Monday, December 7, 2015

City Council Preview, Monday, December 7, 2015

Prince Rupert City Council starts off the month by hosting their final regular council meeting for December.

With the holiday season about to arrive, the next Regular session is scheduled for January 11.

Facing that large a break ahead of them between sessions, there's a fair bit of work ahead for Council this evening, including a Public Hearing into the proposed zoning application for the Stiles Place Condominium development.

As part of the process the public is invited to submit their comments or concerns related to that project during the course of the hearing which starts at 7 PM. You can learn more about that portion of the evening from the Public Hearing Agenda notice here.

On Friday, we offered up a preview of the Public Hearing process for the night, you can review that item here.

As for the regular business of the night Council will review a number of reports, a resolution from Closed meetings, as well as a number of Bylaws up for a vote on the evening.

Included in those reports, two fairly interesting reviews from the City's Financial department which outline the nature of Capital Projects and Expenses for 2016, including notes on the preliminary budget process which suggest a potential 2 per cent increase for the mill rate at budget time in the Spring.

As well, the CFO provides some background on the Community Enhancement Grant applicants for the year ahead.

Council will also consider a correspondence for Action from UFAWU/Unifor related to the closure of the Canadian Fish Company's Oceanside Cannery in Prince Rupert.

Councillor Cunningham will introduce a recommendation related to Zoning Bylaws and Liquor Licensing and council will hear another update related to Housing Committee matters.

The full review of the evening ahead can be found from the Agenda for the Regular Council Session for Monday, December 7, 2015

Prior to the Regular Council session, Council members will conduct a Closed Session of Council at 5 PM, where they will hold discussions related to  a topic that Council believes requires the exclusion of the public :

negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public.

Below we'll highlight the different elements of this evenings work from the Regular session Agenda, for further background on each item, the page number from the Agenda is listed in red.

The Regular  Council session starts off with the adoption of agendas and minutes.

Petitions and Delegations

Any Unfinished Business is then up next on the Agenda.

Followed by Reports and Recommendations

Report from the Chief Financial Officer -- Related to the October Variance Report ( page 10 of the Agenda)

Report from the Chief Financial Officer -- Proposed Schedule of Capital Works and Capital Purchases for the 2016 Fiscal Period. (page 15 of the Agenda)

Report from the Chief Financial Officer -- Direction to staff regarding Community Enactment Grants for 2016 ( page 18 of the agenda)

Report from the City Planner -- Regarding an Application for a Development Variance Permit for a property on 8th Avenue East (page 21 of the Agenda)

Requests follow next in the night's timeline.

Resolutions from Closed meetings and Resolutions from Closed Meetings

Council will hear of the recommendation of the Engineering Department and Associate Engineering and the announcement from Council of the award of the Shawatlans Pump Station upgrade to the The Electrician

Bylaws mark the next item of the Agenda on the night.

Report from the City Planner -- Amendment to the Proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw 3377, to introduce a new Downtown Highrise Zone (C6) and Amend the Downtown Development Permit Area Designs Guidelines According (at Bill Murray Way) (page 41 of the Agenda)

Report from the City Planner -- Proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3378, for  property located at 1500 Ottawa Avenue (Kanata School), from Public Facilities Zone P1 to Multiple Family Residential Zone (RM3). With Notice of a Public Hearing to be scheduled for January 11, 2016. ( See page 46 of Agenda)

Report from the Director of Operations -- Regarding a Road Closure and Removal of Highway  Dedication for a portion of Prince Rupert Boulevard, Albert Avenue and Parking Lot ( see page 87 of Agenda)

Followed by any Correspondences for Action

Council will receive and review a letter from UFAWU/Unifor seeking the support of council by way of a letter to be sent to the appropriate Federal and Provincial Ministries to request that the same UN principle of adjacency for the fishing industry that Canada signed onto for the the East Coast, be legislated and implemented for the Pacific Coast (see page 90 of the Agenda)

The evening then wraps up with Additional Items from Council members, as well as Reports, Questions and inquiries from Members of Council.

Council will hear an update from the Housing Committee providing the latest developments from their efforts.

Council will also be asked to consider a recommendation from Councillor Cunningham. As he looks to direct staff to review the existing City of Prince Rupert Bylaws and provide Council with information on how to proceed with the implementation of a one kilometre distance rule into the City's existing Zoning and Licensing criteria. That apparently is no longer a process stipulated in the Provincial Liquor Control and Licensing Act and something that the city may wish to address.

The Live broadcast of the City Council session can be found here, a video archive of past sessions is available here.

Our Archive of the December 7th session can be found here.

While our archive of all sessions of 2015  for council  is available here.

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