Council Meeting Highlights: June 14, 2021
West Vancouver has joined the City and District of North Vancouver in a two-year e-bike share pilot project.
In 2018 and 2019, West Vancouver worked with both North Vancouvers to launch an e-bike pilot, but the proposals at that time were unsuccessful. In early 2021, the City and District of North Vancouver held another e-bike competitive process. The City of North Vancouver acted as administrator and staff from West Vancouver participated in the application review process. Lime was selected as the new e-bike operator.
A bike share allows the public to rent an e-bike for short periods, and the e-bikes have to be brought back to a designated location at the end of the trip. E-bike shares can be used for recreation but also to provide more transportation options for North Shore residents. The e-bikes will have a motor that adds power to pedalling, which will make it easier to cycle the inclines on the North Shore.
Council approved the E-Bike Share Policy that will guide the e-bike share pilot during its two-year term. This permit will allow Lime to expand its operations into West Vancouver by mid-summer, after it launches in the City and District of North Vancouver.
The Fees and Charges Bylaw, Traffic and Parking Bylaw, and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw require amendments to support this pilot. Council gave the bylaws a first, second, and third reading. Adoption will be scheduled for a later meeting.
As climate change causes increased sea level rise and storm surges, it is important for waterfront communities to develop building regulations that specifically address the risk of coastal hazards and flooding.
Development Permit Areas are a successful tool for the municipality to manage development safely in specific areas. For example, the Watercourse Development Permit Area protects riparian environmental areas from development. The Wildfire Development Permit Area guides development to protect residential areas in the forest interface area from wildfire risk.
The Official Community Plan and Council's Strategic Plan specify the need to address sea-level rise with a Development Permit Area (DPA). On November 16, 2020, Council directed staff to prepare and introduce a Foreshore Development Permit Area for Council's consideration. The development permit area for the foreshore will help protect people and homes, protect the environment, and provide clear information for property owners about how to develop waterfront properties safely.
Council also directed staff to hold a workshop for community stakeholders to learn more and provide feedback before staff finalized the proposed DPA. A virtual information meeting was held on April 28, 2021, and the information from that meeting is posted online.
Council deferred setting a public hearing for the bylaws and directed staff as follows:
- THAT further consideration of the Foreshore Development Permit Area be deferred until staff have completed additional public consultation by proactively reaching out to all homeowners in the proposed development permit area via a mailout that includes a link to tonight’s Foreshore DPA Council report and appendices as well as staff contact information, and then host two or three workshops/roundtable discussions in accordance with public health orders.
- THAT staff bring back the Foreshore Development Permit Area in conjunction with the Coastal Marine Management Plan Working Group final report.
The District has received an application to subdivide the property at 6779 Dufferin Avenue into two smaller lots. Staff recommend the rezoning application proceed to a public hearing because the proposed subdivision would allow for two lots to be created and two smaller houses built, rather than a single larger house. Two smaller houses would have a lower impact on neighbours than one large house, as there would be less building mass, and the proposed design would help to preserve neighbourhood character.
Council scheduled the public hearing for July 13, 2021.
On May 31, 2021, Council approved the Interim Non-medical Cannabis Retail Policy and gave the first, second, and third reading to a bylaw to provide for business licence fees for cannabis retail stores.
Although cannabis has been legal in Canada since October 2018, the District of West Vancouver has not permitted cannabis retail outlets in the municipality. From March 29 to April 12, 2021, staff asked the public to comment on a draft interim policy that would provide a framework for the approval of retail cannabis establishments in West Vancouver. The Council approved the policy on May 31.
Council adopted the Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw to provide a business licence fee for cannabis retail stores.
The next Council meeting will take place on June 28, 2021.