December 14, 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.

Third Quarter Operational Plan
Council received the Third Quarter Operational Plan report on the City’s activities and accomplishments from July 1 to September 30, 2017, in addition to the Third Quarter report from the Victoria Police Department. Read the reports.

Climate Leadership Plan – Draft for Public Comment
Council approved the draft Climate Leadership Plan and asked staff to engage with the community for feedback and input. Staff will report back to Council on June 1, 2018 with a final Climate Leadership Plan and a long-term funding strategy and program update. Read the report and view the draft plan.  

Single-Use Checkout Bag Regulation – Draft Bylaw Feedback
City Council passed first, second and third reading of the proposed Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw and will consider it for adoption at the January 11, 2018, Council meeting. Informed by input from local businesses, the new bylaw is proposed to take effect July 1, 2018. Early next year, the City will launch a multi-faceted awareness campaign following the adoption of the bylaw to prepare businesses, residents, and tourists for the regulation and to help transition from plastic to reusable bags. The City will also work with local businesses to develop a Business Toolkit, with resources for communicating with employees and customers about the new bylaw. An allocation of $30,000 from the 2017 surplus is to be included in the 2018 financial plan for engagement and education programs. Read the report.

Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan (2018 – 2022)
Council approved the Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan that will guide the City’s investment in arts and culture over the next five years. Also approved was the Implementation Framework, which identifies key actions, timeframes, deliverables and metrics for evaluation. The Create Victoria Advisory Group’s term was extended to December 2018 to advise staff and Council on the first year of implementation. Read the report, the Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan and Implementation Framework.

Public Realm Waterfront Designs – Revised Plan and Interim Phasing
Council approved updated designs for public spaces surrounding the Johnson Street Bridge. A budget of $650,000 from under-budget or cancelled 2017 projects will be reallocated to the 2018 Financial Plan to complete four areas – Triangle Island, Janion Plaza, Johnson Street traffic median, and the Esquimalt and Harbour Road intersection. The Triangle Island area will include an interactive sculpture developed by the City’s Artist in Residence Luke Ramsey in collaboration with Indigenous Artist in Residence Lindsay Delaronde. Plans also include a Vic West waterfront park (at the former ‘S-curve’ lands). Staff were asked to report back on the rationale and implications of amending the Development Cost Charges Bylaw to fund the park at the estimated construction cost of $3 million. Council also approved the revised design for the Northern Junk plaza.

The Accessibility Working Group will be asked to provide input on the proposed designs, and staff will work with the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations to identify opportunities to incorporate local Indigenous elements and recognize the history of the Lekwungen Peoples on these lands. Read the report and view the design concepts and the Triangle Island public art concept.

Project Update on Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project
Council received an update on the Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project. The project remains in the “pre-construction” phase. HCMA Architecture + Design has been awarded the contract to provide architectural and engineering services. HCMA will lead the next phase of planning for the new facility, which includes further community engagement to develop a detailed design and construction schedule. Read the report.  

Direction to Consult on Official Community Plan Amendments to Align with Proposed Victoria West Neighbourhood Plan
Staff will consult with those affected by the proposed amendments in the Official Community Plan (OCP) through online consultation and a public open house on January 20 on the proposed Victoria West Neighbourhood Plan. The proposed OCP amendments will also be referred to the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, requesting they provide any cultural or historical context to inform the plan, as well as to the Township of Esquimalt and School District 61. The associated bylaws will also be updated. A public hearing will be scheduled where the OCP amendments will be considered.

Bicycle Master Plan Implementation – Phase 1 AAA Network Update
Council asked staff to amend the draft 2018 financial plan to add $3 million to the budget for the Wharf, Humboldt and Cook Street Phase 1 bike lane corridors, with funding coming from the Gas Tax Reserve and the 2017 Engineering and Public Works budget. Phase 1 of these AAA network corridors is to be implemented in 2018. In the second quarter of 2018, staff will provide a proposed funding strategy for implementation of Phases 2-4 of the Bike Master Plan, which are to be completed by 2022. Staff will also report back to Council at the 60% design phase for all remaining areas of Phase 1 corridors. During design, accessibility considerations will be addressed. Read the report.

Witness Reconciliation Program 2018 Budget Allocation
Council agreed to forward a motion to the January 4, 2018 Committee of the Whole budget meeting to consider any unspent funds from the 2017 Witness Reconciliation Program be rolled over into 2018, and that an additional $50,000 be allocated for the program in 2018, funded by the 2017 surplus. Three City family council members will provide a short summary for City Council on the work undertaken in 2017 towards Reconciliation. Learn more.

North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) Supporting Motion
Council supported, in principle, a bid by the local First Nations for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), contingent on sustained funding from the provincial and federal governments, as set out by the bid requirements.  Once this funding has been confirmed, the City will enter into conversation with the Host Nation about details on the City’s administrative, in-kind and/or financial support. The Songhees Nation is working with other south Vancouver Island First Nations on a bid to host the 2020 North American Indigenous Games, one of the largest sporting and cultural gatherings of Indigenous Peoples in North America. The Games provide Indigenous youth ages 13-19 an opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities through 14 sports and to celebrate their heritage through numerous cultural events. Learn more.

Rezoning Application for 475 Gorge Road East
At a public hearing, Council did not support an application to rezone 475 Gorge Road East to allow for the retail sale of cannabis.

Rezoning Application for 603 Gorge Road East
At a public hearing, Council approved an application to rezone 603 Gorge Road East to allow for the retail sale of cannabis, pending the registration of the required legal document.

Update on Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances Application for 1201 Fort Street and 1050 Pentrelew Place
Council asked staff to prepare the necessary bylaws and Official Community Plan amendment to forward this application to a public hearing. Read the report.

Presentation: CRD Clover Point Pump Station and Dallas Road Forcemain Project Update
The CRD provided Council an update on the Clover Point Pump Station and Dallas Road Forcemain Project. The station will be upgraded and expanded as part of the Wastewater Treatment Project. Council requested that the CRD Project Team work with City staff to soften the interface between the lower foreshore walkway at Clover Point and the loading bays/retaining wall, to better align with this waterfront park. The quality of materials and design need to be improved for the lower foreshore walkway so that it serves as a functional pedestrian walkway in the waterfront park. The plan will be shared with the Accessibility Working Group for input. Read the report.  

Animal Responsibility Bylaws
City staff will report back at the next quarterly update on the resource implications of updating the City’s current Animal Control Bylaw and Vehicle for Hire Bylaws. View the report.

Protecting Local Waterways and Wild Fish Species
Council endorsed a resolution for protecting local waterways and wild fish species for consideration at the 2018 annual meeting of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC). Staff will forward this resolution to the First Nations governments on Vancouver Island and local governments belonging to the AVICC to request favourable consideration. Staff will submit the City’s resolution by December 15 to Fisheries and Oceans Canada as part of the input on the draft Wild Salmon Policy Implementation Plan. Learn more.

Advocacy to Shift Investment to Low Emissions Transportation
On behalf of Council, the Mayor will write to the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of British Columbia, requesting that they fully implement their commitment in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change in the transportation sector, to shift investments “from higher to lower-emitting types of transportation” within the Capital Regional District. This letter will be forwarded to the CRD and member municipalities, and copied to the federal and provincial ministers responsible for climate action, infrastructure and transportation. Learn more.

Endorsing the Communities on the Move Declaration
Council endorsed the Communities on the Move declaration with the provision that Council has some reservations about setting an annual amount. This endorsement will be communicated in a letter from the Mayor to the BC Healthy Living Alliance. Learn more.