Events, decisions, and reports at City Council this week
Vancouver City Council convened this week to hear and deliberate on a variety of topics during Regular Council and the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services.
Tuesday, July 23
Regular Council started with Doug Smith, Director, Sustainability Group, Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, providing an update PDF file (31 MB) on the Greenest City Action Plan Implementation and presenting Council with a Greenest City 2020 Action Plan Booklet PDF file (7 MB).
Staff presented an update PDF file (307 KB) to the Mayor’s Overdose Emergency Task Force and Dr. Patricia Daly, Chief Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health, also provided a VCH update. After hearing from several speakers, Council unanimously approved the recommendations in the updated report PDF file (307 KB). You can read more about this online.
Council also approved several Administrative, Policy and other reports on consent. They were:
- 2019 Annual Rate Adjustments to Density Bonus Contributions PDF file (419 KB)
- Outdoor Lighting Strategy PDF file (951 KB)
- Travel Approval Request – 2019 World Congress on Climate Change – September 23 28, 2019 Berlin, Germany PDF file (73 KB)
- Rezoning: 768-780 West 27th Avenue PDF file (495 KB)
- Miscellaneous Amendments to CD-1 By-laws PDF file (55 KB)
- Rezoning: 692 West 29th Avenue PDF file (476 KB)
- Rezoning: 6538-6568 Oak Street PDF file (347 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 2499 East 48th Avenue PDF file (1.8 MB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 485 West 35th Avenue PDF file (1.4 MB)
- Rezoning: 5507-5521 Columbia Street PDF file (542 KB)
- Rezoning: 668-692 West 54th Avenue PDF file (502 KB)
- CD-1 Text Amendment: 4500 Oak Street (Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia) PDF file (891 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 1535-1557 Grant Street PDF file (6 MB)
- Street Naming – Jack Uppal Street and Oolichan Way PDF file (392 KB)
Council held and then unanimously approved the Administrative Report on Quarterly Capital Budget Adjustments and Closeouts PDF file (220 KB).
Following a staff presentation PDF file (3 MB) on Direction for Intensification of Large Sites to Include Moderate Income Rental Housing PDF file (1 MB), Council also unanimously approved the recommendations.
Council also approved the following Administrative Motions:
- Approval of Form of Development: 425 West 6th Avenue PDF file (14 KB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 5185 Main Street – Little Mountain Building AC PDF file (14 KB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 688 West 57th Avenue – Pearson Dogwood Parcel C PDF file (14 KB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 95 West Hastings Street PDF file (14 KB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 1649 East Broadway (Formerly 1619-1651 East Broadway) PDF file (14 KB)
- Approval of Form of Development: 2153-2199 Kingsway and 4589 Gladstone Street PDF file (14 KB)
The following by-laws were also approved:
- By-laws 1 to 4 PDF file (1 MB)
- By-laws 5 to 11 PDF file (3 MB)
- By-laws 12 to 17 PDF file (2.5 MB)
- By-law 18
- By-laws 19 to 23 PDF file (1.3 MB)
Motions on Notice
- Council ruled the motion on Every Neighbourhood for Everyone: Permitting Temporary Modular Housing and Low-Income Housing as an Option in RS and RT Zones PDF file (32 KB) out of order.
- Council referred the motion on Combatting Antisemitism in Vancouver PDF file (24 KB) to the City’s Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee for recommendations and to report back.
- Council ruled the motion on the future of Balmoral and Regent hotels PDF file (16 KB) out of order.
- Council referred the motion on Historical Discrimination Against People of South Asian Descent in Vancouver PDF file (25 KB) to the Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee to provide recommendations and report back.
- Council referred the motion on Deterring and Preventing the Distribution and Sale of Psilocybin Mushrooms and/or Other Illicit or Controlled Drugs Unlawfully Sold in the City of Vancouver PDF file (23 KB) to a Sept. 11, 2019 Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting.
In Unfinished Business, Council unanimously approved the revised version of the motion on Options for an Accelerated Timelines for Addressing Vancouver’s Combined Sewer Overflows PDF file (23 KB).
Wednesday, July 24
At the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services, staff presented a review of Vancouver’s Rental Incentive Programs - Initial Findings PDF file (3.7 MB). You can read more about this online.
Council approved the following reports on consent:
- Contract Award for Consulting Services for Coal Harbour Phase II Development PDF file (61 KB)
- 2019 Debenture Program PDF file (76 KB)
- Legal Authority for Final Report on the Public Art Boost PDF file (232 KB)
Council heard from speakers and approved the following motions with amendments:
- Revisiting the Random Ballot for Equity’s Sake 7
- Ending Sexual Harassment and Violence in Vancouver’s Hospitality and Service Industries PDF file (22 KB)
- Eliminating Generators: Greening Vancouver’s Film and Food Truck Industries PDF file (49 KB)
After hearing from several speakers on the report regarding Amendments to the Procedure By-law No. 9756 PDF file (438 KB), Council referred debate and decision to a Fall Council or Committee meeting.
Regular Council will convene on Sept. 10, 2019.