August 8, 2019

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: 2424 Richmond Road – Rezoning Application (North Jubilee)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a rezoning application at 2424 Richmond Road to keep an existing single-family dwelling and construct a new single-family dwelling on the same lot, to be strata titled in the future.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 2330 Government Street – Rezoning Application (Burnside Gorge)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a rezoning application to allow a brewpub at 2330 Government Street.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 1900 Richmond Road – Rezoning Application and Development Permit (North Jubilee)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a rezoning application to replace the existing building with a five-storey assisted living building with ground floor commercial use.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 2713 Quadra Street  - Development Permit with Variances (Hillside Quadra)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a development permit with variance for 2713 Quadra Street for exterior upgrades, to reduce the number of required parking stalls and to reduce the landscape buffer in order to permit a dance school.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 1712 and 1720 Fairfield Road – Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances (Gonzales)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve an application at 1712 and 1720 Fairfield Road that would allow for a 2.5 storey, multi-unit residential development.

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PUBLIC HEARING: Garden Suite Regulations
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve amending the Zoning Regulation Bylaw to update garden suite regulations to prohibit the conversion of accessory buildings to garden suites unless they were completed before July 11, 2019, or have been completed and in situ for at least five years, and to reduce the maximum height of garden suites on “plus sites” from 5.5 m to 4.2 m.  The new height regulations will come into force on November 1, 2019.

Liquor Licence Application – 1450 Douglas Street (Veneto Tapa Lounge and Café Veneto)
An application to the Liquor Licensing Agency for Veneto Tapa Lounge and Café Veneto at 1450 Douglas Street has been endorsed by City Council. The application requests hours of operation for Veneto Tapa Lounge from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily, and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily for Café Veneto.

Regional Deer Management
Mayor Helps will add her signature along with other municipalities in the Region to a letter to the Honourable Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development, asking to meet with the Minister at UBCM to discuss regional deer management and to request that we utilize a region-wide deer immuno-contraception strategy to manage and gradually reduce the deer population across our municipalities.

School Crossing Guards
Council has agreed to provide the Greater Victoria Crossing Guards Association an additional grant of $69,000 from contingency in addition to the recently awarded $25,000 grant to cover expenses from September 2019 to June 2020, and increase service levels from prior years by filling vacancies at the intersections of Bay and Forbes, and Hillside and Doncaster.

Bike Master Plan Update – 2019 Projects
Council has approved recommended designs for the Vancouver Street and Harbour Road AAA corridors, including adjacent road network improvements, and have directed staff to proceed to detailed design and construction. Council also approved an alternate alignment of Graham and Jackson Street as the priority AAA corridor in the Hillside Quadra neighbourhood and directed staff to proceed with priority engagement with residents in the 3000 and 3100 blocks of Jackson Street. Detailed design and tendering for this route will also advance to contribute to the City’s 32km network of safer cycling infrastructure.

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Dallas Road Balustrade Replacement
The existing balustrade along the Dallas Road seawall will be replaced with the steel stanchion and wire cable design.

Marking the 100th Remembrance Day
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Armistice Day, the precursor to our modern Remembrance Day. Council has directed staff to report back on costs and resource implications associated with creating memorial medallions commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Remembrance Day, installing those medallions on existing street and/or traffic signs along both sides of Shelbourne Street from Bay to North Dairy, and to host an event to mark the installations in the week prior to November 11, 2019.

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Victoria Harbour Airport
Council will provide a written submission on a notice of proposed amendment to the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) regarding the Victoria Harbour Airport. Support for recommendations in the amendment include:

  • Compliance with portions of the Canadian Aviation Regulations which may provide greater safety and ensure effective resources are in place for emergency service provision and rescue within and surrounding the Victoria Harbour
  • Establishing the requirement for the certification and operation of water airports, including safety requirements, organizational requirements, emergency response plans and reporting requirements
  • Contractual or legal agreements to further clarify lines of authority in emergency response situations
  • Noise Exposure Forecasts from Transport Canada for the Victoria Harbour Airport
  • An up to date safety assessment of the harbour airport by Transport Canada