March 23, 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

Victoria Fire Department Headquarters Replacement Project
Council approved allocating $35.9 million from the City's Debt Reduction Reserve for the procurement of a new Fire Department Headquarters to be located at a new parcel fronting Johnson Street, near Cook Street.  A new Victoria public safety building will be built downtown under an agreement reached with local developer Dalmatian Developments Limited Partnership, a Jawl Residential and Nadar Holdings Ltd. Venture.   The new facility will house fire and rescue services and Victoria’s first purpose built Emergency Operations Centre.  In addition, BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) has agreed to lease 3,200 square-feet of space from the City to operate a stand-alone facility for paramedics and four ambulances under a planned 20-year co-service agreement.  The agreement is subject to Dalmatian Developments bringing their overall project through the rezoning process, which includes the construction of the new public safety building. 

Project Update: Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project
The Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project is currently in the pre-construction, stakeholder engagement and design phase. Feedback from the community, along with best practices and trends in aquatic and recreation centre design, will advance the building and site design toward construction-ready documents later this year. 

Fairfield & Gonzales Neighbourhood Plans
City Council provided guidance to staff on changes to the neighbourhood plans and the engagement process for both Fairfield and Gonzales.

Based on Council direction, the City of Victoria will be engaging further on Cook Street Village, Ross Bay Village (Fairfield Plaza) and the gentle density model in both neighbourhoods.

David Foster Harbour Pathway Extension – Johnson Street Bridge Underpass
Council has directed staff to finalize detailed designs and proceed with procurement and construction of the proposed Johnson Street Bridge Underpass. A project budget has been set at $544,000 for the extension of the David Foster Harbour Pathway under the new Johnson Street Bridge, consisting of $444,000 from the Harbour Pathway Capital Budget from the deferred pedestrian bridges and $100,000 contribution from the Trans Canada Trail Foundation.

National Cycling Strategy.
Council has requested that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) advocate to the Federal government to create a National Cycling Strategy to advance cycling and active transportation across Canada.

Victoria Housing Fund Application for the North Park Manor at 875 North Park Street
Council has approved a $30,000 Victoria Housing Fund grant to the North Park Manor Society to assist in the construction of three bachelor units of housing for low and medium income seniors at North Park Manor.

Updated Emergency Plan
Council approved recommendations regarding the updated Emergency Plan which reflects legislation governing emergency planning in British Columbia.

2018 Micro Grant Applications
Council approved $3,500 in 2018 Micro Grant funding for seven urban agriculture projects.

Festival Investments Grant 2018 Allocations
The 2018 Festival Investment Grant applications were approved for a total of $222,380 cash grants and in-kind grants of up to $107,000 including the $15,000 in-kind contribution for Car Free Day previously approved by Council.

Annual Parking Services Review
Council approved recommendations regarding the annual parking services review including an increase in daily maximum rates for parkades to take effect June 1, 2018.  Daily maximums for Centennial, Johnson, View and Broughton parkades will be $16.  The daily maximum for the Yates Street Parkade will be $17.50.

Sightseeing Vehicle Parking Stands- Management Review Update
Council directed staff to amend the procurement process and approved a new fee structure for the allocation of bus sightseeing stands, with incentives towards zero emission.

Parking Stand Allocations for Horse Drawn Carriages
Council approved extending for five years the parking stand allocation for horse drawn carriage parking stands designated under the Vehicles for Hire Bylaw.

Street Vending Review Project
Council agreed to extend the seasonal bicycle street vending pilot program for 2018, to run from May 1 to December 31 and extend the limit to stay in one place to one hour.

Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances Application for 540 Discovery Street and 2000 & 2010 Government Street
Council approved an application for a tasting room and relocation of liquor retail sales area for Phillips Brewing.

Rezoning Application and Development Permit Application for 323 Skinner Street
Following a Public Hearing, Council approved an application for a childcare centre with capacity for up to 32 children in Vic West.

Rezoning Application for 2612 Bridge Street (Burnside)
Council declined the rezoning of the property located at 2612 Bridge Street to allow for the retail sale of cannabis.