March 23, 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

Enforcement of Cannabis Related Business Bylaw and the Zoning Regulation Bylaw
The City will commence legal proceedings to enforce provisions of City bylaws in relation to any cannabis-related businesses that are operating without a valid business licence or that have not applied for a rezoning where required; and any business permitting consumption of cannabis on the premises contrary to the Cannabis Related Business Regulation Bylaw.

“Good Jobs + Good Business = Better Community” Mayor’s Task Force on Social Enterprise and Social Procurement Draft Action Plan
Council adopted the Good Jobs + Good Business = Better Community Action Plan produced by the Mayor's Task Force on Social Enterprise and Social Procurement with an amendment to include ‘recent immigrants’ to the group of people who are un- or underemployed and would be the strategic focus to create employment opportunities to address the labour shortage in the region. The plan will be finalized and available on the City’s website next week. 

Single-Use Plastic Retail Bag Reduction Project - Proposed 'Roadmap'
From April to September 2017, the City will work with the community to explore ways to reduce single-use plastic retail bag use, which will include stakeholder workshops for business, industry, advocate and resident groups to share their unique perspectives related to future bag reduction regulations; working with business stakeholders to promote a set of voluntary commitments / pledges to reduce retail bag use such as detailed reporting of bag usage, improved signage and education, retail bag take-back programs, reusable bag donation centres, and voluntary bag fee/ban actions; and developing and implementing a design competition for a City of Victoria sustainable reusable retail bag, with a financial reward of $2,000 to be funded through the solid waste management budget.

Staff will report back to Council in October 2017 with a draft bylaw prior to the final opportunity for public comment on the issue of single-use plastic retail bag reduction regulations. The City will work with the CRD to draft a model bylaw for a phased in ban of plastic bags that could be adopted by Councils across the region. An opportunity for public comment will be held in November before the model bylaw is considered for adoption. 

Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project Quarterly Update
Council received the quarterly update on the Johnson Street Bridge Replacement project for information. This is the first quarterly report for 2017, with the next one scheduled in June. Work on the steel fabrication continues at two locations in China. Onsite activities include roadworks and the new sidewalk that opened on the southwest corner of Harbour and Esquimalt Roads, providing increased access to the public. An additional cycle ramp from the pedestrian bridge to the eastbound bridge lanes, which will enhance cycle traffic flow, is under design and handrails are currently under fabrication. The fendering design process continues. The current budget is $105 million and there will be two more planned budget increase requests for fendering and public realm work. The bridge is scheduled to be open to traffic by the end of December 2017, with project completion by March 31, 2018.                                                                               

Ship Point Master Plan Process
The City will develop concepts for Ship Point that reflect Victoria's history, support other waterfront planning initiatives and align with City policies. The concepts, which will focus on features including the public use of the site, attractive park spaces and economic development, will be shared with the community this summer for input. Staff will report back as part of the plan with a proposed budget, funding options, and an implementation plan.

Public Hearing for Rezoning of 2330 Richmond Road
A public hearing was held on the rezoning of 2330 Richmond Road. Council approved the rezoning application and development permit to allow for a seven unit, three-storey multi-family residential development. All related bylaws were adopted.