Council Meeting Highlights: April 26, 2021
Apr 26, 2021
A Public Hearing was held at 6 p.m., and the Council meeting started immediately after the Public Hearing was closed.
Public Hearing – Zoning Bylaw Updates
On March 29, Council gave the first reading (and set the public hearing date for April 26) for an amended Zoning Bylaw that was proposed to address inconsistencies, clarify interpretation, and correct an inadvertent omission in the CD3 Zone. Council received input from the community on the proposed changes to the Zoning Bylaw and closed the Public Hearing.
Council Meeting - immediately following the Public Hearing
On March 29, 2021, Council adopted the 2021–2025 Five-year Financial Plan, which is the municipal budget for 2021. Budget revenues come from several sources, the most important being property tax. After the budget is adopted, tax rates are calculated to ensure the total amount collected from all properties provides the necessary funds for the budget. The tax rate identifies every $1,000 of taxable property value to calculate the share that is payable by each property owner in the municipality.
Council approved the tax rate bylaw with a first, second, and third reading, followed by adoption. Property tax notices will be issued in May, and taxes are due July 2, 2021.
Youth Week is an international celebration of youth held the first week of May every year. This year, the traditional activities and events must be scaled back and/or held virtually. Youth Week is also a time to celebrate the accomplishments of West Vancouver's Youth, so staff provided Council with an update of accomplishments and plans for Youth Week 2021.
The Ambleside Youth Centre was closed in early 2019 after the roof failed. In March that same year, the building was destroyed by fire. An Interim Youth Hub was established at Park Royal in early 2020, and the District began the process of identifying options for a permanent replacement youth centre. Workshops held in 2020 with youth and youth service providers confirmed the need for a centrally-located facility that would house various services under one roof. As part of the 2021 budget, funds were allocated to continue developing options for a replacement youth centre.
The Youth Services team provided an overview of all the services provided for youth by the municipality.
After receiving the report for information, Council directed staff to report back by January 2022 with detailed business plans including proposed capital, maintenance, and operating costs for the establishment of a new permanent Youth Hub facility in a central location in West Vancouver, and also for a Youth Hub in an existing space through a long-term lease agreement.
Since 2007, when Council created a Child Care Services Working Group in response to a significant shortage of child care spaces in the community, West Vancouver has made progress in the area of child care. Two District buildings were renovated to create child care facilities, and Council adopted a child care plan in 2010. Ten years later, in 2017, the Community Engagement Committee created a new Child Care Services Working Group to update and develop a new 10-year plan. This report provides an update on progress in child care in West Vancouver and presents the updated Child Care Services Plan 2021–2031.
The new 10-year action plan has four priorities:
- Increase access to child care
- Make child care more affordable
- Focus on quality
- Strengthen collaboration and partnerships
Council endorsed the new child care plan and superseded the previous plan. Council also directed staff to assess the implications of adding the Child Care Plan recommendations to Council's Strategic Plan.
The Election Sign Bylaw consolidates guidelines for federal, provincial, referenda, and municipal election signs into a single, straightforward document. The provisions in the bylaw are intended to protect the public from unsafe signs, reduce distractions that may affect road safety, prevent the proliferation of unsightly signs, and reduce litter and waste in the form of discarded or unclaimed signs. By expanding the scope of the bylaw to include federal and provincial election signs, staff will be able to apply the bylaw during all elections and referenda consistently.
Council gave the bylaw first, second, and third reading. Adoption will take place at a later date.
Supporting Businesses During COVID-19 - Dundarave Road Reallocation
Staff provided an update of the streamlined application process that was put in place to help businesses remain viable during the winter months using outdoor pubic space. The 2400 Block of Marine Drive in Dundarave had one lane of road space allocated to outdoor patio space, as a pilot project lasting until April 30. Staff reported that the pilot has been successful so far, and expect that more businesses will take advantage of it in the summer months. The pilot was extended until October 31, 2021.
UBCM Grant Application
Staff requested approval to submit an application for a grant to fund the creation of a digital building permit application process. Staff began the creation of digitally transforming the building permit and development permit approval process during COVID-19. There is more work to be done and staff wish to apply for a grant to resource the completion of this work. Council approved the request.
The Development Procedures Amendment Bylaw received first reading at the March 29 Council meeting. The Zoning Bylaw amendment also received its first reading on March 29, and a Public Hearing was held on April 26. Council gave both bylaws second and third reading.
Proposed Local Area Service Lane Paving Construction Bylaw (1110-1160 Palmerston Avenue and 1105-1165 Ottaburn Road)
On April 12, 2021, Council gave first, second, and third reading to this bylaw that provides for lane paving that benefits the residents of 1110-1160 Palmerston Avenue and 1105-1165 Ottaburn Road. The total project cost is estimated at $30,000, with the owners paying 70% ($22,050) and the District paying 30% ($7,950, from the Roads Capital Budget). Council adopted the bylaw.
These bylaws received first, second, and third reading at the October 19, 2020, Council meeting. Council adopted the bylaws.
The next Council meeting will take place May 10, 2021.