January 7, 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 7, 14 and 21, 2021 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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Victoria Housing Strategy Annual Review
Council received the Victoria Housing Strategy Annual Review 2019 for information with an amendment to the Housing Unit Targets, which considers new population projections, a Housing Needs Assessment, and a Housing Gap Analysis including more detail for the very low, low, and median income brackets and change 950 to 1450 in the report. Staff will work with the consultants to arrive at a target for housing suitable for families that incorporates both latent demand and projected demand and to make that the 2025 target.

Zero Waste Victoria
Council has approved Zero Waste Victoria and directed staff to begin implementing strategies in Zero Waste Victoria as outlined in the short-term action plan. Staff will report back with draft bylaw(s) for Council’s consideration to regulate priority single-use items after new municipal authorities are conferred by the Province. The City will refer the Zero Waste Victoria report to the Board of the Capital Regional District (CRD), and the Mayors and Councils of CRD member Local Governments, for information, and will write the Board of the CRD, requesting that the CRD work with the City of Victoria and other local governments to advocate for “flow control” regulating the export of solid waste outside the region.

Council will also advocate to the Capital Regional District to increase the tipping fee for disposal of unsorted solid waste at the Hartland Landfill, to discourage the disposal of unsorted solid waste and encourage waste reduction/diversion/recycling.

Staff will report back on options for increasing diversion rates from multi-family residential and commercial properties and will explore options for separating pet waste at off-leash dog areas in parks.        

Council Member Motion: Working Lunches
Council has voted to suspend the provision for working lunches.