July 8, 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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Term 1 (T1) Update
Council receive the T1 Update from staff on progress towards key deliverables and initiatives. Following this update, Council directed staff to report back on:

  • 2022 budget process on options and implications of installing a play feature in the downtown
  • budget implications in 2022 for the development and implementation of anti-racism training for all city staff, beginning with Council and senior management
  • hiring of consultants for the anti-racism training, at the T2 report
  • implications in the 2022 budget of creating an internship program at the City for under-represented populations      

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Options for Processing Kitchen Scraps Originating in Victoria
Council has directed staff to continue hauling kitchen scraps to existing composting facilities on Southern Vancouver Island, and to continue to work with the CRD to monitor opportunities for regional organics processing with enhanced environmental benefits. Staff will report back to Council on the progress of these discussions in 2022.

Future Housing Needs and Gaps in Official Community Plan Capacity
Council received a report on Victoria’s future housing needs and gaps in Official Community Plan (OCP) capacity which will inform future City policy initiatives.The City will:

  • update Phase 2 of Village and Corridor Planning to include Oaklands, the eastern portion of the Hillside Avenue Corridor and the Shelbourne Street Corridor (areas originally approved for Phase 3), in addition to the planned process for Stadacona Village, Oak Bay Ave Village, Jubilee Village and related corridors (areas originally approved for Phase 2).
  • update Phase 3 of Village and Corridor Planning to consider additional opportunities to add capacity along the Fairfield Road Corridor and the Skinner Street Corridor in addition to the planned process for the James Bay area (originally approved for Phase 3).

Staff will report back to Council with a proposed comprehensive planning process for the Douglas Street Corridor as part of the Official Community Plan Annual Review 2022 (the 10-year review that will be reported to Council in 2023).

2022 Draft Budget Update
Council has directed staff to develop a draft 2022 Financial Plan for Council’s consideration in October 2021 that:

  • Provides for continued services and service levels
  • Provides options for mitigation strategies that build on those used in 2020 and 2021 that could achieve a lower tax increase including:
    • Vacancy management
    • Travel, conference and training budget savings
    • Capital budget property tax funding reallocation to operating budget
    • Use of remaining Restart Grant (if UBCM grant application for Strengthening Communities is successful)

In addition, staff willreport back on the implications of adding the Our Place funding request for storage and extended hours as part of the annual budget.

North Park Neighbourhood Association Funding Request for Use of Royal Athletic

Council has awarded a $9,985.22 grant to the North Park Neighborhood Association (NPNA) to fund the cost of hosting programs and events at Royal Athletic Park in 2021 and encourages the NPNA to engage with the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, the Intercultural Association, and the Muslim Association Mosque.