September 6, 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: 672 Niagara Street – Rezoning and Development Permit with Variances Application (James Bay)
Council approved the development permit with variances for additions to an existing building to create four residential units. Final approval of the bylaw will be granted once confirmation of a statutory right-of-way over the Niagara Street frontage has been registered on the relevant property titles. Learn more here.

PUBLIC HEARING: 483/485 Garbally Road and 2960/2962 Bridge Street – Rezoning Application (Burnside)
Council approved a rezoning application to allow for a tasting room and liquor retail sales area in a brewery.  Learn more here.

PUBLIC HEARING: 1418 Lang Street – Rezoning and Development Permit with Variances and Development Variance Permit (Oaklands)
Council approved the application to subdivide an existing lot to two small lots and construct a new single family residential home. Learn more here.

PUBLIC HEARING: 502 Discovery Street – Rezoning and Heritage Alteration Permit Application and Heritage Designation Application (Burnside)
Council approved a heritage alteration permit and a rezoning to allow for an increase in floor area to the second storey for office use. Council also approved heritage designation for the building. Learn more here.

OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: 727 Yates Street – Heritage Alteration Permit with Variances (Downtown)
Council approved a heritage alteration permit to allow the vacant heritage-designated commercial building into a mixed-use building with a two-and-a-half story addition for residential rental suites and ground floor retail. Council also approved a variance to allow for a reduction of parking from 8 stalls to 0 and a reduced setback. Learn more here.

OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: 727 and 733 Courtney Street – Development Permit with Variance Application (Downtown)
Council approved a development permit with variances to construct a two-storey office building for vehicle rentals. Learn more here.

515 Chatham Street – Development Permit with Variance Application (Downtown)
The application for a development permit with variance to construct a five storey mixed-use development with 88 residential units and ground floor commercial will move forward to an opportunity for public comment. Learn more here.

City of Victoria Second Quarter Update
Council received a quarterly update and progress report from the City Manager regarding the City of Victoria activities and accomplishments contained in the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. Council also received a quarterly update from Victoria Police Department. Learn more here.

Vehicle Back-Up Beepers Downtown
As part of the 2019 budget process, Council will consider allocating resources for staff to explore what other cities are doing to replace municipal fleet back up beepers with new technologies to reduce noise concerns. Learn more here.

Accessibility Working Group Recommendations
Staff will bring forward a report as part of the 2019 budget process that will outline the financial implications of the recommendations from the Accessibility Working Group that are not already underway as part of the city’s current and future work plans Learn more here. The City is currently completing an Accessibility Framework to guide governance and implementation of accessibility initiatives.

Consumption sites for Cannabis Use
Council directed staff, as part of their 2019 work plan, to investigate regulations in other jurisdiction governing consumption sites for cannabis use and report back to Council on the advisability of initiating a pilot program or introducing regulations for consumption sites for cannabis use. Learn more here.

210 Gorge Road – Development Permit with Variances and Rezoning Application (Burnside)
The application for the construction of a six storey rental and supportive housing building will move forward to an opportunity for public comment. Learn more here.

953 Balmoral Road – Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variance (North Park)
The application for the construction of an 11 unit rental building will move forward to an opportunity for public comment. Learn more here.

505, 517, 519/521 Quadra Street and 931 Convent Place – Rezoning and Development Permit Application (Fairfield)
The application to build a six-storey rental apartment building and adjoining rental townhouses will move forward to an opportunity for public comment. Learn more here.

457 and 459 Kipling Street – Rezoning Application (Fairfield)
The application for a rezoning to permit an existing non-conforming duplex will move forward to an opportunity for public comment. Learn more here.

Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project – Initial Parking Alternatives Review
Earlier this year, Council committed to a no net loss of park space in Central Park and directed staff to explore alternatives for parking associated with the new recreation centre. Council approved funding to support further investigations for underground parking in Central Park and/or modular parking on the Save-on-Foods Memorial Area parking lot. In addition, staff will also consult with stakeholders and residents from the North Park neighbourhood on the neighbourhood street parking options associated with a distributed parking approach. Learn more here.

Proposed Inclusionary Housing and Density Bonus Policy
Council approved an amended draft policy to encourage affordable rental housing in new strata housing development projects where bonus density is requested. Staff will conduct further consultation with stakeholders to inform further revisions to the policy. New affordable housing targets and levels of affordability based on most recent available information will be updated in the Victoria Housing Strategy. The draft policy will take effect no later than March 31, 2019. Staff will report back to Council within 12 months following adoption of the policy with information on impacts to new development, benefits the community has received, and recommendations for revisions to the policy. Learn more here.

Adoption of Bylaws:

Bylaw for Development Cost Charges
Council adopted an amendment to the Development Cost Charges bylaw and directed staff to amend the 2018 Financial Plan, adding $3 million for the Songhees Park expansion, adjacent to the Johnson Street Bridge, with funding from the Parks Acquisition and Development Fund and Development Cost Charges. Learn more here.

Bylaw for Land Use Procedures
Council adopted an amendment to the Land Use Procedures bylaw. Learn more here.