This week, city council will continue a public hearing on the proposed zoning bylaw renewal on Oct. 23. Council will also have a private non-regular meeting on Oct. 23 to discuss updates on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and pre-budget submissions, and it will meet on Oct. 24 with a continuation scheduled for Oct. 25 if required.
Here are some of the key items on the agenda:
- Council will continue a marathon public hearing on the proposed zoning bylaw renewal on Oct. 23, marking the sixth day of feedback and debate. Since Oct. 16, council has heard from more than 200 speakers in support of or opposed to the bylaw and started asking questions to administration on Oct. 19. Coun. Karen Principe introduced a motion on Oct. 20 to refer the bylaw back to administration for six months for more engagement, particularly about energy efficiency, heritage preservation, aging in place, adequate green space, and separation of supervised consumption sites. The motion was defeated 10-2 with Principe and Coun. Jennifer Rice voting in favour.
- Three options to help with ongoing transit safety challenges will be considered: permanent enhanced cleaning of transit spaces; attendants to assist riders at stations; and supporting events, art, and busking in transit spaces. The programs would require about $2.3 million, $2.5 million, and $300,000, respectively, in ongoing annual funding. Administration will also present its latest bi-monthly update on the transit safety plan.
- Ward Anirniq Coun. Erin Rutherford will introduce a motion calling for a review of the construction of Castledowns Pointe, including plans and documents, and for administration to share any lessons learned on construction accountability. In September, the city told residents to evacuate the building after structural engineers discovered the building was at risk of collapsing. Rutherford is also seeking a report on the roles and responsibilities in the construction process and how they've changed in the past 20 years.
Several committee recommendations will be considered:
- The recommendation to increase funding for the Community Safety and Well-being and Family and Community Support Services grants was requisitioned to council for a decision.
- Urban planning committee recommended that the snow and ice control program receive one-time funding of about $5.1 million from 2023 to 2025, and that the assisted snow program receive one-time funding of about $2.5 million from 2024 to 2026.
- Urban planning committee recommended approval of the context statement in support of the Regional Agriculture Master Plan and referral to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board for next steps.
Here are some of the other new agenda items:
- City council will hold its annual organizational meeting to determine the committee and meeting calendar for 2024 and the terms for deputy and acting mayor. Council will also amend or repeal outdated bylaws, a process that happens twice a year. The Council Committees Bylaw will be amended to implement previously approved governance changes for committees of council including the Energy Transition Climate Resilience Committee and the Accessibility Advisory Committee.
- Council will consider bylaws to make two adjacent buildings on 103 Street NW just north of 102 Avenue NW municipal historic resources: The Boardwalk and the Revillon Building. The buildings house offices on upper floors and LGBTQ+ nightclub Evolution as well as restaurants Bodega, Sabor, Maria, and the Old Spaghetti Factory at street level.
- Borrowing bylaws for three projects will be considered: