Council Meeting Highlights: November 8, 2021

Nov 9, 2021

Here is a snapshot of the outcome of the November 8, 2021 Council meeting. For details, please watch the video or view the minutes once they are posted.

REPORTS

Council's Strategic Plan

At the beginning of their term, Council worked together to set strategic goals and objectives to accomplish in the first two years, to be reviewed annually.

In Spring 2020, Council reviewed and confirmed the major Strategic Goals from the previous 2019–2020 plan and reviewed and updated the objectives for the next two years. 

In 2021, Council reviewed, reaffirmed, and updated the Strategic goals and objectives for 2021/2022. 

The plan directly advances several policies in the Official Community Plan, which was developed over 18 months with extensive community consultation. In addition, many of the objectives and deliverables within Council's Strategic Plan 2021-2022 will include a public engagement/consultation component.

Council approved the Strategic Goals and Objectives for 2021/2022.

Development Variance Permit for Horseshoe Bay Park public washroom

At the September 27, 2021 council meeting, staff reported that the new public washroom building at Horseshoe Bay Park would require a variance to allow the washroom to have a reduced setback and slightly increased elevation. At that time, Council set November 8 as the date to consider the application. Staff then sent notification of the application to nearby property owners.

Council approved the application.

Horseshoe Bay neighbourhood zones

After four phases of engagement, including over 50 community events and meetings and a review process that included approximately 6,000 instances of engagement, the Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan and Design Guidelines were adopted by Council on June 1, 2021.

The adoption of the Horsehoe Bay LAP initiated zoning updates to enable missing middle forms of ground-oriented housing, such as infill, multiples and row housing, as supported by the LAP.

Council read the bylaw a first time and scheduled a public hearing for December 7, 2021.

Zoning Amendment to allow for child care at 1050 Esplanade Avenue

The District has received an application to allow a family childcare service to open in the secondary suite at 1050 Esplanade Avenue. Currently, regulations do not allow for childcare services in a secondary suite. This amendment to the Zoning Bylaw is a site-specific amendment to allow for childcare for up to seven children to operate at that location.

Council read the bylaw a first time and scheduled a public hearing to take place on December 7, 2021.

West Vancouver's comments on draft Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 23 local governments that is responsible for regional planning and services. In addition to providing drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management, it also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system, and provides affordable housing. Metro Vancouver is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of elected officials from each local government.

The draft Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) coordinates regional planning for member governments and aims to promote complete, compact communities that are socially, economically, and environmentally healthy, and make efficient use of public facilities, services, land, transportation, and other resources. 

Staff noted that West Vancouver's Official Community Plan, together with ongoing planning initiatives, closely reflect the principles of the draft Metro 2050 plan, although they do have comments to share with Metro.

The next steps for Metro Vancouver include incorporating feedback, first and second readings of the draft bylaw, then, a regional public hearing, and finally, adoption by member jurisdictions.

Council received the report and directed staff to submit the letter of comments on the Draft Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy to Metro Vancouver.

BYLAWS

Fees and Charges amendments to allow for Temporary Outdoor Patios

The proposed bylaw supports temporary outdoor patios by waiving associated fees. The bylaw received first, second, and third reading at the October 18, 2021 Council meeting.

Council adopted the bylaw.

Financial Plan Amendment 

The proposed bylaw received first, second, and third readings at the October 18, 2021 Council meeting.

Council adopted the bylaw.

Road Closure and Removal of Highway Dedication Bylaw at Shamrock Place and 25th Street

The purpose of this Road Closure Bylaw is to close a portion of a municipal road allowance that has never been opened and consolidate it with the adjacent Brissenden Park. By changing the land designation, Council can increase the size of Brissenden Park. Council read the bylaw the first time at the April 12, 2021 Council meeting, and read it a second and third time at the October 4, 2021 Council meeting.

The bylaw was approved by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure on September 7, 2021, completing the requirements for this parcel of land.

Council adopted the bylaw.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular Council meeting will take place on November 22, 2021.


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