Council Meeting Highlights: May 31, 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.


8145 Pasco Road - Community Charter, Section 57 Notice on Land Title

The report describes a history related to building permits and structures built without the required permits on the property. Some structures on the property remain unauthorized and staff continue to work with the owner to resolve the issue. However, this will take some time, and in the absence of a resolution, it may not be clear to prospective purchasers that some structures on the property are unauthorized and those future owners would be required to undergo various processes to legalize some of the structures, while others will be removed. Registering a notice on the title of the property is the step the municipality can take to alert the public and prospective purchasers about the steps required to legalize the property.

Council did not support the recommendation.

An alternate motion that directed staff to follow the regular process with the owner to legalize the structures on the property was made and carried.

Interim Non-medical Cannabis Retail Policy

Since October of 2018, non-medical cannabis has been legal in Canada. Retail stores have opened across the Lower Mainland, but the District of West Vancouver has taken a cautious approach. It has not yet permitted retail cannabis stores to open 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. It is important to note that the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) is responsible for issuing licences for cannabis retail stores. It also enforces regulations and investigates complaints, and enforces compliance.  The role of the municipality is one of determining land use and issuing business licences.

The policy:

  • Limits the maximum number of cannabis stores to 4 in all of West Vancouver;
  • Provides locational criteria for where stores may be located in commercial areas;
  • Requires a minimum 100-metre separation distance from elementary and secondary schools; and
  • Requires a maximum 8-metre store frontage

Council approved the Interim Non-medical Cannabis Retail Policy.

The District has received five applications for cannabis retail, and the policy provides for four in all of West Vancouver. Council directed staff to bring forward all cannabis retail applications received by June 30, 2021, in a batch for Council’s consideration.

The Fees and Charges Bylaw will need to be amended to provide a business licence fee for cannabis retail stores. The amendment bylaw was read a first, a second, and a third time. Adoption will take place at a later meeting.

Electric Vehicle Charging Study for District Fleet

In October 2019, Council directed staff to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in corporate operations to advance the United Nations International Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC) targets of 45% below 2010 levels by 2030. This report shared findings of a study to determine how modifications to the District's operational fleet could contribute to this goal.

A two-year up-front investment in electric fleet vehicles and charging infrastructure could allow the District to realize its target of a 33% reduction in greenhouse gasses generated by fleet operations by 2030. 

A capital budget request will be prepared for approximately $300,000–$400,000 annually for two years to electrify 10–12 light-duty fleet vehicles, and a capital budget of $40,000 over two years to provide EV charging infrastructure for these vehicles.

Council directed staff to prepare a budget request for 2022.

2021 Community Grants Recommendations: Arts, Culture & Heritage and Community & Social Services Grants 

The District’s Community Grants Program provides funding to not-for-profit community organizations serving the needs of West Vancouver residents.  This assistance promotes a healthy, caring community where residents have access to services that maintain or improve their quality of life; and promotes full participation in community life. The grant budget for 2021 is $259,326, and the Community Grants Committee makes recommendations on allocating the grants.

Council approved the list of grant requests as recommended by the Community Grants Committee.


Consumption of Liquor in Public Places Bylaw

On May 10, Council gave first, second, and third readings to a new bylaw that will allow public consumption of liquor in Millennium Park on a pilot basis. Council adopted the bylaw, which goes into effect on June 1, 2021

Community Amenity Reserve Fund Bylaw

On May 10, Council gave first, second, and third readings to a new Community Amenity Reserve Fund Bylaw. Council adopted the bylaw.

The next Council meeting will take place on June 14, 2021.

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