Council Meeting Highlights: September 13, 2021

Sep 13, 2021

Here is a quick snapshot of the outcome of the September 13 public hearing and regular Council meeting. For details, please watch the video or view the minutes once they are posted.

A public hearing was held at 6 p.m., and the regular Council meeting started immediately after the public hearing was closed.

PUBLIC HEARING

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.

On July 26, Council read the bylaw a first time and scheduled the public hearing for September 13, 2021.

Council received input from the applicant and the community on the proposed zoning bylaw amendment and closed the public hearing.

REPORTS

Proposed Development Variance Permits for 4428 and 4430 Ross Crescent

Two proposed new single-family homes at 4428 and 4430 Ross Crescent require development variance permits due to flood construction level requirements. The two properties are located in the Stearman Beach neighbourhood, which is subject to flooding from storm events and sea level rise. As climate change causes increased sea level rise and storm surges, it is important to build to flood construction levels to protect people and properties, and sensitively manage the foreshore environment.

Council approved the development variance permits.

Proposed eight-storey residential building at 657 & 675 Marine Drive and 660 Clyde Avenue 

This proposal is for an eight-storey residential building containing 89 units, including 68 market condos, 21 rental units, pedestrian connections, plazas, a separated bike path, amenities for the residents, and underground parking.

The existing commercial building at 660 Clyde Avenue is also being protected as a heritage resource.

The site is located at the northeast corner of Marine Drive and Taylor Way.

This application was first submitted in 2016. It was deferred until the Marine Drive Local Area Plan and Design Guidelines were completed (June 2017). The proposal has since been reviewed by the Design Review Committee, the Public Art Advisory Committee, the Accessibility Committee on Disability Issues, and the Heritage Advisory Committee.

Council read the proposed bylaws a first time and scheduled a public hearing on October 19, 2021.

The applicant will be required to host a public information meeting prior to the public hearing.

Proposed bylaw amendments (housekeeping amendments and corrections) for Bylaw Notice Enforcement, and Soil Removal, Deposit, Blasting and Rock Breaking

Both of these bylaws were considered and adopted by Council at their July 27, 2021 special meeting as part of the package of Neighbourhood Character Working Group bylaws. Staff identified clerical errors during the August recess, and brought forward amendments to correct these errors.

Council read the bylaws a first, second, and third time, or a first and second time where applicable. Adoption will take place at a later date.

Bylaws

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.

On July 26, Council read the bylaw a first time and scheduled a public hearing for September 13, 2021. The public hearing took place immediately before this Council meeting.

Council adopted the zoning bylaw amendment and approved the development permit.

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.

On July 26, Council read the bylaw a first, second, and third time to allocate $122,000 for the study from development cost charge funds, which can only be disbursed by way of a bylaw.

Council adopted the bylaw.

Consent Agenda Items

Update on Municipal Hall Seismic Upgrades & Renewal Project

The planning for the Municipal Hall Seismic Upgrades & Renewal Project started in 2017, with construction commencing in late 2019.

Municipal Hall had not had any significant renovations during its 50-plus year history. All of its building systems were at the end of useful life, and were expensive to operate, inefficient, and well below the District’s sustainability objectives.

Due to the age of the building and the unique design of the tower, the seismic performance was well below current code requirements and posed a risk of potential collapse and damage to the new Police Services and Municipal Hall Building in the event of a major earthquake, which could affect the District’s ability to provide essential services.

The project includes seismic upgrades, installation of energy-efficient building systems, and a 90%-plus reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The project is currently anticipated to be completed around March 2022.

Council received the report for information.

Notice of Motion regarding Gas Powered Leaf Blowers

Councillors Soprovich and Lambur provided notice that they will, at the September 27 Council meeting, request that staff report on the feasibility of banning two-stroke gas-powered leaf blowers and regulating the noise of electric leaf blowers.

The next regular Council meeting will take place on September 27, 2021.


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