Events decisions and reports at Council this week
This week has been a busy one at Council with Regular Council, a Public Hearing and a Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting all taking place ahead of Victoria Day long weekend.
Tuesday, May 14
Council were joined by young children and staff from the YMCA of Greater Vancouver to help them proclaim that May is Childcare and Early Learning Month in Vancouver.
Following the proclamation, staff presented to Council PDF file (8 MB) regarding the progress Vancouver has made towards its childcare targets. Between 2015 and 2018, the City added 1,144 childcare spaces and there are additional centres set to open in 2019 and 2020.
Council discussed two motions which had been referred from the April 23 meeting. On the motion to Review SNC-Lavalin’s relationship with the City PDF file (22 KB), Council voted in favour of sections A, B and C. Council also voted in favour of an amended version of Safer Slower Streets: 30km/h residential street pilot. PDF file (21 KB)
All of the administrative reports on the agenda were approved, including:
- The Quarterly Capital Budget Adjustments and Closeouts PDF file (900 KB)
- Vancouver Heritage Foundation Board – Annual Report PDF file (1.9 MB)
- 2019 Property Taxation: Rating By-laws and Averaging Resolutions PDF file (106 KB)
- Final Report on the Public Art Boost PDF file (150 KB)
- Canada Place Tour Bus Zone Fees PDF file (294 KB)
The policy reports in front of Council were referred to public hearing, these included:
- Rezoning: 404-434 West 23rd Avenue PDF file (579 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 4575 Granville Street PDF file (5.9 MB)
- Rezoning: 6218-6230 Oak Street PDF file (547 KB)
- CD-1 Rezoning: 708-796 Renfrew Street PDF file (2.12 MB)
- Rezoning: 1008 West 52nd Avenue PDF file (400 KB)
Council then voted to amend and enact the eight by-laws that were on the agenda, as well as approving the five administrative motions which included approval of Form of Development for 1128 West Georgia Street and approval of several tax levies:
- By-laws one to six PDF file (2 MB)
- By-laws seven and eight PDF file (974 KB)
- Administrative motions PDF file (52 KB)
Council approved motions Supporting the Ban on Shark Fin Importation PDF file (17 KB) and Dealing with Doggie Doo Doo in Support of Vancouver’s Zero Waste Goals and Cleaner Parks and Streets PDF file (48 KB) but referred others to the following day’s meeting so they could hear from speakers.
At the Public Hearing, Council approved all of the agenda items which included heritage designations and revitalizations, as well as rezonings. Item two, the heritage designation of 2525 Carolina Street, was approved with amendments.
Wednesday, May 15
The Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting got underway when Mayor and Council adopted on consent the staff presentation and policy report PDF file (3 MB) on regulation redesign, the staff report on Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant PDF file (2.4 MB) and the proposed Council liaison appointments to advisory committees PDF file (49 KB).
Staff presented the 2018 Municipal Election Review PDF file (6 MB) which, following questions, Council approved.
Following the conclusion of the agenda items for the Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting, Council moved onto the Unfinished Business from the previous day’s meeting.
Council approved an amended version of the motion Recovering Outstanding City of Vancouver Related Costs from 4/20 Vancouver 2019, held in Sunset Beach Park and Affirm Support for the Mandatory Event Permit Process for Large Events and Festivals in the City of Vancouver. PDF file (53 KB)
After hearing from speakers to the motions, both Formalize the False Creek to the Fraser River Blueways PDF file (154 KB) and Considering Animal Welfare in Vancouver s Procurement Policies PDF file (21 KB) were approved, as was the motion for Recognition and Action on the International Year of Indigenous Languages PDF file (58 KB).
Council referred the motion, Supporting the Call for Changing the Cheque Day Paradigm PDF file (19 KB) to the Standing Committee on June 12.