Council Meeting Highlights: December 6, 2021

Dec 6, 2021

Here is a quick snapshot of the outcome of the December 6, 2021, Council meeting. Please watch the video or view the minutes (once they are posted) for details.

REPORTS

Utility Fee Rate Setting

Every year, Council sets the rates for utility fees: municipal utilities include drinking water, sewer, storm drainage and solid waste collection. Residents are billed quarterly for these services, separately from the property tax bill. Water use is metered, so residents can influence their water bills by conserving water. Sewer rates are based on water consumption, on the premise that what you take from the tap goes down the drain. So the less you use, the less you pay for these utilities.

Water Utility Fees Rate Setting for 2022

Water utility fees will increase by 6% in 2022. These fees pay for the treatment and distribution of high-quality drinking to West Vancouver residents. Most of the cost increase is required to fund the replacement of the 11th Street pump station, constructed in 1960 and has reached the end of its useful life. This pump station provides water from Metro Vancouver to the western part of the municipality and supplies many neighbourhoods above the Upper Levels Highway.

The rate increase represents a median single-family household increase of $47 and an average multi-family unit increase of $18 over 2021.

Council approved the fee increases as set out above and read the bylaw a first, second, and third time. Adoption will take place at a later date.

Sewer and Drainage Fees Rate Setting for 2022

Sewer and drainage utility fees will increase by 5% in 2022. These fees pay for the systems that collect sewage and stormwater. The majority of the cost increase results from the funding required for the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The rate increase represents a median single-family household increase of $102 for an annual total of $1,345 and an average multi-family unit increase of $48 over 2021, for an annual total of $518.

Council approved the fee increases as set out above and read the bylaw a first, second, and third time. Adoption will take place at a later date.

Solid Waste Fees Rate Setting for 2022

Solid waste fees will increase by 9% in 2022 (for single-family homes). These fees pay for curbside pick-up of garbage, green can, and yard trimmings for single-family homes. They also pay for public realm clean-up, including garbage and recycling in parks, streetside recycling, and separated dog waste collection.

The municipality does not provide curbside collection to businesses and multi-family homes, although these owners contribute to public realm clean-up costs.

The rate increase results from higher volumes of solid waste, both in the public realm and from single-family homes. In fact, before the pandemic, West Vancouver residents were steadily reducing the amount of waste generated year-over-year. However, since the pandemic, the amount of waste generated has risen and continues to rise steadily.

Single-family solid waste fees will increase by 9% in 2022, from $252.43 to $274.55. These fees pay for curbside collection and public realm fees.

Multi-family sold waste fees will increase by 12% in 2022, from $48.05 to $53.82. These fees only pay for public realm clean-up.

Council approved the fee increases as set out above and read the bylaw a first, second, and third time. Adoption will take place at a later date.

Upper Lands (Cypress Village/Eagleridge) – Direction to Proceed to Phase 3

The 2018 Official Community Plan (OCP) includes a vision to create a compact, sustainable urban community in Cypress Village and, at the same time, protect a large portion of the Eagleridge lands from development in perpetuity, preserving the lands for conservation and recreation. 

Staff updated Council on Phase 2 of the Planning the Upper Lands process

In Phase 1, the District engaged the community to determine the best way to achieve the vision and reported the results to Council on February 8, 2021.  Phase 2 community engagement sought public feedback on more detailed planning for Cypress Village.

This report presents the findings of Phase 2 community engagement and outlines the next steps in Phase 3. These next steps will include documenting the proposed plan for further consideration by Council, including:

  • an Area Development Plan (ADP) for Cypress Village
  • new Comprehensive Development (CD) zoning for Cypress Village
  • a Phased Development Agreement between the District and the developer, BPP, which will set out development phasing and the provision of community amenities, and the legal mechanism for protecting lands in Eagleridge
  • supporting bylaws (e.g. Park dedication bylaw, OCP amendments bylaw)

Additional work in Phase 3 will also include:

  • final Transportation Study and Traffic Impact Analysis
  • refinement based on the input from Phase 2
  • communication with other agencies, including the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and First Nations
  • public consultation (by way of a Public Hearing process)

Council received the engagement summary for information and directed staff to proceed to Phase 3 of Planning the Upper Lands.

Councillor's Notice of Motion regarding E-bike Incentive Pilot Program

Council directed staff to investigate a financial incentive program to promote e-bikes and report back in the first quarter of 2022.

Council also directed staff to explore the possibility of a North Shore-wide program with colleagues at the District and City of North Vancouver and to coordinate with any federal or provincial programs regarding e-bikes.

NEXT MEETING

On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, a Public Hearing is scheduled. It will be followed immediately by a Special Council meeting, an open session.

The next regular Council meeting will take place on December 13, 2021.


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