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 City Finance and Services meetings. A Special Council meeting was also held on the previous Friday, September 11.
Special Council Meeting
A Special Council meeting was held on Friday, September 11, and continued on Monday, September 14. After Council discussion and hearing from speakers, the Emergency COVID-19 Relief for Unsheltered Vancouver Residents PDF file (19 KB) motion was approved with amendments.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
On Tuesday, Mayor and Council approved the following staff reports:
- Changes to 2020 Council Meetings Schedule PDF file (44 KB)
- Local Improvement - Project List for Consideration - Court of Revision 641 PDF file (80 KB)
- Funding Applications for Green Rainwater Infrastructure Asset Management and Rain City Strategy Nomination for UBCM’s Community Excellence PDF file (78 KB)
- 2021 Interest Rate on Property Tax Arrears PDF file (39 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 564-570 West 49th Avenue PDF file (2 MB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 720 Beatty Street and 701 Expo Boulevard PDF file (1.7 MB)
- CD-1 Text Amendment: 380-390 West 8th Avenue PDF file (335 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 5055 Joyce Street PDF file (3.5 MB)
For information, Council received the staff report Advisory Committees – Expense Reimbursement and Enhanced Training and Childminding at Council and Advisory Committee Meetings PDF file (169 KB).
Staff then gave a presentation PDF file (1.5 MB) to Council on Amendments to Vehicles for Hire By-law - Private Impoundment Towing Rates PDF file (169 KB). After hearing from one speaker, this was approved.
Council approved the following items, after asking staff questions:
- Contract Award for Civil/Electrical Contractor Services PDF file (59 KB)
- Reduced-Fare Transit Pilot Project PDF file (373 KB)
The following by-laws and motions were also approved at the meeting:
- By-laws 1 to 14 PDF file (6 MB)
- By-laws 15 to 18 PDF file (396 KB)
- By-law 19 PDF file (2 MB)
- By-laws 20 to 39 PDF file (1.5 MB)
- Regulation Redesign – Amendments to Land Use Documents PDF file (15 KB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 6428 Cambie Street PDF file (13 KB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 1523 Davie Street (Gabriola Mansion) PDF file (13 KB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 2230 Harrison Drive PDF file (13 KB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 695 East 19th Avenue PDF file (13 KB)
- Approval of Form of Development – 4188 Yew Street and 4189 Yew Street PDF file (13 KB)
- Requests for Leaves of Absence PDF file (49 KB)
- Making Turnkey Housing Units from Community Amenity Contributions More Affordable PDF file (14 KB)
The following motions were withdrawn:
- Temporary Disaster Relief Shelter(s) for People Who Are Experiencing Homelessness in Vancouver PDF file (58 KB)
- Circular City Strategy PDF file (51 KB)
At the Public Hearing, which took place on Tuesday evening, the following items were approved:
- 2020 Annual Inflationary Rate Adjustments to Density Bonus Contributions PDF file (20 KB) and by-law 1 PDF file (71 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 1247 Kingsway PDF file (28 KB) – approved after hearing from two speakers
- CD-1 (715) Amendment: 1649 East Broadway (formerly 1619-1651 East Broadway) PDF file (22 KB) - approved after hearing from one speaker
- CD-1 Rezoning: 2336-2366 Charles Street PDF file (29 KB) – approved after hearing from six speakers
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
At the Standing Committee meeting on City Finance and Services, staff gave a presentation PDF file (2 MB) on the 2019 - 2022 Capital Plan Recalibration PDF file (5 MB). After asking staff questions and hearing from two speakers, Council approved this with amendments.
Then, Council heard from staff and 10 speakers on Granville Bridge Connector and Drake Street Improvements PDF file (31 MB). Due to time constraints, discussion and debate for this motion were referred to the reconvening Standing Committee meeting on September 29.
Council then considered Extending Pop-Up Patios this fall and winter and Making Pop-Up Patios a Part of Every Summer in Vancouver PDF file (25 KB). After hearing from 11 speakers, this was approved.
Due to time constraints, and so that speakers can be heard, these motions were referred to the reconvening Standing Committee on September 29:
- Enabling Creative and Easily Replicated “Missing Middle” Housing Pilots PDF file (123 KB)
- Open Option Parking Policy - Removing On-Site Parking Minimum Requirements PDF file (51 KB)
- Mental Health and Addiction Reform: An Expert-Led Cross-Jurisdictional Task Force PDF file (71 KB)
- Short-term Actions to Preserve and Expand Access to Mental Health Resources and Housing in Grandview-Woodlands PDF file (155 KB)
The next Public Hearing meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, at 6pm.
Councillor Jean Swanson
Regarding Reduced-Fare Transit Pilot Project
“The transit research project that passed on Tuesday is a good first baby step toward getting free transit for youth and lower income folks. I hope people will keep pushing their politicians until everyone in our city can go where they want and need to go and not be stopped by lack of money.”
Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung
Regarding Extending Pop-Up Patios this fall and winter and Making Pop-Up Patios a part of every summer in Vancouver
“I’m so glad Council supported my motion in its entirety to keep Vancouver’s extended patios going after October 31 and give restaurants the flexibility to winterize patios with weather protection and heating, as well as continue pop-up patios next summer.
"We've heard from so many restaurateurs, craft breweries and industry reps that the program has literally been a lifeline for these beloved small businesses, and they literally wouldn’t still be here without it. It’s also kept people employed mitigating further job losses.
“We’ve also heard that people love the vibrancy and new street culture, and to be able to eat and socialize safely outdoors during these stressful times. We don’t want to lose that and see more social isolation happen as we head into the cooler weather with continued COVID-19 restrictions.
“I’m also excited to put a continued focus on enhanced public spaces as the motion calls for weather protection on the pop-up plazas to continue giving people places to connect safely outdoors with friends and neighbours.”