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Events, decisions, and reports at City Council this week

July 19 2019 –

Vancouver City Council convened this week to hear and deliberate on a variety of topics during Regular Council.

Tuesday, July 16

Following last week’s staff presentation (5.6 MB) and discussion on the general planning and engagement for a City-wide plan for Vancouver, Council approved Report Reference I – City-wide Plan (1.9 MB) with additional amendments. 

Wednesday, July 17 

Staff presented to Council regarding Updates to On-Street Car Sharing Parking Policy (636 KB) and the Dissolution of the South Fraser Street Collective Parking Project (538 KB). After hearing from speakers on each item, Council approved both items unanimously.

Council then adjourned. The next Regular Council meeting will take place Tuesday, July 23 at 9:30am.

Quotes

Councillor Swanson

Regarding City-wide Plan

“I’m torn about the plan. On one hand I like the idea of REAL consultation and having a plan based on what residents want. But I’m worried that tenants won’t be protected from renoviction, demoviction and gentrification. I’m worried that four years is too long to wait for a housing strategy and for ending homelessness. One part of me says if we’re going to spend $18 million let’s spend it on what we know we need now.”

Councillor Carr

Regarding City-wide Plan

“I moved the original motion for a new city-wide plan because of how angry and divided people have become over how Vancouver is developing. I’m so excited to see our city-wide plan get going. It’s the way to bring people together, to co-create a vision of what kind of city we want Vancouver to be in thirty to fifty years. It’s a way to rebuild trust, starting with listening—which many people say City Hall stopped doing. It’s our best chance to effectively tackle our biggest problems like housing affordability and the climate crisis. In the end, my hope is that people of all ages, backgrounds and neighbourhoods get involved and end up saying, ‘I see myself and my ideas in this plan. It’s going to shape the Vancouver I want for myself, my friends, my co-workers and neighbours; the Vancouver I dream of for my children, and their children.’”

Regarding updates to On-Street Car Sharing Parking Policy

“I love to see the ramping up of our city’s action on the climate crisis. Measures like giving car-sharing companies a break on parking fees, especially for zero emission vehicles, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly and make good sense.” 

Councillor Fry 

Regarding City-wide Plan

“We’re off to the races embarking on a planning process that is committed to prioritizing place-based consultation and co-creation. This is something that has defined my own priorities and career —the history, environment, culture, and expression of our neighbourhoods, communities, collective experience, and localized interests and weaving it into how we plan – and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

Regarding updates to On-Street Car Sharing Parking Policy

“These new policies to incentivize car sharing and car sharing using zero-emission vehicles are exciting. Where we already lead the way in car share and multi-modal travel, this hopefully represents a real game changer for our city and our climate change response, while still generating new parking revenues towards our operating budget.”

New and amended motions

Please find the amended City-wide Plan recommendations below. These are provided for information and the published minutes will provide the official record of the meeting.

RRI – City-wide plan

A. THAT Council approve the general planning and engagement process to create a City-wide Plan as outlined in the Policy Report dated July 2, 2019, entitled “A City-wide Plan for Vancouver: Report Back on General Planning and Engagement Process”. 

B. THAT the City-wide Planning program involve all relevant City departments, and that a City-wide Plan team be created, under the direction of the General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability.

C. THAT Council direct staff to undertake a rigorous and deep consultation and co creation process with residents, businesses and stakeholders throughout the planning process as generally reflected in this report, to scope and guide all the work;

FURTHER THAT Council direct staff to seek ways to apply a place-based lens to consultation and co creation; where place-based is defined as rooted in what is local—the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and art of a particular place inclusive of neighbourhoods, communities, collective experience, and localized interests within the larger context of city-wide planning that is informed by equity, accessibility, spatial justice and the fundamental right to housing.

D. THAT based on the estimated project cost outlined in Policy Report dated July 2, 2019, entitled “A City-wide Plan for Vancouver: Report Back on General Planning and Engagement Process”, staff further develop the program directions and annual budgets for 2020 – 2022 to be considered as part of the 2020 and subsequent annual operating budget processes. 

E. THAT Council direct staff to report back at key milestones as indicated in the work plan outlined in Policy Report dated July 2, 2019, entitled “A City-wide Plan for Vancouver: Report Back on General Planning and Engagement Process”. 

F. THAT the Policy Report dated July 2, 2019, entitled “A City-wide Plan for Vancouver: Report Back on General Planning and Engagement Process”, be referred for information to the City of Vancouver Park Board, Library Board and Police Board, and to the Musqueam, Squamish and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Councils, as well as other affected government agencies and authorities including (but not limited to) Metro Vancouver, TransLink, Port of Vancouver, Province of BC ministries, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Vancouver School Board.

G. THAT Council acknowledges that the City-wide Plan process provides an opportunity for a post-plan legacy of a new level and approach to ongoing resident engagement, dialogue and communication.

H. THAT Council direct staff to ensure that the public engagement process includes adequate and accessible information to frame existing rationale and trade-offs of current policy (including, but not limited to, the protection of public views)