October 4, 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: 2732 Doncaster Drive (Oaklands)
Council approved a Rezoning and Development Permit with Variances, an amendment to the Official Community Plan, and a Housing Agreement for a three-storey, multi-unit residential rental building. Click here to learn more.

OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: 515 Chatham Street (Downtown)
Council approved a Development Permit with Variance related to updated plans to construct a five-storey mixed-use development with 88 residential units and ground-floor commercial space. Click here to learn more.

PUBLIC HEARING: 210 Gorge Road East (Burnside)
A proposed development for the construction of a six-storey rental and supportive housing building has been referred back to staff to achieve better alignment with the local area plan, consider opportunities for ground-level commercial and increased parking, and better align the unit types with the regional Housing First program implementation. Click here to learn more.

Vancouver Island Intercommunity Business Licensing Proposal
Council directed staff to bring forward a bylaw establishing the City's participation in a Vancouver Island Inter-Community Business Licensing (ICBL) program. Starting in early 2019, the City of Victoria will be one of up to 24 municipalities partnering in this initiative which will make obtaining a business licence easier and less costly for some types of businesses looking to operate in multiple municipalities on Vancouver Island.  Click here to learn more.

National Zero Waste Council
As part of the City’s ongoing commitment to waste reduction, the City will submit an application for membership to the National Zero Waste Council and Victoria City Council will appoint a member of Council as the City’s representative to the National Zero Waste Council. Click here to learn more.

2501 Blanshard Street – Development Permit with Variance (Hillside-Quadra)
An application to construct 21 units of affordable housing will move forward to an opportunity for public comment at a future meeting of Council. Click here to learn more.

Approach to Updating Industrial Zoning in Rock Bay (Burnside)
Council directed staff to develop new industrial zones to align with land use policies for Rock Bay as outlined in the Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Plan. Staff will engage with the public and report back to Council with draft Rock Bay industrial zones and feedback collected through public engagement. Click here to learn more.

Victoria Housing Reserve Fund Program Update
As part of the City’s ongoing efforts to address affordable housing in Victoria and address the increase in applications the City has received to the Victoria Housing Reserve Fund, Council conditionally approved a number of updates to the fund guidelines. Beginning in 2019, two intake dates (March 31 and September 30) will allow applications to be evaluated concurrently. The fund will be updated to a tiered funding model, focus on projects located in Victoria, and require projects to adhere to the City’s new Tenant Assistance Policy. Council will consider increasing the fund amount from $250,000 to $1 million annually as part of the 2019 financial planning process. The guidelines will be finalized following input from non-profit housing providers. Click here to learn more.

Gonzales Neighbourhood Plan
Council decided to put the update to the Gonzales Neighbourhood Plan on hold and bring it back for discussion after the completion of all other neighbourhood plans.  The existing 2002 neighbourhood plan and the Official Community Plan will be referred to for proposed developments in the neighbourhood. Click here to learn more.

Heritage Designations
Three properties will proceed to an opportunity for public comment to be considered for heritage designation at a future meeting of Council:


645-651 Johnson Street – Heritage Alteration Permit (Downtown)
An application for a heritage alteration permit will proceed to an opportunity for public comment. Click here to learn more.

Council Meeting Voting Dashboard
Council approved the implementation of a voting dashboard for Council meetings that will show individual voting and attendance for Council decisions. The new dashboard will be implemented in the first quarter of 2019. Click here to learn more.

Update on the James Bay Library
Council received an update on the neighbourhood library branch in James Bay. Click here to learn more.

1400 Quadra Street (Harris Green)
An application for a rezoning, Official Community Plan amendment and development permit with Variances to build a 14-storey residential rental building with ground floor commercial will proceed to an opportunity for public comment at a future meeting of Council. Click here to learn more.

210 Kimta Road – Development Permit Application (Victoria West)
Council approved a development permit application to construct a 25-storey residential building with ground-floor commercial uses as part of the Roundhouse development project. Click here to learn more.

Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project and Central Park
Council directed staff to report back with information on the costs and benefits for a number of new options for siting the new Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre facility. Council also directed staff to work with the North Park Neighbourhood Association and others to develop an engagement process for Central Park. Staff will report back to Council on the implications and timing associated with completing this work. Click here to lean more.

Storage of Belongings for People Experiencing Homelessness
As part of the City’s commitment to support an inclusive community, Council approved the release of set aside funds to Our Place Society to build and manage a storage space in the Our Place Courtyard to provide daytime storage for individuals experiencing homelessness. Click here to learn more.


Adoption of Bylaws

Bylaw for Building and Plumbing Regulations
Council approved amendments to the City’s Bylaw for Building and Plumbing to provide for the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code. Beginning November 1, the City of Victoria will use the BC Energy Step Code (Step 1) to achieving more energy-efficient buildings. The BC Energy Step Code identifies an energy-efficiency target to be met and lets the designer/builder decide how to meet it.

Bylaw for Permissive Tax Exemptions
Council adopted the Tax Exemption (Permissive) Bylaw, 2019 No 18-091 to provide tax exemption for lands or improvements which qualify for a permissive exemption under section 224 of the Community Charter.

Bylaw for Officer Positions
Council adopted Officer Bylaw No. 18-106 to establish Officer Positions for the City of Victoria.

Bylaw for Tax Exemption of 727-729 Johnson Street
Council adopted a bylaw to assist in the preservation and rehabilitation of the heritage building located at 727-729 Johnson Street, including the seismic upgrading and residential use of the heritage building, by exempting it from municipal property taxes for 10 years.

Bylaw for Tax Exemption of 888 Government Street and 811-813 Wharf Street
Council adopted a bylaw to assist in the preservation and rehabilitation of the heritage building located at 811-813 Wharf Street, including the seismic upgrading and residential use of the heritage building, by exempting it from municipal property taxes for 10 years.