July 22, 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 June 2021 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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Beacon Hill Park Vehicle Access
Council has directed staff to reopen Bridge Way from Arbutus Way to Heywood Way in Beacon Hill Park that was closed due to the pandemic. Staff will work with the disability community to appropriately provide equitable access to facilities and amenities in Beacon Hill Park while reducing the impacts of motor vehicle traffic on all park users, including people with disabilities. Council will ensure any future closures adhere to the British Columbia Human Rights Legislation. Council will also consider an allocation in the 2022 Financial Plan to contract external experts to support the city in providing accessibility for people with mobility impairments in Beacon Hill Park while reducing the impacts of motor vehicle traffic on park users.

Council Member Motion - Funding for the protection of the Kings Road Community Nature Green Space
The City will providea donation of $250,000 to Saanich for the preservation of the King’s Road Community Nature Sanctuary subject to:

  • The District of Oak Bay making a contribution of at least $60,000
  • Preservation of the entire 2.2 hectare parcel
  • A plaque or other appropriate measure recognizing the City’s contribution on behalf of its residents
  • Registering a covenant on title to ensure that the parcel remains green space in perpetuity
  • An agreement, that would require repayment of the grant (adjusted for inflation) if the land is used for a purpose other than publicly accessible community green space
  • That Council request that Saanich consider whether to incorporate Bowker Creek or an Indigenous place name into a permanent name for this green space

Council will consider an additional donation of up to $150,000 as part of the 2022 budget deliberations.

Council Member Motion: Making Permanent Victoria's Street Patio Policy
Council has directed staff toidentify processes for facilitating permanent closures of travel lanes and/or full roadways to facilitate increased public space and/or zones for permitted commercial use, beginning with the 1300 Block on Gladstone from Fernwood Street to Stanley Avenue as a pilot program with measures to ensure accessibility for people with mobility impairments. Staff will report back to update and extend the current Business Recovery from Pandemic Bylaw (#20-072) prior to October 31, 2021 with measures to ensure accessibility for people with mobility impairments.

Agreement with Island Health for Administering COVID-19 Vaccination
Council approved an agreement with Island Health for the provision of clinical and non-clinical support by City of Victoria Firefighters at the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics established in Greater Victoria.