Council Meeting Highlights: July 26

Jul 26, 2021

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

REPORTS

Proposed Zoning Amendment and Development Permit for a duplex at 7 Glenmore Drive

The property at 7 Glenmore Drive is zoned for duplexes, and there is currently no building on the property. However, before building on the property, a Zoning Bylaw amendment is required because the current zoning specifies site area and lot width. This lot's irregular shape provides enough building area but does not meet the minimum width requirement. 

To resolve this, a Zoning Bylaw text amendment would allow the construction of a duplex, and the amendment would only impact this property.

Council read the bylaw a first time and scheduled a public hearing for September 13, 2021.

Arts Facilities Site Identification Analysis – Results of Public Engagement & Consultation

On April 21, 2021, Council directed staff to proceed to public consultation to select one of two site options for a consolidated replacement arts and culture facility. The community engagement took place between May 18 and June 16, 2021, and this report presented the engagement and proposed the next steps.

The community consultation presented two potential sites and asked the public to select a preferred option. Respondents were also asked to provide their reasoning for their choice. The consultation results indicated a split in community opinion in terms of acceptance of either of the sites. In addition, they raised several questions and concerns about many aspects of the project. 

Council did not select either proposed site. To address the concerns and questions remaining in the community, and to raise awareness of the current condition of municipal arts facilities in West Vancouver, Council resolved that:

  1. the Arts & Culture Center Site Selection - Engagement Summary Report be received for information;
  2. $150,000 of the $270,000 originally allocated from the COVID Safe Restart Grant be expended to develop an additional community-wide engagement program on the next steps for arts and culture facilities in West Vancouver and the development of a governance model and a fundraising plan for the replacement of the facilities for arts and culture in West Vancouver; and
  3. staff report back to Council on the results 

Proposed Phase 2 - 2021 Capital Funding Report 

In 2021, the District introduced just-in-time funding and established two stages for capital projects over the course of the year. Just-in-time funding manages cash flow and provides funding at the appropriate phase of a project. The number and variety of capital projects in the 2021 Capital Plan were divided into two phases so that the most urgent projects would be scheduled and financed in the first phase. Council approved Phase 1 Council on March 29, 2021.

Staff reviewed the progress made on Phase 1 projects and have revised the original list of Phase 2 projects. This report outlines the project list, the changes, and the reasons for the changes.

Council approved the expenditure for Phase 2 capital projects.

Proposed Parkland Development Cost Charge Reserve Fund Expenditure Bylaw - Capilano Pacific Trail repair 

In January 2021, a landslide completely obliterated a section of the Capilano Pacific Trail. Unfortunately, no budget is in place for this unforeseen project, and a Trail Restoration Feasibility Study and Detailed Design are required before repair of Capilano Pacific Trail can be undertaken.

Council allocated $122,000 for the study from development cost charge funds, which can only be disbursed by way of a Bylaw.

Council read the bylaw a first, second, and third time.

Navvy Jack House Update 

Navvy Jack House is the oldest continuously occupied home in the lower mainland. Its history is one of the beginnings of the municipality of West Vancouver and the shared history of First Nations and European settlers. The District shared the history of this municipally-owned property during a public consultation in 2019. In 2020, Council decided to demolish the building due to its poor condition and high cost of salvaging it. A citizen's group formed and requested that Council not demolish the house. Since October 2020, work has been ongoing to determine the feasibility and options available to retain the house.

There are two parts to this project, the first part being the house restoration, and the second part is the restoration of Lawson Creek, which is located next to the house.  

Creek restoration

The creek restoration will create a salmon habitat in Lawson Creek and enhance the natural park landscape. The new riparian habitat will be located where the house sits currently, and the house needs to be moved for the project to occur. The stream restoration project is being undertaken and funded by the West Vancouver Streamkeepers.

Council directed staff to conduct and complete public engagement on the creek enhancement plan in September. This timing will allow the Streamkeepers to prepare detailed designs and make the necessary applications for permits and grants.

House restoration

In March, Council directed staff to proceed with a feasibility analysis for three possible house restoration scenarios: 

  1. an 800 sq.ft. space based on the original house for full-time food and beverage use
  2. the 800 sq. ft. space with an addition of 1,400 sq. ft. for full-time food and beverage use
  3. the 800 sq. ft. space plus a 1,000 sq. ft. annex connected by a 400 sq. ft. breezeway for multi-purpose use (coffee shop, gift shop, exhibit space, etc)

Council directed staff to conduct a more detailed analysis of the first two options, and no longer pursue the third option.

Staff will also continue to engage with the First Nations on both the house and stream restoration projects, and provide Council with updates periodically.

Previous updates on Navvy Jack House:

March 8, 2020

November 16, 2020

October 5, 2020

BYLAWS

Subdivision of 6779 Dufferin Avenue

On July 13, Council held a public hearing to receive input from the community on a proposed subdivision and development variance permit for 6779 Dufferin Avenue.

Council adopted the Zoning Amendment bylaw and approved the development permit.

Sewell’s Landing Housing Agreement

The housing agreement prevents any restrictions from being placed on the rental or leasing of the units in the Sewell's development in Horseshoe Bay. On July 12, Council read the bylaw a first, second, and third time.

Council adopted the bylaw.

On Tuesday, July 27, there will be a public hearing, followed by a Special Council Meeting, to consider implementing the Neighbourhood Character Working Group's recommendations.

The next Regular Council meeting will take place on September 13, 2021.


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