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.
Council had only one public meeting this day. They did have a secret one
as well but of course we can’t be there to tell you what happened in
that. (the mayor let some of the cat out of the bag later on just before
the start of question period)
In this meeting you get to hear about a number of things.
Urban Systems appeared but not to talk about any particular project they have going – nope, they were there to explain who they are, how they are organized and what they do. Did you know that Urban Matters who is helping with Flood Recovery matters is part of Urban Systems? So if you’ve ever wondered about this outside firm our town spends so much money with it’s worth a listen.
The Boundary Flood Recovery team lead, Graham Watt, was also presenting an update on Housing. Council has moved discussion about Snow Clearing to a future date – which will likely see them discussing Snow in the middle of the Summer . . .
One of the biggest pieces of news came out in the Late Items – in an earlier, in-camera, meeting the City and BC Housing had been discussing the possibility of a land swap. Specifically the City would like BC Housing to consider putting the Supportive Housing development on the 4 lots the City has purchased on 70th Street immediately adjacent to the housing development currently proposed for the space between the Women’s Transition House on 19th Ave. if BC Housing goes along with it this will require a public consultation process because of zoning changes. That promises to be a very interesting process considering people near both locations do not want the project in their locales . . . you can get the gist of how rocky this may be from the feedback they got in the question period.