 4th Avenue (item #1) is an application by Beedie Living. A total height of 41.0 m (135 ft.) and a FSR of 7.0 are requested in a mixed office and industrial building. This proposed building would affect views from Jonathan Rogers Park, as shown in the staff report (photo below). Council needs to consider the incremental and cumulative impacts of incursions into precious mountain views. It could be considered the privatization of what is currently a public view. A few more buildings like this and the mountain view from the park will be mostly gone. Park Board commissioners would also do well to look into this application (there is no mention of consultation with them in the referral report).

The Committee Meeting on Wednesday, November 17th will look at a report on Vacancy Control Regulations in Single Room Accommodation (SRA) Designated Properties. If funding is approved, staff would work on the implementation of a policy ‘to protect SRA rooms from rapid rent escalation’ and to discourage displacement.

Council will receive a report on Annual Financial Authorities – 2022 (short term borrowing and sale of denture). There’s a request for a 351 person capacity Liquor Primary Club for the Vancouver Masonic Centre Association at 1464 West 7th Avenue. Further details are available in our previous post: City needs to provide more info on liquor licence applications so that the public can comment: Case of 1464 West 7th, May 19, 2021). The report mentioned public consultation and a community meeting, but we’re not sure if the local community is fully satisfied with the concerns raised in that post have been addressed.

The second public hearing of the week is scheduled for the night of Thursday, November 18th with four items. There are two larger items including the rezoning at 8460 Ash Street and 8495 Cambie Street (524 rental units and 125 social housing units, three towers of 16, 27 and 31 storeys, height 103m (338 ft.), FSR 8.26). The rezoning at 5812-5844 Cambie Street includes a 12-storey office building and a 33-storey condo tower, commercial at grade, childcare and a youth centre (FSR 10.16, height 104.m or 342 ft.). Final note – the City is currently consulting on the Vancouver Plan, a citywide plan, and we’d like to see the City provide the public with a complete tally of housing units approved, under construction and in the pipeline, so that everyone can evaluate and comment on the Vancouver Plan proposals with an idea of the 30-year housing targets and compare that with where we are today with those numbers.

For reference, the meeting agendas are reproduced below:

https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2021/20211115/index.htm

NOTICE OF MEETING

BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION

  BOARD COMMITTEE MEETING –  

AGENDA

NOTE:  Members of the public are encouraged to watch meetings online as access to the Park Board Administration Building is restricted to ensure COVID-19 health protocols are maintained

Date: Monday, November 15, 2021

Time: 6:30pm

Place: Park Board – Boardroom, 2099 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

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Printable Agenda PDF

ROLL CALL

ADOPTION OF MINUTES – Board Committee Meeting – Monday, October 18, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNICATIONS

STAFF REPORTS

1. Raymur Pump Station Replacement Project in Strathcona Park (for decision)

2. Local Food System Action Plan – Update (for decision)

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A Regular Board meeting will be convened following the Board Committee meeting.

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NOTICE OF MEETING
BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION

  REGULAR BOARD 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

APPROVAL OF 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 MINUTESRegular Board Meeting – Monday, October 18, 2021

CHAIR’S REPORT

COMMUNICATIONS

COMMITTEE REPORT – Report of the Board Committee – Monday, November 15, 2021

STAFF REPORTS & PRESENTATIONS

1. VanSplash Implementation Update & Outdoor Pool Study (for information)

—- Supplementary Material: Outdoor Pool Study Report

2. Stanley Park Temporary Bike Lane – Report Back (for information)

3. General Manager’s Report  (for information)

MEMBERS’ MOTIONS

1. Stanley Park Temporary Bike Lane on Park Drive – Extension

MOVER: Commissioner Irwin

NOTICE of MEMBERS’ MOTIONS

OTHER BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES
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NEXT MEETINGS

Board Committee & Regular Board Meetings: Monday, November 29, 2021

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20211116/regu20211116ag.htm

Council agenda
November 16, 2021

Updated: November 10, 2021

Date and location

Tuesday, November 16, 2021  9:30 am

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

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  • 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. Members of the public are strongly encouraged to attend remotely.
  • As of August 25, 2021, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, even if you are vaccinated, until further notice.

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;

(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 21, 26, 27 and 28, 2021

2. Council – November 2, 2021

3. Council (City Finance and Services) – November 3, 2021

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

PRESENTATIONS

1. Draft Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy Update

Jonathan Coté, Mayor, City of New Westminster, Jerry Dobrovolny, Commissioner/CAO, Metro Vancouver, and Heather McNeill, General Manager, Regional Planning and Housing Services, Metro Vancouver, to present on the above-noted matter.

2. Transport 2050 Presentation to Vancouver City Council

Andrew McCurran, Director Strategic Planning and Policy, Translink to present on the above noted matter.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1. Streamlining Rental Around Local Shopping Areas – Amendments to the C-2, C 2B, C-2C and C-2C1 Zones and Creation of New Rental Zones for Use in Future Rezoning Applications in Surrounding Low Density Areas Under the Secured Rental Policy

On November 2, 4 and 9, 2021, Vancouver City Council held a Public Hearing on the above noted matter, and following the close of the speakers list and receipt of public comments, referred closing comments, questions of staff, debate and decision to the Council meeting to be held on November 16, 2021, as Unfinished Business.

The following previously distributed materials refer:

(Councillors De Genova, Dominato, Hardwick and Swanson will need to review the proceedings they missed to be eligible to vote)

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Changes to 2022 Council Meetings Schedule

REPORTS

1. City Comments on the Draft Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) Metro 2050

2. Rupert and Renfrew Station Area Planning and Enhanced Rezoning for 3200 East Broadway and 2625 Rupert Street

3. Renewal of Lease and Licence Arrangements for City-Owned Properties at 215 West 1st Avenue and 2150 Maple Street

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

4. 2021 Cultural Grants (Operating and Capital) and Artist Studio Awards

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

5. Approval of a Grant and Authorization to enter into Legal Agreements for a Childcare Project with Vancouver Native Housing Society at 1766 Frances Street

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

6. Closure and Exchange of a Portion of Road Adjacent to 1002 Station Street, Lot 1, District Lot 2037, Group 1, New Westminster District, Plan EPP105034 (“Lot 1”)

7. Business Licence Hearing Panels – January to July 2022

REFERRAL REPORTS

1. CD-1 Rezoning: 5590 Victoria Drive

2. CD-1 Rezoning: 8804 Osler Street

3. CD-1 Rezoning: 750 Southwest Marine Drive

4. CD-1 Text Rezoning: 185-193 Southwest Marine Drive

5. CD-1 Rezoning: 534-550 Cambie Street

6. Miscellaneous Amendments Concerning Various CD-1 By-laws

7. CD-1 Rezoning: 3304 Kingsway

8. CD-1 Rezoning: 1369-1381 Kingsway

9. CD-1 Rezoning: 1640-1650 Alberni Street

BY-LAWS

By-laws 1 to 7 PDF

1. A By-law to Amend Zoning and Development By-law 3575 to allow certain changes in use without the requirement for a development permit
(Councillors Bligh, Dominato, Swanson and Mayor Stewart will need to review the proceedings to be eligible to vote)

2. A By-law to amend Building By-law No. 12511 Regarding Reduction in Upgrade Triggers for Certain Uses and Major Occupancies
(Councillors Bligh, Dominato, Swanson and Mayor Stewart will need to review the proceedings to be eligible to vote)

3. A By-law to amend Parking By-law NO. 6059 Regarding Parking Regulations for Change of Use

4. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (349 East 6th Avenue)
(All Council members present for this item at Public Hearing)

5. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (5470 Cambie Street)
(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 (8725 French Street)
(All Council members present for this item at Public Hearing)

7. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 2924 Venables Street

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 203-263 West 49th Avenue

2. Approval of Form of Development – 815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street

3. Approval of Form of Development – 485 W 42nd Avenue (formerly 5740 Cambie Street)

4. Resolution – Closure and Exchange of a Portion of Road Adjacent to 1002 Station Street, Lot 1, District Lot 2037, Group 1, New Westminster District, Plan EPP105034 (“Lot 1”)

Subject to the approval of Report 6

B. Council Members’ Motions

1. Request for Leave of Absence

2. Updating the Requirement for Members of Council to Rise to Speak at Council Meetings

3. Saving Lives with Community Defibrillators and First Aid

4. Supporting Crisis Centres Supporting Community Needs

5. Affirming Vancouver’s Commitment to Climate Action through Membership in C40

6. Budget Transparency and Accountability in Municipal Election Years

7. Working Collaboratively to Become a Restorative City

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/20211116/phea20211116ag.htm

Public Hearing
November 16, 2021  Updated: November 5, 2021

Date and location

Tuesday, November 16, 2021  6 pm

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

Get involved and stay informed

Tip: Send your comments by the day before the meeting so Council has time to review them.

Send comments to Council

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.

Request to speak

Watch the live broadcast  Get updates on Twitter

Questions about this agenda?

  • 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. Members of the public are strongly encouraged to attend remotely.
  • As of August 25, 2021, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, even if you are vaccinated, until further notice.

ROLL CALL

1. CD-1 Rezoning: 110 West 4th Avenue

2. CD-1 Rezoning: 150 West 4th Avenue

3. CD-1 Rezoning: 1837-1863 East 11th Avenue and 2631-2685 Victoria Drive

4. CD-1 Rezoning: 2735 East 41st Avenue

5. Rezoning: 756 West 26th Avenue

6. Rezoning: 6225-6263 Yukon Street

7. Rezoning: 197 West 26th Avenue

8. Rezoning: 608-632 West 54th Avenue

9. Rezoning: 707 West 27th Avenue

10. Rezoning: 157-163 West King Edward Avenue

Download the agenda

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20211117/pspc20211117ag.htm

Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities agenda
November 17, 2021  Revised on: November 9, 2021

Date and location

Wednesday, November 17, 2021  9:30 am

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

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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?

  • 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. Members of the public are strongly encouraged to attend remotely.
  • As of August 25, 2021, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, even if you are vaccinated, until further notice.

ROLL CALL

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEMS

1. Annual Financial Authorities – 2022

2. 2022 Land Assessment Averaging Program: Notice to BC Assessment Authority

3. 1464 West 7th Avenue (2nd Level) – Vancouver Masonic Centre Association Liquor Primary Club Licence (Private Club) – Liquor Establishment Class 7 (Private Club)

*Report revisions are as follows: Page 2, Report Summary, third paragraph removed; and Page 3, Background/Context, in the fifth paragraph -removed the sentence beginning with “The applicant is also applying for the Family Food Services…”.

4. Single Room Accommodation (SRA) Demolition Permit for 52 East Hastings Street

5. Vacancy Control Regulations in Single Room Accommodation (SRA) Designated Properties

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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 17, 2021

Approval of recommendations and actions.

BY-LAWS

1. A By-law to authorize the borrowing of certain sums of money from January 8, 2022 to January 7, 2023, pending the collection of real property taxes

(Subject to approval of Item 1)

Download the agenda

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20211118/phea20211118.htm

Public Hearing
November 18, 2021  Updated: November 5, 2021

Date and location

Thursday, November 18, 2021   6 pm

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

Get involved and stay informed

Tip: Send your comments by the day before the meeting so Council has time to review them.

Send comments to Council

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 and 6pm 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.

Request to speak

Watch the live broadcast  Get updates on Twitter

Questions about this agenda?

  • 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. Members of the public are strongly encouraged to attend remotely.
  • As of August 25, 2021, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, even if you are vaccinated, until further notice.

ROLL CALL

1. Miscellaneous Amendments Concerning Various CD-1 By-laws

2. CD-1 Rezoning: 4992-5138 Ash Street

3. CD-1 Rezoning: 8460 Ash Street and 8495 Cambie Street

4. CD-1 Rezoning: 5812-5844 Cambie Street

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