September 20, 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: 2910 Shelbourne Street – Rezoning Application with Variances (Oaklands)
Following a Public Hearing, Council approved a development permit with variances to allow for a six-unit townhouse. Learn more here.

PUBLIC HEARING: 356 Harbour Road – Rezoning Application (Vic West)
Following a public hearing, Council approved a rezoning application to allow distillery, brewery and accessory liquor retail store uses. Learn more here.

PUBLIC HEARING: 3031 Jackson Street – Rezoning and Development Permit Application with Variances (Hillside Quadra)
Following a public hearing, Council approved a rezoning application with variances to allow for the construction of eight attached dwelling units within three buildings. Learn more here.

Safeguarding Against Organized Crime and Money Laundering
Council has agreed to write the Office of the Attorney General and the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC) requesting an update on the results of the Dirty Money Investigation and to seek assurances that the issues of organized crime and money laundering will not occur in any potential new casinos in the City of Victoria. In addition, any applications to build or operate a casino in the City will be referred to the Victoria Police Department for comment.

Request for Audit of Johnson Street Bridge Project
Council will request the Auditor General for Local Government to undertake an audit of the Johnson Street Bridge Project.

Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan Update
Council has directed staff to amend the draft Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan based on recommendations provided by the Gentle Density and Cook Street Village Steering Committees, with some adjustments, including items related to future housing forms in the neighbourhood, building form and height in Cook Street Village, to preserve the tree canopy, and other considerations, and report back on designating significant trees in Cook Street Village. Staff will bring an updated draft plan to Council in November based on these recommendations, as well as earlier input from the community on other aspects of the plan. Review the full list of recommendations here and learn more about the Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan here.

Orange Shirt Day
Council has voted to support an expenditure of $6,000 from the City’s Reconciliation budget to hold Orange Shirt Day in Centennial Square on September 30. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Learn more.