Council is back in Chambers for their first regular meeting under the “Committee of the Whole System” aka COTW. If you aren’t familiar with COTW, essentially the old Committees have been dissolved and now all of Council will consider most matters together.
Their first agenda is quite full, 408 pages worth of material to be considered and as with any new change in governance structure, there may be a bit of a learning curve with the new Procedural By-Law that was passed earlier this week.
It was a long Special Meeting of Council on Tuesday night starting at 5PM. After some debate back and forth on the new Procedural By-Law (governing how Town meetings are to be carried out), Council took up the main course… a reconsideration of a settlement agreement for Century Condos downtown.
It was a rather long “Special Meeting” on Thursday evening where Council took up the matter of the proposed Century Condos downtown. It’s been a long r̶o̶a̶d̶ laneway since this development was first made public in 2018.
With Council not satisfied with what was brought forth at the August 17th regular meeting, it was sent back for more deliberations between the Town’s Planners and the developer, and presumably their legal teams. Thursday night saw a revised proposal that cut a few units from the last proposal and did some shuffling around to change parking numbers.
After the previous Monday’s meeting failed to reach a decision on a “settlement agreement” for the proposed Century Condos, Council will be back in session tomorrow night at 5:30PM to decide if the slightly revised proposal is any better.
There has been some minor changes to the last offering but as per the Planning Department’s “Moving Forward” PowerPoint presentation for tomorrow night’s meeting… the “building form remains unchanged”.
Given that Monday’s night regular Council meeting was a marathon event, starting at 5:30PM and ending at roughly 12:45 AM, some readers might not have the inclination to spin through about 7 hours of the recording to see what interests them.
While the meeting was long, hopefully this summary can be kept short… but no promises are being made. The recorded stream can be found at: https://vimeo.com/448679720
Just like July’s late-nighter Council meeting, this Monday’s meeting looks to be a repeat performance with a lengthy agenda with items of substance. Highlights of the agenda include the deferred Integrity Commissioner reports and a “settlement agreement” for Century Condos downtown.
In contrast to the much shorter and light Council meetings recently, this Monday’s upcoming (Zoom) meeting looks like it will be a marathon. Three delegations, 6 Integrity Commissioner reports , 16 Staff reports, 2 closed sessions. Do not forget Correspondence and New Business!
Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting items…
Unlike the past two meetings where Council has seen a “lite” version of an Agenda, this Monday’s proceedings looks like it’s going to be a long night, given it’s 5:30 PM start. If variety is your thing, then this Agenda is just for you.
While Tuesday’s meeting was short and thin on content to write about in contrast to more recent sittings of Council, it almost finished without any of interruptions that have permeated the meetings of late. That was until the “New Business” section of the agenda…
While it may have looked like the old gameshow “Hollywood Squares” on your TV, Council got down to business as best as it could by embracing technology to advance the business of the Town in these challenging times.
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