October 21, 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 October 2021 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 903 Collinson Street – Development Variance Permit Application
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Variance Permit Application for 903 Collinson Street. This application will allow for relocation of the driveway access for 903 Collinson Street to improve vehicle access and intersection safety. 

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Reconsideration of a Portion of Council Motion on Rental Business Licensing Bylaw
Council has voted to suspend development of a Rental Business Licensing Bylaw given changes to the provincial Residential Tenancy Act (RTA), that came into effect on July 1, 2021, designed to prevent evictions carried out to renovate or repair a rental unit. Staff will report back to Council in three months on the effectiveness of the provincial legislation in preventing evictions to date. The City will also undertake tenant capacity-building and outreach activities regarding RTA requirements on repair and renovations of rental housing. Council will advocate to the Province to allow local governments to have the authority to require tenant protections, such as the application of the City’s Tenant Assistance Policy at the issuance of Building Permits and Development Permits, where tenant relocation is required.

Accessibility Framework and Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) Annual Update
Council has endorsed a wheelchair/inclusion rodeo to be led by AAC, encouraging Council members to participate in the rodeo, with staff to support the AAC in hosting and promoting the wheelchair/inclusion rodeo. Sponsors and grants will be sought and if necessary, Council will allocate up to $2,000 from the 2021 contingency toward the wheelchair/inclusion rodeo.

Cultural Infrastructure Grants
Council will consider ongoing funding to the Cultural Infrastructure Grant Programfor $250,000 annually from new assessed revenue as part of the 2022 Financial Planning process, with deliberations occurring in January.