Important Regional Planning Committee July 5 meeting – Regional Context Statements and more

Important topics for the Metro Vancouver region are on the July 5, 2013 (Friday) agenda of the GVRD’s Regional Planning and Agricultural Committee meeting. Excerpts of the agenda are copied below. Note the sections we have bolded — particularly relating to regional planning, and “Regional Context Statements”  — updates overall, and specifics for Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Vancouver, Delta, Lions Bay, and Howe Sound. A status update for all municipalities is on page 355.

REGIONAL PLANNING AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, REGULAR MEETING
9 am, Friday, July 5, 2013
Location: Metro Vancouver, 2nd Floor Boardroom, 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC

A G E N D A1

See the official website for official agenda and documents.
http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/Regional%20Planning%20and%20Agriculture/Regional_Planning_and_Agriculture_Committee-July_5_2013-Agenda.pdf

MetroVanWatch note:  Unfortunately, only Board meetings are webcast. Metro Vancouver fails to provide web video of committee meetings. Please write all your municipality’s elected officials asking them to call for Metro Vancouver to become more accountable by providing web video AND online archives of ALL Board and Committee meetings.

1. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
1.1 July 5, 2013 Regular Meeting Agenda
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee adopt the agenda for its
regular meeting scheduled for July 5, 2013 as circulated.

2. ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES
2.1 May 3, 2013 Regular Meeting Minutes
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee adopt the minutes of its
regular meeting held May 3, 2013 as circulated.

3. DELEGATIONS
No items presented.

4. INVITED PRESENTATIONS
4.1 Brenda Broughton, Mayor, Village of Lions Bay
Subject: Discussion of Howe Sound Land Use Planning

5. REPORTS FROM COMMITTEE OR STAFF

5.1 Land Use Planning For Howe Sound
Designated Speaker:
Jason Smith, Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Board receive for information the report dated June 14, 2013, titled “Land
Use Planning For Howe Sound”.

5.2 Consideration of “Greater Vancouver Regional District Regional Growth Strategy
Amendment Bylaw No. 1185, 2013” to Create Three Additional Regional Growth
Strategy Special Study Areas in the City of Port Moody
Designated Speaker:
Heather McNell, Regional Planning Division Manager
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Board:
a) give first, second and third reading to the “Greater Vancouver Regional
District Regional Growth Strategy Amendment Bylaw No. 1185, 2013”;
b) reconsider, pass and finally adopt “Greater Vancouver Regional District
Regional Growth Strategy Amendment Bylaw No. 1185, 2013”;
c) resolve that, as of today’s date, Regional Growth Strategy Map 12 “Special
Study Areas and Sewerage Extension Areas”, applies to Port Moody; and
d) request that the City of Port Moody adopt a Council resolution that as of
today’s date, the Regional Growth Strategy land use designations applicable
to the Petro Canada Refinery lands, Mill and Timber site and Imperial Oil
lands do apply to the City of Port Moody.

5.3 Regional Context Statements and Associated Regional Growth Strategy
Amendment Processes
Designated Speaker:
Lee-Ann Garnett, Senior Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee receive for information this
report dated June 25, 2013, titled “Regional Context Statements and Associated
Regional Growth Strategy Amendment Processes”.

5.4 Consideration of the City of Port Coquitlam’s Regional Context Statement
Designated Speakers:
Heather McNell, Regional Planning Division Manager
Jason Smith, Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Board accept the City of Port Coquitlam’s Regional Context Statement as
submitted to Metro Vancouver on June 20, 2013.

5.5 Consideration of the City of Langley Regional Context Statement
Designated Speakers:
Heather McNell, Regional Planning Division Manager
Terry Hoff, Senior Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Board accept the City of Langley’s Regional Context Statement as
submitted to Metro Vancouver on June 18, 2013.

5.6 Consideration of the City of Vancouver’s Regional Context Statement
Designated Speakers:
Heather McNell, Regional Planning Division
Lee-Ann Garnett, Senior Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Board accept the City of Vancouver’s Regional Context Statement as
submitted to Metro Vancouver on June 14, 2013.

5.7 Corporation of Delta Request to Amend the Regional Growth Strategy for the MK Delta Lands
Designated Speaker:
Heather McNell, Regional Planning Division Manager
Policy, Planning and Environment Department
That the Board:
a) Initiate the process for a Type 2 amendment to the Regional Growth
Strategy for the amendment requested by the Corporation of Delta to
expand the Urban Containment Boundary and change the regional land use
designation from Conservation and Recreation to General Urban for a parcel
located near the intersection of Highway 91 and 72nd Avenue; and
b) Direct staff to provide written notice of the proposed Type 2 amendment to
all affected local governments and appropriate agencies.

5.8 Township of Langley Request to Amend the Regional Growth Strategy
Designated Speaker:
Heather McNell, Regional Planning Division Manager
Policy, Planning and Environment Department
That the Board:
a) initiate Regional Growth Strategy amendment procedures for three
amendments requested by the Township of Langley; and
b) direct staff to provide written notice of the proposed amendments to all
affected local governments and appropriate agencies.

5.9 Update on the Status of Submissions of Regional Context Statements
Designated Speaker:
Lee-Ann Garnett, Senior Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Board request that municipalities that have not submitted a Regional
Context Statement by the July 29, 2013 deadline provide a status of their Regional
Context Statement and the intended timing for submitting the Regional Context
Statement.

METROVANWATCH NOTE: See page 354-355/425 for status of Regional Context Statements as of June 28, 2013. This is a report to the Commitee from Lee-Ann Garnett, Senior Regional Planner Planning, Policy and Environment Department. It is clear that most municipalities are being forced to rush through the process of adopting a regional context statement. We believe that this unfair and unnecessary rush is cheating the citizens of many municipalities of any opportunity for meaningful participation in the long-term planning of their own communities.

THIS IS SIGNIFICANT (EXCERPT): This report provides an update on the status of Regional Context Statements submitted to the Metro Vancouver Board for acceptance. Staff recommends that the Board request an update from municipalities that have not yet submitted a Regional Context Statement as a first step to addressing non-compliance with the statutory requirement for all municipalities to submit a RCS within two years of the adoption of a Regional Growth Strategy. The Board can then determine whether to collectively agree to allow an extension to accommodate legitimate delays, contact the Province to notify the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development of the delays or take other action.

5.10 Results of the 2012 Agriculture Awareness Grants

Designated Speaker:
Theresa Duynstee, Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee receive for information the
report dated June 13, 2013, titled “Results of the 2012 Agriculture Awareness
Grants”.

5.11 Awarding 2013 Agriculture Awareness Grants
Designated Speaker:
Theresa Duynstee, Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department

5.12 Manager’s Report
Designated Speaker:
Delia Laglagaron, Deputy CAO, General Manager
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee receive for information the
report dated June 14, 2013, titled “Manager’s Report”.
6. INFORMATION ITEMS
6.1 Strengthening BC’s Agriculture Sector in the Face of Climate Change – Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions – Publication May 2013.
6.2 Port Metro Vancouver – Land Use Plan Update – Correspondence dated June 11,
2013 from the City of Burnaby addressed to Metro Vancouver Board.
7. OTHER BUSINESS
No items presented.

Membership of this committee:
Corrigan, Derek (C) – Burnaby
Steves, Harold (VC) – Richmond
Clay, Mike – Port Moody
Dueck, Judy – Maple Ridge
Froese, Jack – Langley Township
Hepner, Linda – Surrey
Isaak, Kerri Palmer – Anmore
Mussatto, Darrell – North Vancouver City
Paton, Ian – Delta
Reimer, Andrea – Vancouver
Smith, Michael – West Vancouver
Stewart, Richard – Coquitlam
West, Brad – Port Coquitlam
Wright, Wayne – New Westminster

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2 Responses to Important Regional Planning Committee July 5 meeting – Regional Context Statements and more

  1. urbanizta says:

    Reblogged this on CityHallWatch: Tools for engagement in Vancouver city decisions, creating our future. and commented:

    Vancouver’s Regional Context Statement (30-year Official Development Plan) is going to the regional government (Metro Vancouver = the GVRD) . Vancouver City Council rammed it through on June 11 at a Public Hearing. Time may some day show that this process may have been one of the biggest violations of the public trust in Vancouver history. Virtually no one in Vancouver even knew about the process. After this Regional Planning Committee Meeting, the final step at this level is Board approval, likely to happen on July 12. Some people may wish to speak to the Board. http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/speaking/Pages/default.aspx

  2. Pingback: Regional Context Statement (update) | North Van City Voices

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