Coming up at council: Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2021

Coming up at council: Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2021

· The Pulse
By Mack Male

Here are some of the items city council will consider this week:

  • Administration has proposed significant increases to the city manager's financial signing authority. Among other changes, the city manager would be able to approve budget adjustments of $5 million per adjustment, up from the current limit of $2 million, and would only have to report on non-competitive procurements of $250,000 or more, up from the current limit of $75,000.
  • The Safe Passing Distance bylaw is ready for second and third readings. If approved, drivers must leave one-metre of space when travelling past cyclists at speeds of 60 km/h and below, and 1.5 metres when above 60 km/h. The bylaw passed first reading in June.
  • Implementing the policy on remuneration for advisory committee and task force members that council approved in July could cost as much as $350,000 per year and would require a tax increase to fund, administration says. Council will also consider establishing a code of conduct for committees.
  • Westrich Pacific Corporation proposes an upzoning for the 106 Street Downtown Tower project, more than doubling the intensity of development with a maximum height of about 45 storeys and total of 550 residential units.
  • EDGAR Development proposes a seven storey mixed-use building with ground-level commercial at 102 Avenue and 123 Street in Oliver. The project would replace a surface parking lot.
  • Potential amendments to the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw will be considered given the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

Meetings are streamed live on city council's YouTube channel.

Photo: The proposed 106 Street Downtown Tower would have a maximum height of 45 storeys. (Supplied)