Series consists of the supporting documents to the Special Council meeting minutes, those pertaining to public hearings held to provide for an adjudication process to any applications for change to the comprehensive and detailed Zoning and Development By-law, which regulates building requirements.
The series is related to the zoning and rezoning process called for by the British Columbia Town Planning Act of 1925, which required that amendments to zoning by-laws called for by citizens be heard by local councils in the format of a public hearing. In Vancouver, the Town Planning Commission was established in 1926, and the first Zoning By-law was passed in 1928. Now called the Zoning and Development By-law, it has been amended hundreds of times over the years. The 1925 Town Planning Act (and subsequently the Vancouver Charter) also called for the establishment of an appeal body subsequent to the decisions of the public hearings, called the Zoning By-law Board of Appeal (later called the Zoning Board of Appeal, and later still, the Board of Variance), which consisted of representatives appointed by the Province's Lieutenant-Governor and the City of Vancouver.
Records include additional copies of relevant Council minutes (official copies filed in series 31, Council minutes), departmental submissions, citizens' petitions and letters, lists of citizens wishing to speak at public hearings, public response summaries, etc. Arranged chronologically by hearing date.
Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Clerk