July 6, 2020 Council Summary

Health & Housing Task Force Consent Items
A $45,000 grant received from the Canadian Medical Association Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Vulnerable Populations will be transferred to the United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island to be administered along with COVID-19 emergency funding received through the Federal Government’s ‘Reaching Home’ program.

The mandate of the Health and Housing Task Force has been extended to October 30, 2020.

Section 8 g, h

2019 Statement of Financial Information
The 2019 Statement of Financial Information was approved.
Section 10 a

Community Vitality Grant
The Take a Hike at Risk Youth Foundation was given approval to redirect a previously awarded $10,000 Community Vitality Grant towards mental health supports for students through the hiring of a clinical counsellor.
Section 10b

Animal Control Service Contract Renewal
Council endorsed the Animal Control Services review recommendations and directed Staff to prepare an RFP for revised contracted services subject to adoption of the 2021-2026 Financial Plan. The “Licencing and Control of Animals Bylaw 1995 No. 4923” will be updated to incorporate the recommendations of the service review and Staff will work with the Cat Nap society to identify measures to support their work.
Section 10c

Development around Nanaimo
Changes to the “Building Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 7224.03”, extending the timeline for building permit applications, passed three readings. Once adopted, the timeline for building permit applications will be extended to 18 months after the application date, instead of 12 months.
Section 10d

Council approved an amended Revitalization Tax Exemption Agreement for a proposed eight-unit multi-family building at 531 Kennedy Street.
Section 10e

A Development Permit, with variances, was issued for 1125 Seafield Crescent, to allow for two rental residential buildings with a total of 124 units.
Section 10f

A Development Permit, with variances, was issued for 1615 Northfield Road, to allow for a multi-family development with 11 townhouse units.
Section 10g

A Rezoning Application for 1840 Stewart Avenue, to allow for a “Cannabis Retail Store” passed two readings. A third reading will be considered once confirmation of the community contribution (a donation to the Snuneymuxw First Nation Emergency Housing Program) has been received.
Section 10h

Bylaw updates
"Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2019 No. 4500.157” (To rezone 2379 Browns Lane from Single Dwelling Residential [R1] to Residential Corridor [COR1]) was adopted.
Section 11a

“Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 4500.175” (To amend Schedule A - Zoning Map with general mapping amendments) was adopted.
Section 11b

Correspondence
A letter from Dr. Bonnie Henry, regarding Homeless Encampment Health Issues Guidelines in the Context of COVID-19, was referred to the Health and Housing Task Force.
Section 13a

Council Voting Records
Staff will be preparing a report for Council which outlines alternative tracking methods available for capturing each Councillor's vote on motions, allowing for easy access of Council voting records by members of the public.
Section 14a

July 6, 2020 Council Meeting – agenda, documents and video

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