Events, decisions, and reports at City Council this week
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, April 13
This week’s Council meeting began with approving one report and five referral reports:
- Closure and Sale of a Portion of Road Adjacent to 118-150 Robson Street PDF file (143 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 1650 East 12th Avenue PDF file (2 MB)
- Rezoning: 6869-6909 Ash Street PDF file (675 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 1885 East Pender Street PDF file (1.5 MB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 8655 Granville Street PDF file (1.5 MB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 8257-8273 Oak Street and 1025-1035 West 67th Avenue PDF file (xx KB) (2.5 MB)
VPL Board Chair Jennifer Chan gave a presentation PDF file (2 MB) to Council on the Vancouver Public Library Board 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.
Council then approved the following reports, by-laws and administrative motions:
- Water Works and Conservation By-law Amendments PDF file (90 KB)
- Housekeeping, Clarification, and Miscellaneous Changes to the Building By-law and the Electrical By-law PDF file (1 MB)
- By-laws 1 to 11 PDF file (2.5 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 435 Boundary Road (Previously 3680 East Hastings Street) PDF file (6 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 444 Kootenay Street (Previously 3600 East Hastings Street) PDF file (6 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 2710 Kaslo Street PDF file (4 MB)
- Resolution: Closure and Sale of a Portion of Road Adjacent to 118-150 Robson Street PDF file (137 KB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 2235 East Broadway PDF file (4 MB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 6161 Cambie Street PDF file (474 KB)
Council referred the following motions to the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting on Wednesday, April 14, to hear from speakers:
- Preserving Bus Ridership During COVID and Beyond PDF file (16 KB)
- Joint Vancouver City Council - Vancouver School Board Committee to Collaborate on Capital Projects PDF file (22 KB)
Next, Council approved Enhancing Organizational Governance and Development PDF file (21 KB), as well as an urgent new motion, Prioritizing Vancouver Firefighters and Police First Responders for COVID Vaccines.
“On Tuesday, Council unanimously supported my urgent motion to get the provincial government to immediately prioritize COVID immunization for Vancouver’s firefighters and police first responders, especially those in the high risk downtown eastside,” said Councillor Adriane Carr. “First responders put their lives on the line every day for public safety. It’s unconscionable that they haven’t already been prioritized for vaccines. I sure hope government doesn’t delay even one more day!”
On Tuesday evening, the Pubic Hearing began with Council approving Miscellaneous Amendments to Various CD-1 By-laws PDF file (109 KB).
After presentations from staff, applicants, and hearing from members of the public, Council approved the following without changes:
- CD-1 Rezoning: 325-341 West 42nd Avenue PDF file (117 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 485 West 28th Avenue PDF file (115 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 1616-1698 West Georgia Street PDF file (116 KB)
Wednesday, April 14
The Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting began with a staff report PDF file (317 KB) on Funding Application to BC Community Emergency Preparedness Fund - Flood Planning PDF file (317 KB), which was adopted.
Staff then gave a presentation PDF file (1.3 MB) on Grant to Enable Seismic Assessments of Existing Rental Buildings PDF file (425 KB). This was subsequently approved with amendments.
Council also dealt with two motions referred from Tuesday’s Council meeting.
After hearing from eight speakers on Preserving Bus Ridership During COVID and Beyond PDF file (9.5 MB) and debate, this was approved with amendments.
“I’m glad that Council agreed with my motion to tell TransLink that we want more consultation before bus stops are removed and that we don’t want the transit fare hikes scheduled for July,” said Councillor Jean Swanson. “We need to make transit cheap and convenient so riders will come back to it when it’s safe.”
Next, Council heard from two speakers on Joint Vancouver City Council - Vancouver School Board Committee to Collaborate on Capital Projects PDF file (11 KB). After consideration, this was approved with an amendment.
“City Council often hears concerns from residents at public hearings about why we are considering adding family housing in areas where schools are already at capacity,” said Councillor Adriane Carr. “There are also schools that are under-capacity and a growing need for before-and-after school childcare and other public amenities, like community gardens, that could be considered for school sites. Currently Council does not confer with the School Board. I’m pleased Council voted unanimously for my motion to establish a joint School Board-City Council committee to collaborate on VSB capital projects.”
The next Public Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, at 6pm. Find agendas and meeting reports on council.vancouver.ca.