July 25, 2019
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PUBLIC HEARING: 2921 Gosworth Road – Development Permit with Variance (Oaklands)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to decline a rezoning application and development permit with variance to subdivide the lot at 2921 Gosworth Road in order to create two small lots and construct a single family dwelling.
PUBLIC HEARING: 945 Pembroke Street (North Park)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a rezoning application and development permit with variance at 945 Pembroke Street to subdivide the existing lot and create two new three-storey strata apartment buildings.
OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: 2915 Douglas Street
Following an opportunity for public comment, Council voted to approve a temporary use permit at 2915 Douglas Street to allow a supportive substance use treatment centre and residential uses within the existing building.
Government Street Report
Council has directed staff to create a people-priority Government Street with the complete transformation of the street between Humboldt and Herald to be completed by the end of 2022. The timing of short term actions will be done in conjunction with other major infrastructure work, with major work to be conducted during tourism and holiday off-season as much as practical. Council will consider the pedestrianization of Government Street one year after the people-centric changes are complete.
Centennial Square Action Plan – Update Report
Council has endorsed the design concept for Phase 1 for Centennial Square to guide short term operations and maintenance needs based on the results of the Centennial Square Action Plan process to date. Staff will also consider the temporary placement of picnic tables in the vicinity of the Sequoia tree.
Victoria Reconciliation Project Dialogues
Victoria Reconciliation Dialogues, a program of six dialogue events, will be held between September 2019 and July 2020, as per the City’s Strategic Plan objective #2, Reconciliation and Indigenous Relations. The Dialogues will be co-facilitated by Mayor Helps and members of the City Family, and will be as follows:
- Elders, Knowledge and the Land
- The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and the City
- Newcomers to Canada and Reconciliation
- Community Response to the Victoria Urban Reconciliation Dialogues Event
- Sir John A. Macdonald in Conversation
- Our Shared Future
City Family Process Improvements
The City Family, a gathering of members from the City of Victoria, the Esquimalt Nation, the Songhees Nation and urban Indigenous Peoples, is Indigenous-led and Indigenous-informed. Members of the City Family from the City of Victoria include Mayor Lisa Helps, Councillors Marianne Alto, Ben Isitt and Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Director of Park, Recreation and Facilities Thomas Soulliere, and Manager of Executive Operations Colleen Mycroft. Council has asked the Mayor to write to the Minister of Reconciliation and Indigenous Relations and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and request that the Province consider amending the Community Charter to expressly authorize local governments to engage in reconciliation dialogue with the First Nations and utilize, when appropriate, Indigenous practices as part of that process.
Establishment of Seniors’ Task Force
Terms of reference for a Seniors’ Task Force have been adopted by Council, with the City inviting nominees for Council’s consideration for appointment to the task force by September 5. The committee will be comprised of up to 18 members of the public appointed by Council, representing diverse perspectives and experiences of seniors, including:
- Cook Street Village Activity Centre –2 nominees
- James Bay New Horizons Society – 2 nominees
- Silver Threads Society – 2 nominees
- Victoria Community Association Network – 3 nominees
- Inter Cultural Association –1 nominee
- Victoria Disability Resource Centre – 1 nominee
- Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society – 1 nominee
- Our Place Senior Group – 1 nominee
- Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness and the Victoria Native Friendship Centre – 1 nominee
- At Large Members – Up to 4 nominees
Adoption of Storefront Cannabis Retailer Regulation Bylaw
The City has adopted the Storefront Cannabis Retailer Regulation Bylaw, intended to bring in line City regulations with provincial and federal regulations, and further minimize the adverse effects that storefront cannabis retailers may have on the safety, health and well-being of the community.