Council had a very busy day this Monday – without even having a Committee Of The Whole.
The day began with two public hearings / feedback sessions beginning at 1PM.
The first was a Hearing regarding Bylaw No. 2039-A4 Proposed Rezoning from R1 to R4 to accommodate agricultural uses on the 7600 Block of 8th Street. No one showed up to speak to it as you can see below.
Following that was the Public Feedback sessions regarding a Development Variance Permit for the Proposed Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licence at 7500 Donaldson Drive. This is the current location of the Warming Centre. A number of people showed up to speak against Pot and Pot stores in general. The warming centre turned out to be a side issue in this hearing. Listen below.
Right after these sessions Council had a long in-camera session. Of course I cannot tell you what they discussed – media isn’t allowed in the room. But they do give an agenda where they show which sub–sections of section 90 they are using to invoke the in-camera proceedings. I’ll reproduce that part of the agenda below:
THAT Council convene an In-Camera Meeting as outlined under Section 90 of the Community Charter to discuss matters in a closed meeting which are subject to Section 90 (1) (a) personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality; (e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality; and (k) negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public;
Finally the evening meeting took place at 7PM. A number of items were added to the agenda and they related to the housing issue and warming centre. The links to the Agenda for this City Council Meeting are: As an HTML page As a PDF doc
There was only one public meeting of Council on May 21, 2019 You can read along in the agenda if you want by following these links to the Agenda: As a web page Or as a PDF doc
The gallery was full – actually more people showed up than could fit in the room. Which meant some waited until others left. Pretty much everyone was there about the city’s plan to get BC Housing to agree to move the supportive housing project from its downtown location to the properties adjacent to the development they are currently engaged in building between the Womens’ Transition House and Brycen Place. And most of the more voluble were against it. To see the Council’s deliberations on this click here or on the pie green slice at the top label Bylaw 2039-A6 Proposed Rezoning on 90th Street.
If Housing isn’t high on your priority list you might be more interested in the large amount the city has to put into the Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrades Project. Millions to build a better drain to dump our waste in.
A reminder – when you click on one of the pie slices a new window / tab will open and you’ll be at Youtube and the video will be ready to play at the point you chose. But now you have to press Play.
On May 6 , 2019 Grand Forks’ City Council had a bunch of meetings. 4 of those were public. Links to agendas for the meetings today Committee Of The Whole as a web page or as a PDF doc Public Hearings as a web page or as a PDF doc Regular meeting as a web page or as a PDF doc
First there was a Committee Of The Whole at 9AM. The presenter for the Community Forests was not present so that did not happen. There was a presentation by Angela Nichols on a Community Courtesy Circle – this was previously presented on this website here. A School Re-Wilding project by teachers and students of Perley School was brought before council looking for water access. But without a teacher to present it council was unsure of what exactly was being asked for and who was actually doing the asking. Bylaw 2064, the Smoke and Vape Bylaw came back and it still makes it an offense to light up on any city sidewalk . . . An Elections Amendment bylaw, 2042-A1,was discussed as well.
At 6 PM there were two public sessions One was a Hearing about a proposed Subdivision, Rezoning and Consideration of approximately 0.5 hectares for parking lot expansion to relieve traffic congestion and alleviate safety concerns at John A. Hutton Elementary School and the other a Feedback Session regarding an application by Non-Medical Cannabis Retail store.
The Evening meeting had a couple of requests for liquor permits by events taking place this summer. For the first time council covered them as one item on the agenda. Another was a temporary use permit application by Cannafest to use land adjacent to Brycen Place for parking. They also covered the 2019 Tax Rates in bylaw 2058
Oct 9, 2018 was a long day for council.
It began with a Committee Of The Whole meeting starting at 9AM. That meeting didn’t look very involved in the agenda but ended up taking a lot longer when it actually took place, 2 hours and 49 minutes.
They had an in-camera meeting after that.
In the evening they had one of the shortest meetings on record for this council – less than 11 minutes!
And this will be the last meeting of this council before the voting for the next council happens. (not the very last meeting of this council though)
Where was all the discussion in the Committee Of The Whole meeting?
Regional Topics with Area D, the CAO & Recovery Manager report,
The Regular Meeting. Less than 11 minutes. ’nuff said. (normally an item has to get at least 90 seconds of discussion to get a slice in the pie. That left only two slices so I shortened it to 30 seconds)