Committee of the Whole - 11 Jul 2023


1: Welcome to the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory
2: ADOPTION OF AGENDA
3: STAFF REPORTS
3.i: Transit 2023-24 Annual Operating Agreement, Expansions, Memorandum Of Understanding and Updates
3.ii: Waterfront Landing South - Official Community Plan and Zoning Amendment Introduction
iii: Temporary Use Permit No. 74 - FortisBC Construction Yard
iv: Temporary Use Permit No. 73 - FortisBC Workforce Lodge
4: MOTION TO CLOSE
5: TERMINATION
Welcome, Adoption of Agenda, Staff Reports: Transit 2023-24 Annual Operating Agreement, Expansions, Memorandum Of Understanding and Updates
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The District of Squamish council meeting was presented by Dora Gunn, a transportation planner with the District of Squamish, Rob Rigma, senior manager of government relations with BC Transit, and Aaron Sparks, senior Transit planner also with BC Transit. The presentation focused on providing a ridership update, discussing the annual operating agreement, the sales Squamish study, transit expansion planning, and the frequent Transit Network.

The presentation began with a ridership update, where it was noted that there has been about a 90% ridership recovery across the province relative to pre-pandemic levels in 2019. Specifically, in Squamish, there has been a consistent increase in ridership, exceeding pre-COVID levels and now averaging between 110 to 120 increases versus pre-pandemic levels. The annual operating agreement, which is the budget for the year, was also discussed. The total costs are up approximately eight percent this year, notably due to an increase in fuel costs and increased labor costs.

The sales Squamish study was also discussed, which is tied to priorities in the 2021 Transit feature action plan. The study is looking at introducing service to stalness and investigating digital on-demand opportunities. However, the completion of this study has been delayed to 2024 to ensure alignment and support for the proposed service design. The presentation also covered transit expansion planning, where three different options for consideration were highlighted. These options ranged from proceeding with the expansion items identified last year, making larger investments in the first two years and a smaller investment in the third year, or a more consistent investment year over year. The frequent Transit Network was also discussed, with a focus on identifying the preferred routing between downtown Squamish and Garibaldi Village.

SPEAKER_10
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all right

Chris Pettingill
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okay and we are ready to start the commit of the hole for Tuesday July 11th I'm counselor Pettingill acting mayor for the month of July so I will be chairing this meeting I guess so repeat the welcome so welcome to the Squamish Nation unseason traditional territory Holland Squall and quiz and I guess I will repeat please be advised at this council meeting is being live streamed recorded and will be available to the public to view on the District of Squamish website following the meeting if you have concerns please notify the corporate officer present at the meeting with that I'll ask for a motion to adopt the agenda councilor French councilor Greenlaw seconds any discussions and then all those in favor anyone opposed motion carries thank you and the first order of business I will turn it over to Ms Gunn for the Transit 2023 2024 annual operating agreement expansions and mou with BC Transit

SPEAKER_07
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great thank you good morning mayor and Council I'm Dora Gunn a transportation planner with the District of Squamish I'd hope to be there in person today but unfortunately came down with a cold over the weekend so the benefit of everyone I've stayed home with us today we also have Rob rigma senior manager of government relations with BC Transit and Aaron Sparks senior Transit planner also with BC Transit they're going to start off the presentation today and I have a few slides at the end over to you Rob

SPEAKER_06
0:01:54 (0:06:42)

okay great thank you acting mayor pettigil counselors and mayor Herbert um glad to be here today to present to you again as mentioned my name is Rob rigma I'm joined with by Aaron Sparks Aaron is our senior Transit planner we can go to the next slide please today just wanted to provide a quick ridership update talk a little bit about our annual operating agreement which is our budget for the year Aaron will speak to the sales Squamish study as well as Transit expansion planning and then we'll finish with discussion around the frequent Transit Network and as Dora mentioned she's got a couple slides and some recommendations post next slide please provincially from a ridership perspective we're seeing about 90 ridership recovery across the province that's relative to pre-pandemic levels in 2019. um this graph actually represents specifically Squamish and Squamish conventional ridership and you'll see that ridership kind of graphed over the last five years in this graph you'll see 2019 levels in the light blue which was our pre-pandemic ridership this council's heard me speak before that was really our Benchmark post the pandemic to try to really regain that ridership levels because as you can see in 2020 that sharp that's the line in green you see that very sharp decrease and then positively you see the successive increases in ridership in 2021 and 2022 you will note in 2022 that after the transit strike we did see Squamish quickly regain the ridership in the months preceding that and even in some months in 2022 we exceeded our 2019 kind of pre-coveted ridership so obviously kudos to this Council and staff or moving quickly along with the partners in the city Sky Corridor to offer some programming to help support Transit ridership regains but when you look at that top line on the left um I'm happy to report that in 2023 which is that Gray Line that Squamish has been experiencing ridership there's consistent consistently exceeding pre-covered levels and is now averaging between 110 to 120 increases versus pre-pandemic levels clearly again those efforts to regain ridership and the efforts that this Council has made to supporting transit in the district has paid off so we're very happy to see those numbers and Squamish is exceeding kind of the provincial average at this point next slide please so in terms of our annual operating agreement I'm going to show two slides one on the conventional transit system one on the custom or handy dirt system I will just go through some highlights I will remind Council that these are budgetary numbers so we do an annual budget every year the district is actually charged on actuals not on budget but we like to put this out there we present our three-year budget in October and then we develop our annual operating agreement for this fiscal so in terms of revenue has basically stayed pretty flat to a year ago when I look at our budget as I mentioned before we're seeing some of those good increases so I actually expect us to um to do better than the revenue numbers that we see here if that would be a positive outcome because of course the district retains 100 of the revenue and uses those to offset the other costs of the system in terms of lease fees lease fees are flat two years ago so total costs total costs are up approximately eight percent this year notably due to um an increase in fuel costs we've seen diesel fuel and you'll see this also in the custom side of things we booked about a 50 increase in fuel costs so that added about 145 000 to the total cost budget we also had some increased labor costs in terms of thirty thousand dollars and thirty three thousand dollars in shared funding to support the UMO electronic Fair collection system that we'll be rolling out later this fall the 2023-24 AOA also includes the transfer of the local Transit fund from BC transit to the district of Squamish so that's the 626 000 that you see there that's a combination of safe restart funding that was provided by the federal and provincial governments combined with when BC Transit moved from billing on budget to billing on actuals there was a bit of a surplus there so the district has decided to receive all of the remaining funds this year but you will be putting that into your Transit provision so when you see the net Municipal share of costs you see in the in the box there it's 887 000 but the actual because that has the 626 000 removed when we add that back into your actual transit cost your actual transit cost for this year will be 1.5 million dollars and that is an eight percent increase from last year so pretty much that eight percent increase in costs translates itself down to that net Municipal share of costs and then you'll see the BC Transit share of cost so BC Transit will pick up 1.4 million dollars of the total cost for transit in the region next slide please so similar graph for custom Transit we have seen that we did budget an increase in revenue from about seven thousand dollars to ten thousand dollars that's almost a 20 increase in Revenue this year in terms of operating costs total costs are up about three percent we've budgeted about three percent increase in costs again fuel increased by about twelve thousand dollars and those UMO implementation costs will impact our cost by about seven thousand dollars you see again local Transit fund that will be applied it's obviously smaller for the custom transit system it's thirty three thousand dollars and when we add that back into the 152 000 you see that your net Municipal share of costs for your custom transit system you're handing our system will be a hundred and eighty five thousand dollars 446. um which is basically flat with last year last year total cost for the handy Dart system to the district was 182 000 so pretty much flat and as mentioned on the conventional side a bit of a bit about an eight percent increase next slide please so this is where I will turn over to Aaron and Aaron will talk about the sales Squamish study as well as some of our tip expansion plans

SPEAKER_08
0:08:37 (0:00:10)

all right thank you so much I'm assuming everyone can hear me I don't see any confused faces all right fantastic I haven't used WebEx in a while so my apologies so starting

SPEAKER_00
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off

SPEAKER_08
0:08:48 (0:07:46)

with an update on the south Squamish study so as a reminder this study is tied to priorities in the 2021 Transit feature action plan in particular the desire to serve Oceanfront investigate digital on demand opportunities as well as looking at introducing service to stalness we are refining the rooting options but we are going to hold off on finalizing anything for two pretty key reasons the first is that the digital on demand costs are still to be confirmed via the Kelowna pilot and we want to make sure that we have all the information that we need to feed into the report that we're putting together for Squamish and then second and really importantly the potential to serve stonest requires engagement with Squamish First Nation to ensure that there is alignment and support for the proposed service design so with those two pieces in mind we're now targeting completion of this study for 2024. and we do acknowledge that this is this is obviously a delay but we want to really make sure that we're doing our due diligence when we're putting together the final report and just making sure that there's buy-in from impacted and involved parties next slide please all right so Switching gears a little bit and moving into tips so expansion planning there are three different options for consideration which I will highlight I'll summarize them here and then I'll go into them in a little bit greater detail in the next few slides so first we have option one which would be to proceed with the expansion items identified last year but we would just be updating them to reflect the New Years so what was previously identified for 2023-24 would be shifted to 2024-25 and so forth really just bumping everything back a year option two would be to make larger investments in 2024-25 and 2025-26 and then a slightly smaller investment in 2026-27 essentially just combining sort of bundling expansions together and then option three would be a more consistent investment year over year and before going into specifics I'll just reiterate that signing an mou for Transit expansion represents a financial commitment for year one only so years two and three are presented for budgeting and planning purposes and with that can we go to the next slide please so this is option one so these priorities mirror the memorandum of understanding that was signed last year by Council so this would be in year one so 2024-25 we would be looking at adding additional weekday frequency on routes one and two deviating root 3 to provide seasonal support to Oceanfront for a Total Resource requirement of 3 800 hours and three medium duty vehicles and an estimated net Municipal share of 385 591 dollars in year two we would look at improving weekend service on ftns introducing seasonal service to Alice Lake improving service to South Squall Mission Oceanfront and improving off-peak service for 6 500 hours and one medium duty vehicle estimated net Municipal share of about five hundred and twenty thousand dollars and then in year three looking at introducing phase one of the new ftn and the rooting of that is currently being determined via our ftn Corridor study which I'll discuss in a later slide this would be five thousand hours and three heavy duty Vehicles unestimated net Munos will share of 453 206 dollars so this is option one going into the next slide please for option two this would be a slightly more aggressive investment strategy so this proposed year one would be everything from option one so the additional route one and two frequency and deviation of root three to serve Oceanfront as well as bumping seasonal service to Alice Lake and improve the weekend service on ftns into year one rather than in year two so again slightly larger investment six thousand eight hundred hours three medium duty vehicles and an estimated at Municipal share of just under five hundred and eighty thousand dollars year two would be introducing phase one of the new ftn plus the Improvement success Squamish Oceanfront and off-peak service improvements so again a larger investment eight thousand five hundred hours three heavy duty Vehicles one medium duty estimated net Municipal share of just under seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars year three would be additional items from the terms of future action plans so items that weren't previously um identified last year so this would be introducing weekend service on Route four and starting Route 5 service a month earlier in the summer so we would be getting that service in May instead of June when it currently begins for a slightly smaller investment for year three so fourteen thousand hours sorry yeah 14 000 hours and 1 400 hours my apologies and it has to be that Municipal share of just under a hundred thousand dollars and as noted I think in the staff report it's a bit more of an ambitious timeline for implementing the new ftn service so that might be a little bit challenging to meet so there's just that consideration with option two because it's a little bit more of an aggressive ambitious timeline next slide please so this would be the third option so again it's a more consistent investment year over year one would be the same as year one option one so additional over one and two frequency plus service to Oceanfront as well as improved weekend service on ftns in year one so these routes are performing well on the weekends and we think that introducing better weekend and weekday service simultaneously would help to create more consistent schedules which generally are just easier for Riders to navigate a little bit easier for folks to get around on the weekend instead of the week as well as the weekday this would be 5 300 hours and three medium duty Vehicles estimated at Municipal share of 482 339 dollars year two same as option one but just minus that improved weekend fgn service because we would be implementing that a year earlier in 24 25. and then year three would be the same as option one so introducing phase one of the new fgn five thousand hours three heavy duty vehicles and an estimated net Municipal share of 453 206 dollars so again this third option is really just a more consistent investment year over year and then next slide please and I'll go into discussing the fgn corridor study just providing a brief update on this piece so as a reminder this work is being carried out by watt Consulting with direction from the District of Squamish NBC Transit the purpose of the study is to identify the preferred routing for the frequent route between downtown Squamish and Garibaldi Village there was a minor delay with the project we opted to delay things just a little bit to ensure that there was alignment between this study and the district's Transportation master plan just to make sure that the land use and population projections that are being used are consistent between the two plans so we are now targeting September of this year for study completion so it's a very a very minor delay but just wanted to provide an update um for council's knowledge and this study focuses on the area just between downtown school mission Garibaldi Village but in the future we'll be looking at ftn service between Garibaldi Village and Highlands as well as Garibaldi Village and brackendale and this was identified again in the transit future action plan as a future phases of the frequent Transit Network and with that I will turn it back to staff I believe

SPEAKER_07
0:16:34 (0:01:57)

great thanks Erin and thank you so to talk about the budget now Rob's already covered most of the key points for the annual operating agreement but the difference in our net Municipal share from last year is 129 000 and we do have sufficient funds in our 2023 budget and proposed for the 2024 budget to cover the cost of the AOA next slide please and now to talk about the budget for the expansion options that Aaron just went through I decided to present this information slightly differently than I did in my staff report I think the key point that I'm trying to make this time around that it didn't perhaps make well in the staff report is that with an expansion we don't just pay for it once we pay for an expansion in the first year and then we continue to pay for that expansion moving forward so looking at the chart at the top you can see that for option one that is the scenario that's the same as our past tips mou we have a slightly lower investment initially and then it quickly catches up to option three and option three is the straight line which is an even investment year over year and then those two compared to option two so option two in the orange you can see that we pay more in the first two years and then it it's a bit of a less of an increase into that third year so looking at the table at the bottom of this slide if you add the amount that we pay in year one to the amount that we pay in year two to the amount that we pay in year three all those numbers together are the numbers presented in this table and you can see that option two is more expensive than the other options over those three years by an amount of about seven hundred thousand dollars next slide please I've included the recommendations here I don't think I need to read them but we can come back to them if we need to and next slide that's it for our presentation thank you very much

SPEAKER_04
0:18:32 (0:00:04)

hey thank you councilor stoner

Jenna Stoner
0:18:36 (0:00:30)

thank you through the chair I've sat in this chair for five years so you think I would have figured this out but the timing of the various budgets still confuses me so my skin in your slide you mentioned that we actually have enough money in our current budget to cover the 2023-2024 AOA is that as business as you usual without any of the expansions or is that including consideration of one of the or one of the expansion models

SPEAKER_07
0:19:06 (0:00:27)

yes to the chair so the 2023 budget we have approved we have money in that budget for this part of the AOA because the BC Transit fiscal year is not aligned with our fiscal so the 2023 budget we're good for we also have money proposed in the 2024 budget for the 2024 portion of this AOA that does not include expansions the expansions come to council typically as service level changes so you'll see those separately

Jenna Stoner
0:19:33 (0:00:56)

okay that's helpful thank you and on that so we are looking at almost doubling our Municipal share over time of what we're currently paying it's a substantial expansion I do think it's important from my perspective but we have previously talked about doing so in tandem with trying to find new Revenue sources to help pay for the cost of doing so in particular the one that continues to jump out at me in the expansion options is where the service to Alice Lake sits and I know previously Council comments have focused on in particular trying to drive some conversations with BC parks to help cover the cost of that and so I'm just curious either from BC transit or from staff if those conversations have started and or if we need to start them especially if we're looking at a 2024 expansion to Alice Lake

SPEAKER_07
0:20:30 (0:00:27)

I can speak to that through the chair so we have been in touch with BC Parks they have implemented their roundabout to allow for a chance to stop there we have not had the conversation about funding yet we were kind of in a holding pattern due to not receiving any funding from The Province but that if we go ahead with the mou as proposed for with option three or really any of the options it probably is the right time right now to start reaching out to BC parks

Jenna Stoner
0:20:57 (0:00:27)

okay thank you and then lastly my other question is how much space do we actually have right now for new vehicles given the expansions I know there's discussions around needing new additional space and that's one of the constraints on expanding our system and some of the options have quite a few vehicles coming online pretty early so I'm just wondering if staff can remind me how much space we actually have to expand our number of vehicles within our Transit

SPEAKER_06
0:21:25 (0:01:01)

System okay perfect thanks for the question Council Stoner through the chair we our current facility is maxed out for parking space we still have some maintenance space available um in terms of our maintenance base but we have secured or do have an option to secure some leased parking space very nearby our current facility operations has told me that we likely have over I think it was six or eight parking spots so we could take on an additional the additional buses that for sure for sure in the first year the three medium duty buses in the first year of the proposed tits expansion and I believe we should be able to accommodate the three-year through your ass as you know we're working on some other pieces in terms of expanding that facility but I feel quite confident that ability we have the to find parking for those buses in order to move forward with these expansions

Armand Hurford
0:22:26 (0:00:33)

mayor Hereford thank you thank you for the presentation I was curious about the sort of the other Investments that aren't captured here to facilitate this and councilor stoner's question around the parking of the and storage of the bus of the buses and serve for servicing and so on is a part of that but the other piece is around the stops that don't exist on these routes and so on and how is that accounted for in this in this process

SPEAKER_07
0:23:00 (0:00:35)

I can speak to that through the chair so most of these locations have stops that they need if so if it's something like expansion to Alice Lake that already has stops other stops can be implemented fairly low cost so for example the South Park Street we were able to just put up signs basically there was one small upgrade required which happened through an existing annual operating budget so at the moment I'm not seeing any large costs related to stops there are obviously costs related to the transit maintenance facility but council is aware of those already

Armand Hurford
0:23:35 (0:00:25)

yeah I think I think I was thinking mostly about the as we look to that sort of frequent Transit Network I believe it it's called in just how that does require a fairly sizable investment in my opinion for on both ends if I recall correctly but how do those funds as we sort of set this path how does that piece get accounted for those other those other costs where do they sit

SPEAKER_07
0:24:00 (0:00:46)

understood thank you for the clarification so along the frequent Transit Network most of those stops are also okay but at either end it is true that there could be improvements made at what will be the two exchanges so the downtown exchange and the Garibaldi Village exchange so the downtown exchange we have we are waiting on the downtown entrance work to be completed before we can move ahead on that project and for Garibaldi Village we are as part of that frequent Transit Network study that is underway right now we are looking at locations and so but we can't move ahead on the actual costing really reciting and costing of that until we know the potential location so we are moving ahead on it but we don't have the numbers yet

Armand Hurford
0:24:47 (0:00:54)

okay and generally those types of Investments aren't accounted for in this type of conversation although we'll need to contemplate them as we go to implement as set capturing okay and I as I look at the options presented I'm thinking about actual impact to the to the taxpayer and I like the BC Parks conversation I hope that bears some fruit but I'm also wondering what role the transit provision could play in smoothing in some of this so that it from an impact perspective it can be smooth as present smooth as presented but we could implement it in a different way and have it still achieve that smoothing has have those discussions or yeah how does the transit provision play into this equation as a mechanism to help with smoothing or otherwise

SPEAKER_07
0:25:41 (0:00:18)

see the chair so yes that has been discussed and is anticipated that we will use it in that way we don't have the exact numbers at this point so that would be brought forward during the budget process

Armand Hurford
0:25:59 (0:00:08)

okay I'll leave it there for now as I contemplate that answer and what possible impact it could have okay thank you

SPEAKER_04
0:26:08 (0:00:03)

Council green law

Lauren Greenlaw
0:26:12 (0:00:18)

thanks I was looking at the stop schedules for buses in Squamish and I noticed that the it's quite erratic the regularity of the buses and I would expect that irregularity negatively impacts usability and ridership and I was just wondering if somebody could speak to which option might best improve schedule

SPEAKER_08
0:26:30 (0:00:16)

regularity I think I'm assuming when we talk about regularity we're talking about frequency not like the number of yeah sorry

Lauren Greenlaw
0:26:46 (0:00:01)

a regular frequency yeah

SPEAKER_08
0:26:48 (0:00:43)

okay perfect thank you for clarifying so I think any of the options that focus on improving frequencies so would be the best way to go about improving that regularity and all three options have in year one improving frequency on groups one and two which are really the kind of spines of the system option three includes improved weekend service on those routes as well so I think if we want to really prioritize improving frequency it would be it would be option three just because it kind of puts the bulk of the investment efficacy in the first year that I think would be probably my answer for that question does that answer

Lauren Greenlaw
0:27:32 (0:00:50)

okay yeah a little bit I mean increasing the frequency is one thing but also you know having the buses every half hour because like right now it seems like it's every half it's like half an hour between buses then an hour and five minutes between buses then an hour between buses and then 45 minutes between buses and it just doesn't seem like there's any actual regularity to the frequency of the buses like to the actual stopping of the buses and it's just it's difficult to plan around that and I wonder if that impacts usability so I get that there's an increase in frequency but will there also be an effort to make them you know so you don't have to memorize the entire day's worth of schedule and you can just be like this shows up at you know six minutes after the hour every half hour kind of thing it was at part of what we're thinking about

SPEAKER_08
0:28:22 (0:00:37)

through the chair yes sorry thank you for further clarifying yeah so we do in the transit future action plan have speak to sort of service standards and what sort of targeted frequency of routes to be considered to be frequent Transit um or local Transit like we're targeting you know every 15 to 30 minutes and the Peaks that kind of thing so with increasing frequency we are moving more in line with those service standards which would make it more the service more regular and more reliable and to your point so people don't have to be carrying a writer's guide in their pocket everywhere they go so that they make sure that they don't miss the bus

Lauren Greenlaw
0:29:00 (0:00:15)

okay thank you and then this might be a little bit outside of this conversation but I was wondering if there had been any consideration given to expanding the transit Network North to like Shannon Falls in mirin

SPEAKER_07
0:29:15 (0:01:06)

sorry so I can speak to that so to the chair that was discussed through the transit future action plan which was completed during the last Council term and so the bus the route 5 does go as far as Shannon Falls essentially we did actually stop it in Shannon falls in the first year of operation but it was too congested that and it affected the schedule too much so we've shifted the bus to stop at real Bay right across the road murin was also considered however it was felt that the left turn heading Northbound so coming out of mirin turning left was too unsafe to operate a public transit service there the turnaround is also very tight at the inside the parking lot there so this Vision was made not to try to service murin and then as far as kind of more year-round service down to Shannon Falls I'm not 100 sure that would be needed it's much more of a seasonal destination Shannon Falls but we could look at that through the South Squamish study still

SPEAKER_00
0:30:21 (0:00:03)

okay thank you

Chris Pettingill
0:30:24 (0:00:24)

hey thank you I have some questions of my own within the new e-fares and some of the data collection and thinking of Shannon Falls and some of the more tourism destinations are we able to tease out local Riders versus visitor riders in any way

SPEAKER_06
0:30:49 (0:00:30)

I can speak to that um that's an interesting question I do not believe at this time that we'd be able to separate between a tourist and a local Rider unless we created a specific Fair product for tourists on their own which we don't currently have and I'm not necessarily advocating for that maybe things complicated but I yeah the system the way the system is designed right now it would be it would be challenging to do that

Chris Pettingill
0:31:19 (0:00:47)

okay thanks it's maybe just something to keep in the backs of our mind if there's a way to understand if we test out for example Alice Lake service who are we serving with that and it might you know be useful to assess that going forward with the change of the South stealth study we had originally talked about to my recollection making sure there was bus service to the oceanfront park basically from opening day to build in that habit with the delays and so on and what we're planning are we still on schedule for that or are we likely to miss that or is there a way we can avoid missing that and have those buses there for Park opening

SPEAKER_07
0:32:07 (0:00:33)

I can speak to that so the park did not open this year we also did not get funding for Transit this year that means for both the park and the expansion we are looking at next summer the target date to start that route running it would be a seasonal route similar to the route 5 so it would run from mid-june to the Labor Day weekend I can't speak to the exact date that the developer will have that Park finished but it should be relatively well aligned at least for the higher use period of time

Chris Pettingill
0:32:41 (0:00:33)

okay thank you and I see that the I gather the buses um proposed the new buses would be fossil fuel buses and that they're leased which makes me think there's an opportunity to change buses when electric becomes available but is that a fair assumption that as soon as EVS are available we can say we want the EVs and we can just switch or just BC Transit have some expectations that we would accept a certain life span out of the these new buses

SPEAKER_06
0:33:15 (0:01:53)

maybe I can tackle that one thanks again for your question so when it comes to electrification of the fleet probably the best step that Squamish is taking moving forward is looking at the new a potential new facility where we could and I believe it's in the plans to install charging infrastructure in that facility um so that's obviously a key gateway to opening up the opportunity for the district to have availability of electric battery electric buses but just to the other part of the question the BC Transit is responsible for managing our Fleet of 1200 buses across the province so there is a very large Gantt chart organizational kind of process that's going on right now to basically look at all of our bus types of course we made the commitment not to purchase any more electric heavy or sorry electric any more diesel heavy duty buses so that classification is getting converted first in the medium duty category where the district Squamish has obviously most of our Fleet if outside of our light duties is um there is not a lot of commercially viable options right now on the medium duty front so we're hoping that as the technology improves as manufacturing starts to ramp up that more medium duty options will become available so to answer your question BC transits managing Fleet Squamish has a good opportunity with some facility changes to add electrification into the facility which will provide a gateway to further opportunities to add battery electric buses into the Squamish Fleet provided with little asterisks if we keep medium duties provided that um you know on the commercial end of things we start to see more development and more availability of medium duty battery electric buses

Chris Pettingill
0:35:08 (0:00:04)

okay thank you I've got councilor Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton
0:35:13 (0:00:52)

yeah thanks very much as you likely know and many parents in the audience May likely know sd48 has been struggling to maintain consistent service um for the school busing frequently there's a driver unavailable and so parents are having to find mechanisms to get their children to school is there any possibility when we look at expanding particularly the frequency of routes one and two to focus on roots that would support students getting to and from school during before school and after school time and it's really that's really a question of focusing the frequency so that we can catch the students if they need

SPEAKER_07
0:36:05 (0:00:45)

us through the chair yes so one of the things that's held us back from being able to improve the roots to school is just a lack of vehicles so we don't have we all of our vehicles are that can be on the road are on the road already and allocated during peak times but with this additional Route 1 and 2 frequency expansion there are three new medium duty vehicles coming along with it so that provides us with more opportunity um and already we every year we look at the school bell times and try to align the schedule as best we can but there are some trips that we just can't make just due to the way the buses work so this will give us a lot more opportunity to try and meet some of those bell times we aren't currently meeting as well as possibly improving some of the ones we are

SPEAKER_04
0:36:50 (0:00:02)

counselor stoner

Jenna Stoner
0:36:52 (0:00:16)

thank you just one for the question this might be to finance staff do we have a rough estimate of what a one percent tax increase is in like a in dollar value so like a hundred thousand or 150 000 is equivalent to one percent tax increase given our

SPEAKER_00
0:37:09 (0:00:11)

current for the upcoming budget it's 375 thousand dollars one percent

SPEAKER_04
0:37:20 (0:00:01)

mayor Herford

Armand Hurford
0:37:22 (0:00:14)

thank you and do we have a what is the funds in the transit provision roughly I'm just trying to understand what is possible with that smoothing concept applied to

SPEAKER_07
0:37:37 (0:00:20)

this I can give you a very rough estimate unless there's someone in finance you can give a better estimate but so the number that was presented on the slide in the AOA Rob correct me there wrong was about 629 100 000. um it's

SPEAKER_06
0:37:57 (0:00:00)

26

SPEAKER_07
0:37:58 (0:00:17)

760. okay 626. and then there was also some funds from last year that were put in there and I believe that number was about 200 000 so add those two numbers together and that should that's a very rough ballpark estimate of what's in there

SPEAKER_04
0:38:15 (0:00:02)

hey counselor stoner

Jenna Stoner
0:38:18 (0:00:33)

thank you just on that line of questioning I am curious to hear staff's perspective and I did hear you say that you're considering using some of the transit provision but we typically have a policy that we don't use provision for operating dollars we reserve them for Capital expenditures of which we know there are likely some forthcoming in the transit file and so I'm just curious staff's perspective about the risk of using that money for operating as opposed to keeping it in reserve for other forthcoming large requests

SPEAKER_07
0:38:52 (0:00:03)

I'm not sure if I am the right person to speak to that great is there somebody

SPEAKER_00
0:38:55 (0:00:15)

else I can speak to that it's Rhiannon on the finance team through the chair that is the intent so it is not the intent to use it for operating costs it's the intent to use the provision for future expansion Capital costs

Chris Pettingill
0:39:11 (0:00:28)

I have a couple more questions of my own we're starting to run late so I'll have to make sure I'm brief and I think this gets asked every year but I'm wondering the incremental cost on the municipal share to make it free 18 and under instead of 12 and under is that in the am I correcting that's in the 30 to 40 000 range

SPEAKER_06
0:39:39 (0:01:02)

maybe I can take a stab at that one I have to I'd have to do a little bit of due diligence Council petting Guild to just see what we could determine in terms of the percentage of Youth ridership if you look at your conventional transit system this year we have it booked for 311 thousand dollars in terms of Revenue so obviously a percentage 18 and under we need to get a good idea of what our 18 and under would be as a percentage of that so but if you start to throw around some numbers like 10 15 you know if you said 10 to be you know around 31 000 if you said it was 20 it'd be more like sixty thousand so it is it is it is important for us to try to do our due diligence in terms of looking at that again our current fair system Fair structure um does make it a little bit challenging and the last point I'll make is again all that Revenue is used is retained 100 by the district to offset some of those other costs of Transit

Chris Pettingill
0:40:41 (0:00:13)

okay thank you and is that something if we did want to adjust it that has to be done as part of the annual operating agreement or because it's not in theory changing riders or buses or anything it's just a fair change that can be done at a different time

SPEAKER_06
0:40:55 (0:00:58)

yes the district the district has a final say on fairs Fair structure fair pricing we the only thing I would say right now we're still under the safe restart agreement which is based on the dollars that were provided by the federal and provincial governments the two stipulations were not to reduce service and not to increase fares you're obviously talking about a decrease in fares so I don't think where that would apply to us but ultimately the district can decide when and how they want to adjust fares what we're hoping to do is coming out of 2023 and into 2024 start to do our Fair review process so if you remember prior to covid prior to Safe restart agreements um every three or four years we would actually present a fair review to our local government Partners so they could make any adjustments or tweaks to their Fair structures that they saw viable

Chris Pettingill
0:41:53 (0:00:27)

okay thanks and I read the report about one of the costs being garbage at the sites like containers and cleaning them out and is that a catch-all term or are we starting to think about diversion options like recycling or organic collection and so on at sites and or is that something we would need to direct staff to look at and for the future years come back with the cost impacts of that

SPEAKER_07
0:42:21 (0:00:17)

thank you for the question um I believe that question is probably a larger question that's not just related to bus stops but to all Public Waste receptacles and so I don't feel like I'm the right person to answer that question it would probably be a question for Shannon white or Public Works

Chris Pettingill
0:42:38 (0:00:36)

okay thanks I'll put that one sort of in the vault to ask later the last one I had the there's no service on holidays it looks like for the custom service the handy Dart and so on and I'm just if I understood correctly and I'm wondering if we've checked that with the accessibility committee or if that sort of you know it's a new entity and we're starting to work through those things or just how we're sort of understanding whether that Custom Service level is adequate

SPEAKER_07
0:43:14 (0:00:34)

thank you for the question so I have not discussed that particular thing with the accessibility but I do speak with them regularly about handy Dart there have been some concerns about the utilization of Handy darts so the availability for people to use it when they need it just due to the volume of abuse and so I have initiated a conversation with BC transit to look at that and consider when might be a good time to include an increase for Handy dart at that time we could then consider whether it would make sense to use some of those hours for Holiday service or not

Chris Pettingill
0:43:49 (0:00:12)

so that's something we would sort of change not this year but next year in the operating agreement or we could move stuff around even within this year if we approved one of the options here

SPEAKER_06
0:44:02 (0:01:10)

I can answer that you would not have the option to change anything around this fiscal because any sort that would be sort of increase to a holiday service would be an expansion of service that expansion of service requires both Municipal funds as well as provincial funds through BC Transit because we do not have those expansion funds for this fiscal it would not be something we could do this fiscal but to your point and just working with Dora what we could look at is when we come back with an mou look at some potential handy Dart expansion items as well those were not presented today but I will say just as an organization what we continue to work with local governments on is trying to continue to align the service levels of Handy Dart with those of the conventional transit system um the American the Ada in America that's kind of the standard is that you provide equivalent days of service and hours of service so we know we have some work to do not only in Squamish but also across the province and we continue to work with our local government Partners to also continue to look for ways to increase and improve the handy Dart service within the communities

Chris Pettingill
0:45:12 (0:00:08)

okay thank you so Council we have a staff recommendation for option three councilor Stoner question

Jenna Stoner
0:45:20 (0:00:26)

so I have a quick question on your follow-up about making Transit free for those under 18. we did cover the cost for a long time for free transit for those under 12. and now the province is covering that cost so I just want to make sure that is indeed correct that we're receiving money from the province to cover that fee and so that may help offset our Municipal our understanding of the municipal share because we're now getting more provincial money

SPEAKER_06
0:45:47 (0:00:18)

that thank you for the question Council store that you are getting a monthly provision from the French government that is included in the revenue numbers that I presented today

SPEAKER_04
0:46:05 (0:00:00)

so counselor

Andrew Hamilton
0:46:06 (0:01:00)

Hamilton I'd like to thank staff for all their work here it's an amazing amazingly complex thing to try to organize a transit system yet alone figure out how to fund it I am I would like to move that option two I believe that Transit is something that our community needs we've been delayed in our provision of Transit and I think that we should move as quickly as we can towards increasing our Transit System and so I would like to move option two I recognize that will have budgetary impact and it will lead to tax increases

Chris Pettingill
0:47:07 (0:00:11)

we have a mover is there a seconder I will second for discussion do you want to speak further to your motion Council Hamilton

SPEAKER_04
0:47:18 (0:00:01)

counselor stoner

Jenna Stoner
0:47:20 (0:01:40)

thank you through the chair while I appreciate the enthusiasm of my colleague to move towards option two and I really wish I could get there with you I think that there are a few big questions for me that I would like to explore before moving to that level of increase one is conversations with BC parks around securing a funding agreement for the Alice late component I don't think that should fall exclusively to municipal government in BC transit to cover those costs especially as we look to that being the first of multiple service Provisions to provincial parks that I think that's really important that we have that discussion first before we put it in our plan I also think we're being relatively ambitious to think that we'll be able to get the rapid transit or the fast Transit Network in place for 2025 and so I think realistically where I hope that we would get to would be to option two but I just don't think that we have the resources at this point to add to actually get us there and I would be concerned about taxing our residents before we actually have all of our ducks in a row the other piece that I would like to see come to fruition is our discussion on the parking utilization and paid parking downtown and how that might whether it's downtown or Dale Bay or other locations Oceanfront to help cover some of these costs I agree that we need to get there and I will reckon that it will require a tax increase but I think to more than double the tax implications for the 2024 budget is really substantial for our community at this point and so I'm not comfortable with option two

Armand Hurford
0:49:00 (0:01:26)

mayor Herford thank you I'm also not in favor of this of this approach I think in sort of as counselor Stoner pointed out in practical sense I think we're actually option three might be as fast as we can practically move and also has the element of smoothing in these impacts but I do appreciate the intent of the of the Mover and at first pass I was that's where I started this and but I think that I do think that option three is a more responsible and achievable way to move forward and I sh whichever option we end up on here I sure hope the province comes with their piece because we need to take action on this and this has already been delayed so I Feel The Angst in the around the table on this and the need to the of the urgency to move forward and the willingness to do so which I think is great but I think option two doesn't quite get us where we where we need to be in a orderly fashion so I won't be able to support that at this point but if option three comes forward I will happily support that

Chris Pettingill
0:50:26 (0:01:37)

thanks and for myself I was quite tempted I don't think I'm quite there for option two and for some of the reasons my colleagues mentioned I also think before we go into Alice Lake I would like to have some way to understand who is using that service and or some Assurance from The Province about their participation in funding that and I think moving into in the first year funding that ourselves when I think there's still some work to do on some of our accessible services on holidays that might be the piece I want to do first and I am still eager to see under 18 funded that's not in any of the options but I think if we're going to go to a larger amount I would want that part of the discussion and so I'm inclined for this year anyways to go with option three as recommended by staff but that may change what that looks like for me in option in years two and three and I understand we have some ability to do that so I them though also really eager to get moving on this and that's why I was so tempted to go with option two but for me it doesn't have quite the Right Mix although I might be willing to put the extra money in so I'll leave that there for now is there anyone else I would like to speak to this okay I'm not seeing that I'll call the question all those in favor okay opposed counselor French Stoner Hereford petting mayor Herford counselor pettingell and counselor Anderson oppose motion fails mayor Herford

Armand Hurford
0:52:04 (0:00:03)

thank you I'll move the staff recommendation option three

SPEAKER_04
0:52:08 (0:00:00)

Chris Pettingill
0:52:08 (0:00:03)

Council French seconds would you like to speak to it may Herford yeah

Armand Hurford
0:52:11 (0:02:07)

thank you I think I think this is the path forward for us it's still it is a very aggressive plan all of the options like to recognize all of the options presented do represent an aggressive expansion of our Transit service I think this plan gives us the smooth level of increase and gives us a bit of space to properly plan and execute um some of the pieces such as the introducing service to Alice Lake and on that piece it there is the provincial parks coming to coming to the plate and potentially paying for it there's also the matter of that intersection needs to be addressed and I think it needs to be addressed to be able to provide consistent Transit service there to be able to do a consistent safe left-hand turn southbound out of Alice Lake Park so I don't know how many times we've heard from either we've experienced it probably everybody in this room and anyone watching this tape in future has had a close call there or at least sat in line for a long time before they're able to come out so as we look at providing safe service and consistent service I think there's a piece there around that requires a additional provincial investment to make that intersection safe not only for our Transit service but as we're talking Transit today as it pertains to our Transit service so we can actually deliver that in a consistent and reliable and safe way so lots of work to do here and I and I appreciate my colleagues Bush for as aggressive as possible as how I was reading that and I do think that option three here is as aggressive as we can be with some of these lurking quests these some of these questions needing to be addressed that are on the we need a bit of breathing room to do so happy to support thank you

SPEAKER_04
0:54:19 (0:00:02)

hey councilor French and then Council Anderson

John French
0:54:22 (0:00:52)

thanks chair I'm speaking in favor of the motion and in doing so I want to thank councilor Hamilton for having a go at option two as I was listening to counselor Stoner and mayor Herford their comments in that discussion I would have said basically the same things and then counselor Pettingill piled on more of what I would be saying I didn't feel a need to speak to that option but I'm glad that we had that discussion so that it's clear we are as a group wanting to push this service as fast as we can and having said all that I do believe that option three is the best option for us at this point I think it's the most fiscally responsible and I think it presents the best opportunity to plan for the future

SPEAKER_04
0:55:14 (0:00:04)

counselor Anderson and counselor Hamilton thank you I'll also

SPEAKER_11
0:55:19 (0:00:51)

speak in favor of option three it is the happy medium pathway forward I feel my colleagues have made comments regarding the Alice Lake option and what we've heard is we need to I feel also need to understand better the user profile for that potential service issues with Garibaldi or with the BC Parks participation and the safety introduction but I'll also add that a private sector potential service provider has explored Service delivery for Alice Lake and other parks to the north and found that the key issue was safety I add this because I do feel that we should always be continuing to assess whether private sector Service delivery partners are something we should consider thank you

SPEAKER_04
0:56:10 (0:00:03)

councilor Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton
0:56:14 (0:00:42)

thanks very much and I will be speaking in support of this motion because while I would like to see things move more aggressively I do support any motion at all I think that around this table we have very difficult decisions to make and the difficult decisions come to responsibly using taxpayer dollars and it is very difficult when we look and say we need to increase taxes in order to move something forward faster I think Transit is a place where we should be moving taxes in order to move faster but I'm happy to support option three

SPEAKER_04
0:56:56 (0:00:02)

thanks councilor stoner

Jenna Stoner
0:56:59 (0:01:20)

yeah thank you I will be supporting the motion on the floor I think it strikes a good balance of trying to move fast and increasing in particular the frequency of Transit on our core Network I was just looking at taking the bus the other day and it only comes every hour and it was not reasonable and so whatever we can do to increase the frequency on those Core Transit networks it's always it's been a goal for a long time to get to 15 minute service we're still far from that but this gets us closer as I mentioned in my previous comments I think it's really critical that we start to explore other funding mechanisms for Transit while I agree that we need to move tax dollars to support this and it's a good use of our tax dollars from my perspective it's a huge ask to double the amount of money that we're putting towards our local transit system when we know we're also pushing for Regional Transit and we also know that there's Capital expenditures coming and we can't expect that to be carried by the burden of tax dollars alone in the long term so I will be looking for every average new possible in the coming weeks and months and years to find Alternatives Revenue sources to help support our ongoing Transit expansion objectives and with that I will leave my comments there and once this comes for a call I might have a subsequent motion to put on the floor

Chris Pettingill
0:58:19 (0:00:13)

okay I think people mostly covered what I would have wanted to have added I am supportive of this so I will call the question all those in favor and you want to post motion carries unanimously and counselor Stoner

Jenna Stoner
0:58:33 (0:00:14)

I would like to test a motion based on your comments counselor Pettingill that staff work with BC transit to understand the cost and feasibility of making Transit free for those 18 and under

Chris Pettingill
0:58:48 (0:00:03)

Council French seconds councilor Stoner do you want to speak to it

Jenna Stoner
0:58:51 (0:00:46)

yeah I want to thank you councilor pettingale for bringing this conversation to the table today as we mentioned in our discussion we used to cover the cost for free transit for those 12 and under it is now being covered by The Province one of the concerns previously about extending free transit to those under 18 was the ability to actually be able to service The increased potential increase in demand that would drive because we had limited buses What I Hear now is that we have more space for buses so an opportunity to provide more free Transit and we know that if we can get especially kids and teenagers on buses sooner it starts to create good behaviors for using transit for their entire life and so I think that this is another opportunity for tax dollars well spent to get to get more folks onto Transit thanks

SPEAKER_04
0:59:38 (0:00:02)

Council French

John French
0:59:40 (0:00:26)

thanks chair and one of the reasons I'm seconding this motion is because it's well documented that young Transit unit users often become adult Transit users and this is definitely a great way to train folks to make different choices on how they get around this community as our transit system grows up

Armand Hurford
1:00:07 (0:00:22)

mayor Herford thank you speaking in support of the motion I'm curious how this could fit in with and what the appropriate time would be to align with our expansion plans but I do think that this is absolutely the path forward and happy to support them and look forward to the outcome of this

Chris Pettingill
1:00:29 (0:00:39)

yeah and thanks I'm also happy to support this to thank my colleague for proposing this resolution I'm seeing more young folks out at bus stop so I think that there is some uptake but the more we can do the better and we also know there is an affordability challenge all around and so making sure that um younger folks have affordable ways to get around safely and efficiently is quite important um so hopefully there's a way we can make this work and happy to see the numbers in the future so with that I will call a question all those in favor anyone opposed motion carries unanimously thank you

SPEAKER_10
1:01:08 (0:00:15)

this one

Staff Reports: Waterfront Landing South - Official Community Plan and Zoning Amendment Introduction
1:01:17 (1:22:07)

The District of Squamish council meeting was presented by Carrie Hamilton, a planner for the District of Squamish. She presented an official community plan amendment and rezoning application for Waterfront Landing South, located at 1500 Highway 99. The development for this site was first designated in 2007, but the project was never built. A new development proposal was presented to the council in 2016, and the amendment to the plan was adopted in 2017. The current proposal aims to address some of the challenges faced in the north half of the site while increasing residential density. Key changes proposed include maximizing landscape areas, reducing road surface, and restoring ecological elements of the site. The proposal also aims to strengthen the connection between land, community, sky, and water.

The development phasing has changed in numbering, grouping, and sequencing. Some of the key changes include developing the site from the west instead of east to west, breaking up the waterfront development into three phases, and delivering the South Park at phase seven instead of phase four. The affordable rental is delivered at phase six of seven, which didn't have any deliverable required in the original approved plans. The bluff restoration is delivered at phase four instead of seven, and the commercial deliverables are similar and provided in phase one and three instead of phase one, two, and three.

The current proposal for the South site is for 860 market units, 75 market rental units, and 25 affordable rental units. This is an increase of 442 total units for the whole site and 252 for sale market units compared to the current 2017 zoning. The proposal also includes reinvesting the $1. 3 million community amenity contribution cash contribution back into the public amenities on the site. The entire site will be elevated to meet flood construction levels with one story of parkade below the flood construction level and a second story of parkade hidden behind commercial and townhouse frontages. The current South proposal is proposing all six-story buildings with one story podium and two-story townhouse edges.

Chris Pettingill
1:01:24 (0:00:10)

so I guess next thank you Rob and Aaron and oh Ms Gunn did you want to add something

SPEAKER_07
1:01:34 (0:00:04)

apologies there was a second motion related to the annual operating agreement

Chris Pettingill
1:01:39 (0:00:05)

yes that we were just speaking about the intent was that we moved both

SPEAKER_07
1:01:44 (0:00:03)

ah thank you

Chris Pettingill
1:01:47 (0:00:26)

so thank you very much and now we have a waterfront landing South and I apologize I have allowed us to get a fair bit behind schedule so if we can be efficient and direct and maybe need to give that direction mostly to myself that would be helpful so I will turn over to Ms Hamilton

SPEAKER_01
1:02:13 (0:04:40)

unfortunately I'll just need a few minutes to get this uploaded all right good afternoon chair mayor and Council my name is Carrie Hamilton planner for the District of Squamish presenting to you today for our initial review an official community plan Amendment and rezoni application for Waterfront landing South located at 1500 Highway 99. great so what makes use development for this site was first designated in 2007 through the creation of cd40 and Waterfront Landing neighborhood sub-area plan the project was never built in a new development proposal was presented to Council in 2016. the amendment to cd40 was adopted in September of 2017 and the sub-area plan for this neighborhood can be found in schedule o of the District of the district's official community plan a pre-application was first submitted to staff for this project in early 2002 for early discussion and feedback a complete application was submitted in early 2023 and both internal and external review of this project is currently underway after building most of the north half the rationale for re revisiting the master plan for Waterfront landing South is to address some of the challenges faced in the north half while increasing residential density on the site some of the key changes proposed will help to maximize landscape areas reduce Road surface and restore ecological elements of the site the theme of The Proposal is to strengthen the connection between Land Community sky and water key considerations to support this Vision are summarized briefly on this slide so the connection to land with a strengthened restoration proposal of the bluff area increased landscape areas and Open Spaces Open Spaces that connect to the bluff Edge the connection to community by providing larger key locations for Community Gathering instead of smaller Park amenities provided within each phase which was one of the challenges identified in the north phase The Proposal would also increase the amount of affordable and Market rental units provided overall in this project connect to Sky with massing orientations considered to maximize solar exposure to the public areas and preserve view channels to the water and surrounding mountains and connection to Water by removing the original approved infill that was proposed on the south end of the site and instead reducing the land area to retain the natural foreshore of the site this includes habitat restoration to connect the bluff area with the cove and includes a proposal for public water access so a number of key changes have been proposed with this application and includes several reports and detailed attachments to simplify I've prepared a few slides to present some of the key topics and changes in hopes the committee will provide staff with initial comments in these key areas so phasing for the development has changed in numbering grouping and sequencing the yellow and orange image represents the approved 2017 phasing plan while the green image to the right represents the proposed changes as part of this application some of the key changes include developing the site from West instead of from the West instead of west east as a result the Waterfront development is broken up into three phases delivered at phase one five and seven instead of phases one two and four the South Park you can see some circles in the images as well if you want to follow along the slide so the South Park delivered at Phase 707 instead of phase four of seven with the central strata Park delivered in phase three the affordable rental is delivered at phase six of seven which it didn't have any deliverable required in the original approved plans the bluff restoration delivered at four phase four instead of seven and the commercial deliverables are similar and provided in phase one and three instead of phase one two and three

Chris Pettingill
1:06:54 (0:00:08)

sorry Miss Hamilton can you just go back for a second and clarify there's two sets of numbers on this of the red versus the white numbers or

SPEAKER_04
1:07:02 (0:00:02)

the red boxes

SPEAKER_01
1:07:05 (0:04:50)

certainly the so red numbers are the numbers I've put on to simplify this process of comparison as the numbers currently don't align if you're comparing the 2017 to 2023 so I've broken them up into seven different phases for simplification of comparison okay so in 2017 the original CAC offer for the entire development site both the North and the South site was calculated based off of 947 Market units with a reduction offered for 55 affordable housing units so the north site contains 284 townhouses and 195 apartment units which are already completed or under construction 140 units are Market rental and 55 are affordable rental the current proposal for the South site is for 860 Market units 75 Market rental units and 25 affordable rental units this is an increase of 442 total units for the whole site and 252 for sale Market units compared to the current 2017 zoning the CAC residential density difference is proposed at an increase of 179 040 square feet so in 2017 the CAC was similar to today's standard at six dollars a square foot for critical amenities bringing the total to 6.8 million dollars project also proposed and secured several Community amenities such as two public parks a new bridge over the railway and the pedestrian bridge over the manquem blind Channel different from today's standards the critical amenity funding was supported to be reinvested back into the site with 4.2 million towards affordable housing on site and 2.4 million towards the pedestrian bridge this application is proposing to offer a similar CAC proposal but with additional affordable and Market rental housing they are proposing to exceed the current CAC Market rental Target by offering 29 Market rental however they are shy of the CAC affordable housing Target by offering only 10 affordable rental housing The Proposal includes reinvesting the 1.3 million CAC cash contribution again back into the public amenities on that site that the project will deliver this in practice is not keeping with today's CAC policy but is in keeping with the approved CAC deliverable just back in 2017 and reflects some of the additional costs this project has endured with an increased pedestrian bridge a many cost increase to roughly 14 to 18 million dollars so the entire site will be elevated to meet flood construction levels with one story of Parkade below the flood Construction level and a second story of Parkade hid hidden behind commercial and townhouse frontages the current South proposal is proposing all six-story buildings with one story Podium and two-story townhouse edges Heights are calculated from existing grade and will be height will be about a height of 27 to 29 meters to support increased commercial height frontages increase top story Heights and variation in roof forms this relates to about a 22 meter to 25 meters height building if this calculation was taken from the ground floor so just to give comparison so in the 2007 sub-area plan it was recorded that public engagement supported greater building Heights and massing along the Eastern edge of the site against the bluff with the lowest buildings located along the water frontages water Frontage development heights were supported at two to four stories and Bluff Heights supported at four to eight stories in the 2017 Amendment the initial proposal was predominantly a townhouse development and through the application process the development was encouraged to support more density which then resulted in 25 meter buildings supported along the bluff and along Laurelwood Road the South site had also supported a 25 meter Heights along the farthest South site South Lots along the water's edge so this application is proposing six-story buildings with the fifth and sixth story setbacks slightly from the water edge along the Waterfront as you can see in this image to the left staff have been encouraging variation of density on the site by exploring eight-story buildings along the bluff Edge see the circles kind of in green hopefully they'll show up can't see them there

SPEAKER_15
1:11:55 (0:00:00)

oh

SPEAKER_01
1:11:56 (0:00:00)

they

SPEAKER_15
1:11:56 (0:00:03)

were

SPEAKER_01
1:12:00 (0:06:41)

animation problems okay that's okay they're coming on and off so apologies but they are kind of close to the bluff Edge and the we're also staff have been looking to reduce the massing along the water's edge to four stories and those were red circles on this image but kind of along the water's edge there it's important to note that eight-story buildings require non-combustible construction and therefore increase development costs trade-offs would need to be considered to support increased Heights along the buff all right so as part of the 2017 Amendment a commercial use study was conducted to encourage more commercial space in the development the LDA secured a total of secure a total of 2 100 meters squared of commercial space in the South section so the current self-development is proposing a total of two thousand one hundred and eighteen meters squared of secured commercial space this means residential density has increased without much commercial density increase this commercial space represents only 2.2 percent of the overall density proposed for the South site and staff are encouraging the application to explore more commercial density on the site especially along the Waterfront Edge and the Waterfront South Park to encourage activation and thankfully these red circles are working this time so the 2017 LDA secured a number of Parkland areas including a total area for Park public parks dedicated to the district and a total area for strata Parks the new South part puzzle shows a net increase of 1.45 hectares in overall Park land on the site the reduction of individual townhouse driveways and strata Lanes through increased apartment density is what has allowed the development to offer increased park space staff are supportive of the approach which results in Parkland net increases and environmental benefits Water Access Equipment storage loading areas and parking will be explored further in the Waterfront South design to ensure the design will meet water Recreation user needs staff do have some initial concerns with the loss of an outdoor play area within the South Park