April 8, 2021

Council Highlights provide a snapshot of the progress made on City programs, initiatives and on Council decision-making. For more information on each initiative, please visit the accompanying link where noted. The items are selected highlights from the April 8, 2021 Council Meeting. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 1150 Cook Street - Development Permit with Variances
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Permit with Variances for 1150 Cook Street. This application will allow for an approximately 16 storey mixed use residential and commercial building.

Local Government Recommendation for Seed and Stone Cannabis at 901 Gordon Street
An application to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for provincial cannabis retail store licences for Seed and Stone Cannabis at 901 Gordon Street has been endorsed by City Council, subject to the applicant’s compliance with City bylaws and permits.

Governance Review
Staff willinitiate the procurement process for selecting consultant services for a Governance Review and report back to Council with the workplan once the consultant is selected.

Proposed Donation: Swim Platform in Gorge Waterway
Council has approved thereceipt of the donation of the swim platform from Aryze Developments Ltd, with the cost of maintaining the platform to be included in the draft 2022 Financial Plan.

Renters' Advisory Committee - Term Extension
Council has approvedextending the Renters’ Advisory Committee as follows:

  • Initiate cyclical two-year terms from April 2021 to November 2023 which will realign with annual Council committee member appointments thereafter
      • Rotate half of the members annually to provide overlapping terms
      • Extend the term of current committee members to November 2022
      • Appoint new committee members to fill current vacancies
      • Update the Terms of Reference to reflect the new cyclical term
      • Continue the committee on an ongoing basis

Council will consider the appointment of equity seeking groups to the committee and direct staff to ask members of equity seeking groups to self-identify if they wish, for the Renters Advisory Committee. Staff will amend the Renters Advisory Committee proposed terms of reference to add explicit reference to a class of membership for people with lived experience with disability and a reasonable accommodation provision to signal that people of various abilities can participate.

2021 Financial Plan Update - Police Budget Allocation Formula and Request for Additional Officers to Support Bylaw Services
Council has approved an increase of $296,122 or 0.21% in property taxes to fund the shift of policing costs, and approved $25,000 for additional policing support for bylaw services staff for the month of April 2021 from the 2021 contingency budget.