August 9, 2018
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Special Council Meeting: August 2, 2018
PUBLIC HEARING: Rezoning Application for 230 Cook Street
Council approved an application for the retail sale of cannabis at 230 Cook St. You can read more about this application here.
PUBLIC HEARING: Development Permit with Variance, 1622-1628 Store Street
Council approved an application to develop a 7 storey residential building with ground floor commercial. Learn more.
Council Meeting: August 9, 2018
PUBLIC HEARING: Rezoning Application, 3175-3177 Harriet Rd, 105 Burnside East.
Council approved this application for the retail sale of cannabis. Read more here.
PUBLIC HEARING: Rezoning Application, 930 Fort Street
Council approved an amendment to the amenity contribution to allocate funds to the housing reserve. The applicant also agreed to provide a housing agreement in order to guarantee that rentals in the building would not be prohibited. Final approval of the application was postponed until these additional conditions are finalized.You can read more here.
PUBLIC HEARING: Development Permit Application, 566, 568 and 570 Yates St.
Council approved this application to allow for residential use on the ground level. Read further.
South Island Prosperity Project Presentation
Council received its annual presentation from the South Island Prosperity Project. This is the economic development organization for Greater Victoria, comprised of 43 members, including the City of Victoria and nine other local governments, five First Nations, three post-secondary institutions, seven industry associations and non-profits, and 17 major employers, all working together to bolster our region’s economic and social prosperity. View the presentation to Council here and check out the South Island Prosperity Project’s 2017-2018 Impact Report here.
Commemorative Plaque in Irving Park
Council approved the installation of an historic plaque recognizing Mifflin Wistar Gibbs. Gibbs was a James Bay resident and local merchant, who served as a Victoria City Councillor from 1866 to 1869. In 2016, the City declared November 19 “Mifflin Wistar Gibbs Day” in honour of Gibbs becoming the first black person elected to public office in British Columbia the same day in 1866. Read Mifflin Wistar Gibbs' biography and more about this commemoration here.
Victoria Housing Fund Application
Council approved a grant to the Victoria Cool Aid Society to assist in the construction of 50 new affordable apartments at 210 Gorge Road East. Learn more about this project here.
Pilot Dog Leash-Optional Areas Report Back
After receiving a report on the pilot dog leash-optional area in Fisherman's Wharf Park, Oaklands Park, and Barnard Park, Council decided to extend the pilot project for two years and extend the hours to be from 6:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Learn more.
Funding for School Crossing Guard Program
After receiving a report on this program, amendments will be made to the 2018 Financial Plan Bylaw to provide funding in the amount of $27,725 to the Greater Victoria Crossing Guards Association to cover costs associated with the School Crossing Guard Program for the remainder of 2018. Learn more here.
Funding for the Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission
The Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission was awarded an additional $25,000 from the City's 2018 corporate contingency funds. In addition, Council also directed staff to consider alternative funding options during the 2019 City budget and asked the commission report to Council in 2019 on the economic impact of the film commission in the City of Victoria. Learn more here.
Victoria 2020 Francophone Games
Council approved financial support up to $50,000 for the 2020 Francophone Games which will be held in Victoria. This is the first time this national event has been hosted in B.C. More than 1,000 competitors, along with coaches, family members and supporters are expected from across the country. Review the update on these plans here.
Support for a National Strategy to Combat Plastic Pollution
The Mayor, on behalf of Council, will write to the federal Minister of Environment to express support for Bill M-151, A National Strategy to Combat Plastic Pollution. Read more here.
City Family Report
In 2017, the City of Victoria began a journey of Truth and Reconciliation with the Lekwungen peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose homeland the city stands. City Council created the Witness Reconciliation Program and appointed a City Family made up of members of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, other urban Indigenous people, the Mayor and select City Council members. Following a year long process of deliberation, conversation and truth-sharing, the City Family determined that to show progress on the path of reconciliation the City should remove the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald from the front doors of City Hall. Council approved the City Family’s request and the statue will be removed on August 11 and stored safely in a city facility. The public will be kept informed as the Witness Reconciliation Program unfolds, and as we work together as a community to recontextualize Macdonald in an appropriate way. To learn more about the City Family and the efforts being made by the City of Victoria around reconciliation visit: victoria.ca/reconciliation. You can read the City Family report to Council here.
Adoption of Bylaws:
Council adopted the following Bylaws:
- Park Regulation Bylaw, Amendment Bylaw (No. 9) No. 18-044:
The purpose of this bylaw is to amend the Parks Regulation Bylaw to prohibit overnight sheltering in environmentally and culturally sensitive areas, on Coffin Island and in the following parks: Reeson Park and Quadra Park.
- Bylaw for Tax Exemption for 888 Government Street and 811-813 Wharf Street
This bylaw will assist in the preservation and rehabilitation of a heritage building.
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