Council Meeting Highlights: October 18, 2021
At their July 12, 2021 meeting, Council approved $300,000 from the COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant to create the COVID-19 Impact Assistance Grant for Non-for-Profit Organizations and asked the Community Grants Committee to administer the program.
The Committee evaluated the applications and recommended that Council approve 29 grants to not-for-profit groups for a total amount of $218,500. The Committee also recommended the $81,500 remaining from the $300,000 be carried forward to the 2022 Community Grants budget.
Council approved the grants as recommended.
The District adopted the 2021 budget in the spring as part of the Five-Year Financial Plan. After the financial plan is adopted, property taxes are set and collected. Because taxes are only collected once a year, the municipal budget is cautious and conservative.
Staff review the municipality's financial performance quarterly and, if necessary, account for changes to how the municipality is spending in a budget amendment. This budget amendment takes into account the following key factors:
- Increased costs a result of provincial health orders related to the pandemic
- Increased permit revenues as a result of a strong housing market
- Increased revenues from the Boat Shed and Beach House restaurants
- New grant revenue for the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, the Library
- Funding from TransLink for road improvements in Ambleside
Council must approve all District spending in a bylaw, and the 2021–2025 Financial Plan Bylaw Amendment adjusts the revenues and expenditures for 2021 based on results to date.
Council read the bylaw a first, second, and third time.
This proposal is for a residential building containing seven 2,930 sq. ft. units and 17 underground parking spaces with EV charging.
The site is currently zoned for duplexes but is surrounded by apartment towers and in the Ambleside Apartment Development Permit Area.
On June 8, 2020, Council reviewed the preliminary application for this proposal and advanced it to the next steps: community consultation and staff review. The applicant has since modified the proposal to reflect feedback from the public, the Advisory Committee on Disability Issues, and the Design Review Committee.
This proposal would pioneer sustainable design in West Vancouver: it calls for mass framed timber, Passive House certification, rooftop solar panels for onsite energy generation, with zero emissions on site. Proposed community benefits include a new crosswalk, a landscaped public plaza, and a cash contribution.
The site is within the Ambleside Local Area Plan (LAP) boundary. The public process for the Ambleside LAP has not yet begun.
Council did not support the proposal.
A proposed new single-family home at 2870 Bellevue Avenue requires a development variance permit because it is on the waterfront. The property is subject to flooding from storm events and sea-level rise.
Council is also considering a rezoning application for this property. A small part of the lot was zoned for Marine Use sometime in the past, while the majority is zoned single-family residential. Private residential lands are not normally zoned Marine Use; this typically only applies to public lands. The rezoning would consolidate the property under a single single-family residential designation.
Council read the zoning bylaw amendment the first time and scheduled a Public Hearing for November 23, 2021. Council will also consider the Development Variance Permit on November 23, 2021.
On a related note, the District is in the process of creating a Foreshore Development Permit Area to provide clear information for owners of these waterfront properties about how to redevelop their properties safely. It would also delegate approvals to staff, avoiding the need for property owners to apply to Council for this type of variance permit.
The District has received an application to subdivide 5826 Eagle Island. The municipality, through the Official Community Plan, does not permit subdivisions on Eagle Island. However, the owners of the property applied to Council to consider allowing a subdivision of the property.
Council did not support the subdivision application.
On May 31, 2021, Council approved the Interim Non-medical Cannabis Retail Policy and directed staff to bring forward all cannabis retail applications received by June 30, 2021, in a batch for Council's consideration.
Ten applications were received by June 30:
- six in Ambleside Town Centre:
- two in Horseshoe Bay:
- one in Dundarave:
- one in the Marine Drive Taylor Way commercial area:
All the applications meet the District's criteria. However, the policy only allows one in each shopping area, for a maximum of four in West Vancouver.
Council directed that all the applications be considered at the December 15, 2021 Council meeting.
Staff will send notifications to all adjacent properties and place ads in the newspaper before the December 15 meeting.
Council read this bylaw a first, second, and third time at the October 4 meeting.
Council adopted the bylaw.
A consent agenda allows Council to approve all these items together without discussion or individual motions. Council briefly discussed the Temporary Outdoor Patios report and approved the other items without discussion.
On May 31, Council adopted a new bylaw that allows the public to consume liquor in Millennium Park, making it possible for people to take out a meal and a bottle of wine from a local restaurant and enjoy them safely in Millennium Park.
Council had approved this on a pilot basis and asked staff to report back in October. Staff reviewed the project, determined that it was successful, and recommended that Council make it permanent. Staff also recommended that Council consider extending it to other parks.
Council created the temporary outdoor patio program to give West Vancouver businesses more space to accommodate customers safely according to provincial guidelines. Council also approved a reconfiguration of the 2400 block of Marine Drive (north side) as part of this program. The program was set up as a temporary program, expiring at the end of October 2021.
Council extended the program until October 15, 2022, to give businesses more time to take advantage of expanded footprints. Council also directed staff to report back before October 15, 2022, with a potential permanent approach to formalize the temporary outdoor business area program and reallocation of road space on the northern side of the 2400 block of Marine Drive.
The next regular Council meeting will take place on November 8, 2021.