January 28, 2021
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 January 28, February 4 and 11, 2021 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.
PUBLIC HEARING: 1224 Richardson Street: Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variance Application
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances for 1224 Richardson Street. This application will allow for an increase in density and three multiple dwelling buildings.
PUBLIC HEARING: 956 Heywood Avenue: Development Permit with Variances
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to refer a Development Permit with Variances for 956 HeywoodAvenue back to staff to work with the developers to address concerns relating to shading and setbacks and consider reducing parking and/or unit size, or number of units, to reduce the building footprint and/or height. This application would allow for the construction of a 4-storey multiple dwelling building with variances.
PUBLIC HEARING: 429 and 431 Parry Street: Development Variance Permit Application
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Variance Permit for 429 and 431 Parry Street. This application will allow for construction of a new single family dwelling with secondary suite with variances for front, sides and rear yard setbacks.
Victoria Housing Reserve Fund Application: 736 Princess Avenue (Burnside)
Council approved a grant from the Victoria Housing Reserve Fund to the John Howard Society of Victoria in the amount of $280,000 to assist in the construction of a 28-unit affordable housing project at 736 Princess Avenue.
Parks Regulation Bylaw Amendments - Mitigating the Impacts of Sheltering
Council directedstaff to prepare the following amendments to Section 16A of the Parks Regulation Bylaw:
- Prohibit sheltering within parks in areas with high-risk of flooding or other environmental hazards
- Add Central Park to the list of parks where sheltering is prohibited to be in effect as long as the sheltering during pandemic provisions are in effect and that this matter return to Council for additional considerations at the March 4 Committee of the Whole meeting
Council Member Motion: In Response to the National Overdose Crisis: Regulation, Safe Supply and Decriminalization
TheMayor, on behalf of the City of Victoria, will write to the Federal Minister of Health calling on the Government of Canada to declare the overdose crisis a national public health emergency. The letter will call on the Government of Canada to immediately seek input from the people most affected by this crisis and meet with provinces and territories to develop a comprehensive, pan-Canadian overdose action plan, which includes comprehensive supports and full consideration of reforms that other countries have used to significantly reduce drug-related fatalities and stigma, such as legal regulation of illicit drugs to ensure safe supply of pharmaceutical alternatives to toxic street drugs, and decriminalization for personal use.