Council Meeting Highlights: May 30, 2022

May 30, 2022

Here is a quick snapshot of the May 30, 2022, Council meeting. Please watch the video or view the minutes (once they are posted) for details.

REPORTS

Pickleball Update for Hugo Ray Park

In January 2022, Council directed staff to close the 29th Street pickleball courts in April 2022 (converting them back to tennis) and conduct a feasibility study of installing permanent pickleball courts at Hugo Ray Park. Staff presented the feasibility study results, which identified five sites within Hugo Ray Park as potential locations. Staff evaluated each site against the following criteria:

  1. Minimize the impact of dedicated pickleball courts on existing park users
  2. Minimize the impact of the noise of the sport on nearby residences 
  3. Construction considerations and costs 
  4. Ability to expand and add more dedicated pickleball courts in the future

Council directed staff to proceed to community consultation on Option A and Option C and report back in July.

Single-Use Item Reduction Update

The District has been investigating regulations to reduce single-use items (disposable bags, take-out items, etc.) owing to the negative impact these items have on the environment. Unfortunately, District work on this topic was interrupted in 2020 by the pandemic.

Staff updated Council on federal and provincial government efforts to develop regulations to reduce single-use items. Although municipalities have some powers to manage single-use items through bylaws, creating an inconsistent patchwork of regulations can be challenging for businesses and consumers.

Council directed staff to prepare a letter of support for proposed provincial single-use item reduction regulations, and collaborate with the City and District of North Vancouver to launch a local business education initiative. Council also directed staff to report back in early 2023 when there is more clarity on provincial and federal regulations.

Seasonal Pay Parking Pilot

On March 28, 2022, Council directed staff to develop a plan for a seasonal pay parking program at destination parks. Staff have identified several factors that must be considered for a successful pilot project.

Council directed staff to report back in the second quarter of 2023 with the next steps of how the District would implement pay parking in Lighthouse Park, Whytecliff Park, and Nelson Canyon Park.

Council Motion regarding Residential Parking Pilot in Horseshoe Bay

On January 10, Mayor Booth gave notice of a proposed motion, which was to have been considered at the January 24 Council meeting. Council then deferred consideration until they received additional information. At this meeting, Council considered an amended motion and directed staff to establish a 12-month pilot program to implement new resident-only parking restrictions on:

  • Nelson Avenue from 6555 to the intersection with Bay Street
  • The north side of Bruce Street, from 6443 to 6487

The new regulations would limit non-resident parking to one hour during weekdays and resident-only, with no overnight visitor parking during weekends.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update

Staff provided an update on the progress made to date on the 54 recommendations in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Council received the report for information.

Addressing Discriminatory Covenants Registered on Title

On January 27, 2020, Council directed staff to “work with legal advisors and the Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA) of BC to determine the process, resources and time required to achieve the cancellation and striking of discriminating covenants relating to lands in West Vancouver and report back to Council within 60 days for further direction." Staff researched and began preparing this report, which was initially dated March 9, 2020. On March 13, 2020, the pandemic swept the globe, and the District rapidly pivoted to ensure the continuity of essential services. Many important projects, including this one, were shelved. As we moved away from the pandemic response in early 2022, staff concluded work on this much-awaited report.

Discriminatory covenants are clauses that restrict the sale, ownership, occupation, or use of land on the basis of sex, race, creed, colour, nationality, ancestry, or place of origin of a person. The issue of discriminatory covenants is longstanding: they most often appear in land title documents from the first half of the 20th century. In West Vancouver, the British Properties neighbourhood is best known for these types of covenants because the properties were developed at the same time, but they can also be found applied randomly across the province. Before 1978, covenants containing discriminatory language could still be registered on the title of BC properties. In 1978, legislative changes prohibited the registration of new covenants containing discriminatory language and rendered existing discriminatory covenants void. However, the discriminatory language remained a sobering and hurtful reminder of our country’s racist past.

This report outlines the eight-step process required to review the titles of all properties in West Vancouver for discriminatory language. This process, which would be both costly and onerous, would not result in the removal of discriminatory language—the LTSA is only permitted to strike it through. However, district staff do not believe that allowing this racist and deeply hurtful language to remain is acceptable—systematic change is required to address this longstanding issue. By working collaboratively, municipalities across the province can use their collective voice to lobby the provincial government for real change.

Council directed staff to sponsor a resolution for consideration at the 2022 Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) annual convention to request that the province:

  1. direct the registrar of the LTSA to proactively search for and identify discriminatory language contained in registered covenants, rather than waiting for and putting the onus on third parties to identify such occurrences; and 
  2. provide the registrar of the LTSA with the ability to delete or redact, rather than merely strikethrough, any occurrences of discriminatory language identified.

BYLAWS

Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw 5172; Zoning Amendment Bylaw 5171; and Development Permit 21-109 (Tantalus Gardens)

Council read these bylaws the first time at the February 7, 2022, Council meeting, they were the subject of a public hearing on March 7, 2022, and Council read them a second a third time at the March 7, 2022, Council meeting. Council adopted the bylaws and approved the development permit.

Fees and Charges Bylaw 5136, 2021, Amendment Bylaw 5203, 2022 (Temporary Outdoor Patios and Dundarave Road Reallocation)

Council read the bylaw for the first, second, and third time at the April 25, 2022, Council meeting. Council adopted the bylaw.

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

A Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, followed by a Special Council Meeting.

The next regular Council meeting will take place on June 13, 2022.


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