May 17, 2022 Halifax Regional Council

Date:

Time: 1:00 p.m., If Required Reconvene 6:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual Meeting

Agenda

1. CALL TO ORDER AND LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

2. SPECIAL COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – May 3, 2022

4. APPROVAL OF THE ORDER OF BUSINESS AND APPROVAL OF ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS

5. CONSENT AGENDA*
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council approve recommendations in the following items: 13.1.1, 15.1.1, 15.1.3, 15.5.2, and 15.6.1.

6. BUSINESS ARISING OUT OF THE MINUTES
7. CALL FOR DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
8. MOTIONS OF RECONSIDERATION – NONE

 

9. MOTIONS OF RESCISSION – August 17, 2021
9.1 Councillor Morse
Motion: 

That Halifax Regional Council rescind Item 11.9.3 from the August 17, 2021 Regional Council meeting which requested a staff report as follows:

“That Halifax Regional Council direct the Chief Administrative Officer to write a report which will recommend the optimum percentage of HRM’s annual budget to be dedicated to climate mitigation and adaptation measures for a minimum of the next 3 years. The report will provide recommendations to prioritize the most cost-effective municipal investments in net-zero infrastructure, including but not limited to:  transportation, forest and land conservation and other nature-based solutions, conversion of public buildings to low-carbon heating and cooling, and related HRM staff positions. The report will also include a range of financing options, tax implications and timelines for achieving HRM’s climate goals.”
 

10. CONSIDERATION OF DEFERRED BUSINESS – NONE
11. NOTICES OF TABLED MATTERS – NONE


12. HERITAGE HEARING – 1:00 P.M.
12.1 Case H00523 - Request to Include the Rocking Stone and Kidston Lake Park, Halifax in the Registry of Heritage Property for the Halifax Regional Municipality
- Report [Large 13 Mb PDF]
- Presentation [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council approve the request to include the Rocking Stone site at PID# 00307462 in Kidston Lake Park, Halifax in the Registry of Heritage Property for the Halifax Regional Municipality, as shown on Map 1 of the February 3, 2022 report, as a municipal heritage area under the Heritage Property Act.
 

13. CORRESPONDENCE, PETITIONS & DELEGATIONS
13.1 Correspondence 

13.1.1 Fly-past Request – Halifax Wanderers Soccer Club – Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Match* [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council grant permission for the Canadian Armed Forces to fly a Cyclone helicopter over the Halifax Wanderers Grounds flying from east to west at a height of 500 feet above the highest obstacle at approximately 3:03 p.m. on June 4, 2022 as part of the Halifax Wanderers Soccer Club Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Match.   
 

13.2 Petitions

13.3 Presentation
13.3.1 Community Monitoring Committee

 

14. INFORMATION ITEMS BROUGHT FORWARD – May 3, 2022
14.1 Deputy Mayor Lovelace - Environmental Concerns at The Puddle, Queensland [PDF]

14.2 Councillor Purdy - Flood Mitigation Near John Stewart and Arklow Drive, Cole Harbour [PDF]
 

15. REPORTS
15.1 CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

15.1.1 Award - 21-021 Request for Proposal (RFP) – Supply and Deliver up to sixty (60), 40 Foot Battery Electric Transit Buses and Chargers*  [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council award RFP 21-021 to the highest scoring proponent, Nova Bus Ltd., for the purchase of up to sixty (60) 40 ft battery electric buses and chargers, thirty (30) in 2022/23, and thirty (30) in 2023/24, for a total purchase of $ 94,739,857 (net HST included) with funding from CV210011 – Multi Year Capital Projects (Electric Bus Procurement).

15.1.2 Proposed Amendments to Administrative Order 2018-003-ADM, Respecting Private Road Maintenance, and Administrative Order 2019-005-ADM, Respecting the Establishment and Use of Community Area Rates – 2022-23 Budget Area-rated Services [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council:

1. Approve the Resolution to approve Area Rates and Uniform Charges for fiscal year 2022/2023, as well as the Schedules of Area Tax Rates and Budgeted Revenues as set out in Appendix A and Appendix C to the staff report dated April 5, 2022.

2. Adopt the amendments to Administrative Order 2018-003-ADM, Respecting Private Road Maintenance, and Administrative Order 2019-005-ADM, Respecting the Establishment and Use of Community Area Rates in the Halifax Regional Municipality, as set out in Appendix H to the staff report dated April 5, 2022.

15.1.3 First Reading Proposed By-Law P-509, an amendment to By-Law P-500, Respecting Parking Meters and Pay Stations for the Regulation of Parking of Vehicles Left Standing in the Halifax Regional Municipality – Increase to Paid Parking Violations* [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council give First Reading to By-Law P-509, set out as Attachment B to the staff report dated April 29, 2022.

15.1.4 Otter Lake Community Monitoring Committee – 2022-2023 Funding [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council allocate the Otter Lake Community Monitoring Committee with $42,500 in total funding for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, for the purposes of administrative, social media, communications, and environmental consulting expenditures only. 

15.1.5 Proposed Amendments to Administrative Order 39, Respecting Taxi and Limousine Regulation – Rate Increase
- Report [PDF]
- Presentation [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council:

1. Suspend Schedule 7 (Transportation Standing Committee Terms of Reference) of Administrative Order One, the Procedures of Council Administrative Order; and

2. Adopt the amending Administrative Order, as set out in Attachment B to the staff report dated March 25, 2022.
 

15.2 AUDIT AND FINANCE STANDING COMMITTEE
15.2.1 Proposed Amendments to Administrative Order 2014-015-ADM - Respecting Reserve Funding Strategies [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council adopt the amendments to Administrative Order 2014-015-ADM, the Financial Reserves Administrative Order, as set out in Attachment 2 of the staff report dated March 9, 2022. 
 

15.3 TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE
15.3.1 Proposed Amendments to Administrative Order 12, Respecting the Appointment of the Traffic Authority - Appointment of Deputy Traffic Authority [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council adopt the amendments to Administrative Order 12, the Appointment of the Traffic Authority Administrative Order, as set out in Attachment 2 of the staff report dated April 24, 2022 to repeal the appointment of Taso Koutroulakis as Deputy Traffic Authority and appoint Lucas Pitts, P.Eng., as a Deputy Traffic Authority.
 

15.4 NORTH WEST COMMUNITY COUNCIL
15.4.1 Commercial Uses Within the Beaver Bank, Hammonds Plains and Upper Sackville Municipal Planning Strategy [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council direct the Chief Administrative Officer to:

1. Initiate a process to consider amendments to the Beaver Bank, Hammonds Plains, and Upper Sackville Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law to proceed with Option 2 as outlined within the staff report dated January 31, 2022 to increase the size threshold of commercial use requiring a development agreement. 

2. Follow the public participation program for municipal planning strategy amendments as approved by Regional Council on February 27, 1997.
 

15.5 GRANTS COMMITTEE
15.5.1 Less than Market Value Lease: Lions Club of Sackville - 101 Old Beaver Bank Road, Lower Sackville NS, PID 40014599 [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council approve a less than market value lease agreement with the Lions Club of Sackville for PID 40014599 at 101 Beaver Bank Road, as per the key terms and conditions set out in Table 1 in the discussion section of the staff report dated March 5, 2022 and authorize the Mayor and Municipal Clerk to execute the approved less than market value lease agreement.

15.5.2 Regional Special Events Grants Report 2022/2023* [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council:

1. Approve 47 Event Grants for a total of $192,875 as identified in Table 1 of the staff report dated March 22, 2022 from the approved 2022/2023 Operation Budget – C760 Community/Civic Events; 

2. Approve 13 Event Grants for a total of $200,000 as identified in Table 1 of the staff report dated March 22, 2022 from the approved 2022/2023 Operating Budget – C764 2022 Cultural Development funded from the 2022/2023 Culture Development Reserve Q621; 

3. Pending final approval of the 2023/2024 budget, approve 38 Established Community Festivals grants in the amount of $186,025 funded from Operating Budget – C760 Community/Civic Events; and 13 Cultural Events & Showcases grants in the amount of $200,000 funded from Operating Budget – C764 Cultural Development funded from the Community Events Reserve Q621 as identified in Table 2 of the staff report dated March 22, 2022; 

4. Pending final approval of the 2024/2025 budget, approve 38 Established Community Festivals grants in the amount of $186,025 funded from Operating Budget – C760 Community/Civic Events; and 13 Cultural Events & Showcases grants in the amount of $200,000 funded from Operating Budget – C764 Cultural Development funded from the Community Events Reserve Q621 as identified in Table 3 of the staff report dated March 22, 2022; 

5. Approve a supplementary grant withdrawal from the Community and Events Reserve (Q621) in the amount of $13,000 to be allocated to “Open Streets HFX” (previously operating as Switch) in the Regional Special Events program;

6. Approve a supplementary grant withdrawal from the Community and Events Reserve (Q621) in the amount of $20,000 to the Sackville Community Development Association for the 2022 Patriot Days in the Regional Special Events program; 

7. Pending final approval of the 2023/2024 budget, approve a supplementary grant withdrawal from the Community and Events Reserve (Q621) in the amount of $20,000 to the Sackville Community Development Association for the 2023 Patriot Days in the Regional Special Events program; and

8. Pending final approval of the 2024/2025 budget, approve a supplementary grant withdrawal from the Community and Events Reserve (Q621) in the amount of $20,000 to the Sackville Community Development Association for the 2024 Patriot Days in the Regional Events Program.
 

15.6 HERITAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
15.6.1 Case H00535: Request to Include 5375 Kaye Street, Halifax in the Registry of Heritage Property for the Halifax Regional Municipality* [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council set a date for a heritage hearing to consider the inclusion of 5375 Kaye Street in the Registry of Heritage Property for the Halifax Regional Municipality, as shown on Map 1 of the April 13, 2022 report, as a municipal heritage property under the Heritage Property Act. 
 
15.7 MEMBERS OF COUNCIL

15.7.1 Councillor Morse - Renewal of funding for TNR program for control of feral cats  [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council direct the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to provide a staff report and recommendations with respect to continued funding for the SPCA’s Trap, Neuter, Release program for feral cats for another five years.  

15.7.2 Councillor Morse – Hwy 102 Corridor Study/Impact on Proposed National Park at Blue Mountain [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council direct the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to require the Highway 102 Corridor studies to consider the relationship to the potential Blue Mountain Birch Cove Wilderness Park, including where and how land should be protected to maintain the full functioning and extent of environmental, recreation, cultural and other features of significance. This should include but not be limited to mitigating impacts and changes to water quantity and water quality in Susies and related lakes in the watersheds of the proposed Blue Mountain Birch Cove Wilderness Area Park and the identification of minimum non disturbance setbacks from Susies Lake and other watercourses and the protection of associated wetlands.
 

16. MOTIONS
16.1 Councillor Cuttell
Motion:

That Halifax Regional Council direct the Chief Administrative Officer to provide a staff report with corresponding amendments to Administrative Order 2018-003-ADM, the Private Road Maintenance Cost Recovery Administrative Order, the purpose of which is to include procedures for private road area rates to be approved in instances where the road ownership cannot be determined.
 

17. IN CAMERA (IN PRIVATE)
Council may rise and go into a private In Camera session, in accordance with Section 19     of the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter, for the purpose of dealing with the following:
 

17.1 In Camera (In Private) Minutes – May 3, 2022
Motion: 
That the In Camera (In Private) minutes of May 3, 2022 be approved as circulated.

17.2 PROPERTY MATTER - Private and Confidential Report
A matter pertaining to providing instruction and direction to officers and employees of the Municipality pertaining to the acquisition / sale of land. 
Motion: 
That Halifax Regional Council:

1. Adopt the recommendations as outlined in the private and confidential report dated February 24, 2022; and 
 
2. Direct that the private and confidential report dated February 24, 2022 be maintained private and confidential.
 

18. ADDED ITEMS

18.1 - Councillor Appointment - Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Election to the Board of Directors
 

19. NOTICES OF MOTION

20. ADJOURNMENT
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INFORMATION ITEMS
May 17, 2022

1. Proclamation – Access Awareness Week – May 29 – June 4, 2022 [PDF]

2. Proclamation – National Public Works Week – May 15 – 21, 2022 [PDF]

3. Proclamation – VON Week – May 22 – 28, 2022 [PDF]

4. Memorandum from the Acting Chief Administrative Officer dated April 12, 2022 re: Award of Contracts – Quarterly Report January 2022 to March 2022 [PDF]

5. Memorandum from the Chief Administrative Officer dated April 20, 2022 re: Safe Workplace Update Q3-Q4 2021-22 [PDF]

6. Proclamation – World Press Freedom Day – May 3, 2022 [PDF]

7. Memorandum from the Chief Administrative Officer dated May 2, 2022 re: Legislative Update – 2022 Spring Sitting [PDF]

8. Memorandum from the Chair, Transportation Standing Committee dated May 2, 2022 re: 2021/22 Q3 Halifax Transit KPI Report [PDF]

9. Memorandum from the Municipal Clerk dated May 9, 2022 re: Requests for Presentation to Council - None [PDF]