Council Meeting Highlights: July 11, 2022

Jul 11, 2022

Here is a quick snapshot of the July 11, 2022, Council meeting. Please watch the video or view the minutes (once they are posted) for details.


Delegation: Year of the Salish Sea, regarding Year of the Salish Sea

June 8, 2022–June 7, 2023 is the Year of the Salish Sea. This is a youth-led effort bringing together local First Nations, municipalities, organizations, and individuals in the Salish Sea ecosystem region. The goal is to strengthen existing efforts that work towards a healthy Salish Sea through public engagement, stewardship, and education. Council received the information presentation, with thanks.

Update from North Shore Emergency Management

North Shore Emergency Management is a tri-municipal agency that works in partnership with the three North Shore municipalities to plan, coordinate, and test emergency and disaster response. Staff provided a presentation to update Council on current operations and the new extreme heat response plan.

Appeal of Director of Planning’s Denial of an Encroachment Application for a Parking Area at 6518 Wellington Place

Staff provided a presentation describing the unpermitted construction of a parking area for commercial purposes on the public boulevard in Horseshoe Bay. The property owners retroactively applied for an encroachment permit, which the Director of Planning and Development has denied. The Boulevard Bylaw allows the property owners to appeal staff's decision to Council. Council denied the appeal and upheld staff's decision.

Utility Rate Setting for 2023

Staff provided a presentation on proposed 2023 rate increases for water, sewer, and solid waste. The increases reflect a number of factors, including capital asset funding and fees payable to Metro Vancouver.

  • Water: proposed 2023 increase of $43 for median single-family household and $16 for average multi-family unit 
  • Sewer: proposed 2023 increase of $87 for median single-family household and $29 for average multi-family unit 
  • Solid waste: proposed 2023 increases of $26.49 for residential curbside collection service and $8.07 for public realm refuse (net of the 10% discount for early payment)

Council read the proposed bylaws a first, second, and third time.  Adoption will take place at a later date. The new rates will take effect on the first utility statement of 2023.

Phased Recycling Program in Parks

In the previous item, the Solid Waste Utility included a fee for "public realm refuse" which refers to litter collection in parks and public spaces. This is an important service to keep the community clean and sanitary, and includes separated dog waste in parks and streetside recycling in commercial areas. Staff's presentation described a new three-stream recycling service for destination parks.

Council directed staff to initiate Stage 1 of a three-phased approach for a three-stream recycling program in the District of West Vancouver’s destination waterfront parks, starting in early 2023:

  1. Millennium Park to Dundarave Park – includes installing 44 new receptacles and using an existing District vehicle for collection.
  2. Whytecliff Park and Horseshoe Bay Park – includes building a small service area near Gleneagles Golf Course for use as a sorting and processing area, 48 new receptacles, and a second (new) collection vehicle.
  3. Ambleside Park – includes a compactor bin at the concession area, building a small service area, and 44 new receptacles. 

Council also directed staff to increase the Public Realm Refuse Fee in the Solid Waste Utility by an additional $4.63 per household for 2023 to pay for the $90,000 of operating costs in the Stage 1 recycling program, fund the $101,000 capital costs for the Stage 1 recycling program through the 2022 Phase 2 capital program, and report back to Council on the results of Stage 1 in September 2023. Council will provide direction before implementing future phases.

Environmental Reserve Fund

Council introduced a new Environmental Levy of 1.5% in 2022. In order to use the levy funds, a bylaw must be established. Council read the bylaw the first, second, and third time. Adoption will take place at a later date.

North Shore Poverty Reduction Strategy Update

The North Shore Poverty Reduction Strategy is being developed by the three North Shore municipalities, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). In this presentation, staff provided an update on the status of the project. Council received the update for information.

Update on Arts Facilities Advisory Committee Work

This presentation provided an update on the work progress of the Arts Facilities Advisory Committee from January to June, 2022. Council received the report for information.


Proposed Housing Agreement Authorization Bylaw 5200, 2022 (2195 Gordon Avenue)

The proposed bylaw received first reading at the May 9, 2022 Council meeting, was modified, read a second time as modified, and read a third time at the June 13, 2022 Council meeting. Council adopted the bylaw.


A consent agenda allows Council to approve all these items together without discussion or individual motions. Council approved the reports listed below.


The next regular Council meeting will take place on July 25, 2022.

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