Another busy week is coming for Vancouver City Council meetings (three in total: Regular, Public Hearing, and Committee) and Park Board (three meetings).
Starting off the week, Park Board has scheduled a meeting on Monday, March 6th at 7pm to discuss a proposed Proposed Joint Operating Agreement with Community Centre Associations. As well, the board will consider granting a permit for the 4/20 Vancouver event at Sunset Beach that would include a limited event-specific exemption to the Smoking Regulation Bylaw. [OUTCOME: Commissioners voted to direct staff to consult with CCAs on legal aspects, and rejected a permit for 4/20.]
Park Board will also hold meetings on March 8th and 9th (Wed/Thurs) to review options presented in a staff report on cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium. Public speakers will be heard on Wednesday night starting at 6pm. Speakers can register before noon of March 8th (Wed). The vote and discussions will take place a day later, starting at 6pm on Thursday. The review was prompted in part by the recent deaths of two beluga whales at the Aquarium. The documentary film Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered provides additional information about the live cetaceans display in Stanley Park (watch it online here).
The Regular Council meeting on Tuesday, March 7th, includes an update on consultation on Character Homes. An update is also planned about the current permit and development process. A motion on notice to consult with local business and stakeholders regarding transportation design for Commercial Drive is on the agenda. Another motion on notice is to find ways to make it easier to legalize secondary suites in duplex and multifamily zoned properties. [OUTCOME on this points. See City website for staff reports. Motion on Commercial Drive was voted down and content referred back to staff. Same with motion on secondary suites. Staff plan a housing update report back on March 28 to include that topic, and detailed proposal in July.]
The Public Hearing scheduled for 6pm on Tuesday, March 7th will review a rezoning proposal for a 12-storey building and 6-storey podium at 371 West 2nd Avenue. A total of 132 condo units are proposed, with a Floor Space Ratio of 4.11 and a total building height of 39.6 metres (130 ft). A Community Amenity Contribution of just $5,452,383 is offered for this spot rezoning from Industrial (M-2) to residential (a CD-1). One of the ways in which Council sometimes considers establishing a CAC value is to take 75% of the land lift before and after the rezoning (although not in this case). The 2017 property assessment was $25,316,000. An open question is whether the property will appreciate more than the value that would have been set by the typical land lift calculation, $7,269,844 (a CAC of $5,452,383 is 75% of this value). Is the City collecting a fair share in CACs?
The Council Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 8th will look at 2017 Property Taxation and Land Assessment Averaging. There’s a contract award for construction work on levels 8 and 9 at the Vancouver Central Library. The renewal of BIAs (Business Improvement Areas) to 7-year terms in Chinatown and Strathcona will be reviewed. The City collects mandatory levies from businesses in BIA catchment areas. The report states: “The proposed BIA levy ranges from $95.85 to $17,166.88 annually, depending upon the assessed value of the property. Forty five properties will have a levy under $500, 237 properties will have a levy between $500 and $2,000, and 133 properties will be charged over $2,000 annually.“
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