December 13, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUBLIC HEARING: 2616 to 2626 Douglas Street (Burnside)
Council approved rezoning the property at 2616 to 2626 Douglas Street as a first step to allow for the retail sale of cannabis. Click here to learn more. For more information about cannabis retail regulations, visit the cannabis business webpage.
PUBLIC HEARING: 1541 to 1545 Fort Street (Rockland)
Council approved rezoning the property at 1541 to 1545 Fort Street as a first step to allow for the retail sale of cannabis. Click here to learn more. For more information about cannabis retail regulations, visit the cannabis business webpage.
PUBLIC HEARING: 475 Gorge Road East (Burnside)
Council approved rezoning the property at 475 Gorge Road East as a first step to allow for the retail sale of cannabis. Click here to learn more. For more information about cannabis retail regulations, visit the cannabis business webpage.
Rezoning, OCP Amendment, Development Permit with Variances application: 1303 Fairfield Road (Fairfield)
An application to build a new four-storey mixed-use building with rental apartments, retail space and a church sanctuary will move forward to a public hearing at a future meeting of Council. Click here to learn more.
Accessible Parking Requirements
With recent provincial changes, the City of Victoria will continue to maintain the previous provincial standards for accessible parking requirements on an interim basis while City staff develop new stronger accessible parking standards for the City of Victoria. Click here to learn more.
Climate Action Leadership
Council directed staff to report back on options for expediting implementation of the Climate Leadership Plan. Click here to learn more.
Draft Strategic Plan 2019-2022
Council approved moving the draft Strategic Plan forward for public input. The plan will guide City priorities over the next four years. Click here to learn more about opportunities to provide feedback on the draft Strategic Plan.
Draft Financial Plan 2019
Council gave first reading to the Draft Financial Plan and approved moving it forward for public input. Click here to complete the budget survey and learn about opportunities to provide feedback the draft 2019 Financial Plan.
Increasing Provincial Funds for Mental Health and Addiction Services
The Mayor, on behalf of the City of Victoria, will write to the Province of BC, asking that the Province increase funds for mental health and addictions services across BC. Click here to learn more.
Creating a City-Wide Childcare Action Plan
Council will work with the community to develop a city-wide childcare action plan to increase access to childcare for families in neighbourhoods across the city. Click here to learn more.
City of Victoria Third Quarter Update
Council received a quarterly update and progress report from the City Manager regarding the City of Victoria activities and accomplishments contained in the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. Council also received a quarterly update from Victoria Police Department. Click here to learn more.
Residential Rental Tenure Zoning
As part of the City’s ongoing housing initiatives, Council approved implementing a number of rental tenure zoning initiatives. As a first step, staff will begin work to amend the City’s zoning bylaws to enable rental tenure zoning in Victoria and develop regulations that would apply to secondary suites and garden suites, and rezoning applications proposing new purpose-built rental units, including projects seeking bonus density for on-site affordable rental units as a community amenity contribution. Staff will report back to Council in February 2019 with a work plan for implementing rental tenure zoning for existing purpose-built rental housing in Victoria. The City will also participate in a rental tenure zoning research project lead by the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. Click here to learn more.
Supplying Land for Affordable Housing
Council approved additional resources to advance options for supplying land for affordable housing. The City will work with key partners to explore how the City can support the creation of more affordable housing projects. Click here to learn more
Commemorative Plaque in Old Town
Council approved the request from Parks Canada to install a commemorative plaque at the intersection of Government, Wharf and Humboldt Streets, to celebrate the federal designation of Victoria’s Old Town as a National Historic Event that took shape during Victoria’s rise to prominence in the mid-19th century. Click here to learn more.
Short-Term Rental Enforcement
Council approved an amendment to the Ticket Bylaw for short-term rentals and will move forward with enforcement for those operating without a business licence. Click here to learn more. Visit the short-term rental webpage to learn more about short-term rental regulations.
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