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Events, decisions, and reports at City Council for the week of June 7

June 10 2021 –

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, June 8

This week’s Council meeting began by approving the following agenda items:

Council heard from 56 speakers on Internal Development Application and Permitting Modernization Task Force – First Bi-Monthly Update (318 KB).

Next, Council referred the following items to the Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday, June 9, at 9:30am: 

Council then referred the following items to the Council meeting following the Standing Committee on Wednesday, June 9, as Unfinished Business: 

The following motions will be placed on the Council agenda on June 22:

Wednesday, June 9

The Standing City Finance and Services meeting began with Council approving 2021 Homelessness Action Week and Supportive Housing Grants (146 KB), after hearing from members of the public. 

Next, Council approved Transfer of Parks Development Cost Levies (DCL) to the Property Endowment Fund for the Burrard Slopes Park Expansion, Designation of Permanent Park and Approval of a Capital Budget for Deconstruction  (308 KB) .

Council then approved Internal Development Application and Permitting Modernization Task Force – First Bi-Monthly Update (318 KB) with amendments. 

“Council made the right decision in voting to move forward on tacking our permitting backlog without delaying our important Climate Emergency Action Plan,” said Councillor Christine Boyle.

“Council heard from building experts and businesses that a delay would create uncertainty. A delay would punish those leaders who already made investments and changes based on the timeline we passed. A delay would add a future retrofit cost of $20,000 to $30,000 on to every new home built this year.

“We heard from medical professionals, scientists, grandparents, parents, teenagers, from nearly all of our speakers, and hundreds of emails, that a delay would be a serious step backward on our promise to treat the climate crisis like the emergency it is.

“In 2019 Council unanimously approved my motion to declare a Climate Emergency, and act in line with that emergency, rooted in justice. In 2020 we showed we meant it by approving a comprehensive climate emergency action plan. Yesterday we kept our word, ensuring that climate action remains a priority in Vancouver. Climate delay is climate denial.”
 
During the Council meeting portion following the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting on Wednesday evening, Council approved Granville Street Promenade - A People First, Pedestrian Friendly, Summer 2021 Pilot (22 KB) with amendments.

“I’m loving the enthusiasm the idea of running a pilot for a Granville Street Promenade in downtown Vancouver this summer has created,” said Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung. “From residents giving it a thumbs up, to local small businesses proudly calling for it on their storefront signage.

“With Council’s unanimous support, I’m looking forward to a new people-first, pedestrian-friendly space to enjoy, as well as hearing local musicians that we’ve all been missing and who’ve been starving for an audience. Hats off to the DVBIA for stepping forward to create and activate this space, and to TransLink for their support for local business and working to get people back on the bus.”

Council also approved the following agenda items: 

Council declined the staff report Closure and Sale of Lane Adjacent to 1750 Franklin Street and 1717-1771 East Hastings Street  (171 KB) and contingent item Resolution - Closure and Sale of Lane Adjacent to 1750 Franklin Street and 1717-1771 East Hastings Street (367 KB).

The next Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, at 9:30am. Find agendas and meeting reports on council.vancouver.ca