UPDATED: Council Meeting Highlights: November 2, 2020

Nov 12, 2020

Here is a quick snapshot of the outcome of this week’s Council meeting. For further details, please watch the video or view the minutes once they are posted.

West Vancouver Foundation update and announcement – The West Vancouver Foundation gave an update of philanthropic activity. The delegation announced a new matching grant to support the food security program for vulnerable seniors at the Seniors' Activity Centre. The Ian and Rosemary Mottershead Fund will match all donations up to $100,000, with the requirement that matching donations must be made before December 31, 2020. Read more...

Fees and Charges Bylaw: Annual Fee Revision – The Fees and Charges Bylaw sets out municipal fees for a wide range of services, anywhere from admission to the Aquatic Centre, to a variety of permits and licences, to fines. An annual review of municipal fees typically adjusts fees for the cost of inflation. This year, taking the economic and social impact of COVID-19 into account, this review was not done, with the intent to minimize cost increases for residents. The bylaw was updated to:

  • address housekeeping amendments to certain development-related fees
  • add a new fee for tree work in a watercourse
  • ensure cost-recovery for police presence at public events

The bylaw was given first, second, and third readings and adopted.

Anticoagulant Rodenticides – At the September 28 meeting, Council banned the use of anticoagulant rodenticides and asked staff to provide a report about the impacts of the ban. (It's important to note that the province regulates rodenticides, and the municipality can only regulate their use on its own property, not within the community at large.)

A review of alternate pest removal methods indicates that, depending on the details, this will cost the municipality from 25% to 50% more than the cost of using rodenticides, which is currently approximately $25,000. A request for this amount will be included in the 2021 proposed budget. A communications plan will be developed to educate the public about the dangers of rodenticides and alternative methods. The Mayor, on behalf of Council, has already written to the province requesting a province-wide ban.

NOTE: This article has been corrected. the previous version stated that the cost to the municipality would be $25,000 to $50,000 more than using rodenticides.

Amendment to Fees and Charges Bylaw to support Temporary Outdoor Patio Program – At the September 14 Council meeting, Council extended the Temporary Outdoor Patio Program. This bylaw amendment supports that program by waiving fees for businesses to participate.

Temporary lane closure in Dundarave for Patio Pilot Program – Council approved a reconfiguration of Marine Drive in Dundarave, west-bound between 24th and 25th Streets, as part of the Temporary Outdoor Patio Program. The parking lane will be temporarily converted to an outdoor patio space and the right travel lane will become the parking lane, leaving a single lane in the centre for through-traffic. 

Interim Tree Bylaw Adopted – Council adopted the Interim Tree Bylaw and supporting regulatory bylaws. This comes after a presentation at the September 28 Council meeting about the Tree Canopy Study and introducing the updated bylaw, and giving it first, second, and third reading at the October 19 Council meeting

Council Code of Conduct – Council added a new item to the agenda, asking staff to develop a proposed Code of Conduct for Council.

The next Council meeting will take place on November 16.

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