Ccl Notes Apr 10th; Budget Input; Calendar to April 30th

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

And then a very happy birthday to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on her 80th birthday, April 21st.
This issue after my spring haiku, a few introductory notes (and walrus fitness):  Calendar to Apr 30th; INFObits and UPDATES (Marley on budget; Blair Wilson, MP; Eagleridge Bluffs and Tents); Apr 10th Ccl Mtg Notes (Heritage Strategic Plan; Dundarave Parking; budget questions in PQP);  Haiku; Quotations.

                cherry blossoms fall
                        far from friends and family
                                        no less beautiful

+  Very sad to hear Art Jones has just passed away suddenly, and that he was 80.  Just watched one of his interviews recently on Shaw and he looked great.
+  Tour of Gleneagles clubhouse Apr 18th -- renovate or demolish?
BUDGET 2006:  Next ccl mtg is Apr 24th (no mtg May 1st b/c Youth Ccl that evening).  In response to my questions Apr 10: last year's estimate of the new cmnty ctr is $39.7m; told the five-year capital projects plan (which by law must be passed with the budget) wd be presented Apr 12th at public input mtg!  When I remarked this was very little time for the public to see and then comment, the CAO wd be possible at the Apr 24th mtg.
On CNN, they had a clip from Japan of a walrus doing situps.  Unlikely?  Googled it.  It was hilarious so we pass on the url for you.  Walruses have endeared themselves to us since some months ago there was a short item about walruses at the zoo that they were raising.  The keeper had one who got used to sitting on her lap.  He looked so cuddly and contented -- they are huge and ungainly as you know.  Once he got to 2 - 300 pounds, she said she had to discourage him b/c he'd got too big.  It was our first realization about walrus personalities!  We know mammals have different characters but it's not something you usually associate with a walrus.
Look carefully.  The moustache bears an uncanny resemblance to G's. Not to mention the tummy.

>>>  CALENDAR to April 30th  <<< [All mtgs at M Hall unless otherwise indicated]

===  Wednesday, April 12th
~ 6pm ~ PEAC [moved from Ccl Chamber to Main Floor Conference Room b/c of:]
~ 7 - 9pm ~ CCL MTG re BUDGET 2006
At present staff recommend a 4.2% increase.  Input is still being accepted.  Budget must be adopted by May 15th.  The Five-Year Capital Plan to be released at this mtg (Apr 12th).  Get the information, give Ccl your point of view -- how to pay, where to cut, whatever.  Next public input date is at Apr 24th ccl mtg.
===  Friday, April 14th  ~ Good Friday -- Southern Straits Race starts from Dundarave Pier
===  Saturday, April 15th ~ Dundarave Merchants' Easter Egg Hunt ~
===  Sunday, April 16th ~ Lions' Club Easter Egg Hunt
Meet at 2:30pm in the Phyl Munday Nature House near the entrance to the Lighthouse
Climate change is not new in the Earth's history; it is only new in our lifetime.  Accompany David Cook (Biologist & Geologist) on a one- to two-hour walk along the trails of Lighthouse Park to better understand how climate change might have been initiated and how the animals and plants of our temperate rainforests might be adjusting.  For further information call David at (604) 924-0147 or email cookeco2@yahoo.com.

LIBRARY and M HALL closed Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive

===  Monday, April 17th
=B7        INUKSHUK BUILDING (bring rocks to create your own Olympic symbol)
=B7        PRESS CONFERENCE AND INUKSHUK BUILDING (begin promptly at 5:00 pm)
Parking on Eagleridge Dr., Falcon Rd., Gleneagles Community Centre (Marine Dr.)
This is a family event where we encourage friends and neighbours to gather and peacefully celebrate the beauty of Eagleridge Bluffs while sending a message to the provincial government that we remain steadfast in Taking Back the Bluffs. There are viable alternatives that fulfil the government's mandate of a safer route to Whistler while avoiding the devastating destruction of the bluffs and wetlands. Major blasting and logging starts the next day so it is absolutely imperative that you come out for this final push. [More info in Updates below.]

===  Tuesday, April 18th ===
* Mayor said there'd be a joint mtg of Ccl and Police Bd 18th; confirm time/place; perhaps in Library at 6pm.
~ 3:45pm ~ YAC
*~ 5pm ~ Museum and Archives Adv Cmte at Gertrude Lawson House [rarely on Calendar so hasten to add!]
~ 7pm ~ CSAC
ALSO:  Touring the Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse.
Please join other WRA members as we embark on a tour through the Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse.  In response to the enthusiasm of many WRA members, local architects, golfers, and those in the hospitality industry, the WRA will lead an early 'evening-exploration' of the old Panabode/Clubhouse building on Tuesday April 18th at 7:00pm.  A regular meeting of the Western Residents' Association will follow the tour, and will highlight the views of local architect Tom Bowen, Gleneagles Golf Course Manager Gordon Bell, as well as several others, who wish to join the discussion regarding the many opportunities which lie ahead for an enhanced Clubhouse structure. 

Paintings in acrylic on birch ply by BARRY COGSWELL
Opening Reception:  Tuesday April 18 from 6 - 8pm
Artist's Talk: Saturday, April 22, 2p.m.
Special Artist's Lecture  BARRY COGSWELL  Tuesday  April 25, 7pm   FREE

+++  North Shore Writers' Festival --  Apr 19 - 29  +++
The North Shore libraries present the seventh annual festival celebrating Canadian authors. Readings at the West Vancouver Memorial Library will be by renowned mystery writer Peter Robinson, historical fiction author Jack Whyte, and B.C. historian Jean Barman. Aislinn Hunter is our Writer in Residence. Check www.westvanlib.ca for the full programme of author readings in the North Shore or pick up a flyer.  Brought to you by your North Shore Public Libraries, with the assistance of B.C. Government Writers in Libraries program of the Public Library Services Branch, the Friends of the Libraries, Canada Council for the Arts, the Writer's Union of Canada, 32 BOOKS, CBC Radio One & Two, and the North Shore News.
++ Wednesday, April 19  -   7:30pm  -   NVCL
Pam Freir, columnist for the Victoria Times Colonist, offers up a feast of gastronomic memories, musings and laughter in Laughing With My Mouth Full.
++ Thursday, April 20  -  2pm = ; -  WVML
Best-selling novelist Jack Whyte sets the timeless story of King Arthur in a realistic historical context in his A Dream of Eagles series.
+ Friday, April 21  -   7:30pm  -  NVCL
Eden Robinson, a member of the Haisla First Nation, pleases the many fans of her novel Monkey Beach with a newly-published novel of gritty urban life, Blood Sports.
++ Monday, April 24  -  7:30pm  -  WVML
B.C. historian Jean Barman turns her attention to hidden stories in Stanley Park's Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch and Brockton Point.
+ Tuesday, April 25  -  7:30pm  -  NVDL-Capilano Branch
Poet, activist and teacher Gregory Scofield is the author of four poetry collections and an autobiography: Thunder through My Veins: Memories of a Metis Childhood.
++ Wednesday, April 26  -  7:30pm  -  WVML
Author of the popular, award-winning, Chief Inspector Alan Banks mystery novels, Yorkshire-born Peter Robinson joins us from his Toronto home.
+ Thursday, April 27  -  2pm  -  Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd, NV
Join historian Linda Granfield, author of Brass Buttons and Silver Horseshoes: Stories from Canada's British War Brides, in celebrating 2006, the Year of the War Bride.
+ Thursday, April 27  -  7:30pm  -  NVCL
In Being Caribou, film and book, wildlife biologist Karsten Heuer recounts his epic five month, 1500 km journey with his wife following the Porcupine Caribou herd in 2003.
+ Friday, April 28  -  7:30pm = ; -  NVDL Capilano Branch
In Vancouver lawyer Anne Shields Giardini's first novel The Sad Truth About Happiness, she reveals "an attractive curiosity about the infinite variety in people's lives, sad and happy."
===  Wednesday, April 19th
~ 5:30pm ~ resurrection of FAC?
~ 6:30* - 9pm ~ Evelyn Drive Area Planning Study Open House at the Seniors' Ctr
~ 7pm: Library Bd in Library; Bd of Variance in Ccl Chambers

===  Thursday, April 20th at 5:30pm
~ N Sh Family Court & Youth Justice Cmte at CNV Municipal Hall
~ Clovelly-Caulfeild Nbrhd Plan Open House at Caulfeild Elementary School (till 8pm)
***&nbs= p; West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society Public Meeting
                St. Stephen's Anglican Church, 855 -22nd Street
~ 7:30pm Guest Speaker: Chris Bunn, Guardian Patrol for DFO
PowerPoint presentation on Central Coast Fisheries and Stock Assessment from the Perspective of the Guardian Patrol
~ 8:30 ~ Public Meeting Agenda: including reports from the DFO Cmnty Adviser, Rob Bell-Irving, and the DWV Environmental Coordinator, followed by the Hatchery Report, and Creek Reports (Nelson, Eagle, Wood, Rodgers, McDonald, Brothers and tributaries, Claymore, Willow, and Cypress) as well as from the North Shore Wetland Partners and the WV Shoreline Preservation Society.  Next WVS mtg, May 18th.

===  Friday, April 21st at the Ka= y Meek Centre (to May 6)
"Office Hours"
Theatre West Van presentation of Norm Foster's Witty Comedy. This homecoming production will officially open the newly completed Studio Theatre. Tickets will be available from Festival Box Office on 604.257.0366 www.festivalboxoffice.com Ticket Prices $18/$15. See www.kaymeekcentre.com

===  Saturday, April 22nd
West Vancouver Streamkeepers and the Coho Society of the North Shore in cooperation with the West Vancouver Library and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will conduct their annual Adopt-a-Fish program. This is a fun event designed to introduce children to the life cycle of salmon and the importance of the role  of healthy streams in this cycle. 
Between 10am and noon children can pick up an adoption certificate from the Coho Society booth located in front of the library. With this certificate they can then pick up a batch of salmon fry in Memorial Park, opposite the Library to release them into McDonald Creek.
If there are children in your household who would enjoy participating in this program, make sure to set the morning of April 22 aside for a visit to the library and Memorial Park. In past years hundreds of children have helped to release salmon fry in McDonald Creek with the hope that they will return as adult salmon in the years to come.  We hope to see you.
THE LAND CONSERVANCY staff will be celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, 11am-3pm at Bear Creek Park (88th Ave & King George Hwy) in Surrey. As part of the Surrey Park's Environmental Extravaganza, TLC will have an information booth and be making animal badges for kids. If you have any questions about TLC, please stop by and talk with Rich Kenny.
Artist's Talk at FBG at 2p.m.

===  Sunday, April 23rd ====   ~ start of BOOKtopia (to Apr 29 at Memorial Library)

===  Monday, April 24th ==== Ccl Mtg at 7pm

===  Tuesday, April 25th
~ 5pm ~ NSACDI at CNV M Hall Conf Room
~ 7pm ~ FREE at FBG: Special Artist's Lecture:  BARRY COGSWELL
                Neighbourhood Information Meeting
Proposal: New Building - 1783 Marine Drive - 18th and Marine
Meeting Location: WV Seniors' Activity Centre, Visual Arts Room
The applicant, Ted Murray Architect Inc., is conducting the meeting as part of a Development Application to present the proposal for public review.  A community planner from West Vancouver well be in attendance to respond to questions on policy and process.  The public will have the opportunity to submit written questions or comments on forms to be provided.
The meeting is being held by the applicant.  Council will receive a staff report regarding any issue raised at the meeting and will formally consider the proposal at a future council meeting.
The proposal is for a two-storey commercial bank building of approximately 4990 square feet, located at the north-east corner of Marine Drive and 18th Street (the old KFC site). The building is to be located adjacent to Marine Drive with 11 on-grade parking spaces located to the rear of the property, accessed from 18th Street.
There will be an informal open house from 6:00-7:00pm, with a presentation at 7:00 followed with questions and comments. Light refreshments will be served.

===  Wednesday, April 26th
~ 5pm ~ PAC (check to see if on; they've been cancelled for months)
and  at 7:30pm ~ HERITAGE VANCOUVER
with LARRY BEASLEY, FCIP, Director of Current Planning, City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street; Admission: Non-Members $5.00; Members Free
For information (604) 254-9411 or info@heritagevancouver.org
Join us for a lively, humorous presentation by Larry Beasley as he looks back at 30 years of heritage preservation in the City of Vancouver.   Larry's last guest appearance at a Heritage Vancouver event in his current capacity as Co-Director of Planning and Director of Current Planning promises to be a tell-all presentation as he exposes some of the best and the worst of heritage preservation during his 30 years with the City of Vancouver.
PIBC Continuing Professional Development: Members may earn 1.5 CPD Learning Units for attending this event.

===  Thursday, April 27th
~ 4pm ~ Police Bd mtg in Chamber of Commerce Boardroom (may by moved to Srs' Ctr)
~ 4:30 ~ DAC
~ 5pm ~ NSACDI at CNV M Hall, Conf Room A
~ 5pm ~ NS Task Force on Substance Abuse at CNV at M Hall, Conf Room B

===  Friday, April 28th
~ 9:30am - 4:30pm ~ Annual Youth Justice Conference at Capilano College (Sat too)
~ 5- 9pm ~ Spring Home & Garden Show in the Arena (Sat and Sunday too)

===  Saturday, April 29th
~ 9am - 12:30pm ~ Annual Youth Justice Conference (cont'd)
~ 11am - 6pm ~ Spring Home & Garden Show in the Arena (Sunday too)

===  Sunday, April 30th
~ noon - 5pm ~ Spring Home & Garden Show in the Arena (cont'd)

>>>  INFObits & UPDATES  <<<

***  SOME of the BUDGET INPUT Apr 12th
David Marley (in addition to his written submission Apr 10th):
Fortunate to live in DWV - appreciate existing calibre of available municipal services - believe same or better service levels can be delivered for fewer tax dollars.
Submit 2006 District budget as proposed ought not to be accepted - staff should be instructed to sharpen their pencils and return to Council with a budget proposal that involves - ideally - no tax increase for this year  - or one that is no greater than the current inflation rate for the Vancouver area - which, as of 2005 - according to StatsCan - was 1.5%.
Recommend Council appoint a "Budget and Operational Efficiency Committee" - whose mandate would be to find ways and means to effect cost savings in District operations.
Such a committee ought to be chaired by a member of council -  and include both District senior staff and interested residents.
[The cmte I'm representing] has among its members a corporate CFO [formerly a Sr VP with the BoM in BC], two management consultants [one of whom is a CA], and a policy analyst [a recovering lawyer].
Should the proposed committee be formed, members are prepared to volunteer for service.
We suggest that the Budget and Operational Efficiency Cmte be activist, unlike the District's existing Financial Advisory Cmte which has apparently cancelled six of its last nine scheduled meetings.
We believe the need to address the issue of how much it costs to operate our local government is both important and urgent.
The most recent figures available from the BC Ministry of Community Services reveal that:
DWV operating costs per capita, as of 2004, were 87% above the average for all 21 GVRD municipalities;
DWV tax burden on an average residential property, as of 2005, was 74% above the GVRD average and 49% above that of the next highest municipality;
DWV taxation rate per capita, as of 2005, was 58.6% above the GVRD average.
If DWV operating costs per capita were only 50% more than the GVRD average - they would be $333 lower.
If DWV tax burden on an average residential property was only 50% more than the GVRD average - it would be $854 lower.
Such a goal may today seem unrealistic - but we believe it is the direction in which Council should be heading - instead of approving further increases.
DWV utility rates have gone up substantially this year - in the case of water by a remarkable 7% - and in the case of sewer by an astonishing 13.5%.
DWV property tax per capita for purposes of financing the GVTA ["TransLink"] is 79.2% above the GVRD average - and has gone up by a staggering 95.6% in just two years. I hope DWV residents intend to ride the new RAV line often.
We understand that DWV Council has virtually no direct influence over TransLink costs and that it is not completely in control of local utility rates.
However, it can -- and in our submission must -- do something to stem the rising tide of the District's own operating costs and associated property tax increases.
Thank you.
***  Wilson Elected Chair of BC Federal Liberal Caucus
April 13, 2006  -- OTTAWA-The British Columbia Caucus of the Liberal Party of Canada has acclaimed Blair Wilson as their chair.  The caucus, composed of all BC Liberal Members of Parliament and Senators, works together to articulate and advance the priorities of the province.  Previously the post was held by Don Bell, MP North Vancouver.
"I am deeply honoured by the confidence my fellow Members of Parliament have shown in me by selecting me as their Caucus Chair.  Together we will advance a forward-looking agenda for BC," Wilson said. "From the Pacific Gateway to the Olympics, British Columbia has priorities with national importance."
For further information or to arrange an interview, please call Jo Anne Strongman, Public Relations, 604-619-1969. 
Blair Wilson is the Associate Critic for Finance and the leader of the BC Caucus of the Liberal Party. He was first elected as the Member of Parliament for West Vancouver/Sunshine Coast/Sea-to-Sky Country in 2006.  His website is www.blairwilson.ca. His constituency office can be reached at 1-800-665-6004.
A Message from the Coalition:
As you all know this is our final opportunity to stop the destruction of Eagleridge Bluffs. Our strategy is to begin with the gathering celebration as described above and then stage an 'occupation' that will continue until we successfully take back the bluffs.  This will take the form of a 'tent city' that you will see on Monday and it will be 'manned' at all times. You will receive further information via email and at the Easter Monday event, so that you can make an informed decision about joining in the occupation.
For most of us, taking this step is something very new and perhaps somewhat intimidating. Unfortunately the Government has left us no choice. We have done everything possible to get the government to meet with us and engage in meaningful dialogue about the overland highway and possible alternatives to the senseless devastation of the Eagleridge Bluffs. Not only have we citizens been ignored, but so have the Municipality of West Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and the Greater Vancouver Regional District.   We have appealed to our local MLA who in turn has completely ignored our concerns. She has never even taken the time to visit this extraordinary piece of her constituency. Kevin Falcon, the Minister of Transportation and Highways, has never taken our concerns seriously and has instead passed us off as a small group of rich NIMBYs.
Our undivided support and participation in this occupation will be imperative if we are to have any success. Through media coverage that we will undoubtedly receive, awareness will expand across the rest of British Columbia and North America.
The key ingredient in this final effort however will be you the people. Without numbers we cannot hope to demonstrate that this is more than just a regional concern but rather an issue that all urban environments are facing.
Please continue to monitor our website for information on our occupation.
Thank you,
The Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs
o  register with Dave Rudd by emailing him at: dave@calrudd.com
o  volunteer as part of substantial "support" crew for outside the actual tent city to act as "observers", photographers, sign bearers, caterers of water/food for occupants, etc.
sign up for camping shifts on April 17, 18, 19, 20, or volunteer as a member of the support crew; please contact Patricia Barnes, our Tent City Occupation Supervisor at pbarnes@barnesandjeffreys.com.

 >>>  CCL MTG Apr 10th NOTES <<<

1.         CALL TO ORDER  2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA  3. ADOPTION OF MINUTES -  No items presented.
The Mayor explained that if Ccl decides to resolve something, cd move into ccl mtg [from Cmte of Whole], said exciting night [re Heritage Strategic Plan]
4.         REPORTS
4.1       Heritage Strategic Plan
1.   The Heritage Strategic Plan be received, and referred to the following committees for information and input:
        =A7         Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC)
        =A7         Museum and Archives Advisory Committee (MAAC)
        =A7         Parks and Environment Advisory Committee (PEAC)
        =A7         Design Advisory Committee (DAC)
        =A7         Planning Advisory Committee (PAC)
        =A7         Arts & Culture Strategy Implementation Committee; and
2.         Staff undertake a program of community consultation, and report back to Council in June 2006.

Stephen Mikicich, Staff (Heritage/Planning): first draft of plan summary; grants: $7500 from BC Heritage Branch, and $800 from the Heritage Society of BC
gave background; workshop kickoff of values-based plan; mbrs of HAC and consultant present; thanks; slides
Jacquie Gijssen (HAC), speaking on behalf of working group: started last year; fortunate to have consultant Hal Kalman
why? need to start with What is heritage?
popularly used for old buildings; we came to the understanding that it means quite a bit more here
WV has three nationally designated heritage sites
only surviving log crib dam; held back water, flumes fed shingle bolts
craftsman and vernacular bldgs
our heritage also includes old growth forests
West Coast Modern; '40s/50s; one of Canada's first shopping ctr; winding Marine Dr
relationship of houses to landscape; much more than just old bldgs
Heritage: what inherited; what we value; what we believe in; what we want to keep
everyone's business; for strong and cohesive cmnty
why? had since 1988 and much has been accomplished in that time
inventory, 1988, 1994 ('45 - '75) landscape character study
Awards; two major events H Wk and H Wkd
however the tools for substantial planning have not been av
focus for action
use resources efficiently, effectively; enhancement of nbrhds and areas; contribute to area revitalization; preserve features, enhance livability...
policy and planning
ten goals for next years and 39 steps
who for? ideally enabling partnerships in the cmnty; prop owners, biz, etc
provides a guide for action and tools that will enhance cmnty planning in the future
Hal Kalman: pleasure to work with you in WV
pls read it; I'll give you the highlights
[gave background, details of consultation]
study process v rational; began last spring, District-generated events; first event, excellent workshop...
v much a collaborative plan; situation analysis first (material in appendix); second interim report, what strategies might be
v much a high level plan; doesn't come to terms of details of anything
up to Ccl/staff as to where to go next
cmnty values came to the surface and heard them over and over again
= natural heritage is v highly valued;
= built H is valued but it does not have the same profile as the natural heritage; it is often appreciated as part of the context of the natural heritage -- come from City of Van and perhaps they overvalue the bldgs
= Cmnty of nbrhds; individual, different and want to preserve; nbrhd planning v imp; moreso than in many other Ms
= distinct from other LM cmnties -- tangible and intangible character of the place; to retain and keep as WV
= the cmnty values arts, culture, and heritage -- new value but important one
1 heritage resources -- identify natural built and cultural; preserve signif; define and implement demonstration projects
2 policy and planning -- integrate H into overall planning process; introduce H incentives (dangle carrots rather than sticks)
3 infrastructure -- develop capacity to manage; bring in money; ongoing monitoring and renewal
4 awareness and communications -- increase; enhance
ten strategies, between two and six [each category]
[grid on slide]
seek more specific feedback; opp for further involvement
report back in June as a result of cmnty input
ideal, plan be directed back to H cmnty
HAC prepare a three-year action plan -- key actions, not all; tackle in first three years
one of first: establishment of a Cmnty H Register
really only a list but all of the other actions fall from that
add'l cmnty workshops can be funded through prov H Branch/Heritage Society BC in fall and then during next Feb H Wk workshop, practices
Mayor: first Cclr Day who's worked on this
RD: been involved in H for a long time 1986 to 1996
prior to that some achievements, FBG GLHouse
1988 worked on H inventory, needs completion
1994, survey of signif architecture; Lower Caulfeild Conservation Study, set a precedent and we see nbrhd planning taking place in Clovelly
recognize the efforts of those on that cmte...  thank you very much
Sop: what's not to like?
wanted to embark and expand H plan
imp to me to have grasp on long range vision
staff and resource implications; proper set up with five-year budgeting
Planning Parks/Env; follow demands, how many toes stepping on
on nbrhd plans re Clovelly Walk, are we duplicating services?
wonder if rules too severe in future for those who want to do things
must include budgeting process and long-term plan
burdened this year, higher taxation
we all want these plans; looking for something coming back, simple straightforward
identify five-year plan but review it  -- shd be monitoring and assessing
then put off or something new
I identify with the registry, how works within M, involve cmte; involve volunteers and resources
JF: thank all
eliminate fears; keeping small cottage [not limited/restricted to]
achieve balance
JC: thank you and congratulate you; magnificent document
Mr K wanted us to read it
smelled toast; read summary, got into third chapter got excited
wd like to draw everybody's attention, p 16
the most important line in this doc in my view: a special opp to improve H mgmt, right now
MS: natural cultural and built H resources
cmte consider sites as H, thinking of driving into WV, used to have sights nice hotel cd argue heritage, pastoral -- and look at what's there now
something a real gateway to our cmte, looked to designating that hotel as a site
JG: certainly something echoed by cmte mbrs
WV values those settings -- a trail, a creekside, a garden, a blvd
we've heard that's what the cmte values
seeking the tools to do that
means coming to cmnty and coming to Ccl that's a valuable feature
HK: wrt Cclr Smith is saying, this is a cultural landscape
created by ppl as opposed to one created by nature
good/bad cultural landscapes
anything form a former logging trail, to waterfront park, all cultural landscapes
what ppl did, activities and read into past
the hotel was gone before we came on; being high level, not commenting on specific places
first is to identify what is of value
ten years ago if this policy, wd hv been on register and discussed
Sop: in your vision in identifying natural resources, where does it stop?
HK: stops where cmnty wants it to
not being evasive; not our decision, your decision
Sop: if area creek with park, and designated H and wanted it to be kept
redo house under new creek protection?...
a lot of stuff hasn't come down to ground; start and then reality sets in
JG: HAC comes back with a three- to five-yr plan
key actions...  why wd one creek be on the list and another not
need a list of criteria; ability to be negotiated
in the end the H Strategic Plan is not a barrier to change, not intended; to facilitate positive change into future
remind ourselves ev year; not meant to impede change or opportunity in the cmnty
Sop: if sentence included heritage
look at one more complication of building a house or cutting a tree
SM: brought back a slide; diff between natural; helpful if Hal you wd explain
HK: this is not about protection, it's about identification
feel important identification happen first
further level of complication, yes it is
H conservation is the mgmt of change
whether creeks, trees, buildings, how large a lot size shd be
better enhance the quality of life in the cmnty
and protecting the values
by protecting the human values, protects the financial values
ppl live here b/c they like this place so imp for everyone to retain those values
one more layer of mgmt in a cmnty managed
Sop: better qualified as one more rule
HK: one more thing...  to betterment of life
JG: under policy and planning
we cd, as a possible recommendation, create a green door policy
Have/Make H projects a priority for speeding through [devt/approval process], so can mitigate some of those actions
Sop: I'd like to see more details; so entrenched with bylaws now
how some new rules -- positive or not -- got to hear more before I get excited
VV: quote -- incompatible [to have devts that] erode nbrhd character and prop values
brought right back to approving and not devts
rate we're replacing sgl by multi, feel H value is being challenged
curious haven't expressed concern about it; over the years we cd hv changed it by the time you get to it
concern about what you're doing right now
Mayor: Ccl V likes to spice things up
JG: speak on behalf of working group -- yes
RD: forgot to recognize Hal Kalman in thanking; to sum up
dedication and persuasion, not constraint
lose property rights, that's not true
incentive is to preserve; prov and fed grants
can't say H sites without plan
never sat down, considerable investment already
haven't completed that investment; now need to complete the process
how did we lose the Pk Royal hotel? it was on inventory, secondary -- we tried, Ccl tried, but not able
signif loss
not saying if we'd had a H plan we cd have saved it but a much better chance
that's why we need to pass this plan-- not till June, gone to cmtes now
many cities have well-established H plans; H sites and homes have more value than others; ppl seek out H homes and want to preserve them
also a great deal of evidence, H is also economic -- New Westminster and Victoria cdn't live without it
thank you
Mayor: I'd like to add; SM utterly engaged but so was cmte
workshop three things that came out; wanted Ccl to understand what H means to WV and Ccl to champion this
on way, after hearing from public
natural is no 1, and throughout the prov we may be no 1 [in putting natural tops]
the distinct character of our nbrhds in the OCP  ...
part of this H plan we're all into; key word is balance
...incentives, cmnty benefits, forward-looking document,... advocacy...
nothing to be afraid of, shd be celebrating
thanks for vision, carried through; not always easy
MOTION moved
JF: the FAC has not been asked to look at this and there certainly are financial obligations
build up funds; perhaps not the time; why they were left off list?
CAO: maybe a bit premature
immediate priorities for [feedback]; if we wish to move ahead, then at that level, then talk about impact
Sop: positive initiative; other Ms have done the same thing
one of the things I see, what complication within staff resource
run by M, staff, new dept, bodies do we need
how far we go, how big does it get
working group; then financial side; you'd better answer those before
JG: wd be useful, the one piece of information
we're not seeking to start a dept of H
when you have a chance to digest this, some realized thru Parks/Env, some Permits, Licensing, some Planning; interrelated plan; some interaction -- how does this work
Sop:  if you say it's going to float around
[devt] say: you face that bylaw mister, but btw, we have this floater there, heritage
maybe you're forbidden if you don't
whole thing for future; better be more specific; where -- simple and precise
Mayor: I hesitate to respond; at WV Fdn Cmnty
at their AGM today; they'd love to fund
some homes wd find it easier if H, b/c home non-conforming and unique
so may be streamlining some things; the strength of our cmnty is our nonconformity
we've got a few months to hear

4.2       Dundarave Landing Interim Parking Plan - Traffic and Parking Study
            1.         Council receive the report titled Dundarave landing Interim Parking Plan - Traffic and Parking Study from the Manager Roads and Transportation.
            2.         Council direct staff to implement the additional measures described in this report and report back on their effectiveness within six months of their implementation.

EBarth, Dir/Engg: report; three add'l make this operate a bit better; volume and pedestrian safety
Lower Bellevue is posted at 30km and monitored -- high adherence
traffic count recently, numbers well consistent with a local street
on Lower Bellevue, orange delineators unsightly; staff recommend a proper sidewalk
24th and 25th; observed operating v well, some add'l things we can do
can report back in six months about how well it's performing
CAO: Ccl asked if an add'l study cd be done
we have done the studies; the recommendations flow from those studies
the reversion is intended to occur when the add'l parking stalls become av
mid Apr but may be delayed more than that
JF: the sidewalk idea is a given
in the process, the residents complied, change on interim basis without serious objections
without dialogue, about how a change wd play put -- benefits to them and biz area
any public mtg planned?
EB: whenever change we send out a notice
we viewed this as a continuation
after Feb mtg we received a lot of comments for Ccl to reconsider and not just from biz, from residents as well
Sop: capacity of traffic in whole area
traffic study down on 25th having a driveway not too many feet from 25th and Marine -- you weren't around then
not a traffic study done; left lane turning north a help
Ccl statement to revert back to two way
are you suggesting we do nothing for six months and you'll do a signif study on parking and traffic
north of MDr, not just Bellevue?
so reasons why one way, aside from the fact that naturally staff wd like free parking, a given in that area, that's where the voices coming from but residents as well, their safety
we said we'd revert, but now b/c a new look again, are we going to sit with this for another six months?
EB: feel from a technical standpoint, has been adequately looked at
north of MDr puts us into a residential nbrhd and we wdn't be thinking of parking into that area
re timing, from residents in that area and coming there to shop, saying easier to find parking and not circulating through the nbrhd
add'l measures, review that with Ccl and cmnty
Sop: how many other residents sent in letters zero in in Upper Bellevue???  said in large numbers?
EB: I don't have the exact number of correspondents
those are the comments of some coming to use seawall, shopping
also letters from whole stratas supporting
Sop: thank you for the time; drove around and saw some empty spots on Upper Bellevue
some of the lanes -- some of those owners fence off?  have to have a negative effect?
the very ppl asking for add'l parking are fencing off?
boggles the mind
won't put on north street b/c of residents but will on south but it's residential
not criticizing Mr Barth of the Engg report
reasonable, two-way street, quiet cmnty of WV; uniqueness
most unchanged method, find add'l spaces
food store is going to open its underground, don't know what effect that's going to be
how much ppl value character of cmnty
Bellevue, parking, biz, sleepy country lane -- don't want to belabour this, I'll wait till vote
Mayor: good
RD: says removed; really going to remove 12 spaces north side?
EB: Brent Dozzi's more familiar with this
Brent Dozzi, Mgr Roads/Transportation who wrote report: parking on 25th MDr and Haywood has been slated to be removed
first b/c truck movements cannot be accommodated
RD: both sides?
BD: west side
the other reason for removing what little traffic there is
part of the recommendation, determined the need for turning lanes, access to parking north
combination both sides, between ten and 12 spots
RD: general attempt to improve intersection at 25th and Marine
unhappy when you took away angle at Capers but admit opens it up
more likely to, accept that traffic will proceed better
you've done a traffic count, checked speed, corresponds to my observation cuz I hang around Dundarave a lot
generally things are moving pretty well
if we're going to remove those at 25th more serious to keep on Bellevue
on IGA they're underground and ppl don't like that
seems reasonable take six months
rather than take out 30 places, b/c they really do help, b/c summer, we're really going to need them
good, scientifically based and I agree with them
Ccl kept its word, but at this point it behooves us to wait six months, beach season
BD: we really did look at the parking av throughout the area
school to the north, parking generally restricted
peaks during the day, chaotic during school pickup and drop off
Bellevue Lane, understand all those stalls are privately designated or rented to biz in that area
this is what we ended up with
MS: I second Ccl Day's salutations of Mr Barth and Mr Dozzi's efforts to resolve this; it is working v well
isn't excessive traffic on Lower Bellevue -- if working well, why change it?
if six months, hope logic and common sense will prevail
ppl that work there have to find places to park; medical bldg at 24th and Bellevue
hope Ccl reverses erroneous decision made some weeks ago
leave as it is, if nec revisit in six months
Mayor: purpose of Cmte of the Whole is to discuss
staff - shd we refer this to a ccl agenda Apr 24th?
CAO: is it imp to advise ppl; cd defer to 24th and advise those interested parties
Mayor: expected outcome of this evening
individs who live on Bellevue who were promised revert
nothing to say they are aware of this scheme and agree
EB: that wd be part of sending notices out to the cmnty
if recomm to 24th, we'd send notice to those indivs be considered at that time
VV: I'm quite concerned...  we gave our word...
and if we did that a few weeks ago I don't want to stir the hornets' nest up again
sympathise with staff
the majority vote for a Ccl but not a majority vote for parking
look after residences
if the area needs more parking I'd like a solution providing more and not going back on word
CAO: we'd make it clear add'l measures wd be taken; not a permanent decision
Ccl has to balance interests -- biz pays taxes in that area
our difficulty is, notwithstanding Ccl's comments, if three months down the road, ask to put it back residents will ask why not do it first place
EB: at the time we came forward with this temp plan; much was based on no experience with the [new parking] facility; had six to eight months
one of the letters: does the cmnty not have the opp to change its mind?
JC: in Feb I said a deal's a deal and I stand by that
but if waiting for add'l parking in IGA, this is bandaid; don't have problem on a safety basis
I was there for half an hour today and all the signs are there
leaving Bellevue, I was passed on left, beige Camry, have lic #
what are those plastic tubes in middle of block
BD: there were more than two, ev 20m along corridor to provide between vehicles and pedestrians
over last few months
JC: stolen
BD: stolen or struck, they disappear; same problem other parts of district, kids see them as targets
selected not to replace them
JF: imp that the residents and merchants in favour going back
to see changed plan to see if meet their needs
might be some suggestions from those, maybe safer
imp to have opp before putting in sidewalk
Mayor: add to Ccl mtg in future; intent is Ccl intends to extend this plan
Ccl wishes to take time to make the best decision
Sop: there is a decision by this Ccl to change back; this motion in effect is not altering that decision?
Mayor: that's where we need more clarity
CAO: don't anticipate IGA stalls ready by 24th, so this gives cmnty opp to comment on these measures
Sop: move a deferral
Mayor: Cclr JF
JF: receive report, second defer decision until opp for public discussion
Mayor: receive or bring whole thing 24th?
CAO: cd receive and then defer matter to 24th on basis inform cmnty Ccl will consider this
in particular the recommendation continue for another six months
Sop: receiving and deferring?
Ans: yes
Sop: I'll go with that.


JC: Apr 28/29 conference re family justice court with stellar cast including Wally Oppal; call 925 7000 for information

RD: a week ago last Saturday, received call 7pm call from Mayor: son emergency appendectomy
go in her place to Armenian concert at WV United Church
so I said Okay; got there at 7:25 and concert at 7:30
the two Armenian performers were excellent; classical, violin and piano; featured Khatchaturian
Mayor: good team

John Chaston (sp?): 2250 Bellevue, longtime resident; presentation comprehensive but cd hv bn in a form easier to understand and suggest format of 2004 annual report.
{He has some questions about Admin and Financial Services but Dir/Fin and CAO said they didn't have the material there -- I found this surprising since one cd reasonably expect questions with not all the info out yet and a short time period given.  This is the highest increase in perhaps over five years or more.}
Sop: cd Mr Laing explain?
don't think Admin and Fin services higher
Mayor: wd like to stick to format
CAO: haven't the material here
{cdn't anyone anticipate there'd be questions about the Budget???  Top concern now!}
Mr Chaston: memo suggests we're in a transition period; logical approach
not going to get excited about it, next year, things will be different
this presents an opp for zero-based budgeting; don't say been [this way] for a long time
been told by orgs that do that, v productive...
George Noble: my nbrs and I wd like to thank Ccl for pressing for a resolution on variance at Gulf Place; Cclrs Sop and Day have been kind enough to look at this on site
Bd of V invited to review but they declined
basically we feel there's an injustice here; clearly the Act has been violated; affecting enjoyment
CAO: procedural matters, a number of ppl involved
Mayor: has been handled in camera; you'll hear from staff first thing
Carolanne Reynolds:

[Several topics: Procedure; Heritage; missing Five-Year Capital Plan; New Cmnty Ctre $40-45m; Zero-Based Budgeting; Costs of Options for Taxpayers' Info at Open Houses; Changed Times on DWV's Calendar]

thank you, just a question before starting --

--- PROCEDURE (residents speaking at Ccl of Whole)

I had put my name down to speak to the Heritage item; are the public not allowed to speak during the Cmte of the Whole part?  I know we're just experimenting with this, I just wondered
Mayor: No, actually you cd have at the beginning of the item and I'm sorry I didn't receive the list until well through that
CR: I noticed when you received it, I didn't know what the reason was for not [allowed to speak]
b/c we're still experimenting with this, so I just thought I'd ask when
so you can speak at the Cmte of the Whole?
Mayor: mmhm
{Later I enquired about this b/c not clear why a resident wd want to speak before hearing the item, background, plans, and so on; they wdn't necessarily know if they wanted to say anything.}

--- HERITAGE (proposed strategic plan)

CR: so, before I ask my questions for Question Period, I'd like to make a few comments, if I might about the heritage part, with your permission
Mayor: sure
CR: I also want to add my thanks; what a wonderful report that was, it was absolutely great
I'm really thrilled that you're all looking at it, and as some of you know, I know Cclr Day knows b/c I sat next to him, I was the first cclr for heritage so this has been a long time coming and it's really great to have this policy
I wd like to put a different tone on what I heard in some of the comments
I think really important -- I don't think this shd be looked upon as another rule, I think something was missing, and this hole has been filled, and it can be filled in a really positive way.  It shd not be seen as limiting, as some of the ppl said, limiting what you can do with your house.  If you wanted to add to your house in the same architectural style [no problem!], nobody shd think that [it wd be forbidden or not allowed], of course the nbrs wdn't be happy if you put a carbuncle on a Tudor, but I think if you're going to be reasonable and if it enhances nbrhd, I think the emphasis has to be on the fact that this is all to keep the character [not an impediment to modernizing a kitchen or enlarging]. Number one is our natural heritage and our [nbrhd] character.
If you can do something, and Ccl cd do things that are incentives, they're not a cost to the owner. They can actually have incentives. It shdn't be a question of will the creeks stop [devt].  Our creeks are preserved anyway but somebody can get some other benefit if they're helping the creek here [in their devt]; so I really wd like to change, create a paradigm shift of some of the comments, this is really a positive thing.
Ppl can get funding [for heritage renovation/restoration/maintenance] as they do in Victoria and New Westminster; and everybody, the ppl keeping the heritage are happy and the nbrs are happy b/c the character is [kept].  This is a positive thing, it's not a rule or regulation that's going to be a dampening or a restricting.  It's opening us up [to positive steps for preservation].
As you alluded to [Your Worship] in the end of your comments, it's really great.
And as to [the] Park Royal [Hotel], Cclr Day is right, it there had been a policy it might have been more helpful, but it needed a will of ccl; what has happened is there will be photographs of what it looked like
There is something left; they did do something wrt a trail along the Capilano River; so I think Ccl at the time did try to do some things to preserve it although they didn't have means to preserve it all
so I think [this proposed Heritage Strategic Plan] will enhance and add to our charm -- think of it as another great thing WV is doing and not a limitation at all; it's opening up more opportunities.  One of the new things is the natural heritage, it's a new thing and really great here--
One of the mbrs brought up, the point of view, she wanted to identify a stump as a heritage ... and it really was important!  There's a very large stump, not too far from here, but huge, to give some idea of the size of the trees that used to be here
so there are lots of opportunities
thank you for your comments [Your Worship]

--- BUDGET 2006 

** where's the five-year plan? *
one of things I wanted to talk about was the budget, b/c there's a mtg on Wed night
I understand, and if you cd pls clarify, that there's supposed to be a five-year plan passed at same time as budget
As far as I can tell, the old one was obsolete and the new one, even a draft hasn't been shown us and with all things you're planning, surely having the five-year plan wd help put things in context
so if you tell me, we're supposed to pass at same time and if so, when will we see it?
Mayor: Mr Laing?
RL: the five-year plan is being worked on right now
{being worked on?  not finished yet???}
it's basically a high-level continuation of what the 2006 budget will be
it carries forward the same assumptions that underlie that and that will be produced on Wednesday
CR: it does make it a little difficult, as some other ppl have said to me, if we're only getting the info on Wed night to give our input to you at the same time we're given the info
so you might want to consider having some more input at the ccl mtg on 24th
it was a really good mtg to have the information on [the budget] last Wed night but some other ppl said to me staff had promised some other info and they haven't got that either
so I'm glad we'll have the five-year plan so maybe some of the other info ppl have asked for will [be produced]... when that five-year plan comes through


You still haven't said much about how you're funding the new cmnty ctr wch cd be $45m
One of the points from that point of view is that some ppl [that is staff/cclrs] were saying, it's "pay as you go" and we didn't need to go to referendum, as you know I recommended a referendum,
b/c we didn't need to borrow, but I'd like to tell you that many of the ppl I spoke to and a questionnaire that was sent out by our organization some years ago [they said] it doesn't matter whether you borrow or not the ppl wd like to know [be asked].
Now, some said $10m or $15m but everybody said [definitely] for over $20m.  [They said] we want to be involved to say whether we want to spend that much money and this is $45m!
so I don't know what opportunity you have now to rationalize with the shortage of funds
I'm sure we cd all puts our heads together and come up with something, we cd even lease Gleneagles [laughing], we cd do all sorts of things --


CR: and I agree with the person who spoke earlier, I've advocated zero-based budgeting for a long time, so I hope he has more success than others have had
{Cclr Vaughan also urged this at an earlier ccl mtg}

--- COSTS OF OPTIONS FOR TAXPAYERS' INFO BEFOREHAND! (presented to the public for feedback)

CR: also on Wed night, I mentioned that when proposals come up in an open house that the amount of money shd be there [ie, what it will cost taxpayers/residents]; Mgr kindly said it was an oversight [ie shd have been on the displays]
the example [is the recent open house on the] entrances of Marine and 13th
[It showed] options one, two, and three -- no prices anywhere for someone to look at [to compare when looking at the options, ie merits, design, and cost]
[Afterward] when I went back, I have the feedback form right there [holding up the form] and it has option one, two, and three with the deadline Mar 31.  There's no costing on this so I wd suggest wrt the feedback you get from this, pls keep in mind ppl did not know the first was $600K and third was $1.3m.


Mayor: Mr Stuart?
MMgr wrt Budget: we did mention at the mtg the other night that residents wd continue to have opp to provide input to Ccl at each ccl mtg where budget being discussed
CR: Oh good
{That sounds great but there may only be one mtg before they make their final decision b/c no ccl mtg May 1st and the budget has to have three readings (May 8th?) and be adopted (May 15th the deadline) -- not much time/opportunity!  and how many have had the time to get the new five-year plan to study it enough to comment?}
CAO, the new term for the MMgr: I did mention it that night.


CAO: The second thing is, I wd hope that Ms Reynolds's reference to $45m, I don't know where that came from -- that certainly hasn't been referred in any discussions by staff or documents
Hope it isn't taken or isn't considered by anybody in the cmnty as a new figure for the cmnty ctr
We are continuing to work with the budget that has been approved by Ccl and it's our intention to stick with that budget.  In the five-year capital [plan], we will provide details.  As I mentioned, the cmnty will have an opp to provide input in subsequent ccl mtgs
CR: that's good to know; the figure perhaps was not $45m but the figure over $40m was given/mentioned

{Keep in mind that contingency is 10 - 15%, and right now with shortages and difficulties in construction, high amounts are being budgeted for; if $30m that means adding $3-$5m, if $40m adding $4 - $6m to building estimate.}

Mayor: what I think your question points out is the the need to review that so that public and Ccl are clear on what the figures are, what the budget that has been passed is, and it's most appropriate to do that during our discussion of the 2006 budget.
{well said, Pam.}
do you have anything else?
CR: I agree there wasn't an actual figure of $45m; the figure was "over $40m"; so that was what it is.
and one other thing, I have another suggestion--
Mayor: --I'm not sure where that's coming from and we want to be accurate b/c Ccl is keeping a very close eye on the budget.  Perhaps Mr Laing, if you'd like to give a firm figure on that.
RL: Your Worship, the budget remains at $39.7m and that includes the Vancouver Coastal Health leased space
Mayor: that's right, and contingency
CR: so $40m plus contingency or does that include contingency?
Mayor: includes--
CAO: final cost--
CR: so it's $40m.
{big diff, huh!
Well, folks, there you have it.  Whether last year estimate's for the new cmnty ctr is $40m or $45m, with or without contingency, that's not the point; it's still a whopping big whack of taxpayer money Ccl did not get your agreement to spend.  It'll possibly beggar the cmnty for some years or at least severely curtail any other expenditures!  And if salaries are automatically going up 3% every year, with staff saying no choice and must be in budget, who really believes last year's estimate of $40m will not go up as the cmnty ctr is being built over the next two to three years???}

CR: the other thing that wd like to make as a recommendation
as you know I put out a newsletter; really glad that there's a Calendar on the website and I copy and paste it and put it in.  Today when I sent out the msg that I copy and pasted, the Ev Dr Cmnty Open House on the 19th, from 6 to 9 on your Calendar, I immediately got email back from ppl on my list saying no, it's 6:30.  I don't know where else it is on the website, and maybe it's one place or another, but the point I wd like to make is a  constructive one.  I know things sometimes change and I know that sometimes you show it's been postponed or rescheduled or something, but I think it wd be valuable if when [not same from when first put up] you either have same from beginning, or if changed put an annotation it's been rescheduled, so ppl know there was different time before they see that one [current, updated].
Mayor: mmhm; thank you very much
CR: thank you

1.         CALL TO ORDER  2.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mayor: now move into sp reg ccl agenda
order; call mtg for Apr 12th to hear input on budget.
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