November 22, 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. 

 

PUBLIC HEARING: 1046-1048 North Park Street (North Park)
Council approved a rezoning and development permit with variances application to construct a rest home with 34 new residential units. Click here to learn more. 

OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: 2501 Blanshard Street (Hillside-Quadra)
Council approved a development permit with variances application to construct 21 affordable homes for Indigenous women, with 24/7 support services. The new modular housing is a partnership between the Government of BC, the City of Victoria, Atira Women’s Resource Society and the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness. Click here to learn more. 

PUBLIC HEARING: 840 Fort Street (Harris Green)
Council approved a heritage designation application to designate the exterior of the building at 840 Fort Street as protected heritage property. Click here to learn more. 

Rezoning and Development Permit Application for 926 and 932 Pandora Avenue
An application for a rezoning to allow a 10-storey mixed-use building consisting of approximately 150 residential units with ground floor commercial and five townhouses will proceed to a public hearing at a future Council meeting. Click here to learn more. 

Interim Inclusionary Housing and Density Bonus Policy Update
Council provided additional clarification on interim measures for housing affordability until the Inclusionary Housing and Density Bonus Policy is brought back for Council consideration in March 2019. Ahead of final policy adoption, staff have been directed to negotiate with developers for inclusive housing or cash-in-lieu on all residential strata rezoning applications with more than 10 units. Click here to learn more. 

Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project Update
The City will move forward with exploring the potential to build a new, larger project on the parking lot of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Council directed staff to also complete the design development work for the current project, planned for the southwest corner of Central Park. Council reaffirmed their support for replacing the Crystal Pool facility with a modern centre that will meet the needs of all ages and abilities as well as meet climate leadership goals, and to avoid a closure of the existing facility. The new proposed location would result in increased green space in Central Park and offer opportunities to include more community amenities as part of the project. The City will continue to explore all potential funding sources to create a project that will serve the community for generations to come.  Read more on the motion here and visit the project website here.

Council made an additional decision regarding the Royal Athletic Park parking lot. The City will explore opportunities that may exist for affordable housing, park space, child care, parking and other complementary uses. Click here to learn more. 

Increased Licenced Capacity at 1140 Government Street (The Churchill)
After the City conducted a review with respect to noise and community impacts, Council directed staff to write to the Liquor Licensing Agency to provide support and issuance of the license for the application of the Churchill to increase the capacity form 90 to 127 patrons. Click here to learn more

2019-2023 Draft Financial Plan
The 2019 Draft Financial Plan was received by Council. Following first reading of the Financial Plan Bylaw, anticipated in mid-December, public consultation will open including a survey and a Budget Town Hall to be held in January 2019.Clickhereto review the Financial Plan. 

Adopt and Consistently Apply the Definition of Affordable Housing
The City of Victoria will define affordable housing as housing where the price does not exceed 30% of the gross annual household income for very-low, low, low-to-moderate, and moderate incomes. This definition will be applied in the review of development applications to distinguish from units that are defined as below market. Staff will notify Council about the number of affordable units in each rezoning proposal as well as for which income brackets the affordable units are targeted. 

Staff will report on a quarterly basis:

  • The number of non-profit affordable rental housing units created or under construction
  • The number of for-profit affordable rental housing units and the number of affordable home ownership created or under construction
  • The combined number of affordable housing units created or under construction and which income brackets the affordable units are targeted.

Staff will report back will recommendations on other improvements on other improvements to data gathering and reporting on affordable housing. Click here to learn more. 

Extreme Weather Mats for 1240 Yates Street
Council approved use of the City-owned building at 1240 Yates Street, which currently houses My Place Shelter, as a tier 2 location for 15 additional mats for the Extreme Weather Protocol for the November 2018-April 2019 season. Click here to learn more. 

Improving Governance and Transparency
Council endorsed several best practices in governance and transparency:

  • Council member voting and attendance dashboard, retroactive to the beginning of the Council term
  • Publish Council member annual Financial Disclosure Statements online
  • Improve proactive disclosure of closed Council meetings, as soon as the need for confidentiality has ceased to exist
  • Publish information on Council member expenses on a quarterly basis
  • Continue to publish Council Highlights following Council meetings to make information on key Council decisions accessible to the general public
  • Provide clear and accessible Summaries of Financial Information in the Annual Report and in annual financial planning documents and provide links to this information on the City’s website 

Council directed staff to report back with recommendations for the timely implementation of each of these items and include information on any financial implications. Click here to learn more. 

Bylaw Adoption: Bylaw for Cannabis Retail Store Licensing Consultation Policy and Fee
Council adopted the Cannabis Retail Store Licensing Consultation Policy and Fee Bylaw, which establishes a process for the City to provide a recommendation to the Provincial Government for a cannabis retail store licence application referral, and to establish fees. The Cannabis-Related Business Regulation Bylaw will be amended to align with the Province of British Columbia’s Cannabis Control and Licensing Act. Click here to learn more.