Metro regional planning committee Sept 5 (Fri): Surrey, New West, North Van, ALC, Port Metro, medical pot, Regional Growth Strategy, etc.

Metro Vancouver BoardAn important meeting of the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee will be held at Metro Vancouver headquarters on Friday, September 5, 2014. Below is a copy of the agenda. Download the whole agenda with related documents from the official website in PDF here (warning – 34 MB in size). Anyone affected, we encourage you to read the documents and even observe the meeting.

Several items of regional and local importance are included. It is quite likely that many citizens in Surrey, New West, and North Vancouver, are not aware of the official Regional Growth Strategy process and its impacts on their own communities. Please spread the word. Some agenda items that caught our attention at MetroVanWatch include:

  • 5.1 City of Surrey – Central Newton. Request to amend the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy.
  • 5.2 Consideration of the City of Surrey’s Regional Context Statement
  • 5.3 Consideration of the City of New Westminster’s Regional Context Statement
  • 5.4 Consideration of the City of North Vancouver’s Regional Context Statement [Note: We asked North Vancouver and Metro Vancouver for an explanation of process. See responses at bottom.]
  • 5.6 Provincial Consultation on Potential Changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act
  • 5.8 Manager’s Report – General Manager, Planning, Policy and Environment Department
  • 6.1 Metro Vancouver Member Municipal Comments on Port Metro Vancouver’s Land
  • 6.2 Medical marihuana production in British Columbia
  • 6.3 Reducing food waste boosts farm productivity – Country Life in BC
  • 6.4 Water Sustainability Act ‐ Pricing B.C.’s Water –
  • 6.5 Amendments to the Agricultural Land Commission Act in Bill 24 – Correspondence
  • 7.1 Progress toward Shaping our Future — Workshop on the Baseline Annual Report for Metro 2040: Shaping our Future [Regional Growth Strategy to 2040]

GREATER VANCOUVER REGIONAL DISTRICT
REGIONAL PLANNING AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE
REGULAR MEETING
Friday, September 5, 2014
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 September 5, 2014 Regular Meeting Agenda
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee adopt the agenda for its
regular meeting scheduled for September 5, 2014 as circulated.
2. ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES
2.1 July 4, 2014 Regular Meeting Minutes
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee adopt the minutes of its
regular meeting held July 4, 2014 as circulated.
3. DELEGATIONS
No items presented.
4. INVITED PRESENTATIONS
No items presented.

5. REPORTS FROM COMMITTEE OR STAFF
5.1 Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future Amendment Request from the City of Surrey – Central Newton
Designated Speaker:
Heather McNell, Division Manager, Regional Planning
Jaspal Marwah, Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the GVRD Board:
a) give third reading to “Greater Vancouver Regional District Regional Growth
Strategy Amendment Bylaw No. 1207, 2014”; and
b) pass and finally adopt “Greater Vancouver Regional District Regional Growth
Strategy Amendment Bylaw No. 1207, 2014” to amend the regional land use
designation for the Central Newton Cultural Commercial District area from
Industrial to Mixed Employment

5.2 Consideration of the City of Surrey’s Regional Context Statement  
Designated Speaker:
Jaspal Marwah, Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the GVRD Board accept the City of Surrey’s Regional Context Statement as
received by Metro Vancouver on July 14, 2014.

5.3 Consideration of the City of New Westminster’s Regional Context Statement
Designated Speaker:
Jaspal Marwah, Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the GVRD Board accept the City of New Westminster’s Regional Context
Statement as received by Metro Vancouver on July 25, 2014.

5.4 Consideration of the City of North Vancouver’s Regional Context Statement
Designated Speaker:
Jason Smith, Senior Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the GVRD Board accept the City of North Vancouver’s Regional Context
Statement as submitted to Metro Vancouver on July 24, 2014.

5.5 Extension of Regional Sewerage Services to 17752 Colebrook Road, City of Surrey
Designated Speaker:
Terry Hoff, Senior Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the GVRD Board advise the GVS&DD Board that the City of Surrey’s requested
amendment to the Fraser Sewerage Area building footprint boundary is consistent
with the provisions of Metro 2040, the regional growth strategy.

5.6 Provincial Consultation on Potential Changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act
Designated Speaker:
Theresa Duynstee, Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the GVRD Board endorse the comments submitted to the BC Ministry of
Agriculture regarding proposed changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act.

5.7 Farm Property Tax Investigation
Designated Speaker:
Theresa Duynstee, Regional Planner
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee receive for information the
report dated August 20, 2014, titled “Farm Property Tax Investigation”

5.8 Manager’s Report
Designated Speaker:
Allan Neilson, General Manager
Planning, Policy and Environment Department
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee receive for information the
report dated August 15, 2014, titled “Manager’s Report”.

6. INFORMATION ITEMS

6.1 Metro Vancouver Member Municipal Comments on Port Metro Vancouver’s Land
Use Plan – Correspondence dated June 17, 2014 from Robin Silvester, President and
Chief Executive Officer, Port Metro Vancouver addressed to Greg Moore, Chair,
Metro Vancouver Board.

6.2 Medical marihuana production in British Columbia
– Correspondence dated June
26, 2014 from Minister Coralee Oakes, Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural
Development addressed to Greg Moore, Chair, Metro Vancouver Board.

6.3 Reducing food waste boosts farm productivity – Country Life in BC  ‐  Publication
dated August 2014.

6.4 Water Sustainability Act  ‐  Pricing B.C.’s Water – Report dated June 30, 2014
included in the July 10th, 2014 Utilities Committee Agenda and in the July 25th, 2014
GVWD Board Agenda.

6.5 Amendments to the Agricultural Land Commission Act in Bill 24 – Correspondence
dated August 14, 2014 from Minister Norm Letnick, Ministry of Agriculture
addressed to Greg Moore, Chair, Metro Vancouver Board.

6.6 Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning Monthly Data – Publications
a) June 2014.
b) July 2014.

7. OTHER BUSINESS
7.1 Progress toward Shaping our Future
Workshop on the Baseline Annual Report for Metro 2040: Shaping our Future.
Designated Speakers:
Elisa Campbell, Director, Regional and Strategic Planning
Heather McNell, Division Manager, Regional Planning
Planning, Policy and Environment Department

8. BUSINESS ARISING FROM DELEGATIONS
No items presented.

9. RESOLUTION TO CLOSE MEETING
No items presented.
10. ADJOURNMENT/CONCLUSION
That the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee adjourn/conclude its regular meeting of September 5, 2014.

FOOTNOTE.

MetroVanWatch wrote North Vancouver and Metro Vancouver regarding the North Vancouver Regional Context Statement (Agenda 5.8).

QUESTIONS: Could you help us understand the relationship and processes between Metro Vancouver and North Vancouver? Is the Regional Planning Committee being asked to accept the RCS on September 5, and would that then be sent to the Board for acceptance on September 19? If so, how does that correspond to the process between North Van City Hall and its own citizens? How can Metro Vancouver accept the RCS before the people of North Vancouver have had a chance to address their own elected officials in a Public Hearing?

RESPONSE FROM CITY OF VANCOUVER (Neal LaMontagne MCIP, Manager, Long-Range and Community Planning, September 4, 2014):

On behalf of the City of North Vancouver, thank you for your question and interest in the City’s Regional Context Statement (RCS) and Official Community Plan (OCP) update. In brief, yes, the City’s RCS is on the September 5 agenda for the Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Committee with the hope for acceptance by the Board on September 19th. These steps are, as you noted, in advance of the City’s planned Public Hearing on the OCP on September 29th. While the City does have the option to hold the Public Hearing either after or prior to Metro acceptance of the RCS, holding the Public Hearing after RCS acceptance ensures that the complete OCP (including the RCS) will be before Council (and the public) for review and comment.

A few notes on the relationship between the RCS and the OCP. As you may be aware, the RCS does not represent new policy or new commitments for the City, but rather details how the OCP is consistent with Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy (which was adopted by the City on March 21, 2011). The OCP itself is nearing the end of an extensive update process, known as CityShaping, that has included a substantial public engagement program over the past three years (for more detail see http://www.cnv.org/cityshaping ). The draft RCS itself has been available to the public for review and comment, along with the OCP, since July and was presented to Council in July.

Finally, conditional acceptance of the RCS on September 19th by the GVRD Board does not compel CNV Council to act in any way at or following the Public Hearing. Should Council, in response to public comment, choose to alter the OCP in any significant way (including any changes to allowable land use and/or density) or to reject the OCP, the City will revise the RCS and resubmit to Metro for further review. This is as has been detailed in staff reports to Council, which form part of the public hearing package for September 29th.

In summary, the acceptance of the City’s RCS on September 19th is conditional, and only stands if the OCP and the RCS is not significantly amended prior to adoption.

RESPONSE FROM METRO VANCOUVER (Heather McNell, Regional Planning Division Manager, Planning, Policy and Environment)

Thank you for your interest and email. The Local Government Act requires a municipality to have a Regional Context Statement as part of its Official Community Plan if the municipality is subject to a Regional Growth Strategy. The Regional Context Statement must be accepted by the GVRD Board prior to the OCP bylaw containing the Regional Context Statement being adopted by the local government, in this case the City of North Vancouver. The Local Government Act does not stipulate at what point in the local OCP bylaw process that a Regional Context Statement be submitted to Metro Vancouver for acceptance. As a result, the GVRD Board has considered other Regional Context Statements received post adoption of Metro 2040 at various stages of the corresponding local process – both before and after a local public hearing.

On September 5, 2014, Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee is being asked to make a recommendation to the GVRD Board on the City of North Vancouver Regional Context Statement. The Committee’s recommendation will then be provided to the GVRD Board, likely on September 19, 2014.

The timing of the acceptance of the City of North Vancouver Regional Context Statement, before or after a local public hearing, will in no way limit the ability of the public to participate and request changes to the OCP/Regional Context Statement as part of the public hearing. Should changes be made to the City of North Vancouver Regional Context Statement as a result of the public hearing on September 29, or for any other reason, those changes would need to be submitted to the GVRD Board for acceptance prior to the adoption of the City of North Vancouver OCP (i.e. the Local Government Act also stipulates that any change to an RCS must be submitted to Metro Vancouver for acceptance).

So, to reiterate, if the GVRD Board accepts the RCS as submitted in July, then changes are made to it as a result of the public hearing process, the RCS would have to come back to the GVRD Board for acceptance prior to the City of North Vancouver adopting the OCP.

 

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