This will be the first full week of meetings of Vancouver City Council this year. A Regular Meeting of Council on Tuesday (Jan 25), a Committee meeting (Jan 26) and a Public Hearing (Jan 25) are scheduled. There’s also a Park Board meeting on Monday night (Jan 24).
Park Board will receive updates on the condition of the Stanley Park seawall and of damage done by the recent storm surge (for example, damage to the Jericho Pier, which is slated to be reconstructed). Commissioner Mackinnon’s motion, Co-Management of Vancouver Parklands with the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, will be discussed. There should be further clarity if there are any limitations on this motion from the Vancouver Charter. It is not clear whether the Park Board will schedule speakers from the public at a future date. This is such an important topic, we think that opportunity is crucial. See our post on this motion here.
On Tuesday, January 25th, City Council will receive the annual YVR report that will include plans for the airport authority going forward. There’s an item on Community-base Crisis Management. Council is scheduled to appoint KPMG, yet again, as the External Auditor for 2022. There’s a series of Cultural Grants for 2022 that will be considered; Council is set to dispense almost $14 million in grants this year.
A total of 9 motions on notice are on the agenda. The motions include more options for car sharing and Mayor Stewart’s motion for allowing 6 units of housing on a single residential lot. He has been out promoting this aggressively with robocalls, e-mails, data collection for his re-election campaign via his campaign website linked to this “Making Home” motion. Yet the details of his proposal are scant, and some experts are looking at the details and say it won’t work. See Brian Palmquist’s detailed analysis in “Making Hay with Making Home” and “Making Home or Sharing Home—Choose One.” The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) has written in, opposed to the motion
The Public Hearing for Tuesday night (January 25) includes four items. The first item at 622-688 SW Marine Drive is a rezoning proposal for two towers at 28 and 32 storeys in height and a 6-storey podium. A total of 573 rental units (with 20% ‘below market’) are proposed with a FSR of 6.84, commercial uses at grade and private childcare. The height of 96.2m (316 feet) is a little more than what would be expected for 32 storeys (as a result of large floor heights); it’s worth noting that at a DP Stage more ‘floors’ can be squeezed into this height as there’s only a dimensional measurement that’s being considered by Council for the CD-1 (and not the number of floors). The Marpole Community Plan provided direction on this site for towers of 12 and 16 storeys in height (compare with the 28 and 32 storeys in this rezoning).
The other two items at the Public Hearing are 2037-2061 East Broadway (6-storeys, 54 strata units, sequestered CAC), 7929-7949 Cambie Street (6-storeys, 33 strata units) and a CD-1 text amendment for 118-150 Robson Street (10.33 FSR).
The City Council Committee Meeting on Wednesday, January 26th will hear from speakers for any items on a motion that had registered speakers (note: speakers need to register before 8:30am on Tuesday). Council will receive a presentation on the BC Assessment Rolls (property assessments). There’s a report that recommends requiring space heating and domestic hot water to be electrified (impacting new as well as existing units that need to renovating or have heating systems replaced). There’s a 138-page document for Guidelines for C-2 Residential Rental buildings around local shopping areas on the agenda. Motions on notice that were previously referred to this meeting will also be debated; these include Councillor Dominato’s motion for Budget Transparency and Accountability in Municipal Election Years. This motion seeks to give enough time for an incoming administration to properly review the budget before the upcoming fiscal year (note: expect indirect opposition and obstruction from staff). Council only needs to approve a budget before an upcoming fiscal year (by the end of March).
The meeting agendas have been reproduced below: