Council Meeting Highlights: May 9, 2022
The District has received a proposal for a townhouse project at 29th Street and Marine Drive, including eight townhomes with three storeys each.
Council did not support the proposal.
Between 1971 and 1978, local governments implemented Land Use Contracts to regulate property use, including aspects like density, site coverage, setbacks and heights (similar to zoning). Land Use Contracts are agreements between the municipality and the landowner and are registered on a property's title.
The province repealed land use legislation in 1978, and no new contracts were created, although existing contracts remained in place. In 2014, the province amended the Local Government Act to terminate all existing Land Use Contracts on June 30, 2024.
West Vancouver has Land Use Contracts on 23 properties. If the Land Use Contracts expire, impacted properties will become non-conforming. Staff recommended adopting new zoning for the affected properties to maintain the established land use. One exception is the Caulfeild area, which has a Land Use Contract covering 700 properties. Staff will report back with replacement zoning for Caulfeild at a future date.
The Tree Bylaw and the Zoning Bylaw need to be amended to maintain the specific Land Use Contracts. Council read the proposed Tree Bylaw amendments the first, second, and third time. In addition, council read the proposed Zoning Bylaw amendments for the first time and scheduled a public hearing for May 31, 2022.
The municipality acquired the property at 2195 Gordon Avenue in 2014. In 2018, Council directed staff to explore options for the site's development. Community consultation supported a proposal to use the site to create housing, increase rental supply, and improve affordability at no cost to the District. 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 this 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. After hearing from the community, Council will consider executing the leases on June 13, 2022.
Council directed staff to publish a Notice of Disposition.
Council also read a proposed Housing Agreement Bylaw—that sets out the terms for Kiwanis to operate the below-market rental housing—for the first time.
Update: Since the May 9 Council meeting, the Housing Agreement in Schedule B has been revised. The updated Housing Agreement is available here.
Council read the Annual Tax Rates Bylaw for the first, second, and third time at the April 25 Council meeting. Council adopted the bylaw.
The next regular Council meeting will take place on May 30, 2022.