November 28, 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.The items are selected highlights from the November 28, 2019 Council Meeting. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 208/210 220, 230 and 240/242 Wilson Street – Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variance (Vic West)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning application and Development Permit with Variance to allow for the construction of 34 strata townhouse units. Council also directed staff to explore options for implementing traffic calming in the vicinity of Alston, Edward, Catherine and Wilson Streets, including options to reduce cut-through traffic, vehicle speed and traffic volumes, as well as explore sidewalk improvements in this area, prioritizing blocks that have no existing sidewalks. 

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PUBLIC HEARING: 605-629 Speed Avenue and 606-618 Frances Avenue – Development Permit with Variances (Burnside Gorge)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Permit with Variances to allow for two approximately 14-storey and six-storey mass timber residential buildings.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 1811 Oak Bay Avenue – Development Permit with Variances (South Jubilee)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Permit with Variances to allow for a five-storey building with multiple residential units.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 1210 Haultain Street – Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances (Oaklands)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances to allow for the construction of a duplex.

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578 Yates and 1300-1306 Government Street – Heritage Alteration Permit
Council authorized a Heritage Alteration Permit for 578 Yates and 1300-1306 Government Street, provided the applicant conserves the original metal column of the Adelphi Building at 1300 Government Street if it is found to be in repairable condition, and that the applicant consider having the parapet painted to reflect the original parapet design.

Recommendation to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch – 2641 Quadra Street (Alternative Aromatics Apothecary)
An application for Alternative Aromatics Apothecary at 2641 Quadra Street for a provincial cannabis retail store licence has been endorsed by City Council, subject to the applicant’s compliance with City bylaws and permits. Council wishes the Province to make its own deliberations about the fact that this operation remained in operation for approximately six to eight months following legalization.

Recommendation to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch – 475 Gorge Road East (Kiaro)
An application for Kiaro at 475 Gorge Road East for a provincial cannabis retail store licence has been endorsed by City Council, subject to the applicant’s compliance with City bylaws and permits. Council wishes the Province to make its own deliberations about the fact that this operation was open until at least January 26, 2019.

Missing Middle Housing Forms
To improve housing options for residents, the City of Victoria will look at ways to make it easier to build more ‘Missing Middle’ housing such as duplexes, houseplexes, and townhouses in neighbourhoods across Victoria. Council has directed staff to draft recommendations for zoning regulations, design guidelines and policy updates for missing middle housing forms city-wide; conduct engagement to provide opportunities for the community to help shape the missing middle regulatory framework; identify suitable locations for missing middle housing; report back with recommendations for City-initiated rezoning; and that a strong affordability lens be applied throughout this process for the creation and loss of both rental and strata units.

Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness
Following a presentation from the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, Council has directed staff to comment as part of the 2020 budget process, on the implications of implementing the following in the 900 block of Pandora Avenue: the installation of water bottle refill stations; installing 24-hour accessible restrooms to serve this block, maintained by street community members as a social enterprise; collaborative space making pilots.

In addition, the peer informed task force will provide advice to Council on the following items: request funding from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to support peer engagement in Action Teams and implementation of recommendations; develop pilot program designed in collaboration with peer leaders, reflecting some aspects of the Downtown on Call program in Kelowna.

Third Quarter Update
Staff presented a report to Council providing information and recommendations on a summary of major achievements, accomplishments and highlights for the period of July 1 to September 30, 2019. These accomplishments included on-going arts and cultural events and supports to small businesses, town halls and a number of improvements. Select highlights in Q3 include the introduction of a new Council Voting Dashboard, approval of the Housing Strategy (Phase 2), adoption of the Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan, and delivery of almost 60 community emergency preparedness workshops.

Read the staff report and Q3 progress report

Council Member Motions

Strengthening Regulations to Clean Up Local Waterways
Council has referred the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre on Cleaning Up CRD Waterways and Beaches (2019) and Re-Inventing Rainwater Management (2010) to staff to inform implementation of existing Strategic Priorities relating to stewardship of rainwater and waterways. Council also directed staff to include consideration of the following recommendations in the next update to Council on Strategic Priorities relating to stewardship of rainwater and waterways:

  • Ending disposal of contaminated Stormwater into waterways via the City’s Stormwater system by 2025, through regulation and infrastructure improvements
  • Amending the Sanitary Sewer and Stormwater Utilities Bylaw to regulate commercial and private car washing activities

North Park Neighbourhood Association Skating Event
Council approved an in-kind grant of up to $2,000 to the North Park Neighbourhood Association to cover all fees (admission, skates, helmets) for the public skating event on December 12, 2019, as in-kind contribution from the City to waive all user fees associated with the event, funded from the 2019 contingency.

Improving Ecological Stewardship and Recreation Access on the Gorge Waterway
Council has directed staff to report back at the Quarterly Update in the first quarter of 2020 on the implications of amending the City’s Strategic Plan by adding this 2021 action: “Engage Burnside-Gorge and Victoria West residents on a streamlined process to update the management plans for the following parks and greenspaces, with a view toward improving ecological stewardship and low-impact recreation: Arm Street Park, Burleith Park, Banfield Park, Arbutus Park, and the public foreshore at the foot of Harriet Street.