Vancouver City Hall has a relatively busy schedule this week, with some major topics and reports. Meetings include City Council (two meetings), a Public Hearing, Park Board, and the Vancouver City Planning Commission. The Urban Design Panel is set to meet next week on April 19 (no agenda yet), and the Development Permit Board on May 1. Busy people may wish to scan our summary below for items of interest.
The Park Board meets Monday, April 10 at 7 pm, while Tuesday April 11 has both a Regular Council meeting at 9:30 am and a Public Hearing at 6 pm. On Wednesday April 12 at 9:30 am Committee meeting on City Finance and Services is planned. The VCPC meets on Wednesday, April 12th at 3 pm.
Here are some items that caught our attention.
- The Park Board is scheduled to make a decision on a Community Center Association – Joint Operating Agreement with Legal Considerations. Download the report from the agenda page (below). To follow the community perspective visit the group of associations (website http://mycommunitycentre.com, and on twitter @Vancouver_CCAs).
- Regular City Council on Tuesday will cover a Homelessness Update, a Three-Year Progress Update of the Downtown Eastside Plan, Amendments to Design Guidelines for RT Zones in the Mount Pleasant Community, and a number of important financial reports (Annual Procurement Report 2016, Annual Financial Report 2016, 2016 Statement of Financial Information (SOFI), 2016 Council Remuneration and Expenses, and the 2017 Property Taxation – Distribution of Property Tax Levy).
- The same Council meeting will decide to refer FIVE items to Public Hearings (rezonings at 210-262 West King Edward Ave, 3868-3898 Rupert St and 3304-3308 East 22nd Ave, 5469-5507 Willow St, and 2153-2199 Kingsway, and a “text amendment at 1101 West Waterfront Road (1199 West Cordova Street). It will also hear the Vancouver City Planning Commission 2016 Annual Report and 2017 Work Plan.
- Note that among other things the SOFI report covers suppliers above $25,000 in procurement value, and employees with salaries above $75,000. Interesting to review.
- We see that the City spent $816,125,891 on suppliers in 2016, and $459,208,407 on remuneration for our public servants. That’s over $816 million, and $459 million, respectively. Of note, 918 City employees received more than $100,000 in pay in 2016. How does that compare with other municipalities per capita or other comparable measure? How does that compare with the private sector? A total of 2,368 staff earned more than $75,0000. The data is available in an Excel spreadsheet here: http://data.vancouver.ca/datacatalogue/employeeRemunerationExpensesOver75k.htm
- For the Public Hearing, there is a rezoning at 4983 – 5007 Quebec Street, and “Facilitating Growth in Vancouver’s Innovation Economy – Railtown – Zoning and Developyment By-Law Amendments for I-4 (Historic Industrial) District.” The latter one is a hot topic, and in departure from regular practice, it appears Council is re-opening the speaker list. “Any person who has already spoken or submitted written comments may do so again.” We don’t see that very often.
- For the Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday, items that catch the eye include “Prohibition of Non-recirculating Uses of Water and Enhanced Water Efficiency Requirements to Support Water Conservation,” and “City Sponsorship of Mass Participation Cycling Events.”
Media have already covered some of the topics. Search for the key words with Google News.
- Vancouver community centre deal closer than ever: Numerous associations met with park board staff (and lawyers) twice in past month. (Megan Stewart / Vancouver Courier, 10-Apr-2017)
- Grim stats paint troubling picture of Vancouver’s gentrifying DTES: Three years after adoption of new Downtown Eastside local area plan, homelessness is up and life expectancy is down (Metro News Vancouver, 7-Apr-2017, by Jen St. Denis)
- Vancouver’s homeless population bigger than ever: City councillor calls situation ‘horrifying, sad, embarrassing’ (Mike Howell / Vancouver Courier, 10-Apr-2017)
Agendas are provided below, for reference..