Monday, January 25, 2016

City Council Preview, Monday, January 25, 2016

Prince Rupert City Council wraps up their January deliberations with a Committee of the Whole Session and a Regular Council Session set for this evening.

The Committee of the Whole Agenda offers an opportunity for the Public to comment on items of interest or concern, taking place prior to the start of the Regular Council agenda on the evening.

As for the Regular Session, Council members have a fairly light list of things on the to do list for the evening.

They will receive a Report from the City Planner, following up on a request from Councillor Cunningham for background information related to the City's regulations when it comes to the 1 kilometre rule for Wine Stores in Grocery Stores.

Council will consider two recommendations on the topic, the first to proceed with an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw, the second a recommendation to make no changes and maintain the current status quo, which has the Liquor Licensing Board regulating the liquor sales in grocery stores.

The City Planner will also provide a report for a Development Variance Permit for a property on Conrad Street.

A pair of Bylaw issues will require some attention from Council and they will also hear a review of the status of the Housing committee from the Mayor.

To wrap up the night, both Mayor Brain and Councillor Mirau will outlined a string of Terms of References for a number of Committees for the year ahead.

The full review of the evening ahead can be found from the Agenda for the Regular Council Session for Monday, January 25, 2016.

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 for the following reason:

the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality.

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.

Committee of the Whole Session opens the evening at 7 PM.

Adoption of Agenda

Question Period from the Public

Reports, Questions and Inquiries from Members of Council

Adjournment to reconvene Regular Council Meeting

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

Zeno Krekic, the City Planner,  provide a report on the 1 kilometre rule for Wine Stores in Grocery Stores, with two recommendations for Council to consider. ( Page 9 of the Agenda Package)

The City Planner will also provide a Report on an application for a Development Variance Permit for a property on Conrad Street. (Page 16 of the Agenda Package)

Requests follow next in the night's timeline.

Correspondence For Action

Resolutions from Closed meetings and Resolutions from Closed Meetings

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

Report from the City Planner -- Proposed Zoning Amendment for a proposed housing development on Drake Crescent  (page 27 of the Agenda)

Report from the Corporate Administrator  -- Background on items related to the General Local Election Bylaw ( See page 56 of Agenda)

The evening then moves on to 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.

The evening wraps up with a look at the Terms of References for a number of Committees for 2016.

Mayor Brain will then outline the Terms of References for two Committees; the 2030 Sustainable City Mayoral Select Standing Committee (Page 62 of the agenda) and The Planning for Major Projects, OCP and Affordable Housing Policy Development Special Committee (Page 64 of the Agenda)

Councillor Mirau will outline the Terms of Reference for the Community Services/Small Business Advisory Committee (Page 66 of the Agenda)

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 January 25th session can be found here.

While our archive of all sessions of 2016  for council  is available here.

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