Council Meeting Highlights: November 22, 2021

Nov 22, 2021

Here is a snapshot of the outcome of the November 22, 2021 Council meeting. For details, please watch the video or view the minutes once they are posted.

REPORTS

Reconsideration of Boulevard Encroachment Permit Application for 6560 Nelson Avenue

The District required the removal of a fence on the public boulevard as a condition of a building permit issued in 2018 for 6560 Nelson Avenue. Construction is nearing completion, and the owners requested to keep the fence. Following existing bylaws, the Director of Planning and Development denied the application, and the owners subsequently appealed to Council. 

Council approved the application.

Kay Meek Funding Request

Council approved a special one-time support grant to the Kay Meek Arts Society of $140,000, using COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant funding.

Housekeeping Amendments to the Community Heritage Register, and Update to the Heritage Advisory Committee Terms of Reference + Additional amendments to the Community Heritage Register

Council established the Community Heritage Register in 2007. The register formally identifies properties with heritage value, which is a tool for accessing incentives for restoration and preservation. Council created the heritage register and must approve any additions or deletions to the list. In this case, staff determined some properties on the register have been demolished and provided an updated list for Council to approve.

Council establishes a committee's Terms of Reference (ToR), and a committee may request that Council approve modifications to the ToR.

Council approved the updated Community Heritage Registry and the updated Terms of Reference for the Heritage Advisory Committee.

Councillor's Motion regarding Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

In 2019, Council recognized that climate change constitutes an emergency for West Vancouver. As a result, the municipality is undertaking several initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint and prepare our community for the impacts of climate change. 

There is a new global initiative for a Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty. It calls for an end to new fossil fuel exploration and expansion, phasing out existing production in line with the global commitment to limit warming to 1.5°C, and acceleration of equitable transition plans.

Council formally endorsed the call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. This vote allows West Vancouver to add our voice to others, encouraging senior levels of government to take action on this global initiative.

2021 Asset Management Update

In 2016, the District established an Asset Levy to close the gap between the annual budget and the anticipated costs to maintain and replace West Vancouver's public assets.

In 2020, there was a funding shortfall due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. This has created a setback in our asset management program, but work continues to invest in and manage the community's assets. The report provides an update on the condition of municipal assets.

Council received the report for information.

Ambleside Dundarave Business Improvement Association (ADBIA) 2022 Budget 

The Ambleside-Dundarave Business Improvement Association (ADBIA) was established in 2016 as a non-profit association to promote the business area. Each year, Council provides a grant to the ADBIA and recovers the funds through a levy on business properties that make up the business improvement area.

Before Council approves the grant, the ADBIA provides audited financial statements and an annual budget to describe their work.

Council approved the 2022 levy. 

BYLAWS

Repeal Local Service Tax Bylaw

At the November 8, 2021 Council meeting, Council adopted a Local Area Service Policy to replace the more onerous bylaw, and gave the proposed repeal bylaw received first, second, and third reading.

Council adopted the repeal bylaw.

Fees and Charges Bylaw

The Fees and Charges Bylaw outlines the fees charged by the municipality where the principle of user-pay is in effect. User fees are the largest funding source for the District, after property taxes, and are reviewed annually.

The proposed bylaw received the first, second, and third readings at the November 8, 2021 Council meeting.

Council adopted the bylaw.

Tree Bylaw Housekeeping Amendment

The proposed bylaw received the first, second, and third readings at the November 8, 2021 Council meeting.

Council adopted the bylaw.

Consent

A consent agenda allows Council to approve all these items together without discussion or individual motions. Council briefly discussed the Appointments of Council Representatives and approved the other items without discussion.

Appointments of Council Representatives to Boards, Committees, and Working Groups for 2022 

Council approved the appointments as listed in the agenda.

NEXT MEETING

A Public Hearing and Special Council meeting will take place on November 23, 2021.

The next regular Council meeting will take place on December 6, 2021.


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