Metro Board Meeting April 26, RGS, Frequent Transit Development Areas, Finance & more

The Metro Vancouver Board meeting was held April 26, 2013. The revised agenda was posted the previous day at 5 pm on the Metro website with some important additional items.

Here are some critical topics, with agenda excerpts and MetroVanWatch comments further below :

  • Request by the City of Port Moody for Three Additional Regional Growth Strategy Special Study Areas 
  • Regional Growth Strategy Implementation Guidelines for Identifying Frequent Transit Development Areas (see separate MetroVanWatch post here)
  • Office Development in Metro Vancouver’s Urban Centres Discussion Paper  
  • Results from the ALR Landowner Survey
  • Finance Committee: Draft audited 2012 Financial Statements, 2012 Financial Results Year End, and Status of Reserves

See the revised agenda here:
http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/GVRD%20Board/RD__26-Apr-13_AGE-Revised.pdf

Live video stream here (only during Board meetings): http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/Pages/BoardLiveWebCast.aspx

(People are urged to continue writing their local mayors/councillors and urge them to call for live video and video archives of all Metro Board and committee meetings. At the moment, only these Board meetings are shown by streaming video, and not provided later as archived video. This shortcoming is a serious problem for accountability and public access to critical decision-making processes.)

More agenda details:

REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Friday, April 26, 2013
9:00 A.M.
2nd Floor Boardroom, 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, British Columbia

Excerpts selected by MetroVanWatch.

1. REGIONAL PLANNING AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE
1.1 Request by the City of Port Moody for Three Additional Regional Growth Strategy
Special Study Areas
That the Board:
a) Initiate the process for a Type 3 amendment to the Regional Growth Strategy in
accordance with section 857 of the Local Government Act for the amendment
requested by the City of Port Moody to create three additional RGS Special Study
Areas; and
b) Direct staff to provide written notice of the proposed Type 3 amendment to all
affected local governments and appropriate agencies.

Metro Van, Port Moody Special Study Areas, board mtg 26-Apr-2013MetroVanWatch comment: These are huge areas covering much of the municipality’s land along Burrard Inlet. People need to observe what is going on here. Special Study Areas open the door for changes and development. Only Richmond Councillor Harold Steves voted against this item, citing the potential loss of industrial land, and more pressure on ALR land.

1.2 Regional Growth Strategy Implementation Guidelines for Identifying Frequent Transit Development Areas
That the Board adopt the “Regional Growth Strategy Implementation Guideline #4 –
Identifying Frequent Transit Development Areas” attached to this report.

MetroVanWatch comment: This is a critically important topic for development in the region. See separate post on MetroVanWatch today. For context about what is going on here, see this article. Transportation 2040 report fatally flawed – Opinion: Both the funding model and land-use planning strategy take power away from municipality (Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun November 21, 2012)

1.3 Opportunities for the Intensive Use of Industrial Lands – Summary Report
That the Board endorse the attached summary report titled “Opportunities for the
Intensive Use of Industrial Lands”, as a means to promote the Regional Growth
Strategy objectives of industrial land protection and intensification.

1.4 Office Development in Metro Vancouver’s Urban Centres Discussion Paper
That the Board:
a) receive for information the discussion paper titled “Office Development in Metro
Vancouver’s Urban Centres” as context for local and regional planning and
circulate to member municipalities and the development industry, and
b) direct staff to report back with an action plan based on opportunities identified
in the Areas for Further Exploration section of the discussion paper.

1.5 Results from the ALR Landowner Survey
That the Board:
a) receive the results from the ALR Landowner Survey for information; and
b) direct staff to proceed with working with the Ministry of Agriculture and the
Agricultural Land Commission on next steps described in the report dated March
27, 2013, titled “Results from the ALR Landowner Survey”.

2. ENVIRONMENT AND PARKS COMMITTEE
2.1 2013 Caring for the Air Report
That the Board receive for information the report dated March 21, 2013, titled
“2013 Caring for the Air Report”.

2.2 On-Road Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicle Program – Update and 2013 Work Plan
See agenda for more details.

3. INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

3.1 Update on Communications with the Federal Government Regarding the Additions
to Reserve Policy
See agenda for more details.

4. TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

4.1 Proposed Transportation Forum
That the Board direct staff to organize a Transportation Forum in the Fall of 2013 on
the regional and local impacts of Goods Movement and request the staff to report
back on a more detailed program and agenda.

5. OTHER REPORTS
5.1 Delegation Executive Summaries Presented at Committee – April 2013
That the Board receive for information the report dated April 15, 2013 titled
Delegation Executive Summaries Presented at Committee – April 2013 containing a
summary received from the following delegate:
A. Voters Taking Action on Climate Change

Additional
Items: 6. FINANCE COMMITTEE

6.1 Draft Audited 2012 Financial Statements
That the GVRD Board approve the Audited 2012 Consolidated Financial Statements for the Greater Vancouver Regional District, and receive for information the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation Audited 2012 Financial Statements.

6.2 2012 Financial Results Year-End
That the Board receive the report dated April 7, 2013 titled “2012 Financial Results
Year-End” for information.

6.3 Status of Reserves
That the Board approve the application of reserves as set out in Schedules 1 and 2 of
the report titled “Status of Reserves” dated March 28, 2013.

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