November 24, 2016

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

Cook and Oliphant Rezoning Application
A date of December 8 has been set for a Public Hearing on the rezoning application and development permit application with variance at 1041 Oliphant and 212-220 Cook Street. The proposed application would allow for a five story 53 unit mixed used development.

701 Belleville Street Rezoning Application
Council voted to send the proposed development at 701 Belleville Street to Public Hearing, provided a number of criteria are met, including more discussion between staff and applicant regarding pedestrian improvements and the importance of nearby intersections including Belleville and Blanshard, and Belleville and Douglas.

This proposed development would allow for a 15 storey mixed-use building. The building would include seniors’ residential use on the upper storeys and commercial uses on the ground floor. A date for the Public Hearing will be set once all the criteria have been met. 

Regulatory Changes to Secondary Suites
The City will be removing a set of regulations governing the development of secondary suites from the Zoning Regulation Bylaw to make it easier for homeowners to construct legal secondary suites in single family dwellings. With these changes, homeowners will now be permitted to make exterior changes to their home, including lifting the building more than 0.6m if required, prior to building a suite. Smaller homes will also now eligible for secondary suites. At this time, only one rental suite remains permitted in any single family development. Staff will also be creating programs and events to assist homeowners in developing legal suites or bringing existing suites into compliance. 

Victoria Housing Reserve Fund Program Update
Council asked staff to update the Victoria Housing Reserve Fund Guidelines, to increase the amount of money provided to developers who are creating affordable rental housing.