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March 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting

The Mayor, all Councillors, Mr. Campbell, Ms. Coates, and Mr. Limshue were present. The video of the meeting has been posted on the DOL website. Unfortunately, Part 1 videotape started during the Public Input period.


Public Input Period

There were four public comments.

Agenda

The agenda was approved.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Committee of the Whole meeting held on February 19, 2018 were approved.

Correspondence

No comments on correspondence.

New Business

Official Community Plan Review

Councillor Coulson moved to postpone the motions on the floor until a COW in November 2018. After some discussion with staff, Councillor Coulson stated he would like to withdraw his motion. Council did not give consent to the withdrawal. Motion to postpone was defeated with only Councillors Coulson and Haime in favour.

i) Draft Official Community Plan version 2 dated December 17, 2017

AMENDMENT MOTION ON THE FLOOR from December 18, 2017 COTW Meeting (No Mover or Seconder Required) THAT the main motion as amended, be amended further to add: (h) striking “1 uph” and replacing ”up to 3 uph” in column 3 of Table 4 in both 1-ESA Dedication and 2A – Parkland Trail – Density Bonus Types; (i) striking the second reference to “1 uph” and replacing “up to 3 uph” in 5.2.7 (4) (Policies – Residential (R) – p 46). Motion defeated with Councillors Swain, Haime, Coulson, and Mayor Haime opposed.

MOTION AS AMENDED ON THE FLOOR from December 18, 2017 COTW Meeting (No Mover or Seconder Required) THAT the Committee of the Whole recommends THAT Council instructs staff to refer the Draft Official Community Plan, Version 2, comprising 152 pages plus accompanying maps, to referral agencies for preliminary feedback prior to consideration of first reading, subject to: a) removing all references to Area “D” in the document b) removing the statement that the school is in decline c) deleting Tables 6 to 12 inclusive (Special Plan Area Density Summaries- Village Mixed Use, Village Lowlands, Village South, Village West, Upper Lantzville Ware Road, Upper Lantzville Superior Road, and Lantzville East), and updating all associated references to these tables in the document d) striking “in the Village Area” from the first sentence of the second paragraph in section 3 .2.4 (Regional Context Statement – RGS Goal No. 4 – Concentrate Housing and Jobs in Rural Village and Urban Growth Centres -p 28) e) striking “up to a maximum of 2.5 units per hectare” in section 5.2.7 (3) (Policies – Residential (R) -p 46) t) inserting “and carriage houses” after “residential buildings” in 7 .2.3 ( 1) and after “Secondary Suites” in 7.2.3 (2) (Housing Choices-Secondary Suites – p 58). Motion defeated with Councillors Swain, Haime, Coulson, and Mayor Haime opposed.

COW moved a staff recommendation to amend Section 1.4.3 by adding to the definition of” Amenities” – “This may include cash in lieu equivalents” which was approved.

COW moved to amend Section 8.5.6 to add the following policy – “Lantzville will establish zoning which includes the maximum allowable densities both with and without the amenity contribution requirements, and proponents for redevelopment will be required to enter into written agreement for the density bonus/amenity contribution as a condition of development approval.” Motion carried with Councillors Haime and Coulson opposed.

COW moved to amend Section 9.2.2.4 – to reword first sentence to read “The District will consider the extension of public water services to residential users in Rural and Agricultural areas of the community.”

COW moved to amend Section 10.2.6.2 – to clarify policy to consider pedestrian and emergency connections through the Ware Road property by rewording the policy to state, “The District will work with the landowner of the Ware Road properties to ensure that development plans provide adequate pedestrian and emergency connections only to Rossitor and Harby roads.”

COW moved to remove all references to business licenses in the OCP.

COW moved to update the OCP for the reality for references to buffers and backdrops, given the clearing that has occurred in the last six months.

COW moved to remove the paragraph referencing Stevens Place on page 103 of the draft OCP.

COW moved to amend by striking on page 17 of the draft OCP the wording in yellow “With the exception of one small-scale communal treatment systems, all sewage is handled by private septic tanks and ground the disposal fields”.
COW moved to amend by striking on page 66 of the draft OCP, table 3, row #6, the following words “Lantzville approving officer recommendation, with”.

COW moved to amend on page 13 of the draft OCP by incorporating a graphical representation of Lantzville’s current lot sizes, in addition to Figure 10.

COW moved on page 56 of the draft OCP by removing bullet 4 “Give priority for servicing to areas where a range of housing options could be developed.”

COW moved on page 56 of the draft OCP removing bullet 5 “Implement the strategy and planning approach for the Foothills Estates area to create extensive parkland and associated rural “estate” residential type development.” Councillor Colclough declared a conflict and left the chamber.

COW moved, on page 91 of the draft OCP section 1 by striking “or commercial and residential in separate buildings”.

Staff was instructed to review and confirm map references.

COW moved, on page 93 of the draft OCP, table 6, by striking “up to 25 uph” and inserting “up to 17.5 uph”.

COW moved, on page 96 of the draft OCP, table 7, under max. gross density, reduce from 31 uph to 25 uph.

COW moved, on page 99 of the draft OCP, table 8, under max. gross density, reduce from 17 uph to 13 uph.

COW moved, on page 102 of the draft OCP, table 9, under max. gross density, reduce from 12.0 uph to 10 uph.

COW moved, on page 105 of the draft OCP, table 10, under max. gross density, reduce from 10.0 uph to 7.5 uph.

COW moved to direct staff to update the approximate range of units in the Density Summary charts to correspond with the maximum gross densities in the previous motions.

COW moved to extend the meeting time past 10:00 PM.

COW moved, on page 97 of the draft OCP, in bullet 2, by striking “A park area shall be provided south of the existing school playing fields” and inserting “An area south of the existing school playing fields will be reforested park”.

Council recessed for 10 minutes.

COW moved on Map #2 Environmentally Sensitive – remove Of Cut or Altered Older Forest designation from the properties to the west of Aulds Road.

Without duplicating the above motions, COW moved to recommend to Council that the draft OCP be approved, as amended during the COW.
COW recommended to Council that staff be authorized to refer the Draft Official Community Plan, Version 2, as amended, for review and comment to the following agencies: Regional District of Nanaimo; Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation; City of Nanaimo; Agricultural Land Commission; Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development; Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure; Island Health; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; and School Districts 68 and 69. Councillor Coulson opposed as he wanted to see the updated OCP before it was circulated to ensure that staff made the amendments as authorized by Council.


Joan Moody