Special Business Meeting - 21 May 2024


1: Welcome to the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory
2: ADOPTION OF AGENDA
3: MOTION TO CLOSE
4: STAFF REPORTS
4.i: Squamish Housing Action Plan – Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw and Advisory Design Panel Bylaw Updates
5: COUNCIL CONSIDERATION
5.i: 2024 UBCM Draft Resolution – Fighting Period Poverty
6: DELEGATIONS
6.i: Squamish Youth Council
7: TERMINATION
1: Welcome to the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory
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SPEAKER_-1
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Armand Hurford
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Squamish Housing Action Plan – Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw and Advisory Design Panel Bylaw Updates
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Phil Given from the Community Development Department presented proposed updates to the Official Community Plan (OCP), Zoning Bylaw, and Advisory Design Panel Bylaw as part of the District's Housing Accelerator Fund commitments. These updates aim to implement actions from the Squamish Housing Action Plan developed to address the need for new housing units, respond to new housing legislation, and fulfill commitments made to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The presentation covered three additional areas for bylaw amendments: updates to the Environmental Protection Development Permit Area, updates to the District's accessibility policy guidelines and zoning regulations, and corrections to errors and omissions in the Loggers East Neighborhood Plan. The proposed updates are designed to streamline the development permitting process, enhance housing diversity, and improve service delivery and community engagement.

During the discussion, council members raised questions and sought clarifications on various aspects of the proposed updates. Councillor Eric Andersen inquired about incorporating illustrations or examples in the OCP document to guide the development community, particularly regarding color schemes for building facades. The response indicated that more general guidelines allow for diversity, with more specific directives possible in neighborhood-specific guidelines. Concerns were also raised about the engagement strategy with the development community and the language of proposed zoning bylaw changes for accessibility. Councillor Chris Pettingill expressed concerns about potential gaps in environmental protection standards and the use of acronyms in documentation. The council debated amendments to retain explicit references to old growth forest protection, passive surveillance, and green sustainable building materials in the guidelines. Ultimately, the council endorsed the proposed consultation on amendments and directed staff to bring forward the proposed amendments for consideration at a regular council meeting, with amendments to ensure explicit references and engagement with the development community on certain guidelines.

Armand Hurford
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okay everybody welcome back to the special business meeting for Tuesday May 21st we are on agenda item four Squamish housing action plan ocp zoning bylaw and advisory design panel bylaw update and I'll turn over to Step

SPEAKER_09
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yeah okay good afternoon mayor and Council Phil given with the Community Development Department and today I'll be giving a presentation on proposed updates to the official community plan zoning bylaw and advisory design panel bylaw for which these form part of the district's housing accelerator fund commitments so the skish housing action plan has actions to advance District housing policy which are to be implemented over the next three or so years and this action plan was developed to address the need for new housing units outlined in the district's housing needs report completed last year the need to respond to new housing legislation announced by The Province and commitments made to the Canadian mortgage and housing corporation housing accelerator fund Grant and the proposed updates being presented today fall under this third item in addition to the update it's related to the housing action plan there are three additional areas with proposed bylaw amendments in that will be run concurrently for process efficiencies and these are updates to the Environmental Protection development permit area or dpa1 which staff have previously identified the need to update to align with provincial legislation and provide Clarity for users secondly updates to the district's accessibility policy guidelines and zoning regulations this stems from in 2022 the district received funding from Vancouver Coastal Health to review and undertake updates and the work has been completed in conjunction with the dis District's accessibility committee and finally the log e neighborhood plan staff have previously identified errors and emissions in the plan in relation to institutional land use in residential areas and the use of mandatory language bylaw updates related to the housing action plan require changes to the ocp the zoning bylaw and the ADP bylaw and these fall under actions three and six of the housing action plan action three of the of the plan is titled missing middle housing accelerator and includes proposed updates to The Advisory design panel bylaw to remove the requirement for small apprach projects to be reviewed by ADP that being not requiring ADP review for multi-unit dwellings up to six units and not requiring ADP review for multi-unit dwellings offering between six and 20 units and there's discretion for staff to refer an application to ADP if required based on a review of adherence to the guidelines these changes are aligned with the threshold for delegated development permits and we'll reduce processing times for development permits by approximately four months action six is to revise and streamline the development permitting process and two of the action items are amending the ocp to remove development permit requirements for triplexes and fourplexes and streamlining the Universal development permit area or DPA 3 guidelines by removing the requirement to obtain a development permit for triplexes and fourplexes this will reduce processing time by 4 to 12 months and this action aligns with the provincial Bill 44 zoning changes which require a minimum of four dwellings on a lot some items currently regulated through development permit which are important to retain include solid waste technical guidelines and Landscaping requirements and staff are proposing to update the zoning byw to incorporate some of these elements which are important to retain for these smaller infill developments these include minimum tree retention and planning requirements and minimum requirements for secure waste storage facilities for item two streamlining development permit area through guidelines staff have undertaken a review of the guidelines and propos a number of changes to delete redundant guidelines which no longer reflect current policy are ineffective or duplicated in either other development peret guidelines or addressed by other regulation move development permit guidelines to more appropriate locations including the zoning bylaw and or the development application checklist some guidelines can contain requirements for review of applications these items are best located in the development application checklist and some other items are best regulated through designing bylaw where they are regulatory requirements Also to clarify the intent of existing guidelines to reduce the number of revisions required after application submission and to add some new guidelines where there is identified policy Gap and concurrent amendments to the zoning bylaw and the checklist as mentioned will be run concurrently to the ocp amendment by reducing the number of guidelines and increasing usability of the existing guidelines there will be time savings both in design of developments and also reviewing those for the Environmental Protection development permit area updates The Proposal is to remove guidelines that do not align with the provincial riparian areas protection regulation reorganize the guidelines and update the wording for an easier flow of information for users provide a separate section for aquatic guidelines splitting into two sections one for freshwater and raran and one for ditches and update definitions and acronyms the proposed accessibility updates to both the ocp and Zoning bylaw the ocp policy changes include amending texts to align the use of universal adaptable and accessible terms with the zoning bylaw defition itions and uses and strengthening policy recommendations for adaptability and to add policy to consider accessible units as part of the affordable housing deliverable and the development permit area three Universal guideline changes related to accessibility include amending the site circulation accessibility and adaptability guidelines to reflect current built environment accessibility best practices and to provide more clarity strength and direction for accessibility and removing the 10% development permit adaptable unit guideline due to non-compliance with local government act as development permit guidelines cannot include review of internal elements of a building this requirement will still remain in ocp policy zoning bylaw updates include adding new definitions for accessible Universal and adaptable and updating the maximum accessible ramp grades to comply with best practice and updating accessibility parking standards and finally the proposed updates to loggers each neighborhood plan are to permit institutional uses within the plan area and to add residential flexibility in employment land areas the proposed bylaw updates Advanced ocp policy under diverse and affordable housing natural environment Municipal infrastructure specifically solid waste and institutional uses and also Advance strategic plan objectives 2.2 to increase the diversity of housing forms and tenure types and 3.2 enhance organizational systems to improve Service delivery and enhance communication and engagement with the community The Local Government Act has specific requirements that Council must consider in relation to engagement on updates to the ocp that is the local government must provide one or more opportunities for consultation with persons organizations and authorities that the local government considers will be affected by an amendment to the ocp Additionally the ACT requires consideration by Council of consultation with specific stakeholders and when the bylaws are brought forward for readings Council will be required to consider by resolution the recommended consultation as detailed in the report to council for the purpose of the legisla consultation requirements staff are recommending that consultation is considered to have occurred and be satisfied by forwarding a copy of the bylaw as proposed prior to First reading to the sish nation and that consultation not be ongoing after a seat any comments by the time first reading is held and no additional consultation is recommended in addition to this for other stakeholders and additional engagement staff have consulted with the advisory design panel on proposed changes to the ADP bylaw and to the development permit area Universal guidelines at the May 16th meeting and the ad comments will be incorporated prior to the bylaws being brought back for readings brought forward to readings and finally a copy of the proposed amendments to development permit Area 3 Universal guidelines will be shared with the development Community for comment next steps to provide a copy of the proposed ocp bylaws to the skyish nation and provide a copy of the development permit Area 3 changes to the development community and in July the bylaws will be presented to council for readings and in the fall a scheduled public hearing third reading and adoption if it moves forward and finally the recommendation that Council endorsed the proposed consultation on amendments to the official community plan bylaw zoning bylaw and advisory design panel bylaw related to the district's housing accelerator fund commitments to satisfy the requirements under Section 475 of the Local Government Act two direct staff to bring forward reg to a regular council meeting the proposed amendments to the official community plan bylaw and Zoning byof consideration of first and second readings and the direct staff to bring forward to a regular council meeting the proposed amendments to the advisory design panel bylaw for consideration of first second and third readings thank

Armand Hurford
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you thank you I will go to council do you have questions at this time go ahead councelor

Eric Andersen
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Anderson thank you my questions will pertain to the DPA 3 guidelines suggested amendments I've reviewed a number of other municipalities and their de related relevant guidelines and there's a variety of language used and approaches taken but generally a couple things pop up top pop up to me several municipalities provide illustrations or examples in the ocp document of for example color schemes that are encouraged for accent colors on building facades is this something that might be entertained giving further orientation to the development Community by way of illustration in the text of the DPA guidelines is this something we do or could entertain in particular with respect to colors and accent colors and making yeah making our picture clear as du

SPEAKER_07
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intentions through the chair thank you for that question it's something that the ocp does with more specific area development per area guidelines because DPA 3 applies to everything Beyond currently three units and if these changes are made five units and above the intent for these is to be more sort of overall vague not vague is the wrong word here but more General to allow for more diversity and then the sub development permanent area guidelines so for example the downtown commercial or the ocean front or Waterfront Landing would have more specific and there'd be room in those for illustrations to be a bit more directive because they're more of a neighborhood feel for

Eric Andersen
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example thank you very much in followup how might these subur plan for example texts be treated now with these changes in the ocp will there be will all will all of each of these layers of recommen of guidelines be addressed in this in this

SPEAKER_07
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initiative through the chair at this time we're not reviewing other DP areas only the general guidelines has they appli universally to everything

Eric Andersen
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thank you the reason I ask is that there is explicit wording regarding color something that's come to my attention now and then in these other document so this is the reason for my asking I think that's it for me mayor for questions thank

Armand Hurford
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you thank you I've got councelor Stoner

SPEAKER_05
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next thank you through the chair I'm just stting a second clarify what the actual engagement strategy is here in the staff report it doesn't say anything about referral to the development community at all but I did note in your presentation you did speak to it a little bit so what is the actual plan in terms of referring the draft DPA to the development

SPEAKER_09
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Community through the chair we plan to provide a copy of the proposed changes to the development permit Area 3 Universal guidelines in the next week or so and ask asking for feedback on those changes

SPEAKER_05
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will we be hosting a online webinar or a builder breakfast or is it just an email that's going out

SPEAKER_09
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through the chair just an email going out for

SPEAKER_05
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this all right I'll leave that to comments my other question is just around the proposed updates that are coming for zoning bylaw changes for accessibility am I correct that the actual language is not available in this report that will come at a later date

SPEAKER_09
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through the chair that is correct it will be presented for first

SPEAKER_05
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reading and then similarly the proposed changes to the loggers East neighborhood plan caught my eye we had a lot of discussion as we developed that in terms of trying to make sure that those ratios for employment to residential were appropriate so that we would actually enable some form of res or sorry commercial and in light industrial space with within the loggers East neighborhood and we weren't overly favoring the residential component and so I guess I have a little bit of hesitation not being able to see the language here and proposing that staff bring that back for readings can you elaborate a little bit more on what it is that you're proposing and what we might see come

SPEAKER_08
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back through the mayor or the chair I could answer this question so the what I believe we're proposing is just a little bit more flexibility right now the loggers East neighborhood plan essentially has a must meet certain standard for employment space what we're finding with applications is that they they're really struggling office space is not doing well in urban areas and we're finding the same thing in Squamish so the proposed language would be essentially going from must to should to add a bit more flexibility so the council can consider on a case- by case basis whether there's Merit to reduce those

SPEAKER_05
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standards so with the proposal and the change language that would still be at the discretion of Council on a rezoning

SPEAKER_07
0:26:47 (0:00:05)

application through the chair yes it would still be at the discretion of

SPEAKER_05
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council above for developments above 20 units or about four

SPEAKER_07
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units it through the chair it would be for all rezonings that we're proposing anything unaligned with the policy would be at council's discretion

SPEAKER_05
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okay thank

Armand Hurford
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you councelor

Chris Pettingill
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penil yeah councelor Stoner got my question about loggers East and I'll maybe have some comments about that as well I was expecting some reference to the zero carbon stop code I know some additional work being done but I think I thought we had some commentary about wanting to see something as we're losing our tools that is we're bringing new tools forward we're not allowing for a whole bunch of higher carbon development to happen so is there a reason why we couldn't as part of this and then we can subsequently adopt adjust it but adopt the el4 zeroc carbon step code as part of

SPEAKER_08
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these through the chair we are bringing that forward in June I believe as a separate Amendment to the building

Chris Pettingill
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bylaw so timing wise it'll they'll both be approved basically at the same time is that the

SPEAKER_08
0:28:09 (0:00:08)

thought likely around the same time I'm not sure if it's going to be happening at the exact same time but we can probably align the adoption

Chris Pettingill
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dates okay yeah that's my concern about leaving a gap there now in terms of dpa1 my understanding had been and I appreciate fixing areas where we're contradicting provincial policy but my understanding of dpa1 is that our community had purposely gone beyond some of the provincial regulations we had a higher standard for environmental considerations and so there are a few things in here that jumped out where we've actually looked like we've dropped our standards and one was 34.4 V around we're allowing more options in terms of replacement or reconstruction so on in terms of riparian are where before that wouldn't have been allowed and so we were more protective of the riparian we've taken out language around protecting old growth and there's a few other things so I'm wondering if staff can speak to why we have sort of dropped our DPA standards in some

SPEAKER_06
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cases hi Jan Foster the manager of the environmental services department through the chair oh and a chair I it was not purposeful to yeah drop our standards the idea was to yeah more align with provincial standards and to just clarify what was being practiced can you say which section again you I'm just going to review what you were saying

Chris Pettingill
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so a few that jumped out at me were 34.4 v where it looks like we're allowing more reconstruction or replacement of buildings that need so if they're already in the reparan whereas before we weren't allowing much new reconstruction in a raran

SPEAKER_06
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area VZ in

Chris Pettingill
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Victor yes 34.4 Victor is what I have in my

SPEAKER_00
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notes

Chris Pettingill
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it's sorry that's a sub bullet so it's in the original it was yeah Roman letter five I

SPEAKER_06
0:30:44 (0:00:40)

guess yeah that was that was just a clarify a clarification piece reconstruction or replacement of an existing building provided the new construction does not extend past the boundaries of the previous existing building this aligns with the provincial standards and aligns with another one of the exemptions that yeah construction within an existing footprint is allowable as long as the construction is not outside of the footprint itself it was not meant to be yeah further or decreasing the dpa1 requirements it was more of a clarification piece of what is being practiced with the other

Chris Pettingill
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exemptions okay and then the one that really jumped out me was 34.6 G where we just removed any effectively concerns around old growth to protect and conserve old growth forest

SPEAKER_06
0:31:56 (0:00:21)

ecosystems I mean I guess that piece was removed because it's already covered elsewise in other parts of the bylaw like old growth forest is all encompassed within the DPA 1 so it was it was just a redundant section yeah all old growth forest ecosystems are considered high Esa within the District of

Chris Pettingill
0:32:17 (0:00:24)

Squamish okay that that's one of those ones where there's a few and I'll get to it maybe but there's a few where even if it's redundant it's seen that the explicit reference was valuable so that's one I would actually kind of like to keep there's a few pieces where we I don't know how far detailed I want to go into a number of these

Armand Hurford
0:32:42 (0:00:04)

I will let you know when it when you're you've run your time so go ahead

Chris Pettingill
0:32:47 (0:00:33)

okay yeah I think in 34.5 H and 34.6 D we removed references to mitigation or specific mitigations and so on and I just wonder if that has the effect of weakening our expectations like you just need to consider things but you don't necessarily have to mitigate or being less specific about you know what level of mitigation we're requiring so does that weaken our ability to actually protect some of these

SPEAKER_06
0:33:20 (0:00:21)

things C certainly none of the changes were at all meant to yeah reduce our impact it was they were very much clarification pieces so I do encourage the comments on yeah ones that you think would be reducing this was very much meant to be yeah host housekeeping and

Chris Pettingill
0:33:41 (0:01:11)

clarification okay thank you yes so was just 35.4 H and 34.6 D and I I'll maybe just leave it at that I don't want to ro Smith them here but just flag those was ones where it seemed like we were you know allowing a lot more Le way in terms of less mitigation possibly and so that was my concern if that's not the impact of that language change then I'm less worried about it but I had that concern another thing I did notice we had replaced a lot of our you know we said environmentally sensitive areas we've replaced that with Esa which I think is a reversal of something we had done of trying to go to the full the full wording I'm just wondering if there's a reason why we can't stick to the full wording it I find it a lot easier to read when I don't have to kind of remember what the acronyms

SPEAKER_06
0:34:53 (0:00:28)

are sorry this was something that yeah that I was I was instructed from ledge services to try and make it a more clear flow of information and so we had put the esa full definition and a lot of other acronyms just in the definition section the idea was to clean it up because it had yeah sometimes been an acronym and sometimes been fully spelled out is that something that you could comment on

SPEAKER_09
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Carrie I didn't fully hear the

Chris Pettingill
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question we've in this document it seemed we've replaced we fully spelled out what the thing is and replace it with acronyms in some cases and I find it a lot easier to read when you just say what the thing is if they remember what the acronym is it's challenging so I'm wondering if we could just stick to actually not using acronyms and try and really prefer environmentally sensitive area in writing that

SPEAKER_04
0:35:47 (0:00:05)

out I'm going to defer to the CEO as she has her hand up

SPEAKER_00
0:35:52 (0:00:28)

thank you in both Council reports and documents such as this the direction that we provide to staff is you identify it once in full and in Brackets the acronym and then only refer to the acronym later so that's our process that's and if there's a definition section then it gets defined in the definition with the acronym so that is why it's the way it is and that's generally the format we

Chris Pettingill
0:36:21 (0:01:09)

follow yeah I thought we had commentary I think it was last term about trying to get away from the acronyms but anyways I'll just leave it at that I think it is easier to understand when you just have it spelled out just in the DPA 3 36.9 D I guess I wasn't clear about removing that guidance which is about passive surveillance and it seem to be very focused on flat walls or bare walls but from my understanding there's a lot more to passive surveillance which I think the guideline covers in terms of alcoves and alleys and all kinds of things and so I guess I feel like from my perspective we're losing a fair bit by losing that guideline I'm just wondering if staff can speak to is there a way that the guidelines are still capturing some of these other elements of passive guidelines

SPEAKER_12
0:37:31 (0:00:24)

to the chair Carrie Hamilton also a planner the district to answer that specific question what we've done is incorporate activation of frontages and lighting into these guidelines which address the passive surveillance concerns so instead of just calling passive surveillance we've actually called out specific details in the guidelines to address passive surveillance which is why we've then removed that

Chris Pettingill
0:37:56 (0:01:09)

section okay yeah I guess personally I would find the explicit reference to passive surveillance still useful because if you have a building that doesn't meet those other criteria just not applicable you still have a you remember that this passive surveillance is still a thing we care about and so that's one I would sort of like to have stay similar thought about the Green Building Materials I understand some of that's in other guidelines but that explicit reference to you know we care about green sustainable seemed to me worthwhile to keep as a as a guideline and I would say the same for the Energy Efficiency guidelines and that they're not just about Energy Efficiency some of them tended to be about ventilation daylight exposure and sort of quality of life things and so you know we it seems like we removed it because we're handling efficiency elsewhere but not withstanding the title those guidelines seem to be things more than just efficiency and I wonder if we're sort of losing some things by pulling some of those guidelines

SPEAKER_09
0:39:05 (0:00:53)

out through the chair the intent was to remove duplication where we sort and where we felt that it would be better regulated elsewhere and prom speaking more to the efficiency items thought that the Step code and zeroc carbon step code are better tools for this job and we moved the cool R element in particular we wanted to see retained we move that to another guideline to retain that but if there was any other specific items we could potentially call those out without reinstating the entire Energy Efficiency section

SPEAKER_07
0:39:59 (0:00:24)

thank you through the chair just to add a bit of clarity on the Energy Efficiency what we have found through working with designers and Architects is that often with things like daylight exposure and operable Windows that's a formula that comes in through the step code so often the DPA guideline will be in contradiction to what is recommended to meet a certain efficiency

Armand Hurford
0:40:23 (0:00:35)

standard okay any other questions at this point I was wondering around I guess this is related to that public consultation piece is the where does a public hearing fit in this in relation to I know we've been sort of change that has been evolving a little bit and you just speak to that particular piece of this process so I know it's a future step but I just want to understand what which piece requires the public hearing

SPEAKER_09
0:40:58 (0:00:39)

thank you the official community plan and Zoning bylaw updates require a public hearing The Advisory design panel bylaw update does not so the recommendations are that when brought back for readings first two readings would be given to the official committee plan and Zoning bylaw updates and then subsequently a public hearing would be scheduled and that first three readings be given for the advisory design panel

Armand Hurford
0:41:37 (0:00:47)

okay thank you thank you for that and that makes that makes some sense whenever regulation's evolving which this is what this is all about it's just trying to stay oriented with what triggers which process so that's helpful anything else on this Council we do have three recommendations that are provided we're ready yeah go ahead councelor Anderson I'll move the recommendation please okay and to be clear that is that all three recommendations yes that was my intention mayor hord okay thank you for that C Hamilton res seconding that was that yep great comments yep go ahead Council

Eric Andersen
0:42:24 (0:02:08)

Anderson I will Focus again in my comment on the DPA 3 guidelines 36.127613 there's a grammatical issue use of is colors are when you go back to 36.127613 explicitly than we do in our language we don't see a lot of use of primary colors in building accents it's something maybe perhaps we might encourage or test in future Colona has similar language as we do with respect to referring to natural colors in the environment however they also add cultural environment which I suppose for them might mean cherry red Peach and wine which are stronger colors than we have been encouraging lately I think that it is we'll be an ongoing exercise to decide what is vernacular for Squamish what are natural colors for our natural environment and this debate will continue but I think we've taken a huge step here in to quote from the recommended change that use of warmer natural colors found in the local Maritime or temper rainforest environment are encouraged that is encouraged over neutral Shades of Gray black and white that's a very welcome change and I'll leave it at that mayor Herford thank you very

Armand Hurford
0:44:33 (0:00:05)

much thank you counc Anderson any other comments on this CER

Chris Pettingill
0:44:38 (0:00:26)

penil I would like to test an amendment y go ahead and just that we keep the when it comes back for first reading that it retains the explicit reference to Old growth forest protection the guideline around passive s balance and guidelines encouraging green sustainable

Armand Hurford
0:45:04 (0:00:29)

materials okay thank you we did hear from staff that there was the one of the main sort of pushes here was to simplify and the pieces were regulated elsewhere so we weren't losing anything in those particular areas I just going to remind everyone of that comment but we'll entertain a we do have an amendment was there a seconder for the for the amendment go ahead so seconded would speak to it

Chris Pettingill
0:45:34 (0:00:44)

yeah just briefly and I had a number of things which I think I was Satisfied by staff's response but these three I believe there's enough value in having them explicit even if they're redundant and I would say that's mostly for the old growth but in terms of passive surveillance and the green Sustainable Building Materials those two in particular I think there are elements Beyond just the titles of those sections and so on which are captured in those guidelines which I think are important not to lose and these are just guidelines so I don't see this as getting in the way of development but I think in terms of stating the ideal and what our community expectations those three are worth to have I gather this isn't like a committee of the whole where I could just include in my comments which is why I'm doing the amendment piece but yeah that's why that I made

Armand Hurford
0:46:18 (0:00:03)

this thank you for that on the amendment go

SPEAKER_02
0:46:21 (0:00:47)

ahead may I ask a clarifying question to staff at this point regarding the amendment yeah so I had a look at the so this question of protecting old growth I saw that as well and now I understand it's documented in schedule K1 which points me to the Squamish web map and so I looked for old growth on the Squamish web map and the only two pieces that I could see with my look with my quick look are around near brome Lake are do you know if there are any other sections of old growth forest identic ifed within the District of Squamish other than the two Parcels close to Brom Lake and I know that's an like yeah hopefully you know I don't

SPEAKER_06
0:47:08 (0:00:03)

through the chair I apologize I don't

SPEAKER_02
0:47:12 (0:00:02)

know

Armand Hurford
0:47:14 (0:00:10)

thanks okay any other comments on the on the amendment go ahead councelor Anderson

Eric Andersen
0:47:25 (0:00:33)

with respect to Old grow in the district of Squamish it's all over the place individual veteran trees generally that weren't of interest for the logging Community back way back in the day but it's all over and I'm confident that it is addressed in our per in our current guidelines and mapping but it is all over in small patches and pieces every reparan Zone virtually and it's not just brome Lake but it is from top to bottom throughout the district and I believe it is well protected but I welcome the attention being given here

Armand Hurford
0:47:58 (0:00:46)

thank you I think any other comments on the amendment as much as before this was seconded I mentioned that the regulations were captured elsewhere I do think that there are some sort of overlapping pieces and that require that so I accept that rationale that this is appropriate to keep these pieces in and so I'll be supporting the amendment so with that I'll call the question on the amendment all in favor any opposed motion carries thank you so now we're back to the main motion as amended go ahead councilor penil

Chris Pettingill
0:48:44 (0:00:52)

yeah thank my colleagues for that and I'll just sort of say I was unsure what to do with this but given the conversation and hearing that we could time the zeroc carbon changes to come back about the same time and that we will see the logger e changes I'm comfortable supporting these for me I am not certain about supporting changes or reductions or in employment space with loggers East because I think again there is that concern of we don't want to be solving Vancouver's housing problem in building a bedroom community and so I think figuring out or understanding how we're aligning the develop M of employment space to housing space is critically important and I don't want to despite not withstanding the housing pressures just sort of forget about the matching employment piece

SPEAKER_07
0:49:37 (0:00:00)

thank

Armand Hurford
0:49:38 (0:00:03)

you thank you other comments oh sorry councelor Stoner go

SPEAKER_05
0:49:42 (0:00:03)

ahead yeah thank you I'd like to propose an additional

Armand Hurford
0:49:45 (0:00:01)

Amendment

SPEAKER_05
0:49:47 (0:00:34)

okay and that would be at the end of the first recommendation so Endor the proposed consultation on amendments the official community plan with the addition of direct consultation and engagement with the development community on the DPA one amendments sorry was that right DPA 3 not dpa1 the universal guidelines and if it's second do I'll speak to

Armand Hurford
0:50:21 (0:00:03)

it okay I'll second it go

SPEAKER_05
0:50:25 (0:00:28)

ahead yeah s just want to add clarification here I think that this requires more than just an email to our development Community they're the ones who utilize these guidelines the most and are trying to interpret them and so I think this is our opportunity to get their feedback early in the process as opposed to doing it after the fact we know that when we read these guidelines we all interpret them differently and so I think doing our due diligence on consultation here in advance will serve us better in the long run

Armand Hurford
0:50:53 (0:00:21)

thanks thank you any other comments on this particular piece okay with that I'll call a question on this amendment all in favor any opposed motion carries unanimously so now we're back to the main motion as amended and amended go ahead councelor Stoner is that you re raising your hand

SPEAKER_05
0:51:15 (0:01:07)

yeah thanks just broadly on the work presented appreciate staff's efforts here to try and streamline and clarify our development permit guidelines I am so excited that we might actually address the color issue that Council Anderson has brought up with every single rezoning and development permanent application so hopefully this goes far enough for you counselor Anderson and if not hopefully you can bring back some stronger language if you don't think it goes quite that far but I do think the consultation with our development Community is important as I mentioned earlier and I do still have hesitations on the loggers East neighborhood plan proposed amendments not being able to see it but I will support this because it's just going a second reading so I think at that point we'll be able to actually discuss what the implications are thereof appreciate that it is really challenging at the moment on the retail and office space but we know in the long run that that's necessary through our employment lands review so I am really reticent to lose that strong language in the policy so I'll just put that out there for consideration thanks so

Armand Hurford
0:52:23 (0:01:11)

much thank you other comments I'll speak in favor of the of the motion I think this the report was so detailed but I know that the next layer gets you know right down to it and seeing the implications of this work so I think I'm supportive of this direction and I appreciate the I think the two amendments today added some additional strength to this so I'm happy to support and look forward to those next to those next steps so with that I'll call the question all in favor any opposed motion carries unanimously thank you yes that was going to be my piece so I would like to so Council I'd like to move that we suspend the order of the agenda so we've been running a little bit late and we have a delegation here so I'll move that if there's a seconder seconded by councelor Hamilton all in favor motion carries unanimously thank you so

Squamish Youth Council
0:53:34 (0:44:51)

A delegation from the Squamish Youth Council, consisting of three members, presented their achievements and initiatives to the District of Squamish Council. Daisy, a grade 11 student and a second-year member of the Youth Council, led the presentation. She highlighted the council's accomplishments over its three years, including hosting 86 total hours of meetings, contributing between 325 to 440 annual student hours each year, and distributing $30,000 in grants for youth events. The presentation also covered the Youth Council's growth in social media presence, its involvement in community events, and the successful implementation of projects like Cubs Den and Bears Den, which aim to engage youth in meaningful community activities and provide funding for youth-led initiatives.

Following the presentation, council members engaged in a discussion with the Youth Council delegates, asking questions about specific initiatives such as graffiti-related projects and the Youth Games Night. Councillor John French inquired about graffiti initiatives, while Councillor Eric Andersen expressed interest in the potential for collaboration between youth and seniors in the community. The discussion also touched on the importance of volunteerism among youth, with Councillor Andersen asking about efforts to encourage volunteerism. The Youth Council members responded by highlighting their projects and expressing openness to future collaborations and initiatives that bridge generational gaps and promote community involvement among youth. The council members praised the Youth Council for their professionalism, maturity, and impactful work in the community, with Mayor Armand Hurford and Councillors Chris Pettingill and John French acknowledging the positive influence of the Youth Council on both their peers and the broader community.

Armand Hurford
0:53:34 (0:06:24)

next we will go to our delegation which is from the Squamish youth Council and I'll just look do you need a minute to get set up we can okay so we'll take a quick five minute recess to give time for our delegation to get in place and we'll reconvene in five minutes thank you e okay welcome back everybody we are this is a special business meeting pedi Squamish for Tuesday May 21st we are on to item six on our agenda which is delegation and we have a delegation from the Squamish youth Council here and I will turn it over to our guests to introduce themselves and their and their

SPEAKER_04
0:59:58 (0:00:10)

presentation hello so we are Squamish we are three members of the Squamish youth Council my name is Daisy I'm in grade 11 and this is my second year on

SPEAKER_13
1:00:09 (0:00:05)

Council hi I'm neev I'm in grade 12 and this is my second year on youth

SPEAKER_01
1:00:15 (0:00:06)

Council hi I'm Ivana I'm in grade 11 and this is my first year on the youth

SPEAKER_04
1:00:22 (0:06:01)

Council so yeah first things first we would just like to say thank you so much for supporting youth Council in its third year of running so yeah just by numbers alone we've had three years of Youth Council 42 council members in total 86 total hours of C Council meetings and between 325 to 440 annual student hours each year and that doesn't include all of the hard work that we've put in Sleepless Nights of putting on Bear's Den and the different events that we've attended so essentially what that is countless hours of time youth spent talking about Youth and youth problems in Squamish that wouldn't have happened Without Youth Council we've given away $30,000 in Grants projects to youth events mini partner grants Cubs den and Bears Den grants we've grown 471 Instagram followers we've been on the chief we've been in the chief with our youth columns and been on the radio four times in the past three years we've had 15 organizations apply for Grants with us eight of them making it to the final and we've had two bears and winners each year we do a feedback and we've had 100% engagement from each youth council member giving good feedback for how to improve facilitation and function of Youth Council for the next year so for a little bit of context as I'm sure you know the youth Council came out of the youth strategy which was in 2019 which wanted to promote healthy and happy lifestyle and engage youth in the community so youth Council was one of many ideas of how to better youth's lives in Squamish and it was establish in 2021 it was put on hold for one year because of Co which we all loved I'm sure yeah so really what youth council is about is giving youth a voice and a way to communicate their needs and how we can better improve the lives of Youth in Squamish sorry so this bubble that you see here on the left is a bunch of youth's the youth council's words so the bigger the word is the more times it was mentioned so really what youth want and need to see in Squamish is a safe place to hang out as if it's raining outside you can't really go ride your bike or hike a trail and youth programming and partners with businesses there's not a lot of places or things for youth to do and having a mental health and access to good mental health resources and services along with creating connections and being creative with other youth in a safe place and having a place to focus on team and being able to use our voice to educate people around us and to be able to advocate for Squamish youth Council or for Squamish youth through the Squamish youth Council so really what the goal is with youth Council and our vision is to see youth be happy and healthy engaged community members and being aware of what's going on in our community and how they can impact that and how exactly we're trying to do that in Squamish youth council is to engage youth with improving facilities and programs with transportation and housing service is an includ in an inclusive and affordable way so our values so these six here are the six youth Council values so there's youth focused programming Partnerships youth voices Wellness arts and culture and climate action so these six values are also what our big event Bears them which we'll get to later is based on but if you look to the photo on your right you'll see a bunch of pink and different colored squares and that was our very first youth council meeting we all went around and shared one of our personal values and how we felt that would help us work better together to put on big events and be better squamous youth council members so we all wrote down values such as responsibility trust leadership and many others so yeah this is a huge document here and it's the big detailed version of basically what's expected of you to behave both inside and out of meetings as you're a representative of the Squamish youth Council and we go through this every year just to make sure that it all makes sense to everyone and it doesn't need to be updated so yeah the feedback that we had from last year as I mentioned before we do feedbacks at the end of each year just to see what needs to be improved and this was all feedback that was asked for last year and how it was implemented so we wanted to have a lot more of a direct impact on things and so that led to Cubs which someone else will talk about in just a moment and we wanted to have a lot more of actual youth-led things as it is called youth Council which led to co-chair positions so myself and another youth council member were the co-chairs at be Den which meant we were running the majority of the event and we ran two meetings and having less isolation between the projects and groups that we were working on in youth Council which we then move forward with having more time in meetings to work together and then collaborate after and say oh I worked on this you worked on that these two things can be put together we also wanted to have more voice in our community outside of Youth Council which led to being talked about Transportation graffiti and having feedback services or feedback sessions with recreational services like Bren and Parker so these photos here if you look to the left that photo is one of our meeting openers it was our most recent May meeting at each meeting we have an opener and a Clos which are typically some sort of team building activity that we work on together to kind of get ourselves ready for the long meeting ahead or to mellow out after the long meeting and the two upper right photos are of Bears Den the whole youth council with between shifts who won our Bears Den Grant and then two other youth council members and then below is one of our feedback sessions with a bunch of different community members so yeah I'll hand it over to Alana to tell you about

SPEAKER_01
1:06:23 (0:05:29)

kbon awesome thank you so much so Cuban is actually a new initiative that was started for this term of Youth Council essentially it is strategically called Cubs Den because it is a mini version of Bear's Den instead of funding nonprofit organizations like in the community it was within the youth Council to create plan lead and fund their own projects so how it worked for us was we were told that we would be have the opportunity to win $11,000 m grants towards a project of our choice that pertain to the six values that Daisy mentioned earlier that we discussed in the first meeting we had time to plan create groups and decide on exactly what we wanted to do and of course why and how it would affect Youth and of course make a detailed operations and budget sheet to go with the presentations that we did in December so here were some of the presentations thank you so the youth seed planting initiative was a fun and creative way of boosting local ecosystems in parks and trails by method of a very funny way of gardening called gorilla gardening essentially meaning throwing seeds wherever there's soil so this had a lot of planning in it to decide when it would be how many volunteers would be needed and of course where exactly you were allowed to just throw seeds since you can't do it in any random Park so the funding of $1,000 would go to the different like making seed paper and figuring out another way of or other ways of Distributing the seeds towards the volunteers Refreshments for the volunteers and any other rentals that had to go with the event so they did win the $1,000 Grant and is yet to be completed so the second one is encouraging young scholars by the Rebecca Jacobs youth scholarship this one love the name the this was a initiative to help one lucky youth win $11,000 to help fund their pursuit of University of course $1,000 would not cover all of that so it would be on top of other scholarships by one lucky youth it was actually quite critical the way we it was decided on who would go to had to be a solid a student of course had to have we had to see the curricular and extracurricular other academic parts of the students life to see if they were eligible for it and it does have to be anonymous since we are all high school students so we don't want any favoritism on top of all the planning of course there's need for volunteers to go to design a rubric and of course go through the rubric to decide the winner this one also won the $11,000 Grant the youth games night was an initiative that helped the aspect of increasing social connectivity in Squamish for local youth the youth games nights are hosted or have been hosted every first Saturday of the month from 3:30 to 6:30 at the youth Hub so the $1,000 funding that was won at Bear's Den went towards games very important food and drinks to keep the night going and this was just meant to not just be another place where youth hang out but a way of finding new people and share like interests the youth entrepreneurship Market is essentially an artisan Market but for vendors between the ages of 10 to 18 this Market will be hosted Saturday June 8 from 10 to 3 if anyone would like to stop by and support the youth there'll be tons of we already have a ton of applications for people who do crochet people do art Pottery tons of fun things and the $11,000 funding one beon will go towards renting tablecloths and cash boxes since the tables and venue were gracefully given to us by the montauri and the brale art gallery for free and a lot of planning goes into the applications and not interfering with the brackendale Art Gallery Cafe so we decided not to allow any vendors of bait Goods as well as a lot of teamwork as and social resp sorry not social individual responsibility on delegation of tasks who's going to search up where we can rent tablecloths and cash boxes who will help bring the tables the day before to set it up and tons of other things that were really fun to plan last but certainly not least the Christmas craft event the presenters had the idea of again to do with social connectivity is making having the house on secondary students make crafts and to decorate a big tree that would go up in our NPR due to the short timeline and the lack of planning this one was vetoed since we did vote Council Style on these whether we vote Yes or no but safe to say that these presenters now know that as they go forward if they come back next year for hubs Den they know what to do and what not to do and they have the necessary skills to make their future projects a success so I will now pass it on to Nev for Bear

SPEAKER_12
1:11:53 (0:00:04)

Den okay just yeah that's

SPEAKER_13
1:11:57 (0:03:34)

okay Bears Den so Bears Den is the main or bearen is an initiative we started last year it is the main initiative we worked on last year and it is one initiative we worked on this year we also worked on Cubs Den like Yana just said so what Bears Den was we offered a $10,000 grant for a local Squamish nonprofit to create a new project for or a youth focused event so the Bears finalist had to provide a detailed budget for where all the money was going to go in their project it had to be a new project or initiative it had to be an entity it must have been able to present a post project summary so they had to come in you know a year later and tell us what they've done with the money what they still have to do and it must be a Squamish based non for-profit now the behind the scenes is for this year we had two co-chairs who led the Bears Den which was Daisy and another youth council member and they kept everyone on top of what task they were supposed to be doing and the rest of Youth Council split into smaller groups of about three or four to work on different things for example voting making a voting rubric for how to score the applicant and also for how to vote on the day of Bear's Den there was the MC team who made the script for bear den and then presented it there was an advertising team there was a catering team and a lot more to make it all work so last year was our first Bears Den there was seven applicants and five finalist house on Secondary School won the $10,000 grant for their project for bringing life back into the courtyard and then at the beginning of this year on our first meeting they came back to us to show us what they had worked on which was they have made their mural so far they have started with the landscaping and they have brought new seating into the courtyard this year we had eight applicants and five were chosen so those were Foundry and Sea to Sky allies for a youth dance Second Chance chai Ranch for ewine therapy Squamish volleyball club for youth mentorship program between shifts theater for a youth play and Squamish can but unfortunately they had too much on the go and had to back out so we held Bears Den this year in April the $110,000 was awarded to between shifts theater for their for their project they have already started their play so they are doing Peter and the star cater I think that's what it's called and so they're using their budget to bring in professionals to do workshops and help put together the program and the three other finalists won a $1,000 grant to get their project

SPEAKER_12
1:15:31 (0:00:01)

started

SPEAKER_04
1:15:32 (0:02:31)

and back to all righty so yeah youth Council was started out of Youth strategy so there was a lot of bumps and kings that we've had to work out so this is kind of the feedback from this year's youth Council on how we think this year went and how it could be improved so there's a couple of photos here most of them on the left are all of our feedback sessions where we had different community members on the photo on the right is myself and another youth council member when we went on the radio we went twice this year once in January and once in February to promote Bears Den so yeah throughout the year we felt a lot one of our biggest things is youth council is from ages 12 to 24 we this year we did not have any members that were over the age of 18 when they started so we had mainly kind of the middle ground of Youth Council and so one of the biggest things was thinking about how we can reach out to older youth Council or older youth to join youth Council everybody felt it was very beneficial this year to have more things like Cubs den and Bears Den going on and also to have more youth-led Council this year we do think that it would be feasible to be able to bring more events that we worked on together as a council and lots of people felt very more connected to be able to see the behind the scenes of lots of the different events and how they're put on so a lot of people really liked being able to give feedback to the community members when we had a feedback session and they felt facilitation went very well throughout the year and a lot of people liked the perks that we get such as hoodies and free foods through most of the meetings which couldn't complain about that the biggest thing about youth council is we're all kind of one community and it's really nice to be able to meet many different people that you wouldn't typically meet without having Youth Council and being brought together and lots of people felt there was a noticeable shift LA from last year of how the feedback that we gave was pushed into youth Council this year but yeah a lot of people felt they also learned a lot more skills of public speaking putting on events and other things like that which was a very good thing and kind of the basis of what we're trying to do at youth Council so yeah thank you for having us and for having or for supporting youth Council for three years do you guys have any questions for

Armand Hurford
1:18:04 (0:00:15)

us thank you so much for the for all the hard work this year including putting on this FR pulling together the presentation and delivering it to us here so thank you so much council do you have questions for our Representatives go ahead councelor

John French
1:18:19 (0:00:23)

French first of all thank you very much great presentation insight full lots of good information one of your slides made reference to Graffiti and that kind of caught my eye I wonder if you might talk a little bit more about graffiti related initiatives and where you're at with that

SPEAKER_04
1:18:42 (0:00:22)

sure so yeah we had one District member come in and talk to us about graffiti there's these new kind of buildings called the neighborhood nooks and those are getting they're getting a lot of graffiti because they're in parks and lots of different youth members so they kind of came in and talked to us about why they thought that might be happening and how we how we thought that might be happening and how it could be

John French
1:19:05 (0:00:26)

stopped so yeah okay great and I have one more the games night initiative made reference to being held at youth Hub is that The Foundry so question one and then followup do you see in the future more and better integration between what youth council is doing and what's happening at Foundry youth

SPEAKER_01
1:19:31 (0:00:57)

Hub yes so the youth gam site is hosted at the youth Hub which is under Foundry it's actually the building adjacent to it connects that is what we believe the point of cubs then is that in the future we could either with $1,000 dollar it's hard to make projects that are fully like Legacy but the youth Hub does continue their own Pro they did they do have the idea of potentially Contin games nights maybe not like us maybe not as often or maybe not with as much like pizza and drinks but something along the lines of that as well as continuing Cubs Den for next year having more integration between youth Council and we always have spots like for youth counciling even at the youth Market a little bit off topic but even at the youth Market we will have tables to promote Squamish youth Council and get more people to join as well as just integrating more programs for Youth and it'll always have the youth Council logo on it so that definitely helps for

Armand Hurford
1:20:28 (0:00:05)

promoting all right thank you councelor

Eric Andersen
1:20:34 (0:00:36)

Anderson over the past few years something that's been discussed in the community is the need for a senior strategy or the opportunity of a senior strategy we were off The Mark with a youth strategy several years ago now and it's great to receive this update and the feedback mechanism and improving over time is of Interest I just want wonder whether if there were an invitation from the senior center society would you be interested to give a presentation to them because I'm convinced that you have a lot to relate to their experience so that they can incorporate into a future senior

SPEAKER_05
1:21:10 (0:00:01)

strategy

SPEAKER_04
1:21:11 (0:00:13)

yeah I mean yeah I won't speak for everyone but I think that would be an interesting thing to do I think it's good to you know promote different Generations working together and helping each other

SPEAKER_01
1:21:25 (0:00:27)

also for one of the Bears and applications I was actually the idea of an inter what was it called intergenerational thank you games between Youth and seniors we actually thought at the youth games that we could we would try to integrate one of the games with the seniors but since the close timeline and it's supposed to be ending in June our term ends in June hopefully that could be something that we could discuss with the youth Hub on our own time for that to be Legacy with the senior

Eric Andersen
1:21:53 (0:01:14)

center very interesting thank you it's been noticed the terms of reference for youth strategy and for a senior strategy would have a lot of parallels I have another question and it concerns volunteerism some years ago I spent some time in Iceland and in Iceland every summer for one month all high school students must work as volunteers doing road work and helping farmers and they don't get paid and all students in the country do this it's part of just part of being a high school student recent at a streamkeepers meeting the discussion was around the age of our streamkeepers volunteers is creeping up to 75 and 80 we're having difficulty recruiting young people so my question to you i' I'm seeing and hearing a lot of volunteerism in your efforts but do you have any focus on encouraging volunteerism among youth period is there any opportunity or have you taken any initiative to do this to just try to and the streamkeepers people were all saying this that youth don't volunteer these days whether that's true or not where does volunteerism fit into your goals and objectives for your

SPEAKER_01
1:23:08 (0:01:06)

peers one thing that we can say is that it is actually mandatory to graduate 30 hours of volunteerism so we definitely would like to see more youth volunteering in the community that is a great idea for continuation of next term we didn't touch so much on volunteering due to the cubon project and baron projects taking up a lot of our time but definitely encouraging youth to volunteer outside of the school since as a part of leadership which is an extracurricular program in at my school we volunteer we get volunteer hours for being scorekeepers for basketball or volleyball games or helping set up or Sports days things like that and different leadership like this food leadership athletic leadership and those a lot of times you did make me think that it is within the school so continuing that to outside of sish is something that we could definitely discuss for next year or even just post that within our own time as a part of Youth Council potentially youth Council having these kind of showing us these opportunities of where to volunteer and then we can get that around to other schools

Eric Andersen
1:24:15 (0:00:00)

thank you

Armand Hurford
1:24:15 (0:00:11)

very much okay next I have councelor Stoner who's joining us online if you folks didn't pick up on that already and then green law and

SPEAKER_05
1:24:26 (0:00:13)

Hamilton thank you through the chair thanks so much to our delegation this afternoon I'm sorry I can't be there in person it's been a real treat working with you folks over the year and seeing how much work has gone into youth Council and

SPEAKER_00
1:24:40 (0:00:00)

all

SPEAKER_05
1:24:40 (0:00:59)

the projects that you presented on today my question is there always seems to be this tension that we iron that we're trying to iron out over the years of how much can we do in youth Council you folks are really busy and we have big Ambitions to do a lot and so this year we did Cubs den and Bears Den I think one of the pieces that kind of fell off a little bit while we were able to do some of it was some of the elevating youth voices to some of the community projects that are on the go and so I just wonder if you can speak to looking forward how we might balance that out across multiple years or if you feel like the balance that we hit this year was right or if or if you think that there's something else that can be done to try and yeah balance out kind of those three aspects that we typically look to for youth

SPEAKER_04
1:25:40 (0:00:34)

Council yeah so one of the things that we have been talking about was kind of making Bears Den an alternating thing which I think would help make us have more free time in youth Council as beon does take up quite a bit of time and resource during youth Council but making that kind of an every other year and maybe in between that we do more things of getting youth voices out there maybe we touch on volunteering and figuring out how that can work in Squamish but making Barett done an alternating thing might help us have more balance throughout youth

SPEAKER_05
1:26:14 (0:00:01)

Council that's

SPEAKER_04
1:26:15 (0:00:00)

a really

SPEAKER_05
1:26:16 (0:00:02)

interesting suggestion no sorry go ahead

SPEAKER_13
1:26:18 (0:00:14)

oh this year the youth Council really wanted to focus on Bears Den so I think maybe next year the youth Council might want to focus on something else and we might see you know other of our projects coming

SPEAKER_05
1:26:33 (0:00:33)

back yeah that's great for sure my other question is appreciate your folks's reflection on kind of the limitation in the age demographics that we saw represented this year any thoughts on how we might be able to reach that other demographic folks who have kind of moved out of the school system you're closer to them than I am in age so I'm open to any

SPEAKER_01
1:27:06 (0:00:50)

suggestions well an idea that popped into my head is that now that even the youth Hub is supposed to be 12 to 24 and yeah you're right it's a lot of just in the middle of middle school and high school students that come so what I was thinking was essentially posting the applications of Squamish youth Council to potentially calano University now that it's open or whenever it will be open and posting it more around places of work really specifying that youth is between the age of 12 and 24 and aiming it more towards at high school graduates since especially the ones who maybe are thinking of taking a gap year and working in Squamish that they still have the opportunity to have their voices heard and like we said less of a busy schedule once you're out of school

SPEAKER_05
1:27:57 (0:00:02)

those are great suggestions thank

Armand Hurford
1:27:59 (0:00:09)

you thank you councelor stoner next I have councelor Greenlaw and then Hamilton and if I get you to put your hand down counselor Stoner that would help thank

Lauren Greenlaw
1:28:09 (0:00:44)

you thanks through the chair thanks so much for coming in today we recently had a meeting with the Squamish Nation Council and listening to the youth was just a recurring Topic in all of our discussions how important our youth is and how your off often overlooked at tables where decisions are made so I appreciate all the work you're doing in our community to get those voices out there and heard and I appreciate your Reflections on your needs and wants in community I was wondering if as part of your youth Council there's an aspect of Education around how governance structures work like including Municipal provincial federal or if that's just beyond the scope of your work which is fine

SPEAKER_04
1:28:54 (0:00:27)

we do somewhat have that as we host our youth Council meetings in council chambers so not super learning the structure of government but we sit in the Horseshoe sometimes and we talk about like when we had our voting for Cub stem we voted in a council style which was kind of a teaching we don't fully go into you know how you get elected and all of that stuff that's not something that we have gone into but I think that's something that could be Doven into maybe in next

SPEAKER_13
1:29:21 (0:00:15)

years's I'd like to add last year we did have a lot we had a meeting where we had presentations from different organizations and we did do that Council style we all sat around asked our questions like

Lauren Greenlaw
1:29:36 (0:00:01)

that

Armand Hurford
1:29:38 (0:00:17)

thanks I think there's a there's a balance between the doing and the learning and I can tell by the comfort of these folks in front of us in this room that it's that it's working so but there's always more always more to learn councelor Hamilton

SPEAKER_02
1:29:55 (0:00:48)

thanks very much and thanks for all the work that you've put in over the year I'm quite sure it's a lot of work so thank you and thank you to the facilitators for the work that you put in to it my question is in line actually with both councelor Stoner and green Law's questions in the area of elevating youth's voices I saw I was really interested to see the slide on the needs and wants of the youth Community do you see any way that you could expand upon that to let us know really what you know use your voice to let us know what the needs and the wants of the community are in a in a in a fullsome

SPEAKER_04
1:30:44 (0:00:29)

way so yeah I think there's some ways with youth Council of how we can talk to you about that I think one of the biggest things of what youth need and want is just spaces and programming of places and things to do in Squamish I think that's one of the biggest things there's not a whole lot of inside places that we can go when it's pouring rain outside but yeah I think that would be something interesting to focus on how youth can get direct impact to council to talk more about

SPEAKER_02
1:31:13 (0:00:03)

that it doesn't rain here very often does it

SPEAKER_04
1:31:16 (0:00:02)

no not at all actually sorry my

Armand Hurford
1:31:19 (0:00:33)

bad thank you and thank you for the question councelor Hamilton I think this is also part of what we were we were speaking about earlier I think was during councelor stoner's discussion is how we create space for having that more that consultation from various initiatives that the municipality has under underway so that's that is something that we're trying to work through as well how to best to grasp that and incorporate the feedback is there any other questions oh counc penel

Chris Pettingill
1:31:52 (0:00:04)