City Hall & Council agendas June 27 & 28: Greenest City, Elections Task Force, big rezonings, Pearson Dogwood, UBCM, Sign Bylaw, Vacancy Tax, etc.

city-council-2014-largeVancouver City Council has some big topics to cover this week. Here is a short selected list. There has been extensive media coverage of several of these items. W will add links later. Some of the topics (e.g., election task force) are very important for the functioning of our City and have long-lasting implications. Anyone interested should review the documentation and live or archive video of presentations and discussions.

Also of note:

Urban Design Panel, 3 pm, Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • 118-150 Robson Street. Permit No.: RZ-2017-00011. For a 29-storey mixed-use tower.
  • 124 Dunlevy Avenue. Permit No.: RZ-2017-00029. For an 11-storey mixed-use building.
  • 1800-1880 Main Street, 1851 Lorne Street & 202 East 2nd Avenue. Permit No. RZ-2017-00009. For an 11-storey mixed-use development under the Mount Pleasant Community Plan
  • 6829-6869 Cambie Street. Permit No. RZ-2017-00012. Rezoning for PS-2016-00058 to permit a 6-storey residential building with townhouses on the lane under the Cambie Corridor Plan.


Regular Council, Tuesday, June 22, 2017

Selected topics

1. Greenest City
(a) 2017 Greenest City Action Plan Implementation Update
(b) Single Use Items Update and Consultation Launch
(c) Curbside Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot Program
(d) User Fees for City Owned and Operated Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations  Continue reading

Text of June 22 Throne Speech on political and democratic reform (election finance): For the record

Throne Speech video top 22-June-2017

Screen capture of Throne Speech. For actual video see link below.

Thousands of B.C. citizens have pushed hard for election finance reform over the past many years, yet very little has been done so far. CityHallWatch has covered this extensively. See for example “BC’s Unfair Elections Act: Top 10 list of what is wrong with Bill 20″ (March 28, 2014), and for an example of grassroots efforts, see ““Get Big Money out of Civic Politics!”: 919 petition signatures sent to Province on Local Elections Campaign Financing (Expense Limits) Amendment Act” (November 26, 2015).

Lo and behold, facing the likelihood of being booted out of office after losing the May 9, 2017 provincial election, the elected officials with the B.C. Liberals have seen the light. For the record, here is the text verbatim from the Throne Speech. We note that the proposal is to apply the same strict limits on municipal elections (which occur next on October 20, 2018). It is clear from the text of this Throne Speech that the B.C. Liberals have known for a long time exactly what reforms were needed, but consciously chose not to adopt them. We hope that whoever holds power in B.C. in the coming weeks and months will implement legislative changes like these immediately.

Speech from the Throne
The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC
at the Opening of the First Session, Forty-First Parliament of the Province of British Columbia, June 22, 2017
Top page with video:

Section on “REFORMING OUR INSTITUTIONS” (with video; note that links may stop working in the future; bolding is by CityHallWatch):

British Columbia is a place like no other. Everyone who was born here or has come here knows that this place is special, and absolutely unique.

However, there are a few ways in which we could be more like others in this country.

On the issue of political and democratic reform, your government acknowledges more should have been done sooner, and more needs to be done now.

Your government will pursue comprehensive reforms that will:

  • Ban corporate, union, and third party donations, including donations in kind, to political parties;
  • Impose a maximum donation limit for individuals to political parties, comparable to other Canadian jurisdictions;
  • Ban donations to political parties from outside British Columbia, including foreign donations;
  • Ban funding to a provincial political party from a federal political party;
  • Restrict the role of money influencing elections through third parties;
  • Ban loans to parties by any organization other than a Canadian chartered bank or credit union; and
  • Apply these reforms to local government candidates and political parties.

The results that British Columbians delivered in the May election require cooperation. Your government is committed to working with all parties in the legislature.

Following referenda in 2005 and 2009, there remains a desire by many members in this place to revisit electoral reform.

With the confidence of this house, your government will enable a third referendum on electoral reform. It will require extensive public consultation to develop a clear question, and will ensure rural representation in the legislature is protected.

It is vital that any referendum reflects the views of British Columbians, not just its political parties.

Additionally, your government will work with other parties to strengthen lobbyist legislation and regulations. Continue reading

Broadway Subway: 3+ BIG questions on proposed “Millennium Line Broadway Extension Project” for open houses & survey

Major development proposed at Broadway & Commercial (Safeway site): Open House June 27 (Tues)

Broadway/Commercial Pre-Application Open House
Croatian Cultural Centre
Tuesday June 27, 2017
Doors: 5:30 pm • Presentation: 6:00 pm • Open House: until 8:30 pm
Organized by Brook Pooni


Broadway commercial open house 27-June-2017a

Broadway commercial open house 27-June-2017bFor some comments visit

Broadway & Commercial: Another Open House



Residents still not liking Park Board’s proposed Joint Operating Agreement: Kerrisdale Community Centre Society meetings (June 20)

Intro: Below is a media release from the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society. See bottom for context and links to KCCS website outlining concerns with the JOA, which the Park Board is expecting to have signed by September 30.

This topic is a huge one for the character of our communities, life in our neighbourhoods, and the relationships with the municipal government. Many other community center associations are affected by the JOA and need to deal with the same types of issues. To follow the collective efforts of multiple CCAs visit or see @Vancouver_CCAs on Twitter.

KCCS kerrisdale aft meeting on JOA 20-Jun-2017

More than 300 community members came out to provide feedback on the proposed Joint Operating Agreement. The Vancouver Park Board expects community centre associations to sign it by September 30, 2017. The general tone was “not happy” with the JOA contents. (Image: KCCS)

Kerrisdale Community Centre Society sees big community turnout for input on Park Board Joint Operating Agreement

Vancouver, B.C. – The Kerrisdale Community Centre Society saw more than 300* people come out to two community meetings held yesterday to gather public feedback on a proposed Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) that the Park Board requires Kerrisdale and all other Community Centre Associations (CCAs) in Vancouver to sign by September 30, 2017. (*Approximately 175 at the 1 p.m. meeting and 130 at the 7:30 p.m. meeting).

Said Kathleen Bigsby, President of the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society: “We wanted to know what our community thought, so we asked them.” She added: “The Kerrisdale community is involved, engaged and active in what happens in our neighbourhood. They came out and they told us – in no uncertain terms – that they are not happy with the proposed agreement that the Park Board is pushing us to sign. In fact, several of our members are already discussing how they can organize public protests. Unless some changes are made to the contract currently on the table, our community has made it clear that the issue isn’t going away anytime soon.” Continue reading

Kerrisdale Community Centre Society to hold community meetings June 20 (Tues) seeking input on Park Board ‘Joint Operating Agreement’

Here is a media release from Kerrisdale Community Centre Society,  which has called a community meeting to ask for public feedback on a proposed Joint Operating Agreement that the Park Board requires all Community Centre Associations in Vancouver to sign by September 30, 2017.

Kerrisdale Community Centre

To sign or not to sign?
Kerrisdale Community Centre Society turns to community
for input on Park Board Joint Operating Agreement

Vancouver, B.C. – The Kerrisdale Community Centre Society has called a community meeting to ask for public feedback on a proposed Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) that the Park Board requires Kerrisdale and all other Community Centre Associations (CCAs) in Vancouver to sign by September 30, 2017.

Said Kathleen Bigsby, President of the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society: “The Kerrisdale community is involved, engaged and active in what happens in our neighbourhood. From the start of our community centre society more than seven decades ago, we have looked to the people of this area when it comes to making decisions about the future of the community centre. Today, it’s no different. They are the lifeblood of this organization.” She added: “We are committed to being transparent with our community regarding the JOA and the challenges that we see with it. We want their input on our next steps. And knowing our community, we will get that and more.”

Two community meetings are planned. They are:

Kerrisdale Community Centre Society Community Meetings
Address: 5851 West Blvd, Vancouver
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Afternoon Meeting: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the South Room
Evening Meeting: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

About Kerrisdale Community Centre

The Kerrisdale Community Centre is jointly operated by the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society and the Vancouver Park Board. One of the earliest community centres to be built in Vancouver, it was constructed in 1955 through a local improvement bylaw initiative, where residents in the area agreed to directly fund facility building costs.

The centre provides an opportunity for seniors, families (the parents and the children), young adults and newcomers to Canada to meet, socialize, make use of the recreational facilities, and participate in diverse programs developed specifically to meet the unique needs of the community. It provides members with the opportunity to start or strengthen social, emotional and neighbourhood relationships, stay fit, keep their minds sharp, have a healthy lunch, and is key in helping to maintain an authentic, robust sense of community in the area.


Incentives for Character Home retention: City survey ends June 18 (Sun)

cov-character-home-zoning-review-landing-imageThe City of Vancouver is conducting a Character Home Zoning Review. Below is a message from the Heritage Action Plan Team. Deadline for the online survey is June 18.

Official info from the City:

Please go to the above link and click on the “Take the Questionnaire” button.

Open houses were held in May. Click here to download the information boards:

At the bottom we provide selected links for background reading.


There is still time to fill out our online questionnaire on the proposed zoning incentives and draft design guidelines for Character Home Retention. The questionnaire is open until this Sunday, June 18.

In the fall of 2016 we asked members of the public for feedback on possible options for encouraging retention. Incorporating what we heard, we are now seeking public feedback on the proposed zoning incentives and draft design guidelines. Your feedback will help inform recommendations to City Council later in the year to encourage retention of pre-1940 character homes in single-family neighbourhoods.

The proposed zoning incentives are optional for owners of character homes and no changes are being proposed to zoning for new house construction. In addition, the proposed zoning incentives would apply to single-family neighbourhoods across the entire City, not only those with especially high concentrations of pre-1940 homes.

Please review the information boards from the May 2017 open houses, then share your thoughts. The questionnaire may be accessed here.

Heritage Action Plan Team Continue reading