May 28 Council Summary & Observations

It was a pretty standard Council meeting on Thursday (agenda here & video here). I really enjoyed the young piano players from the Royal Conservatory of Music who performed prior to the start of the meeting and I was glad that the meeting was over before 9pm. In general, there should really be a hard and fast rule that no public meetings go past 9pm in the first place.

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May 28 PLUC Summary & Observations

Apologies for the delayed post. I had it written on Thursday but my partner made me rewrite it. He said my original was too cynical and that all I did was complain. When I tried to explain to him that my brief treatment of meeting items was reflective of the level of attention seemingly paid by Council, he said “that’s not good enough. I want you to do better”.

So I took today to think.

PLUC on Thursday was a frustrating meeting (video here). It also illustrated for me the inherent difficulties and limitations of having the same people sit around the same decision-making table for too long. And I say this for two reasons: 1) When you’re at the table for a long time you’ve got all the inside information and as a result you’re less likely to do any public summary or recap because, hey, you’ve been dealing with this issue for many years, and; 2) When an issue has been at the table for a long time, the last thing you want to do is really deal with it (or at leasts that’s the impression I get) so you assume it’s being dealt with.

Which is to say that both staff and council seemed rather apathetic on Thursday. I found that discouraging. So what all happened? Continue reading May 28 PLUC Summary & Observations

May 28 PLUC Early Thoughts

It is a big agenda for Thursday. So what do we have? Continue reading May 28 PLUC Early Thoughts

May 21 GPC Summary & Observations

It was a fairly lengthy meeting this morning despite the relatively short agenda. Issues like the  Urban Forest Management Plan, community mailboxes and a simple advocacy motion for a PTSD presumptive clause in WCB legislation (like they have in Alberta) all took a fair bit of time to work through. Of note is that the meeting started off with removal of the 1st quarter financial update from the agenda – apparently it will come back with the 1st quarter departmental reports once they come available. In June maybe?

So what happened today? Continue reading May 21 GPC Summary & Observations

May 21 GPC Early Thoughts

Pretty basic stuff on the agenda for GPC tomorrow. As always,  some thoughts on the various items up for discussion and decision  are provided in this post.

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Land Use Across the CRD

Building from my Saanich vs. Victoria comparison I decided to look at how each of the 13 municipalities make their Land Use and Development information available from their websites. My approach to documenting such availability was to visit each homepage and then look for “Planning/Development/Land Use” or “Department/Services” headers or icons – with an assumption that all associated information would be linked accordingly.

In the process of doing so I have compiled links  to each municipality’s Official Community Plan because these documents set out general planning principles and Development Permit Areas, and Zoning bylaws because these documents set out specific requirements for land use and building massing. It should be noted that OCPs are intended to be updated every five years and Zoning bylaws are intended to updated following adoption of a new OCP.

Municipalities are organized alphabetically in this post.

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May 14 Council Summary & Observations

It was a pretty average Council meeting on Thursday (agenda here) and it was fairly well attended by folks speaking to a proposed 18 storey building on Yates St (#960-62) and a GPC decision for the city to regulate Medical Marihuana. The weekly proclamations were random as usual and made me think that I’ll have to send in a request for “City Council Live Tweeter Appreciation Week” one of these days.

So what happened?

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May 14 PLUC Summary & Observations

Can’t say I enjoyed the PLUC meeting this morning – I’m also not feeling well today, so that didn’t help. I did find it amusing though that staff were chatting amongst themselves beforehand about how they thought it would be a quick one. Council sure proved them wrong (1.5 hours) despite the short agenda. I even tweeted at one point:

PLUC Frustration

So what happened this morning? Here is the video if so inclined.  Continue reading May 14 PLUC Summary & Observations

May 14 Council Early Thoughts

Just wanted to share some thoughts on the Public Hearings and a few other items on the Council agenda for tomorrow. One thing to note straight off is that Proclamation of Local Government Awareness week (the same week as Public Works Week) is not on the agenda.

How rude I say!

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May 14 PLUC Early Thoughts

The agenda for this week’s PLUC has lost one of it’s major projects since it was published last Thursday, but that’s ok because it’s less work for us to do. It is curious to note however that the item (a combined OCP amendment and rezoning on Caledonia)  was removed “as per applicant’s request”. I’m curious as to why?

So what else is on the agenda?

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