May 10, 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

Public Hearing: 425 Oswego Street – Rezoning and Development Permit Application
Following a public hearing, Council approved an application to permit a single family dwelling on an existing undersized lot, with variances for building height, front yard setback, rear yard setback, and side yard setback.

Public Hearing: Victoria West Neighbourhood Plan
Following a public hearing, Council approved the Victoria West Neighbourhood Plan and associated Official Community Plan bylaw amendments. Council also directed staff to work with the residents of Robert Street in that neighbourhood in the creation of a heritage conservation area, and to use the information and experience from the Robert Street process to inform a city-wide policy. 

Public Hearing: 71 and 75 Montreal Street – Development Permit Application
Following a public hearing, Council approved an application to rezone the property to allow construction of a two-storey, 12 unit strata apartment building.

Collaboration for School Crossing Guard Program
The Mayor will write, on behalf of Council, to the School District 61 Board of Education requesting that the District work with the City of Victoria to develop a comprehensive crossing guard solution to address both short-term and long-term needs.

External Grant Review Committee 
The External Grant Review Committee, comprised of five members of the public with specific expertise and interest in key Strategic Plan areas, presented their recommendations on the City’s 2018 Strategic Plan grant disbursements to Council. Council voted to approve the committee’s recommendation, awarding $506,500 in Strategic Plan Grants to 55 organizations in the city.

CRD Wastewater Treatment Project Community Amenity
Council has directed staff to allocate a $100,000 amenity contribution from the CRD’s Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee to enhance a multi-use pathway through a portion of Beacon Hill Park, running from Heywood Avenue to Bridge Way and on Douglas Street connecting James Bay and Fairfield, following public consultation led by the James Bay Neighbourhood Association and Fairfield Gonzales Community Association.

Rezoning Application for 1303 Fairfield Road
Council declined to send this application to Public Hearing, and referred this project back to staff to work with the applicant to address height and massing concerns identified by the neighbourhood and to more adequately address the transition to the surrounding properties.