June 10, 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.
PUBLIC HEARING: 1210 Topaz Avenue – Development Variance Permit
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Variance Permit for 1210 Topaz Avenue. This application will allow for additions to a non-conforming public building (Sikh Temple) and a one-stall parking variance.
PUBLIC HEARING: 1177-1185 Fort Street and 1043-1045 Linden Avenue – Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances for 1177-1185 Fort Street and 1043-1045 Linden Avenue. This application will permit the current uses following the termination of its Land Use Contract.
PUBLIC HEARING: 415 and 435 Michigan Street – Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances for 415/435 Michigan Street. This application will allow for construction of 24 ground-orientated residential units.
Council Member Motion – Permissive Tax Exemptions of Parking Lots, Existing Properties
The exemption for the parking lot portion of all properties subject to a permissive tax exemption will be reduced by 20 per cent each year over a five-year period, beginning in 2023, where surface parking lots are 50 per cent or more of the total property area.
Council Member Motion - Canada Day 2021
The City of Victoria will put on hold plans for thevirtual Canada Day celebration this year. Staff will work with the Songhees and Esquimalt Chiefs, the City family and the long-standing Lekwungen participants in the City’s Canada Day celebrations to explore the use of the hour-long TV broadcast as an educational opportunity to be broadcast by September 6, 2021. The City will potentially draw on the footage of the Reconciliation Dialogues and on any contributions the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations may wish to make, including words from the Chiefs, songs and dances by the Lekwungen Dancers.
Council Member Motion: Universal No-Cost Prescription Contraception
The Mayor will write to the Premier, Minister of Health, and local MLAs, calling on the government to adopt universal no-cost prescription contraception that covers an expansive range of options without delay, to improve public health in an equitable and cost-effective way.
Council Member Motion: Response to the Province - Resolution on Land Value Taxation
The Mayor will write to the province commenting on the Province’s response to a resolution on land value taxation. The response will indicate that separate rates on land and improvements would allow “unfairly” high tax rates on undeveloped or underdeveloped land. The purpose of differential rates is precisely to impose relatively higher rates on such underdeveloped land, in order to encourage development and to avoid land being held as vacant buildings, as surface parking lots, or other low-intensity uses. Like other cities, Victoria has at times suffered from land being held in such uses. While development of such properties will not actually reduce property taxes, it will certainly reduce taxes relative to the income from the property.