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Events, decisions, and reports at City Council this week

December 11 2020 –

Vancouver City Council met electronically this week to hear and discuss a variety of topics during Council, Public Hearing, Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities, and Auditor General Committee meetings. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Council began the meeting by approving several communication memos, a report, and referral reports:

The Council meeting then turned to the 2021 Capital and Operating Budget.

Council had previously received a staff presentation (17 MB), asked questions of staff, and heard from speakers on the 2021 Capital and Operating Budget during the Special Council meeting on December 1, 2 and 3, 2020.

During this meeting on Tuesday, December 8, Council asked further questions, debated and approved:

After additional discussion and debate, Council also approved the 2021 Capital and Operating Budget (207 KB) with amendments.

Due to time constraints, remaining items on the Council agenda were referred to the reconvening Council meeting on Thursday, December 10. 

On Tuesday evening, a Public Hearing was held. After hearing from staff, applicants and speakers, the following were approved:

  1. Updated Zoning Regulations for Zero Emissions Residential Buildings (12 KB)
  2. CD-1 Rezoning: 1325 West 70th Avenue (18 KB)
  3. CD-1 Rezoning: 2406-2488 Garden Drive (20 KB)

After hearing from nine speakers on CD-1 Rezoning: 949 West 41st Avenue and 5469-5507 Willow Street (Oakridge Transit Centre) (123 KB), this was referred to the meeting on Wednesday, December 9, for additional questions to staff, debate and decision.

Wednesday, December 9

The Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting began with a presentation (3 MB) on the Vancouver Bird Strategy Update and Implementation (2 MB). After asking questions of staff, this was approved with an amendment.

Staff also presented (388 KB) on Single-Use Items: New Date for Enforcing Shopping Bag and Beverage Cup By laws Due to COVID-19 Pandemic (108 KB). After asking questions of staff, hearing from one speaker, and debate, this was approved with an amendment. Council enacted the associated by-laws (20 KB) on shopping bags and single-use beverage cups.

After debate, the remaining items on the agenda were also approved:

Thursday, December 10

Council reconvened on Thursday morning to address unfinished business from Tuesday’s Council meeting, and began by approving By-laws 3 to 20 (7 MB).

In order to have time to hear from speakers, the motions Ensuring That People With Health and Mobility Issues Have Protection and Support When Elevators Break Down (77 KB) and Improving Street Lighting in Vancouver (94 KB) were referred to the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting on January 20, 2021.

At the reconvening Public Hearing meeting on Thursday evening, Amendment to the Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan (115 KB) and CD-1 Rezoning: 349 East 6th Avenue (125 KB) were approved.

This reconvening Public Hearing was a continuation of the Public Hearing on December 2, when the following were approved:

Friday, December 11

The Auditor General Committee meeting began by appointing Councillor Fry as Chair and Councillor Kirby-Yung as Vice-Chair.

The committee adopted the Approval of Auditor General Committee Meeting Dates (31 KB), and heard from one speaker on Approval of Terms of Reference for External Representatives on the Auditor General Committee (126 KB) before approving as well.

This meeting follows on from an Auditor General Recruitment Committee meeting on December 4, when Council discussed the selection of Chair and Vice-Chair, Approval of Auditor General Recruitment Committee Meeting Dates (46 KB), and Approval of Terms of Reference for External Representatives on the Auditor General Recruitment Committee (338 KB). Decisions from this meeting are outlined in the minutes (47 KB).

An additional Auditor General Recruitment Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 15, at 11:00am.

The next Council meeting is scheduled for January 19, 2021, at 9:30am.