January 31, 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 engage@victoria.ca.

PUBLIC HEARING: 1137 Dominion Road (Vic West)
Council approved a Development Permit with Variances application to construct a new single family dwelling on a small lot.

PUBLIC HEARING: 1402 Douglas Street (Downtown)
Council declined a Development Variance Permit application to increase floor area of cannabis retail use. 

Citizen-Led Heritage Conservation Areas
The City has adopted a policy for identifying new Heritage Conservation Areas (“HCA’s”) wherein it will rely primarily on citizen nominations from potentially impacted residents, rather than identifying new HCA’s through neighbourhood planning or other initiatives. The policy also establishes standardized evaluation criteria. This policy will be reviewed for effectiveness after two years. In addition, City staff will be working members of Community Association Land Use Committees (CALUC), citizen representatives and heritage advocates to develop recommendations for improvements to the City’s heritage program and strategies for increasing awareness, comprehension and appreciation of heritage conservation in the City of Victoria.

Climate Action Program Update and Planning Considerations
Staff provided Council with an overview of the Climate Leadership Plan and Climate Action Program, responding to recent inquiries from Council on climate action progress, and presenting a recommended approach for the Climate Action Program in 2019. Council directed staff to proceed with prioritizing high GHG impact areas including: the Building Retrofit Program, oil heat elimination, Bike Master Plan, transit improvements/electrification, Climate Outreach Program and Policy Workshop in 2019.

Learn more about the City’s Climate Action Program and Climate Leadership Plan.

Lounge Endorsement – Whistle Buoy Brewing
An application to the Liquor Licensing Agency for Whistle Buoy Brewing Company at 63-560 Johnson Street has been endorsed by City Council. The application requests a lounge added to a manufacturing licence, for an occupant load of 112 persons and with hours of operation from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday to Sunday.

Lounge Endorsement – Hudson Taphouse and Grill
An application to the Liquor Licensing Agency for Hudson Taphouse and Grill at 785 Caledonia Avenue has been endorsed by City Council. The application requests a lounge in addition to the brewing and distilling manufacturing licences, with an occupant load of 358 people and operating hours from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday. When endorsing the application, Council has requested that both patios be closed at 10 pm and that the maximum occupancy load be established at 278 after 10 pm.

Recognizing Victoria as home to the Oldest Chinatown in Canada
As the Province of British Columbia has committed to establishing a Chinese Canadian museum in Vancouver, and is considering the potential for a network of satellite museums in other cities, Council has requested that the Mayor write to the Minister of State and Trade and the Province of BC asking, as the Provincial Capital and the home to the oldest Chinatown in Canada, that the Province commit to putting a Chinese museum in Victoria.


Safer Drugs to Save Lives in British Columbia
Council endorsed a resolution to be sent tothe Premier of British Columbia, the Ministers responsible for Local Government, Health, Mental Health and Addictions, the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) Annual Convention, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Annual Convention, and member local governments and regional districts within the Capital Region, AVICC and UBCM, requesting favourable consideration and resolutions of support regarding a safer drug supply to save lives in British Columbia. The resolution requests that, in an effort to save lives and reduce harm due to an unpredictable and highly‐toxic drug supply, and as part of a holistic response to the public‐health emergency, including prevention, treatment, and recovery, that the Province of British Columbia work with local communities, Health Authorities across the Province, the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, and the Ministry of Health ensure that people at risk of overdose harm have access to safer alternatives.

Protection of Old Growth Forests on Vancouver Island
Council has endorsed a resolution for consideration at the 2019 annual convention of the AVICC that the old-growth forest on provincial Crown Land on Vancouver Island be protected from logging, beginning with a moratorium and followed by amendments to the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan, and that the Provincial government work with First Nations, local communities, labour organizations and industry to pursue a just transition and expanded economic opportunities through sustainable management of second-growth forests and value-added production of forest products.

Shifting Investment to Low-Emission Transportation
Council endorsed a resolution to be sent for consideration at the 2019 annual conventions of the AVICC and UBCM, that local governments call on the Governments of Canada and British Columbia to fully implement their commitment in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, to shift investments “from higher to lower-emitting types of transportation.”

Promoting and Enabling GHG Reductions
Council has endorsed a resolution for the consideration at the 2019 annual convention of the AVICC that local governments call on the Governments of Canada and British Columbia to pursue the following immediate sector actions to promote and enable GHG reductions and realize important social and economic co-benefits:

  1. Make available all ICBC municipal vehicle km/make/model/fuel economy information.
  2. Continue the development and implementation of world-class low carbon fuel standards.
  3. Fully invest in delivery of the zero-emission vehicles sales targets as established in the CleanBC Plan.
  4. Continue progressive and direct funding programs and partnerships for municipal low-carbon initiatives, including building retrofit, transportation, waste management and other priority and shared GHG reduction programs.

Transformational Improvements to Regional BC Transit
Council endorsed a resolution to be sent to the Premier of British Columbia, the Minister of Transportation, Members of the Legislative Assembly representing constituencies on Vancouver Island, AVICC Annual Convention, and member local governments within the Capital Region and AVICC, that the Province of British Columbia and BC Transit take immediate actions to support and provide funding for transformational improvements to regional BC transit infrastructure to promote and enable rapid mode shift to transit, including transitioning the BC Transit fleet to zero emissions as early in the 2020s as possible, and:

  1. Completion of dedicated bus lanes on all connections between the West Shore and downtown.
  2. Installation of Traffic Signal Priority (TSP) sensors in all buses that operate in the City of Victoria.
  3. Installation of 'all door loading' capabilities for all busses in the Victoria regional transit system.
  4. Introduction of real-time, digital bus information to enable super- convenient, accessible transit operational information.
  5. Introduction of "tap" payment-systems common to multi-modal service providers, to support rapid loading of busses and align with Smart Mobility goals.
  6. Completion of the business-case to determine the most effective investments in public transportation to realize the highest potential mode- shift and ridership in the south island, including but not limited assessing commuter ferry, public transit along the E&N rail corridor and Douglas Street / Highway 1 / Highway 99, bus rapid transit (BRT) or light-rail transit (LRT).
  7. Reporting of annual regional transit GHG and combustion pollutants, mitigation priorities, progress and business cases for investments.