Two motions in Council March 12 (Tues) regarding West End Parking Management Strategy & Participatory Budgeting Process

The agenda for City Council on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 has two motions by Councillor Melissa De Genova relating to the West End.

See the Council agenda here.

  • Rescission of Resolution for West End Parking Management Strategy and
    Participatory Budgeting Process. PDF link here.
  • Moving Forward with the West End Parking Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process. PDF link here.

Below is the text of both motions.

Motion B1.

Rescission of Resolution for West End Parking Management Strategy and
Participatory Budgeting Process
Submitted by: Councillor De Genova
WHEREAS
1. On February 26, 2019, Council passed a resolution with respect to the West End
Parking Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process;
2. The resolution passed by Council puts the pilot process on hold. This also affects
the City of Vancouver’s ability to provide reduced-cost permits to long-term
residents of the West End, including individuals living on fixed incomes;
3. There are possible ways to move forward with staff recommendations and receive
updates to the impact permit rates have on the availability of parking for visitors in
the West End and feedback on giving long-term residents a reduced rate for their
parking permit fee.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council rescind the resolution regarding the West
End Parking Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process, passed at the
February 26, 2019 meeting.

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Motion B2.

Moving Forward with the West End Parking Management Strategy and Participatory
Budgeting Process
Submitted by: Councillor De Genova

WHEREAS
1. Staff has invested considerable time and effort to move forward with the West End
Parking Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process;
2. The resolution passed by Council at the February 26, 2019 Council meeting may
have come with unintended consequences, that not all Council members were
aware of including:
i. Cancelling an opportunity for public participation and consultation through
a public open house where significant notices were mailed to addresses in
the west end, notifying the neighbourhood of the public open house;
ii. Low income and fixed income individuals, including seniors, not being able
to renew their permits at reduced rates, as they have been able to do
throughout the process previously;
3. Staff can report back to Council via memo, with concerns included in the amended
recommendations, while the process moves forward, if a resolution including
language giving this direction is passed by Council.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
A. THAT Council receive for information the update on the progress of the West End
Parking Strategy and the Participatory Budgeting Pilot, as outlined in the
Administrative Report dated January 29, 2019, entitled “West End Parking
Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process”, presented at the
Regular Council meeting on February 26, 2019.
B. THAT Council approve, in principle, changes to the Street and Traffic By-law No.
2849 as detailed in the Administrative Report dated January 29, 2019, entitled
“West End Parking Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process”
and Appendix A;
FURTHER THAT Council authorize the Director of Legal Services to prepare and
bring forward for enactment amendments to the Street and Traffic By-law
No. 2849 as generally outlined in Appendix A of the above-noted report.
C. THAT Council direct staff to report back via a memo in March 2020, to provide
information including any impact the extension of reduced residential permit
parking fees by West End residents may have on the greater availability of
on-street parking.
FURTHER THAT the memo summarize any feedback from West End residents
regarding this amendment to the by-law, including complaints or inquiries
suggesting the by-law is discriminatory to newer West End area residents who
may be facing affordability challenges in the city of Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

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