The city has posted the agenda for council’s first meeting of the fall session after an eight week break, but it seems staff are still analyzing community feedback on what is sure to be one of the hottest topics of the season: The proposed viaducts demolition plan.
The viaducts are not mentioned in the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, and it’s not yet clear when council will hear back from the planning department.
There’s no word either on when transportation planners will have a report on the costs of completing the Malkin Connector, which the mayor asked for in July to satisfy Strathcona residents’ demands for traffic calming before the viaducts can come down.
Here’s a run down of what IS on Tuesday’s agenda:
- Council will hear a presentation it requested in the spring about the additional policing and fire costs the city will have to bear if the federal government goes ahead with its plan to close down the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station.
- Coun. Kerry Jang will table a motion to develop a regional ban on shark fin products.
- After a decade of lobbying Coun. Tim Stevens will put forward a motion to grant civic status to the Vancouver Pride Parade, as well as Vaisakhi and Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. It is expected to pass with unanimous support from the Vision majority.
- Urban geographer and Green Party councillor Adriane Carr is concerned the $1.1 billion in building permits the city approved this year don’t cover the true fiscal and quality of life costs of adding new residents to dense parts of the city such as the West End and downtown core. She hopes to get support for a motion asking staff to study the issue.
- NPA Coun. George Affleck wants the city to renew its support for the Children’s Family House Society Development at BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital.