April 27, 2017

Council Highlights provide a snapshot of the progress made on City programs, initiatives and on Council decision-making. For more information on each initiative, please visit the accompanying link where noted. We welcome anyone who would like to receive Council Highlights to email us at engage@victoria.ca.

Victoria Housing Strategy Implementation – Secondary Suites
The City has made it easier for homeowners to build secondary suites by removing restrictions in zoning that limited the amount of exterior changes that could be made to a building containing a secondary suite. These zoning changes will increase the number of properties eligible for secondary suites while still maintaining livability, safety and affordability. Read the staff report here.

Not Passed - Proposed Motion on a 15% Tax on Non-Resident Speculative Home Buyers
Council has declined to request the Government of British Columbia apply the 15% Additional Property Transfer Tax to purchases of residential real-estate by non-resident foreign entities within the Capital Region or the City of Victoria.

Downtown Parking Stands
The City of Victoria has a number of parking stands in the downtown core, specifically around the Inner Harbour, that are currently allocated to motor vehicle sightseeing vehicles. Council has agreed to amend the Vehicles for Hire Bylaw to allow human-powered sightseeing vehicles that are not pedicabs or rickshaws use these stands. In addition, Parking Stand 3 has been allocated for the use of The Rolling Barrel and Little Urban Vehicles, subject to proof of licensing.

Adoption of Visual Victoria Wayfinding Strategy
The City has adopted the Visual Victoria wayfinding strategy which  aims to contribute to a memorable and positive image of Victoria based on its rich history and vision for the future, while enhancing its unique identity and supporting walkability, accessibility and usability. The strategy  includes a three-year implementation plan that lays out the type and number of signs by general location based on an approved budget of $152,000 for 2017, and a forecasted budget of $100,000 for 2018. Staff will also work with the Songhees Nation and Esquimalt Nation to explore opportunities to incorporate Lekwungen place-naming as part of the implementation of the wayfinding strategy.