November 17, 2021 - Minutes

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City of Richmond Meeting Minutes


Special Planning Committee


Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall


Councillor Bill McNulty, Chair
Councillor Alexa Loo, (by teleconference)
Councillor Chak Au (by teleconference)
Councillor Carol Day (entered the meeting at 4:01 p.m. by teleconference )
Councillor Andy Hobbs (by teleconference)
Councillor Harold Steves (by teleconference)
Councillor Chak Au (by teleconference)

Also Present:

Councillor Michael Wolfe (by teleconference)
Councillor Linda McPhail by teleconference)

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 Planning Committee held on November 2, 2021, be adopted as circulated.







Cllr. Day entered the meeting (4:01 p.m.).






Application by Enrich Custom Homes Ltd. for Rezoning at 8231 No. 3 Road from the “Single Detached (RS1/E)” Zone to the “Compact Single Detached (RC2)” Zone
(File Ref. No. 12-8060-20-010309; RZ 20-905210) (REDMS No. 6767318)



Discussion ensued in regards to landscape security deposit and driveway access off of No. 3 Road.



It was moved and seconded



That Richmond Zoning Bylaw 8500, Amendment Bylaw 10309, for the rezoning of 8231 No. 3 Road from the “Single Detached (RS1/E)” zone to the “Compact Single Detached (RC2)” zone, be introduced and given first reading.






Increase of maximum fines for Tree Protection Bylaw 8057
(File Ref. No. 12-8360-01) (REDMS No. 6764640)



Sharon MacGougan, President, Garden City Conservation Society referred to her submission (attached to and forming part of these minutes as Schedule 1) and commented that the Garden City Conservation Society strongly supports increasing fines for the illegal cutting of trees from $10,000 to $50,000 and that an increase in public education in understanding the tree bylaw is needed.



Don Flintoff, Richmond resident, referred to his submission (attached to and forming part of these minutes as Schedule 2) and commented that the
$50,000 fine is excessive for home owners, developers should incur the higher fine and that fruit trees should be exempt from the Tree Bylaw.



Discussion ensued with regards to the maintenance of street and park trees by the Park’s Department. Staff outlined that this bylaw pertains to the willful destruction and damage of trees on private property and the final decision on the fine amount levied will be determined by the legal court system.



Further discussion ensued regarding replacement of damaged trees and fines in proportion to the value of the home.



It was moved and seconded



That Tree Protection Bylaw No.8057, Amendment Bylaw 10307 increasing the maximum fine to $50,000 for an offence, be introduced and given first, second, and third reading.






Richmond Comments on Metro Vancouver’s Draft Updated Regional Growth Strategy, Metro 2050
File Ref. No. 01-0157-30-RGST1) (REDMS No. 6766254)



Staff highlighted the four objectives used to review the Metro 2050 Regional Growth Strategy which are (i) to protect the City’s autonomy in decision making, (ii) pursue City goals, (iii) deliver services efficiently through City efforts and regional cooperation, and (iv) to pursue shared regional goals. 



Staff noted changes in the strategy including (i) conducting population projections on a broader sub regional level rather than a municipal level, providing greater flexibility, and (ii) proposing a new trade-oriented overlay to secure land for trade oriented businesses.



It was moved and seconded



That staff forward the report titled “Richmond Comments on Metro Vancouver’s Draft Updated Regional Growth Strategy, Metro 2050” dated October 20, 2021 from the Director, Policy Planning, to Metro Vancouver, providing comments as outlined in Attachment 1.






Discussion ensued regarding sharing the report with other stakeholders including other municipalities and senior levels of government. As a result, of the discussion the following motion was introduced:



It was moved and seconded



That staff be directed to share the City’s comments, as approved by the Committee and proposed for Council endorsement, immediately at a staff level with member jurisdictions, and that a letter be drafted for Councillor Steves’ signature to accompany the proposed comments.









Response to Referral: Name Change of Trutch Avenue



Staff advised that a consultation letter will be sent to the approximately 20 residents on Trutch Avenue this week seeking their feedback.






It was moved and seconded



That the meeting adjourn (5:05 p.m.).





Certified a true and correct copy of the Minutes of the meeting of the Special Planning Committee of the Council of the City of Richmond held on November 17, 2021.



Councillor Bill McNulty

Raman Grewal
Legislative Services Associate