Metro Vancouver Regional Planning & Agriculture Committee – Oct 4 – Regional Context Statement updates

overlay_maps2The agenda for the Friday, October 4, 2013 meeting of the Metro Vancouver Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee is available online. You can download it here (warning, over 350 pages).

Major items include:

  • 5.1 2014 Budget – Regional Planning
  • 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4 –  Township of Langley Request to Amend the Regional Growth Strategy Land Use Designation Map – Hendricks, North Murrayville, Highway 1 and 200 Street
  • 5.5 Consideration of the City of Coquitlam’s Regional Context Statement
  • 5.6 Agenda for Regional Food System Roundtable
  • 5.7 Manager’s Report (important updates on Regional Context Statements, dated 27-Sept-2013, see text copied below)

Below is a list of the committee members. Feel free to contact them with concerns via their municipality contact list. Below is an excerpt of the agenda, plus the text of the all-important Manager’s Report on status of Regional Context Statements.

Membership:
Corrigan, Derek (C) – Burnaby
Steves, Harold (VC) – Richmond
Clay, Mike – Port Moody
Daykin, Ernie – 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

AGENDA EXCERPT FOLLOWS – NOTE: We will format this better later, but wanted to make it available quickly in this form.

GREATER VANCOUVER REGIONAL DISTRICT

REGIONAL PLANNING AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE
REGULAR MEETING
Friday, October 4, 2013
9:00 a.m.
2nd Floor Boardroom, 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, British Columbia.
A G E N D A1
1. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
1.1 October 4, 2013 Regular Meeting Agenda
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee adopt the agenda for its
regular meeting scheduled for October 4, 2013 as circulated.
2. ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES
2.1 September 6, 2013 Regular Meeting Minutes
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee adopt the minutes of its
regular meeting held September 6, 2013 as circulated.
3. DELEGATIONS
No items presented.
4. INVITED PRESENTATIONS
No items presented.
5. REPORTS FROM COMMITTEE OR STAFF
5.1 2014 Budget – Regional Planning (to be provided on table)
Designated Speaker:
Carol Mason, Commissioner/Chief Administrative Officer
Metro Vancouver
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee endorse the 2014 Regional
Planning Budget and Business Plan as presented and forward both to the October
18, 2013 Special Joint Finance Committee for information and to the October 30
Metro Vancouver Board Budget Workshop for consideration.

5.2 Township of Langley Request to Amend the Regional Growth Strategy Land Use
Designation Map – Hendricks
Designated Speakers:
Heather McNell, Regional Planning Division Manager
Terry Hoff, Senior Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Board give 1st and 2nd readings of Regional Growth Strategy Amendment
Bylaw No. 1189, 2013, and instruct staff to set a date for Public Hearing.

5.3 Township of Langley Request to Amend the Regional Growth Strategy Land Use
Designation Map – North Murrayville
Designated Speakers:
Heather McNell, Regional Planning Division Manager
Terry Hoff, Senior Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Board decline the requested Regional Growth Strategy amendment and not
proceed with a Regional Growth Strategy Amendment Bylaw.

5.4 Township of Langley Request to Amend the Regional Growth Strategy Land Use
Designation Map – Highway 1 and 200 Street
Designated Speakers:
Heather McNell, Regional Planning Division Manager
Terry Hoff, Senior Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Board decline the requested Regional Growth Strategy amendment and not
proceed with a Regional Growth Strategy Amendment Bylaw.

5.5 Consideration of the City of Coquitlam’s Regional Context Statement
Designated Speaker:
Lee-Ann Garnett, Senior Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Board accept the City of Coquitlam’s Regional Context Statement as
submitted to Metro Vancouver on July 30, 2013.

5.6 Agenda for Regional Food System Roundtable
Designated Speaker:
Ann Rowan, Sustainability Strategist
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee receive for information the
report dated September 16, 2013, titled “Agenda for Regional Food System
Roundtable”.

5.7 Manager’s Report
Designated Speaker:
Heather McNell, Regional Planning Division Manager
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee receive for information the
report dated September 27, 2013, titled “Manager’s Report”.

6. INFORMATION ITEMS
6.1 Metro Vancouver Regional Development Indicators – September 2013.
7. OTHER BUSINESS
No items presented.
8. RESOLUTION TO CLOSE MEETING
No items presented.
9. ADJOURNMENT/TERMINATION
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee conclude its regular meeting of
October 4, 2013.

***************

To: Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee
From: Delia Laglagaron, Deputy CAO, General Manager, Planning, Policy and Environment
Date: September 27, 2013 Meeting Date: October 4, 2013
Subject: Manager’s Report
RECOMMENDATION
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee receive for information the report dated
September 27, 2013, titled “Manager’s Report”.
Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee 2013 Workplan
The Attachment to this report sets out the Committee’s Workplan for 2013. The matrix is updated
to include new issues that arise, items requested by the Committee, and changes in the schedule.
Items highlighted in bold identify completed work program elements.
Update on Regional Context Statements
As of September 27, 2013, the Board has accepted Regional Context Statements from the following
municipalities:
• Village of Belcarra
• Corporation of Delta
• City of Langley
• District of Maple Ridge
• City of Port Coquitlam
• City of Richmond
• City of Vancouver
• City of White Rock.

The Board has also reviewed the Chief Planning Officer’s comments on the University of British Columbia’s Regional Context Statement.

The following municipalities have submitted Regional Context Statements, and processing is underway:
• City of Burnaby
• City of Coquitlam
• Township of Langley
• City of Pitt Meadows.

The following municipalities have not submitted Regional Context Statements:
• Village of Anmore – anticipates submitting in December 2013 or early 2014.
• Village of Lions Bay – indicates will submit by July 31, 2014.
• City of New Westminster – indicates will submit by December 2013.

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• City of North Vancouver – indicates will submit in Fall 2013 (new OCP process underway).
• District of North Vancouver – indicates will submit in Fall 2013.
• City of Port Moody – indicates will submit by December 2013. Staff to staff discussions are underway.
• City of Surrey – indicates will submit in Fall 2013 (new OCP process underway).
• Tsawwassen First Nation – MV Board sent letter to Council requesting new timeframe for
submission.
• University Endowment Lands – staff to staff discussions are underway.
• District of West Vancouver – indicates will submit in December 2013.

Update on providing clarity on the RGS Amendment process
Metro Vancouver has processed five Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) amendments since the RGS’s adoption in July 2011. Shortly after adoption, in October 2011, the RGS was amended with Bylaw No. 1150 which re-designated a number of parks, riparian areas and the Westwood Plateau Golf Course in the City of Coquitlam from General Urban to Conservation and Recreation, re-designated the Terra Nova, Garden City and Department of National Defence lands in the City of Richmond from General Urban to Conservation and Recreation, re-designated part of the Old Growth Conservancy in the District of West Vancouver from General Urban to Conservation and Recreation and expanded the Special Study Area to include all lands above the 1,200 foot contour line, and amended the growth projections in Tsawwassen as requested by the Tsawwassen First Nation.
In July, 2012, the Metro Vancouver Board passed Bylaw No. 1168, 2012, a bylaw which
redesignated a proposed middle school site in the Village of Anmore from Rural to General Urban
and included the site within the Urban Containment Boundary. In September, 2012 the Metro
Vancouver Board passed Bylaw No. 1160, 2012, a bylaw that removed the following words from
section 6.3.4 (b) of the Regional Growth Strategy: “Conservation and Recreation lands utilized only
for commercial extensive recreation facilities”. Most recently, in July 2013, the Metro Vancouver
Board adopted a Type 3 amendment to the Regional Growth Strategy to create three additional
Regional Growth Strategy Special Study Areas in the City of Port Moody.
Currently, Metro Vancouver is processing three proposed RGS amendments for the Township of
Langley and one for the Corporation of Delta. The proposed amendments under consideration and
the recent Port Moody amendment have generated considerable discussion about the clarity of the
RGS amendment process at the Regional Planning Advisory Committee, the Regional Planning and
Agriculture Committee and the Board. RGS Section ‘F Implementation’, the RGS Procedures Bylaw
No. 1148, and RGS Implementation Guideline #2: Amendments to the Regional Growth Strategy all
contribute to setting the process and expectations for RGS amendments. A number of questions
have arisen including:
• whether the Board can choose to not initiate an amendment, and if so, how much
information is required to make that decision;
• as a result, whether to separate the initiation and notification staff report from the staff
analysis report and the implications of doing so; and
• whether or not to initiate a RGS amendment prior to a local public hearing if there is a
corresponding OCP amendment.

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As a result, Metro Vancouver staff is organizing a meeting with anticipated participation from
representatives from the Metro Vancouver Board, Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee,
Regional Planning Advisory Committee (RPAC) and Metro Vancouver staff. This group will review
and provide clarity on the RGS amendment process which could result in potential amendments to
the RGS, the RGS Procedures Bylaw #1148 and/or the RGS Implementation Guideline #2. RPAC may
be requested to consider options generated by the group, provide technical guidance, and/or input
on the types of changes to the guiding documents that would improve and clarify the RGS
amendment process.
Update on the Corporation of Delta request for an RGS amendment for the MK Delta lands
The Board considered the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee’s recommendation to
initiate the proposed RGS amendment and notify affected local governments and agencies at its
July 26, 2013 meeting. There was considerable discussion regarding process, particularly:
a) the implications if the Board chooses not to initiate the proposed amendment; and
b) whether the region should be considering a proposed RGS amendment prior to or after
a local public hearing.
The Board passed the following resolution:
“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, provided no public hearing be held by
Metro Vancouver until the Corporation of Delta has conducted its public hearing on the
application and decides on the 3rd reading of its bylaw”.
After further discussion with Corporation of Delta staff, Metro Vancouver was requested to
postpone notification and await further direction. As a result, notification and opportunity to
comment for local governments has not yet taken place. Staff is awaiting an updated timeline from
the Corporation of Delta.
Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project Definition
On September 12, 2013, Port Metro Vancouver submitted the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project
Definition to provincial and federal regulators as per the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act,
2012 (CEAA 2012). The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will decide whether a federal
environmental assessment is required for this project. The Agency is seeking comments from the
public by October 15, 2013 on the project and its potential effects on the environment.
According to the Agency’s website:
“if it is determined that a federal environmental assessment is required, the public will have
three more opportunities to comment on this project, consistent with the transparency and
public engagement elements of CEAA 2012. Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a
science-based approach. If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it will continue
to be subject to Canada’s strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up and
increased fines”.

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Metro Vancouver was notified of this public comment process via e-mail from Port Metro
Vancouver on September 24. Staff is preparing written comments to be submitted to the Agency by
October 15, 2013. These comments will come from multiple perspectives within Metro Vancouver
(i.e., environmental, air quality, climate change, parks, utilities, transportation, agriculture, etc.).

Attachment:
Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee 2013 Workplan (Doc. #7857575).
7857569

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