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Council and Park Board preview (June 20-23): Broadway Plan, 450-496 Prior (Strathcona) rezoning, Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy, Marpole Community Centre Renewal & Outdoor Pool Updates

Above: A possible build-out scenario under the Broadway Plan (aerial view near Vine Street and West 5th)

A very busy week is up ahead Vancouver City Council and Park Board as they try to complete business before the summer break, with the civic elections slated for October 15. Council has two Public Hearings with significant rezonings, a Regular Council meeting that includes the Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy, and a Committee meeting that includes the all-important Broadway Plan. More below on them.

As for Park Board, on Monday, June 20th, the Commissioners will review a number of items including the following:

  • a presentation on the current status of the Marpole Community Centre Renewal and Outdoor Pool
  • Symphony at Sunset sponsorship request: “THAT the Vancouver Park Board approve a contribution of up to $100,000 from the Corporate Sponsorship Fund to support the delivery of the Symphony at Sunset concert event at Sunset Beach Park on July 2, 2022.”
  • requested Development Cost Levys for Park allocation: “Overall, the DCL Update report proposes a significant increase in the City-wide DCL allocation for Parks (from 18% to 34.5%). While this increase returns the City-wide DCL allocation closer to the previous 41%, other aspects of the DCL framework impact the total amount of City-wide DCL available.”

Vancouver City Council will begin the week with a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, June 21st. Highlights of the meeting include:

  • the Metro Vancouver 2050 Regional District Regional Growth Strategy (speakers will be allowed)
  • Grants: 2022 Homelessness Action Week, Heritage Conservation, Resilient Neighbourhoods
  • Auditor General Committee Recommendations re. Whistleblower Study
  • Motion on Notice: Street Care, Not Street Sweeps
  • Motion on Notice: Clearly define eligible and prohibited uses of discretionary funds

Focusing for a moment on the Metro Vancouver 2050 Regional District Regional Growth Strategy (RGS), we note again that civic reporters for our region appear to have given zero analysis and coverage to the topic. This despite the fact that the RGS is intended to guide development in Vancouver and the entire region for the next thirty years, with significant impacts on housing, neighbourhoods, transit and the look and feel of our city. The Broadway Plan and Vancouver Plan are just part of a high-level scenario for the region. The City of Vancouver has dozen zero consultation with neighbourhoods and the public specifically regarding input into the Vancouver’s part of the RGS. No notices, events, presentations, statements, articles, invitations for public comment. Metro Vancouver held one regional public hearing on April 20, for the entire region with 2.8 million residents. Only a handful of people were actually in the room. From our tally, only three people spoke from Vancouver. That event was essentially unadvertised, except for two posts by CityHallWatch (See “Heads Up” and “Full Tally of Media Coverage“). Basically, for the city of Vancouver, in terms of urban development, this RGS perpetuates the shift from an emphasis on “livability” to “growth” for the region, Vancouver’s input being represented by a series of chief planners from Brent Toderian, to Brian Jackson, then Gil Kelley and now Theresa O’Donnell. It is done with minimal public engagement, away from public attention. But once adopted, it is used as a basis for development planning in Vancouver. The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) has written to both the Metro Vancouver Board and Vancouver Council (most recently, June 20, link here) critiquing the dominant and underlying approaches in the RGS and calling for alternative approaches, with specific suggestions for transportation and development.

The first of two Public Hearings for the week is scheduled for 6pm on Tuesday, June 21st. We have more details for the first two items, in this post: Housing, yes. Affordable? That’s debatable. (Twin 33-storey towers 1065 Harwood & 1332 Thurlow, and 1066-1078 Harwood in West End – Public Hearing June 21/Tues). The following four items are on the agenda:

  • 1332 Thurlow Street and 1065 Harwood Street
  • 1066-1078 Harwood Street
  • 495 West 41st Avenue
  • CD-1 Amendment: 809 West 41st Avenue

The Committee Meeting on Wednesday, June 22nd will start with the Broadway Plan as the first item on the agenda (this item is reconvening from June 9, 2022, with the debate starting on May 18th). City Council will continue to consider a very long list of 40 plus amendments to the draft plan. Other agenda items for Wednesday include the following:

  • Vancouver Development Cost Levy By-law Updates (2023-2032)
  • Contract Award for the Provision of Mobility Services and Devices for the City of Vancouver
  • plus, any referred Motions on Notice (from Tuesday’s Council meeting, referred to hear from speakers)

The Public Hearing on Thursday, June 23rd includes four items. The enormous two tower and podium development proposed for Strathcona at 450-496 Prior Street will likely garner most of the attention due to its proximity to the False Creek Flats and a future St. Paul’s Hospital. We are aware of significant concerns in the community about serious improprieties at the rezoning application stage. There’s also an upzoning requested for several buildings planned for the Pearson Dogwood site. The four items on the agenda are the following:

  • Heritage Designation – 365 Railway Street, Fleck Brothers Warehouse
  • CD-1 Text Amendment: 500-650 West 57th Avenue (Pearson Dogwood)
  • 524-526 Granville Street
  • 450-496 Prior Street, 550 Malkin Avenue and 1002 Station Street

450-496 Prior Street, 550 Malkin Avenue and 1002 Station Street rezoning

For reference, the Park Board and Council Meeting agendas have been reproduced below:

https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2022/20220620/index.htm

NOTICE OF MEETING

BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION

  BOARD COMMITTEE MEETING –  

AGENDA

NOTE:  Members of the public and speakers are encouraged to participate online.

Date:
Monday, June 20, 2022
Time:
6:30pm
Place:
Park Board – Boardroom
2099 Beach Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

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Printable Agenda PDF

Meeting Highlights PDF

Minutes of this Meeting PDF

Video clip of Board Committee Meeting Video Clip of this Item

ROLL CALL

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ADOPTION OF MINUTES – Board Committee Meeting – Monday, June 6, 2022

ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNICATIONS

STAFF REPORTS

1. Symphony at Sunset – Corporate Sponsorship Fund Request (for decision)

2. Vancouver Development Cost Levy By-Law Updates (2023-2032) – Parks & Recreation Implications (for decision)

3. Joint CoV/PB Commemoration Framework – Guiding Principles, Vision & Emerging Priorities (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

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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.

Video clip of Regular Board Meeting Video Clip of this Item 

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:

(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 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 – Tuesday, June 7, 2022

CHAIR’S REPORT

—-  Video Clip Video Clip of this Item

—-  Presentation PDF

COMMUNICATIONS

COMMITTEE REPORT – Board Committee – Monday, June 20, 2022

STAFF REPORTS & PRESENTATIONS

1. Marpole Community Centre Renewal & Outdoor Pool Update (for information)

—-  Video Clip Video Clip of this Item

—-  Presentation PDF

2. General Manager’s Report  (for information)

—-  Video Clip Video Clip of this Item

—-  Presentation PDF

MEMBERS’ MOTIONS

1. Accessible and Inclusive Design Guidelines for Playgrounds  (for decision)

—MOVER: Commissioner Irwin 
—-  Video Clip Video Clip of this Item 
—-  Decision PDF

2. Park Stewardship with Urban Indigenous Residents (for decision)

—MOVER: Commissioner Irwin 
—-  Video Clip Video Clip of this Item 
—-  Decision PDF

NOTICE of MEMBERS’ MOTIONS

OTHER BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES
—-  Responses PDF

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NEXT MEETINGS

Special Meeting: June 27, 2022

Committee & Regular Board Meetings: Monday, July 4, 2022

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20220621/regu20220621ag.htm

Council agenda June 21, 2022

Date and location

Tuesday, June 21, 2022  9:30 am

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

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ROLL CALL

PROCLAMATION – National Indigenous Peoples Day

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;

(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;

(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; 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 – June 7, 2022

2. Council (Policy and Strategic Priorities) – May 18, 25, 26, 31 and June 9, 2022

3. Public Hearing – June 14, 2022

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

REPORTS

1. Metro Vancouver 2050 Regional District Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) Bylaw No. 1339, 2022, Metro 2050 Acceptance

On June 7, 2022, Vancouver City Council asked questions of staff and postponed the above noted report to the Council meeting to be held on June 21, 2022, to permit speakers followed by debate and decision.

2. 2022 Homelessness Action Week (HAW) Grants

Recommendation A requires 2/3 affirmative votes of all Council members per section 206 (1) of the Vancouver Charter.

3. Resilient Neighbourhoods Grants: Summer Heat Preparedness

Recommendations A to E require 2/3 affirmative votes of all Council members per section 206 (1) of the Vancouver Charter.

4. Vancouver Heritage Foundation – Heritage Conservation Grant Program – Annual Report 2021/2022 and Grant for 2022/2023

Recommendations A and B require 2/3 affirmative votes of all Council members per section 206 (1) of the Vancouver Charter.

5. Quarterly Capital Budget Adjustments and Closeouts

6. Funding Application to Infrastructure Canada (Clean BC Communities Fund) – Public Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Expansion

7. Auditor General Committee Recommendations re. Whistleblower Study, April 2022

REFERRAL REPORTS

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

BY-LAWS

By-laws 1 to 46 PDF

1. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Cambie Village Business Improvement Area

2. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Chinatown Business Improvement Area

3. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Collingwood Business Improvement Area

4. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Commercial Drive Business Improvement Area

5. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Area

6. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Dunbar Village Business Improvement Area

7. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Fraser Street Business Improvement Area

8. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Gastown Business Improvement Area

9. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Area

10. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Hastings North Business Improvement Area

11. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Hastings North Expansion Business Improvement Area

12. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Hastings North Expansion #2 Business Improvement Area

13. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Kerrisdale Business Improvement Area

14. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Kitsilano 4th Avenue Business Improvement Area

15. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Marpole Business Improvement Area

16. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area

17. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Point Grey Village Business Improvement Area

18. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Robson Street Business Improvement Area

19. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the South Granville Business Improvement Area

20. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Strathcona Business Improvement Area

21. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Victoria Drive Business Improvement Area

22. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the West Broadway Business Improvement Area

23. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the West End Business Improvement Area

24. A By-law to levy rates on qualifying real property in the Yaletown Business Improvement Area

25. A By-law to contract debt by the issue and sale of Debentures in aggregate principal amount of $180,601.50, for certain local improvement streets work projects, and for imposing an annual special rate on real property specially benefited by such local improvements

26. A By-law to contract a debt by the issue and sale of Debentures in the aggregate principal amount of $1341.13, for a certain local improvement lane lighting project, and for imposing an annual special rate on real property specially benefited by such local improvements

27. A By-law to amend the Protection of Trees By-law regarding the size of trees not requiring a permit for removal

28. A By-law to amend the Procedure By-law regarding Council meeting dates

29. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area from RS-1 RM-8A (6869-6909 Ash Street)
(All Council members present at Public Hearing)

30. A By-law to amend CD-1 (776) By-law No. 12996 (118-150 Robson Street (828 Cambie Street))
(All Council members present at Public Hearing)

31. A By-law to amend Zoning and Development By-law No. 3575 to rezone an area to CD-1 (720 Beatty Street and 701 Expo Boulevard)
(All Council members present at Public Hearing)

32. A By-law to amend CD-1 (402) By-law No. 8131 (1980 Foley Street)
(Councillor Hardwick will need to review the proceedings to be eligible to vote)

33. A By-law to amend Sign By-law No. 11879 (1650 East 12th Avenue)
(All Council members eligible to vote)

34. A By-law to amend Noise Control By-law No. 6555 (1650 East 12th Avenue)

35. A By-law to amend Sign By-law No. 11879 (750 Southwest Marine Drive)
(Councillors Dominato and Swanson will need to review the proceedings they missed to be eligible to vote)

36. A By-law to amend Noise Control By-law No. 6555 (750 Southwest Marine Drive)

37. A By-law to amend the Sign By-law No. 11879 (110 West 4th Avenue)
(All Council members present at Public Hearing)

38. A By-law to amend Noise Control By-law No. 6555 (110 West 4th Avenue)

39. A By-law to amend Sign By-law No. 11879 (1265-1281 Kingsway)
(All Council members present at Public Hearing)

40. A By-law to amend Noise Control By-law No. 6555 (1265-1281 Kingsway)

41. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 650 West 41st Avenue (Oakridge Centre) (Building 9 – Social Housing)

42. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 650 West 41st Avenue (Oakridge Centre) (Market Rental Housing and Moderate Income Rental Housing)

43. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 277-291 West 42nd Avenue

44. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 1965 Trutch Street

45. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 1317 Richards Street and 508 Drake Street

46. A By-law to enact a Housing Agreement for 5590 Victoria Drive

MOTIONS

A. Administrative Motions

1. Approval of Form of Development – 3609–3687 Arbutus Street

2. Approval of Form of Development – 150 West Georgia Street (Formerly 720 Beatty Street and 701 Expo Boulevard)

3. Approval of Form of Development – 1616-1698 West Georgia Street

4. Approval of Form of Development – 4118-4138 Cambie Street

5. Approval of Form of Development – 445 Kingsway

B. Council Members’ Motions

1. Requests for Leaves of Absence

2. Vancouver Civic Theatres Visioning Road Map

3. Street Care, Not Street Sweeps: Ending Daily Displacement in Vancouver

4. Strengthening the City of Vancouver’s Ethical Purchasing Policy

5. Amending By-Law No.11529 Mayor and Councillor Expenses to Clearly Define Eligible and Prohibited Uses of Discretionary Funds

NOTICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER’S MOTIONS

NEW BUSINESS

ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS

Download the agenda

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20220621/20220621ag.htm

Public Hearing
June 21, 2022 (Updated on June 17, 2022)

Date and location

June 21, 2022  6:00 pm

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

Note: If you are experiencing issues on the livestream, an alternate livestream is available on YouTube.

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

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  • 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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ROLL CALL

1. Heritage Designation – 347 West Pender Street, Hartney Chambers -WITHDRAWN on June 14, 2022

2. CD-1 Rezoning: 1332 Thurlow Street and 1065 Harwood Street

CORRESPONDENCE:

Date of Distribution Support Oppose Other
June 17, 2022 up to 9:30 am
9 PDF
0
0

3. CD-1 Rezoning: 1066-1078 Harwood Street

CORRESPONDENCE:

Date of Distribution Support Oppose Other
June 17, 2022 up to 9:30 am
4 PDF
1 PDF
0

4. CD-1 Rezoning: 495 West 41st Avenue

CORRESPONDENCE:

Date of Distribution Support Oppose Other
June 17, 2022 up to 9:30 am
2 PDF
1 PDF
0

5. CD-1 Amendment: 809 West 41st Avenue

CORRESPONDENCE:

Date of Distribution Support Oppose Other
June 17, 2022 up to 9:30 am
1 PDF
2 PDF
1 PDF

Download the revised agenda

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20220622/pspc20220622ag.htm

Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities agenda
June 22, 2022 (Updated: June 15, 2022)

Date and location

Wednesday, June 22, 2022  9:30 am

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

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ROLL CALL

MATTERS ADOPTED ON CONSENT

AGENDA ITEMS

1. Broadway Plan

At the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting on June 9, 2022, (reconvened from May 18, 25, 26, 31, 2022), due to time constraints, Council referred the remainder of debate and decision on the above-noted item to the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting on June 22, 2022.

2. Vancouver Development Cost Levy By-law Updates (2023-2032)

3. Contract Award for the Provision of Mobility Services and Devices for the City of Vancouver

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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 22, 2022

Approval of recommendations and actions.

Download the agenda

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https://council.vancouver.ca/20220623/phea20220623ag.htm

Public Hearing
June 23, 2022 (Updated: June 13, 2022)

Date and location

Thursday, June 23, 2022  6pm

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

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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.

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Questions about this agenda?

ROLL CALL

1. Heritage Designation – 365 Railway Street, Fleck Brothers Warehouse

2. CD-1 Text Amendment: 500-650 West 57th Avenue (Pearson Dogwood)

3. CD-1 Rezoning: 524-526 Granville Street

4. CD-1 Rezoning: 450-496 Prior Street, 550 Malkin Avenue and 1002 Station Street

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