June 27, 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.

OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: 331 and 337 St. Charles Street (Rockland)
Following an opportunity for public comment, Council voted to approve a Development Variance Permit for 331 and 337 St. Charles Street to subdivide two lots in order to create a third lot and construct a single-family home with a secondary suite on the new lot.

PUBLIC HEARING: 210 Gorge Road East (Burnside Gorge)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Permit with Variances for 210 Gorge Road East to allow for the construction of a six-storey, multiple dwelling building consisting of rental units and supportive housing units. 

PUBLIC HEARING: 919 and 923 Caledonia Avenue (North Park)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning Application for 919 and 923 Caledonia Avenue to retain and heritage-designate the existing single-family dwelling and construct a multiple-dwelling building consisting of residential rental units and an underground parkade.

2018 Annual Report
The City’s 2018 Annual Report was received by Council and is now available for viewing online. The Annual Report provides a summary of the 2018 financial and operational activities for the City of Victoria, and contains achievements and highlights of accomplishments towards strategic objectives in the previous year.

Inclusionary Housing and Community Amenity Policy
The City has adopted an Inclusionary Housing and Community Amenity Policy, aimed at increasing affordability in new strata housing developments in the City through rezoning, either through the inclusion of onsite affordable units or cash-in-lieu contributions.

Exploring Solar Power for the City Facility at 1240 Gladstone Avenue
City staff will explore the option of installing solar panels on the roof of the municipal facility at 1240 Gladstone Avenue, and consider providing property owners in the city with the option of participating in a bulk purchase of solar panels on a cost recovery basis if the decision to purchase solar panels for this or another municipal facility moves ahead.

Johnson Street Bridge and Bastion Square Public Art
Council has voted to decline proceeding with the Orca Project public art originally proposed for Triangle Island due to the feasibility of the project and proceed with relocation of Commerce Canoe from Bastian Square to this space. In addition, a Welcome Pole will be erected in Bastion Square, and a new design competition will be held to look at a new public artwork(s) within the Johnson Street Bridge site, incorporating steel saved from the former Blue Bridge .  This new direction will advance and maximize public art opportunities in key downtown locations while finding cost efficiencies and completion of these projects in a timely manner.

UBCM Motion to Allow Incorporated Municipalities to Institute Safe Speed Zones in Residential Areas
Council will co-sponsor a Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) motion with the City of Vancouver to ask the Minister of Transportation to consider an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act that would allow incorporated municipalities to institute blanket speed zones in residential area.

Royal Canadian Legion Trafalgar Pro Patria Branch 292
In order to support the Royal Canadian Legion’s mission to serve veterans, promote remembrance, and service community and country, Council voted to provide an immediate grant to the Royal Canadian Legion Trafalgar Pro Patria Branch 292 in the amount of $36,481.12 to be paid for through the City’s contingency. Future discussion of support in the form of a partial tax exemption will be referred to a Committee of the Whole meeting this fall regarding permissive tax exemptions. The branch is a non-profit organization under the Income Tax Act of Canada. Council also voted to send to the September 2019 UBCM convention, a motion requesting the province consider a policy and/or legislative change to provide exemptions to Legions in BC from payment of property taxes.