CITY OF VANCOUVER

                        REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
                       STANDING COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL ON
                          TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC

                                  MAY 6, 1997


        A Regular Meeting of the Council of the City of Vancouver was held
   on Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at 12:50 p.m., in Committee Room No. 1, Third
   Floor, City Hall, following the Standing Committee on Transportation and
   Traffic meeting, to consider the recommendations of the Committee.

        PRESENT:            Mayor Philip Owen
                            Councillor Don Bellamy
                            Councillor Nancy A. Chiavario
                            Councillor Jennifer Clarke
                            Councillor Alan Herbert
                            Councillor Daniel Lee
                            Councillor Don Lee
                            Councillor Gordon Price
                            Councillor George Puil
                            Councillor Sam Sullivan

        ABSENT:             Councillor Lynne Kennedy

        CITY MANAGER'S
        OFFICE:             Judy Rogers, Deputy City Manager
                            Dave Rudberg, General Manager of
                                 Engineering Services

        CLERK TO THE
        COUNCIL:            Denise Salmon


   COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

   MOVED by Cllr. Bellamy,
   SECONDED by Cllr. Clarke,
        THAT this Council resolve itself into Committee of the Whole, Mayor
   Owen in the chair.
                                           - CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY



                               COMMITTEE REPORTS


   Report of Standing Committee
   on Transportation and Traffic
   May 6, 1997


        Council considered the recommendations of the Committee, as
   contained in the following clauses of the attached report:

        Cl.1:     Status of Lions Gate Crossing - Policy Discussion
        Cl 2:     City Hall Pay Parking Proposal to Reduce Auto Commuting


   MOVED by Cllr. Bellamy,
        THAT the recommendations of the Committee, as contained in Clauses
   1 and 2 of this report, be approved.

                                           - CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY


   RISE FROM COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

   MOVED by Cllr. Bellamy,
        THAT the Committee of the Whole rise and report.

                                           - CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY


   ADOPT REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

   MOVED by Cllr. Bellamy,
   SECONDED by Cllr. Chiavario,
        THAT the report of the Committee of the Whole be adopted.

                                           - CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY



                          ENQUIRIES AND OTHER MATTERS


   1.   Leave of Absence  - Councillor Bellamy                 File: 1251-1

   MOVED by Cllr. Chiavario,
   SECONDED by Cllr. Herbert,
        THAT Councillor Bellamy be granted Leave of Absence for May 14 and
   15, 1997.

                                      - CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY


                      The Council adjourned at 12:55 p.m.

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                               REPORT TO COUNCIL

                         STANDING COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL
                         ON TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC

                                  MAY 6, 1997


        A Regular Meeting of the Standing Committee of Council on
   Transportation and Traffic was held on Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at
   approximately 9:30 a.m., in Committee Room No. 1, Third Floor, City
   Hall.


        PRESENT:            Councillor Gordon Price, Chair
                            Mayor Philip Owen
                            Councillor Don Bellamy
                            Councillor Nancy A. Chiavario
                            Councillor Jennifer Clarke
                            Councillor Alan Herbert
                            Councillor Daniel Lee
                            Councillor Don Lee
                            Councillor George Puil
                            Councillor Sam Sullivan


        ABSENT:             Councillor Lynne Kennedy


        CITY MANAGER'S
        OFFICE:             Judy Rogers, Deputy City Manager
                            Dave Rudberg, General Manager of
                                 Engineering Services

        CLERK TO THE
        COMMITTEE:          Denise Salmon



   ADOPTION OF MINUTES

        The Minutes of the Standing Committee on Transportation and Traffic
   meeting of March 25, 1997, were adopted.


   RECOMMENDATION

   1.   Status of Lions Gate Crossing - Policy Discussion
                                                               File: 5751-2

        The Committee had before it an Administrative Report dated April
   30, 1997, (on file) in which the General Manager of Engineering Services
   provided information on the status of the Lions Gate Crossing since the
   recent announcements by Premier Clark and Minister Boone.

        Ian Adam, Assistant City Engineer, Transportation, reviewed the
   City s established positions arrived at over the last several years and
   then introduced Doug Hibbins, Vice-President, Transportation Financing
   Authority.

        Prior to Mr. Hibbins presentation, Council discussion ensued  on
   the following points:

       although more costly, a mid-harbour crossing would avoid Stanley
        Park, and Georgia Street would not be impacted; although a number
        of Vancouver s east side neighbourhoods would be
       alternate forms of transportation such as rail linkages to an
        expanded SeaBus and additional ferry service need review in 
        anticipation of future growth of the North Shore and Whistler
        areas, in relation to Vancouver
       if the tunnel option is chosen, location of the portal is key; if
        located in Stanley Park, Lost Lagoon could be impacted, a location
        further east could impact residential areas

        Mr. Hibbins introduced Ian McLeod, Director of Communications,
   BCTFA, Tim Stevens, Project Director of the Lions Gate project and Russ
   Anthony,  senior member of the Lions Gate team.  He advised the
   Provincial plan for the crossing, announced April 18, was to either
   replace or rehabilitate the bridge.  An invitation has been sent to the
   City of Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver,
   District of West Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board, Greater Vancouver
   Regional District and the Squamish Nation (who s land the current bridge
   bisects) to take part in the development of the proposal call and
   selection of a winning proposal.  The preferred Provincial option is for
   a four-lane First Narrows crossing, which would address safety concerns
   and relieve congestion in off-peak traffic direction, resulting in
   improvements to transit cycling time.  It was further noted any
   successful proposal must:

   -    utilize the existing corridor
   -    reduce surface traffic in Stanley Park
   -    have no net detrimental impact on the Park
   -    reduce traffic impacts on the West End neighbourhood in Vancouver
   -    pass a formal environmental impact process

        Mr. Hibbins noted the regular inspections and repairs needed to
   keep the bridge in safe condition are indicative of the need to move
   ahead either on its rehabilitation or replacement.   Seventy million
   dollars will be contributed by the Province to the project, with the
   remainder to be financed in a manner not to add to the Provincial debt,
   with some type of user fees introduced.  Construction is expected to
   commence in 1999. 

        Discussion ensued on possible alternatives for the crossing, cost
   of bridge rehabilitation and rebuilding, financing options, and the
   subject matter of the consultation process.   A Council member suggested
   consideration be given to a mid-harbour crossing in addition to the
   First Narrows crossing, in anticipation of fast ferry connections to
   Vancouver Island, and future expansion of Whistler area ski resorts.

        Specifically, related to the tolling issue, Council members
   enquired on the nature of dedication of any bridge tolls, as it is
   contrary to G.V.R.D. policy to use tolls for a specific
   project--although this appeared to be the Minister s intent.   Some
   members felt monies collected should be reallocated to transit and
   projects specifically targeted at providing viable alternatives to car
   use.  In response to a question from Council, Mr. Hibbins suggested
   tolls would not apply to buses, cyclists, or pedestrians.  In conclusion
   he advised the government s focus is to better utilize existing
   infrastructure, not build additional capacity into, and out of,
   Vancouver.

        Council members thanked Mr. Hibbins and his associates for their
   presentation.

        Commissioner Duncan Wilson, advised the Park Board supports a
   tunnel under Stanley Park along the existing alignment, with decision
   still outstanding on either a tunnel or bridge connecting to the North
   Shore.  He requested Council s deference in respect to the Park Board s
   position.  Council  acknowledged the Board s concern on this matter.

   The following motion by Cllr. Clarke was put and carried.  The
   Committee, therefore,

   RECOMMENDED,

        THAT the Policy Discussion on the Status of Lions Gate Crossing,
        presented by Doug Hibbins, Vice-President, Transportation Financing
        Authority, and the Administrative Report dated April 30, 1997, be
        received for information

                                           - CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY


   2.   City Hall Pay Parking Proposal to Reduce Auto Commuting
                                                      Files:  5653-1/1307-1

        The Committee had before it an Administrative Report dated February
   11, 1997 (on file), in which the General Manager of Engineering
   Services, in consultation with the Director of Human Resources, General
   Manager of Corporate Services and General Manager of Community Services
   outlined measures required to implement a pay-parking system for
   approximately 1060 City Hall precinct employees.  At the request of CUPE
   Local 15 the report was deferred from the March 11th and April 22nd
   meetings of the Committee to permit Civic employee representatives to
   meet with Human Resource Services.  This meeting has now taken place,
   and as a result, staff will be given 60 days  notice following Council
   approval of any pay parking proposal.

        Ian Adam, Assistant City Engineer, Transportation, provided Council
   with an overview of the report, and noted the pay parking program forms
   part of an overall Travel Demand Management program to reduce vehicle
   use and subsequently automobile emissions.  He advised the proposed
   vehicle rate of $2 per day, is less than half that charged in the
   Central Broadway corridor to the west.    Those using vehicles for City
   purposes would be reimbursed.

        In answer to questions from Council, Mr. Adam noted:

       the report suggests Councillors  vehicles would be exempt from
        payment, as would disabled parking, Mayor s office, loading zones,
        press, day-care and mixed fleet and auto allowance parking;
       revenue generated could go toward incentives to reduce auto
        dependence such as improvements to bicycle facilities, and
        subsidized transit passes;
       only the stalls for employee use found in the 10th Avenue surface
        lot and the two levels of the City Square parkade would be
        initially included in the program;
       the incentive to car poolers is the reduction in rate due to people
        sharing the cost, and the guarantee of a dedicated car pool space.

        In response to a question from Council, Judy Rogers, Deputy City
   Manager, advised management is comfortable with the current Collective
   Agreement and feels any pay parking decision could be defended if
   challenged in Court.

        Paul Faoro, 1st Vice President, CUPE Local 15, on behalf of the
   Union, discussed his concerns with the report.  He noted the language in
   the Collective Agreement for CUPE Local 15 is similar to that of Langara
   College, where a recent Arbitration Award for paid parking was decided
   in the Union s favour.  As legal proceedings are not yet complete, he
   urged Council not make a decision on pay parking prior to resolution of
   the Langara issue. Mr. Faoro, also stated the report s recommendations
   do nothing to reduce auto emissions as no turn down in cars was
   anticipated when estimating parking revenues.

        He further noted employees are urged to use alternative modes of
   travel, but the report offers no alternatives nor incentives.  A
   comprehensive plan was called for, with data and information on travel
   methods used by those employees who are not single occupant vehicle
   users.  Reference was made to the Seattle U-Pass system, VGH incentives
   and the G.V.R.D. s parking program.  Mr. Faoro cited the compressed work
   week as the biggest City reducer of daily traffic, and highlighted the
   need to make car poolers exempt from any parking fee.  He concluded key
   components for reducing auto use are not provided in the staff report
   and CUPE is willing to look at, and participate in, a complete proposal
   that would encourage alternatives to single-occupant vehicle use for
   City employees.

        Jim Anderson, Shop Steward, CUPE Local 15, (brief filed)
   highlighted the following issues and concerns:

       creation of car pool space has not resulted in any increase in car
        pools for 2  years
       the quoted market value of pay parking along the Central Broadway
        corridor is not comparable to the City Hall precinct
       the report makes no reference to a resident permit parking fee
        report approved by Council on April 22, which sets the value of
        parking adjacent  the Central Broadway area at approximately $200        per year or $16.66 per month
       a number of discrepancies were highlighted in projected pay-parking
        revenue figures
       the report does not recommend senior staff pay fair market value
        for their reserved parking spaces

        Mr. Anderson expressed the hope these issues would be addressed and
   presented to the Union for review.

        After hearing the foregoing delegations, some Council members felt
   further review  of this matter was required.
    
   The following motion by Cllr. Chiavario was put and lost.

        THAT this matter be deferred.

                                           - LOST

   (Cllrs. Bellamy, Clarke, Daniel Lee, Don Lee, Price, Puil, Sullivan and
   the Mayor opposed.)

        Discussion continued briefly, and again Council members expressed
   the need for a report back from staff to include further
   study/clarification on:

   -    cash flow and numbers discussed in both the Administrative Report
        dated February 11, 1997, and the brief submitted by Mr. Anderson,
        CUPE Local 15
   -    comparable parking rates on other sites in the Mount Pleasant area
   -    how the issue compares to the Langara situation
   -    further details on the tax deductibility issue for Councillors and
        Form 2200

        The following motion by Mayor Owen was put and carried.  The
   Committee, therefore,

   RECOMMENDED

        THAT this whole matter be deferred to allow for further study.

                                      - CARRIED

                   (Cllrs. Bellamy, Price and Puil opposed.)

                      The meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

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