April 26, 2018

City of Victoria

Council Highlights – April 26, 2018

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.

2018 Financial Plan and 2018 Tax Rate
Council adopted the 2018 Budget and Five Year Financial Plan and set the 2018 Tax Rate. You can read the City’s Financial Plan here.  

Bylaw for Animal Responsibility
Council adopted the Animal Responsibility Bylaw. Council also directed staff to prepare an amendment to expand the definition for keeping female chickens to include other poultry or fowl.

Mayors’ Joint Report on Citizens’ Assembly on Amalgamation
On January 22, the Mayors of Victoria and Saanich wrote to the Honourable Selina Robinson,Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, requesting a meeting to seek the Province’s assistance to begin dialogue on establishing and funding a Citizens’ Assembly to study amalgamation of the two municipalities. Following that meeting, Council last night unanimously passed a motion that Victoria and Saanich hold a joint Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss what question both local governments will place on the October 20, 2018 municipal election ballot to ask voters if they want the municipalities to explore amalgamation through a Citizens’ Assembly and other studies. In its discussion of the motion, Council emphasized that this process is about gathering information, and does not presume any outcome. The date for the joint Committee meeting is still to be set.

Recommended Adoption of BC Energy Step Code
Council has adopted the BC Energy Step Code for new residential and commercial buildings following extensive industry consultation and directed staff to prepare bylaw amendments. This approach supports the City’s 2018 Climate Leadership Plan that sets out goals and targets for Low Carbon, High Performance Buildings. The adoption of the Step Code aligns with the City’s target that by 2030 all new buildings are net zero energy ready. Staff will also proceed with a sustainability checklist for rezoning and development permit application forms that reference Step Code requirements as well as other sustainable design elements that are reflective of City goals and policies.

Accessibility Projects
Council approved the allocation of $70,000 from the Accessibility Reserve Fund, for inclusion in the 2018 Financial Plan, in order to install audible/accessible pedestrian signals at several locations throughout the City. Council also recommitted to expediting accessibility improvements and completing the City’s Accessibility Framework in 2018. Staff will be meeting with the Accessibility Working Group to discuss accessibility improvements to the two Douglas Street bus stops and other improvements, and report back to Council.

Public Hearing: 1201 Fort Street and 1050 Pentrelew Place: Rezoning and Development Permit Variances Application
The public hearing for this application was reconvened, after an adjournment on April 12. This application is to construct a six-storey residential building, a four-storey residential building, and nine townhouse units. The public hearing was concluded at this meetingand Council will deliberate on the application at the May 3 Special Council meeting.

Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) Presentation & Budget
The DVBA’s 2018 budget presentation included a report on 2017 events, festival highlights, the work of the Clean Team, and the association’s plans for 2018.

Johnson Street Bridge Quarterly Update
Council received a report on Q1 regarding work to complete the Johnson Street Bridge which opened on March 31, 2018. Since that time the existing blue bridge steel span has been removed and sent for recycling. PCL has commenced excavation of the west side of the old bridge in order to form the basis for a new park area. 

Rezoning Application for 1007 Government Street and 604 Broughton Street
Council declined a rezoning application to allow for the retail sale of cannabis in an existing building.

Capital Regional District Royal McPherson Theatre Society Advisory Committee
Council approved the appointment of Councillor Loveday and Councillor Alto to the Royal McPherson Theatre Society Advisory Committee.


Support for the Francophone Games
Council has agreed in principle to support the 2020 Francophone Games and directed staff to explore opportunities and report back to Council.