January 16, 2017 - Minutes

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City of Richmond Meeting Minutes


General Purposes Committee



Monday, January 16, 2017


Anderson Room
Richmond City Hall


Mayor Malcolm D. Brodie, Chair
Councillor Chak Au
Councillor Derek Dang
Councillor Carol Day
Councillor Ken Johnston
Councillor Alexa Loo
Councillor Bill McNulty
Councillor Linda McPhail
Councillor Harold Steves (entered at 4:04 p.m.)

Call to Order:

The Chair called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.






It was moved and seconded



That the minutes of the meeting of the General Purposes Committee held on January 3, 2017, be adopted as circulated.







Councillor Harold Steves entered the meeting (4:04 p.m.).






Regulations for Marihuana Dispensaries
(File Ref. No. 03-0900-01) (REDMS No. 5232673 v. 6)



In reply to questions, Carli Edwards, Manager, Customer Services and Licencing, confirmed that the report outlines the regulations for marihuana dispensaries and that the zoning in Richmond for marihuana production has already been determined by Council.  The proposed bylaw would specify that marihuana dispensary is a prohibited use in Richmond. Wayne Craig, Director, Development, further clarified that current zoning only permits for one site-specific marihuana production facility in Richmond, with no retail component being permitted.  



It was moved and seconded



That Richmond Zoning Bylaw No. 8500, Amendment Bylaw 9671 to add a definition of “marihuana dispensary” and add this use to the non-permitted uses and definitions (Section 3.5) of the Richmond Zoning Bylaw No. 8500 to prohibit “marihuana dispensary” in all zones, be introduced and given first reading.









2016 Report from City Citizen Representatives to the Vancouver International Airport Aeronautical Noise Management Committee (YVR ANMC)
(File Ref. No. 01-0153-04-01) (REDMS No. 5251399)



Victor Wei, Director, Transportation, and Gary Abrams, City Citizen Representative to the Vancouver International Airport Aeronautical Noise Management Committee (YVR ANMC), responded to questions from the Committee regarding noise complaints from Richmond residents and provided the following information: (i) one resident is responsible for 67% of the total complaints, (ii) YVR has not personally met the individual but has responded to their complaints and the complaints of others, and (iii) YVR conducts an annual tour available to the public which provides general information on airport operations.



It was moved and seconded



That the report from the City citizen representatives appointed to the Vancouver International Airport Aeronautical Noise Management Committee (YVR ANMC) regarding the Committee’s 2016 activities dated December 22, 2016, from the Director, Transportation, be received for information.









Minoru Complex Entries and Arrivals Public Art Concept
(File Ref. No. 11-7000-09-20-202) (REDMS No. 5252534)



The Committee discussed whether or not the artwork reflects the values of Richmond as a community.  It was noted that it would be helpful for the Committee to receive the rationale for the selected work along with the other shortlisted works prior to the approval of the art concept.  In reply to questions, Eric Fiss, Public Art Planner, noted that the theme for the artwork was decided upon after consultation with the various user groups in the area.



As a result of the discussion, the following referral motion was introduced:



It was moved and seconded



That the matter be referred back to staff:




to circulate all five shortlisted projects to Council for information; and




to consult with stakeholders through the Minoru Major Facility Stakeholder Advisory Committee and report back with their feedback.









It was moved and seconded



That the meeting adjourn (4:40 p.m.).





Certified a true and correct copy of the Minutes of the meeting of the General Purposes Committee of the Council of the City of Richmond held on Monday, January 16, 2017.



Mayor Malcolm D. Brodie

Shaun Divecha
Legislative Services Coordinator