Metro Board agenda for May 23: Aboriginal archaelogical sites, ozone, Translink, ALC, North Van RCS, agricultural grants, Delta Southlands, Pitt Meadows, RGS

Metro Vancouver BoardThe Metro Vancouver Board of Directors has many important topics on the agenda for May 23, 2014.

Topics include aboriginal archaelogical sites, ozone, Translink, Agricultural Land Commission, North Vancouver Regional Context Statement, agricultural awareness grants, Delta Southlands development, Pitt Meadows’ North Lougheed Planning Area, Regional Growth Strategy  and more.

Below is a text version of excerpts of the agenda. For the full agenda, please download directly from the official website. The link for web video DURING the meeting only is here. The full agenda (26 MB, PDF) is here (look for GVRD at today’s date). 

GREATER VANCOUVER REGIONAL DISTRICT (GVRD)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Friday, May 23, 2014
9:00 A.M.
2nd Floor Boardroom, 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, British Columbia

1. ABORIGINAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE REPORTS
1.1 Provincial Legislation Relating to Undiscovered or Unregistered Archaeological Sites
That the GVRD Board:
a) receive the report, dated April 15, 2014, and the attachment titled “Provincial Legislation Relating to Undiscovered or Unregistered Archaeological Sites”, for information; and
b) forward a letter conveying the report to the Province for response and forward a copy to the Union of BC Municipalities for information.
That the GVRD Board request a meeting with Ministers responsible for Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Community, Sport and Cultural Development, and Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation to discuss: mitigation measures needed in the legislation to address the costs and difficulties incurred by owners and developers when complying with the Provincial legislation relating to undiscovered or unregistered archaeological sites; the potential liability to local government arising from issuing building and development permits to property owners; and concerns around the lack of provincial resources to address the concerns set out in the April 15, 2014 report.

1.2 New Relationship Agreements in British Columbia, 2008-2013
That the GVRD Board:
a) receive for information the report, dated April 15, 2014, titled “New
Relationship Agreements in British Columbia, 2008-2013”; and
b) forward a letter to the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
requesting that Metro Vancouver be consulted on New Relationship agreements
within the region between the BC Government and First Nations prior to those
agreements being finalized.

2. ENVIRONMENT AND PARKS COMMITTEE REPORTS

2.1 Regional Ground Level Ozone Strategy
That the GVRD Board endorse the Regional Ground Level Ozone Strategy for the
Canadian Lower Fraser Valley and direct staff to report back on updates to the
Strategy.

3. TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE REPORTS

3.1 Proposed TransLink Projects for Federal Gas Tax Funding – Part 1
That the GVRD Board endorse the following projects in TransLink’s application for
federal gas tax funding:
a) 2016 Conventional Bus Replacement;
b) 2017 Conventional Bus Replacement;
c) Trolley Overhead Rectifier Replacement – Metrotown;
d) Automated Train Control Equipment Replacement; and
e) Surrey Transit Centre CNG Facility Retrofit.

3.2 Proposed TransLink Projects for Federal Gas Tax Funding – Part 2
That the GVRD Board endorse the following projects in TransLink’s application for
federal gas tax funding:
a) West Coast Express Rail Cars Buyout;
b) Additional funding for Compass Card Bus Upgrades; and
c) Additional funding for Hamilton Transit Centre – Richmond.

4. REGIONAL PLANNNING AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE REPORTS

4.1 Proposed Changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Funding Model
That the GVRD Board request the Treasury Board to allow the Agricultural Land
Commission to create an application and fees schedule that will move the
Agricultural Land Commission towards a self-funded model.

4.2 Consideration of the District of North Vancouver’s Regional Context Statement
That the GVRD Board accept the District of North Vancouver’s Regional Context
Statement as received by Metro Vancouver on April 15, 2014.

4.3 Proposed Changes to the Agricultural Land Commission
That the GVRD Board request BC Premier Christy Clark and the Honourable Norm
Letnick, Minister of Agriculture that any legislation that arises from Bill 24 not be
brought into force until consultation regarding the proposed changes to the
Agricultural Land Commission has occurred with local governments.

4.4 2014 Agriculture Awareness Grant Recommendations
That the GVRD Board award Agricultural Awareness Grants to the following eleven
non-profit organizations as described in the report dated April 11, 2014, titled “2014
Agriculture Awareness Grant Recommendations”:
1) BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation for the “Take a Bite of BC” project
for the amount of $6,200;
2) BC Chicken Grower’s Association for the “Poultry in Motion Educational Mini
Barn” project for the amount of $6,000;
3) Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust for the “Day at the Farm” event for the amount
of $3,000;
4) Evergreen Society for the “Seeding Healthy Communities” project for the
amount of $1,500;
5) Fraser Valley Direct Marketing Association for the “Using Social Media to Grow
the Market for Local Farm Products” project in the amount of $2,300;
6) Growing Chefs for the “Classroom Gardening Program” for the amount of
$5,000;

7) Langley Environmental Partners Society for the “Seed to Plate: Community
Action for a Sustainable Food System” project for the amount of $4,000;
8) Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Agricultural Association for the “Backyard Farming”
display at County Fest for the amount of $2,500;
9) North Shore Neighbourhood House for the “Strong Roots and Fresh Starts at
the Loutet Farm” project for the amount of $5,000;
10) Sharing Farm Society for the “ 6th Annual Garlic Festival” for the amount of
$3,000; and
11) Vancouver Urban Farming Society for the “Metro Vancouver Cross Cultural
Urban Farm Tour” in the amount of $1,500.

F. ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA

G. REPORTS NOT INCLUDED IN CONSENT AGENDA
1. REGIONAL PLANNNING AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE REPORTS

1.1 Corporation of Delta Proposed Amendment to Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future for Southlands
That the GVRD Board decline the Corporation of Delta’s request to amend Metro
Vancouver 2040: Shaping Our Future.

Note: MetroVanWatch related posts –

Tally of Metro Vancouver Director votes on Southlands development

Text of Metro Vancouver staff report on Delta’s Southlands development, for May 23, 2014, board meeting

Metro Vancouver staff recommend rejection of Delta’s Southlands application (media release from Southlands The Facts)

1.2 Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future Amendment Request from Pitt
Meadows – North Lougheed Planning Area
That the GVRD Board:
a) Initiate the regional growth strategy amendment process for the City of Pitt
Meadows’ proposed amendment for the North Lougheed Planning Area;
b) Give 1st reading of Greater Vancouver Regional District Regional Growth Strategy
Amendment Bylaw No. 1202, 2014;
c) Give 2nd reading of Greater Vancouver Regional District Regional Growth
Strategy Amendment Bylaw No. 1202, 2014; and
d) Direct staff to notify affected local governments as per Metro Vancouver 2040:
Shaping our Future section 6.4.2.

1.3 Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future Amendment to Reflect Accepted Regional Context Statements
That the GVRD Board:
a) give third reading to “Greater Vancouver Regional District Regional Growth
Strategy Amendment Bylaw No. 1201, 2014”; and
b) reconsider, pass and finally adopt “Greater Vancouver Regional District Regional
Growth Strategy Amendment Bylaw No. 1201, 2014”.

H. MOTIONS FOR WHICH NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN

I. OTHER BUSINESS
1. 2014 Metro Vancouver Board Meetings – Additional Meeting Dates
That the GVRD Board establish the following days, hour and place as additional
regular Board meetings for 2014, as follows:
Day
Friday, July 11
Friday, October 10
Hour and Place
Meetings will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the 2nd floor boardroom, 4330 Kingsway,
Burnaby, British Columbia unless otherwise specified on the Metro Vancouver public
notice board, Metro Vancouver website, and the respective agenda.

J. BUSINESS ARISING FROM DELEGATIONS

K. RESOLUTION TO CLOSE MEETING

L. RISE AND REPORT (Items Released from Closed Meeting)
M. ADJOURNMENT/CONCLUSION
That the GVRD Board adjourn/conclude its regular meeting of May 23, 2014.

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