February 24, 2014 Council Meeting Highlights
Feb 25, 2014
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Dr. Kent Mullinix, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, presented information to Delta Council regarding a sustainable Bio-Regional Food System Design and Plan initiative. The project’s intent is to increase food security and self-reliance in B.C. and complement our existing agri-food sector. View the presentation background material.
I want to take this opportunity to provide an update on the provincial highway projects currently ongoing in Delta.
Since the opening of the South Fraser Perimeter Road in late December I have received a lot of feedback from residents. Along with the positive changes, residents have also raised concerns about signage and commute times from South Delta. I want to let Council and the public know that I have been in regular contact with the Province to convey these concerns.
I am happy to report that the Province has been reviewing signs along the South Fraser Perimeter Road and are committed to making changes to improve wayfinding along the new highway.
The Province has also been actively monitoring commute times from Tsawwassen. They have advised us that taking the South Fraser Perimeter Road is the faster connection to the George Massey Tunnel from Tsawwassen than Highway 17A. I would like to encourage Tsawwassen residents, who haven’t already done so, to try the new highway. This, in turn, will provide better travel times for Ladner residents.
The Province is also reviewing the option of allowing merging further south on Highway 99 so that Tsawwassen residents can merge and improve their morning commute. If implemented, this would add an even greater time savings to commutes from Tsawwassen.
I would also like take this opportunity to provide an update on some exciting developments on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. I am happy to report that the Province has selected a design team and geotechnical works are already underway.
The Province has advised us that access to River Road West will be maintained from the new bridge. They have also indicated that the highway will be widened in some areas to provide additional capacity and enhancements to the HOV lanes. The Province is reviewing the traffic needs for the Highway 99 corridor from the U.S. border to Bridgeport Road in Richmond, with plans for additional consultation this spring.Procurement for the bridge is scheduled to begin in 2015-2016, with a goal of starting construction in 2017. With this ambitious schedule, and the fact that this work is already underway, it shows the dedication the Province has to this incredible important project for all residents living south of the Fraser River.
Note: Delta staff are following Mayor and Council's direction in working with provincial staff to secure a second exit from Ladner beneath the new bridge.
BYLAWS FOR FIRST, SECOND & THIRD READINGS
Council Members Remuneration Bylaw No. 7317, 2014
Council gave first, second and third readings to Delta Council Members Remuneration Bylaw No. 7317. This bylaw would adjust Mayor and Council salaries to the average of the four closest municipal comparators (Coquitlam, Richmond, Township of Langley and District of North Vancouver).
2014 Capital Plan Funding Reallocation
Council approved a recommendation to reallocate funding approved under the 2014 Capital Plan to two emerging projects and defer the planned 10A Avenue Neighbourhood Road Improvement project for one year. The two projects that warrant priority are roadway improvements to Laidlaw Street and 48 Avenue (the site of the recently upgraded heritage United Church in Ladner), and Fred Gingell Park parking and access. View the staff report.
Medical Marihuana Production Facilities in Delta -
Property Tax Implications for Classification as Farm
Council approved a recommendation to send a letter to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development requesting an amendment to the Assessment Act that will prohibit the commercial production of medical marihuana from qualifying for farm classification. Council also resolved to submit a resolution to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to amend the Assessment Act. View the staff report.
Coal Dust Monitoring Strategy
Council approved a one-year coal dust monitoring strategy to identify whether or not coal dust is escaping from Westshore Terminals rail cars and if so, determine what percentage of the total dust fall is made up of coal.
Council also approved recommendations to request that Metro Vancouver undertake air quality monitoring and complete quarterly coal dust analysis of airborne matter sampled at specific stations in Delta. Westshore Terminals has agreed to provide funding towards the study. View the staff report.
Proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
Council received a report that provides information on the National Energy Board’s review of the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project and Metro Vancouver’s application to be an intervenor in the review process. Council approved a recommendation that a letter be sent from Mayor Lois E. Jackson to Metro Vancouver that identifies issues and concerns to be brought forward by Metro Vancouver during the National Energy Board Public Hearing process. View the staff report.
Truck Air Compression Brakes on Highways in Residential Areas
Council endorsed a recommendation to install "Excessive Noise Prohibited" signs near residential areas along the South Fraser Perimeter Road to deter the use of air compression brakes. View the staff report.
2013 Climate Action Report
Council received a staff report providing a summary of the Corporation of Delta’s 2013 climate action progress, specifically its progress towards the three Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program goals (greenhouse gas emissions reduction, carbon neutrality and community climate action). Council endorsed a request that the progress report be submitted to the Province in order to meet conditions to receive Delta’s 2013 carbon tax rebate. View the staff report.
Issued by the Office of the Mayor - February 25, 2014
View the Council reports and complete agenda from the February 24, 2014 Regular Meeting of Council
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