Events, decisions, and reports at City Council for the week of September 20, 2021
Vancouver City Council met electronically this week to hear and discuss a variety of topics during Council, Public Hearing, and Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meetings.
Tuesday, September 21
This week’s Council meeting began with a staff presentation on Permitting Modernization Task Force - Update PDF file (3 MB).
Council approved three communications memos and two reports including:
- Appointment of Council Representatives to the Joint VSB-COV Elected Officials Planning and Facilities Committee PDF file (44 KB)
- Changes to 2021 Council Meetings Schedule PDF file (40 KB)
- 2022 Council Meetings Schedule PDF file (189 KB)
- Amendments to Procedure By-law No. 12577 PDF file (248 KB) (with an amendment)
- 2022 Interest Rate on Property Tax Arrears PDF file (34 KB)
Several referral reports were also approved:
- Piloting Regulatory Changes to Support Commercial Renovations and Small Business PDF file (677 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 1157 Burrard Street PDF file (2 MB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 1450 West Georgia Street PDF file (2 MB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 427-477 West 49th Avenue PDF file (2 MB)
- Rezoning: 328-360 West 2nd Avenue PDF file (513 KB)
- CD-1 Text Amendment: 3380 Maquinna Drive PDF file (417 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 4575 Granville Street PDF file (2 MB)
Of By-laws1 to 20 PDF file (39 MB) and By-law 21 PDF file (9 MB), 1 to 5, 7, 9 to 19 and 21 were enacted. By-laws 8 and 20 were withdrawn. By-law 6 did not have enough eligible Council members to vote on this by-law, so it will be brought forward at the October 5 Council meeting.
The following administrative motions were also approved:
- Approval of Form of Development – 2425 East 26th Avenue PDF file (7 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 3270 Riverwalk Avenue PDF file (3 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 1102-1138 East Georgia Street PDF file (3.5 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 4745 Main Street PDF file (9 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 3572 Glen Drive (Formerly 1111 – 1121 Kingsway) PDF file (1 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 3780 Clark Drive (Formerly 1303 Kingsway and 3728 Clark Drive) PDF file (3 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 1490 West 32nd Avenue (Formerly 4750 Granville Street and 1494 West 32nd Avenue) PDF file (3 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 1425 and 1451 East 12th Avenue PDF file (5 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 2735 East Hastings Street PDF file (11 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 3701 West Broadway PDF file (775 KB)
Council approved the motion Requests for Leaves of Absence PDF file (109 KB). The motion Change to September Business Licence Hearing Panel PDF file (7 KB) was withdrawn, as the Business Licence Hearing on September 28 was cancelled.
The following motions were referred to the Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday, in order to hear from speakers, debate and decision:
- Acting on the Climate Emergency by Opposing the Tilbury LNG Phase Two Expansion Project PDF file (22 KB)
- Establishing a Friendship City Program in the City of Vancouver PDF file (134 KB)
- Effective and Equitable Staffing for Council PDF file (122 KB)
On Tuesday evening, a Public Hearing was held. Council approved the following:
- 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 (86 KB)
- 835-837 Beatty Street – Anglo-Canadian Warehouse Company Building – Heritage Designation PDF file (111 KB)
- Rezoning: 515 West 60th Avenue PDF file (52 KB)
- Rezoning: 721-735 West 49th Avenue PDF file (53 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 4426-4464 Knight Street and 1406 East 28th Avenue PDF file (127 KB) (with an amendment)
Due to time constraints, the Public Hearing will reconvene on Thursday, September 23, to hear from speakers and debate CD-1 Rezoning: 3449-3479 West 41st Avenue and 5664 Collingwood Street PDF file (128 KB).
Wednesday, September 22
The Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities reviewed and approved:
- Making Patios a Part of Every Summer in Vancouver PDF file (102 KB) (with an amendment)
- Zoning and Development By-law Amendments to Allow Patios for Liquor Manufacturers PDF file (3 MB)
- Regal Hotel – Injunction and Notice on Title PDF file (237 KB)
- Downtown East Side Special Enterprise Program - Allocation of Grant Funding to Implementers PDF file (155 KB)
- First United Church and Lookout Powell Street Getaway Grant Funding Recommendation PDF file (66 KB)
Council then turned to motions referred from Tuesday's Council meeting. After hearing from speakers and debate, they approved Acting on the Climate Emergency by Opposing the Tilbury LNG Phase Two Expansion Project PDF file (22 KB).
Council also approved the motion Establishing a Friendship City Program in the City of Vancouver PDF file (134 KB), but referred the motion Effective and Equitable Staffing for Council PDF file (122 KB) back to staff to report on options to implement the direction in this motion, including Human Resources and budget implications of staffing for Councillors, using an equity lens.
A reconvening Public Hearing is scheduled for tonight (Thursday) at 6pm.
The next Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5, at 9:30am. Find agendas and meeting reports on council.vancouver.ca.
Councillor Christine Boyle
“There is absolutely no room to expand fossil fuel infrastructure,” said Councillor Christine Boyle. “We have long run out of time to consider LNG a transition fuel. 20-30 years ago, a case could have been made for natural gas and LNG as a bridge fuel in the transition before us. That bridge was to now. We are in what scientists have declared a ‘code red for humanity’. We can’t expand fracking, we can’t expand LNG, we can’t build new fossil fuel infrastructure. Council made it clear that we are taking this code red seriously, by opposing the proposed expansion of the Tilbury LNG facility, and the enormous direct and upstream greenhouse gas emissions it would create.”