Viaducts and more at Vancouver City Council

Vancouver’s Council agenda was packed with interesting items today.

  1. Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts Removal
    City staff presented an update on the viaducts removal plan, which I’ve written about here and here. On his blog later that day, the mayor summarized his comments, in which he prioritized “immediate traffic improvements” to Prior Street and a timeline of deliverables for local residents.
    A decision about the future of the viaducts won’t be made until the fall.
  2. Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
    An overdue and important plan for responding to the local impacts of climate change. Initiatives will better prepare the city for extreme heat, sea level rise, power interruptions, and increased wind and precipitation. (Staff presentation is here.)
  3. Motions on Notice
    Two interesting motions on notice were submitted.
    — One, from Vision Councillor Raymond Louie, would add Vancouver’s voice to a growing chorus of municipalities calling for a long-term federal infrastructure plan. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is calling on the federal government to have a new municipal infrastructure plan in place before 2014.
    — Another, from Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr, is about plans by Kinder Morgan to expand its pipeline terminal to accommodate five times more tar sands bitumen. The motion calls on the City of Vancouver to request that BC independently assess the proposal, rather than deferring to a clearly biased federal assessment.

Also notable are plans for the redevelopment of Oakridge Centre and the Chinatown Neighbourhood Plan and Economic Revitalization Strategy heading to Committee tomorrow.