Council Meeting Highlights: June 13, 2022

Jun 13, 2022

Here is a quick snapshot of the June 13, 2022, Council meeting. Please watch the video or view the minutes (once they are posted) for details.

REPORTS

2195 Gordon Avenue

The municipality acquired the property at 2195 Gordon Avenue in 2014. In 2018, Council directed staff to explore options for the site's development. After considering different options, Council consulted the community on a proposal to use the site to create housing, increase rental supply, and improve affordability, at no cost to the District. The engagement results indicated support; therefore, Council rezoned the property in 2020. In 2021, the District entered into negotiations with:

  • Kiwanis North Shore Housing Society, for the development and operation of the below-market rental housing;
  • Darwin Properties, for the development of the market housing; and
  • Kiwanis and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, for the development and operation of an adult day centre.

At the May 9 Council meeting, Council directed staff to publish a Notice of Disposition to inform the community about proposed lease agreements with Kiwanis North Shore Housing Society and Darwin Properties.

At this meeting, Council considered input from the public that was received since the May 9 meeting. Council directed staff to execute the leases.

Ambleside Town Centre Local Area Plan: Revised Approach

Adopting the Official Community Plan in 2018 triggered further, more specific community consultation to update West Vancouver's Local Area Plans. Local Area Plans for Horseshoe Bay and Marine Drive are complete, and Cypress Village is in progress. The next step is to begin the planning process for the Ambleside Town Centre.

At the December 13, 2021, Council meeting, staff proposed terms of reference and work plan for creating the Ambleside Town Centre Local Area Plan. Council received but did not adopt the terms of reference and directed staff to begin work on a compressed timeline.

In March, staff discussed a different approach with the Community Engagement Committee. The committee provided feedback, which staff incorporated to evolve the plan presented at this meeting.

Staff propose using previous work and existing studies, mapping analysis and 3D model visualization to create three sets of options to give the community ideas to respond to, recast, and refine. 

Council received the report for information, directed staff to prepare three high-level options for engagement purposes, provide Council with progress updates on a monthly basis, and report back to Council in the first quarter of 2023.

Consideration of Metro 2050: Regional Growth Strategy

The Regional Growth Strategy coordinates regional planning for 21 municipalities, including West Vancouver. Metro Vancouver has been updating the Regional Growth Strategy, and West Vancouver Council provided comments on the draft plan at the November 8, 2021 Council meeting.

Staff presented Metro Vancouver's responses to Council's requests for clarification.

Council accepted the proposed Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy. Metro will consider the adoption of the final strategy in July 2022.

BYLAWS

Proposed Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 5136, 2021, Amendment Bylaw No. 5204, 2022 (Latecomer Charges and Cost Recovery) 

The proposed bylaw received first, second, and third reading at the May 30, 2022 Council meeting. Council adopted the bylaw.

Proposed Housing Agreement Authorization Bylaw No. 5200, 2022 (2195 Gordon Avenue) 

The proposed bylaw received first reading at the May 9, 2022 Council meeting. Council approved a modification to the bylaw comprising of a revised Schedule B, then read the bylaw a second and third time.

CONSENT AGENDA

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

NEXT MEETING

The next regular Council meeting will take place on June 27, 2022.


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