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Events, decisions, and reports at City Council this week

October 9 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 Special Council meetings.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Council received a staff presentation (4 MB) on Vancouver Plan Phase 1 Report: Public Engagement Summary, Provisional Goals and Update on COVID-19 Community Recovery Actions (8 MB). After asking staff questions and hearing from five speakers, the motion was approved with amendments.

Council approved several reports, referral reports, by-laws and communications memos:

Due to time constraints, and so that speakers can be heard, Modification of Lease for Supporting Women’s Alternatives Network (SWAN Vancouver) Society, and Lease for RainCity Housing and Support Society for Overdose Prevention Site, both at 1101 Seymour Street (723 KB) was referred to the reconvening Council meeting on Tuesday, October 13.

The following motions and reports were referred to the reconvening Council meeting on Wednesday, October 21:

At the Public Hearing on Tuesday evening, the following items were approved:

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

At the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting, staff gave a presentation (10 MB) on Temporary Patio and Road Reallocation Updates. Following questions to staff, discussion and debate, the following items were approved:

Council then approved Contract Award for RFP PS20200058 - Consulting Services for West End Waterfront Parks and Beach Avenue Master Plan (153 KB), after a staff presentation and asking questions of staff.

The following items were also approved:

Council received the staff report and presentation on Homelessness and Supportive Housing Strategy (21 MB). Then, following a staff presentation (15 MB) on SRO Revitalization Progress Update and 2019 Low Income Housing Survey (7 MB), Council asked questions of staff and heard from 38 speakers on the report. Due to time constraints, debate and decision on this item was referred to the reconvening Standing Committee meeting on Thursday, October 8.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

A Special Council meeting was held on Wednesday, October 8. It began with staff delivering a presentation (285 KB), for information purposes, on Response to Council Motion: Emergency COVID-19 Relief for Unsheltered Vancouver Residents (703 KB). Staff then answered questions from Council.

Next, Council heard from 29 speakers on Response to Options Requested by Council on Emergency COVID-19 Relief for Unsheltered Vancouver Residents (16 KB). After Council discussion and asking questions of staff, this was approved with amendments.

The Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities reconvened in the afternoon to continue debate and decision on SRO Revitalization Progress Update and 2019 Low Income Housing Survey (7 MB). Due to time constraints, this item was referred to the reconvening Standing Committee meeting on Thursday, October 15. The following items were also referred to the October 15 meeting:

The next Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, at 9:30 am.