Events, decisions, and reports at City Council for the week of July 19
Vancouver City Council met electronically this week to hear and discuss a variety of topics during Council, Public Hearing, and Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meetings.
Tuesday, July 20
This week’s Council meeting began with a staff presentation PDF file (5.8 MB) from Aftab Erfan, Chief Equity Officer, on the City’s Equity Framework PDF file (516 KB). Council heard from two speakers, asked questions of staff, and approved adopting the Equity Framework, with an amendment.
“This is critical work that really promises to make a meaningful difference as our organization takes stock of some of the foundational aspects of systemic discrimination and barriers,” said Councillor Pete Fry. “Thank you to staff and the voices that shared their lived experience and reflections on equity to help build this framework. These can be difficult and even painful conversations to relate, and we’re grateful for their courage and willingness to expose themselves in the interest of building a better and more just City.”
Council approved a communications memo and several reports:
- Changes to 2021 Council Meetings Schedule PDF file (60 KB) – approved with an amendment
- 2021 Social Grants – Childcare, Capital and Other Grants PDF file (253 KB)
- Community Housing Incentive Program Grants PDF file (91 KB)
- Vancouver Community Sport Event Grants – Summer Intake 2021 PDF file (215 KB)
- Quarterly Capital Budget Adjustments and Closeouts PDF file (263 KB)
- Debenture Program 2021 (Inaugural Sustainability Bond) PDF file (85 KB)
- Nominal Lease of City-Owned Capital Asset to Atira Women’s Resource Society for the provision of a Temporary Women’s Shelter PDF file (280 KB)
- Funding Application to Transport Canada’s Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP) for $172,000 towards the $215,000 Jellicoe Street Grade Crossing Upgrade Project PDF file (53 KB)
- Contract Award for Contractor for Burrard Pump Station Refurbishment PDF file (1 MB)
Several referral reports, by-laws, and administrative motions were also approved:
- Internal Development Application and Permitting Modernization Task Force – Zoning and Development By-law Amendments to Enable Issuance of a Building Permit for Excavation and Shoring Before a Development Permit PDF file (118 KB)
- Minor Amendments to FC-2 Zoning District Schedule, Sub-Area E Intensification of Employment Space in Mixed-Use Buildings (False Creek Flats Area Plan) PDF file (314 KB)
- Removal of the Alma Street West Side Building Line North of West Fourth Avenue PDF file (268 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 3449-3479 West 41st Avenue and 5664 Collingwood Street PDF file (2.3 MB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 4426-4464 Knight Street and 1406 East 28th Avenue PDF file (2.1 MB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 325-343 West 41st Avenue PDF file (2 MB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 357-475 West 41st Avenue PDF file (2 MB)
- Rezoning: 721-735 West 49th Avenue PDF file (674 KB)
- Rezoning: 515 West 60th Avenue PDF file (739 KB)
- By-laws 1 to 36, and 38 to 39 PDF file (10.5 MB) – by-laws 37 and 40 were withdrawn
- Approval of Form of Development: 1506 West 68th Avenue and 8405-8465 Granville Street PDF file (2.9 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 3435 Sawmill Crescent (Formerly 3350 Marine Way) PDF file (4.8 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 118-150 Robson Street PDF file (2 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 2543 Renfrew Street PDF file (2 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 2603 Renfrew Street PDF file (2 MB)
- Various Guidelines and Policies PDF file (6.8 MB) with memo from General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, dated July 16, 2021 PDF file (66 KB)
The following motions were referred to the Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday, in order to hear from speakers:
- Supporting Community-Led Public Safety in Mount Pleasant PDF file (47 KB)
- Considering Youth Housing Needs within the City’s Housing Strategy PDF file (51 KB)
- Planning to Support Distributed Ambulance Services in the City of Vancouver PDF file (23 KB)
- Planning for Extreme Heat and Air Quality Mitigation in Vancouver PDF file (135 KB)
Council then approved two new business items with amendments, “City of Vancouver Support for Including Local Governments in the Province’s DRIPA Action Plan” and “Exploring Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Vancouver”.
Wednesday, July 21
The Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting began with approving the Proposed Amendment to Subdivision By-law 5208 – Reclassification of 585 East 52nd Avenue PDF file (144 KB) and Front-ender Agreements PDF file (94 KB).
Staff gave a presentation PDF file (6.4 MB) on the Vancouver Plan Update and Quick Start Actions PDF file (4 MB). After hearing from six speakers and asking staff questions, Council approved the recommendations with amendments.
“Reframing the Vancouver Plan initiative to streamline its scope and focus was a needed and key decision by Council this week,” said Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung. “The new approach will deliver a high-level land use plan by October 2022 that will help guide growth and neighbourhood context. It will also fill the gap that Vancouver is the only local metro municipality without an official community plan.
“The Vancouver Plan work will be guided by key goals including the critical importance of enabling complete communities that provide not just diverse housing options, but also support livability through the provision of parks and green space, community centres, services, and amenities like neighbourhood grocery stores. If we truly want to meet our sustainability goals, we need functional neighbourhoods that provide accessible transit and services. Positive planning versus punitive policies will have the biggest impact.”
Next, staff gave a presentation PDF file (2 MB) on Issues Report: Consideration of Rezoning Proposal at 1477 West Broadway (South Granville Station) PDF file (879 KB). After hearing from five speakers and asking staff questions, Council approved the recommendations.
Council also approved the Contract Award for the Provision of Parking Meter Equipment PDF file (50 KB).
Council then heard from 12 speakers and approved Supporting Community-Led Public Safety in Mount Pleasant with amendments PDF file (47 KB).
“This week Council affirmed its support for a new community policing centre in Mount Pleasant for this growing neighbourhood,” said Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung. “As independent not-for-profit societies, CPC’s support community safety through volunteers and programs that respond to local community needs. Their initiatives are broad and range from women’s safety seminars to block watch, needle pickups, clean-ups, seniors outreach, community events, and more. I believe a Mount Pleasant community safety centre can play a positive and proactive role in bridging gaps and helping connect people to local social services.”
After hearing from three speakers on Considering Youth Housing Needs within the City’s Housing Strategy PDF file (51 KB), the meeting was recessed and scheduled to reconvene on Thursday morning to continue debate and decision on this item, and complete the rest of the agenda.
Thursday, July 22
At the reconvened Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting, Council debated and unanimously approved Considering Youth Housing Needs within the City’s Housing Strategy PDF file (51 KB).
Council also approved Planning to Support Distributed Ambulance Services in the City of Vancouver PDF file (23 KB) with an amendment, after hearing from one speaker.
“The recent heatwave exposed an inherent and dangerous fragility in our first responder infrastructure that advocate have been warning of for years,” said Councillor Fry. “Even though ambulance services are the responsibility of the province, I am encouraged that the City will be taking actions to help ensure that ambulance service stations can be located and sustained within our city, and for the good of Vancouverites.”
The meeting then turned to Planning for Extreme Heat and Air Quality Mitigation in Vancouver PDF file (135 KB). After hearing from one public body representative speaker, as well as four public speakers, this was unanimously approved.
“The Vancouver City Planning Commission report has well articulated that climate events are disproportionally impacting vulnerable populations in ways that we might inherently assume but hadn’t explicitly prepared for,” said Councillor Fry. “As we can imagine a future with more extreme weather events, this VCPC memo is a clarion call that we need to build and legislate a more resilient infrastructure for a variety of residents and across our city.”
The next Special Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 26, at 9:30am.
The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21, at 9:30am. Find agendas and meeting reports on council.vancouver.ca.