March 25, 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 March 11, 18 and 25, 2021 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.
PUBLIC HEARING: 3080, 3082, 3090 Washington Avenue - Associated Official Community Plan Amendment and Development Permit Application
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a OCP Amendment and Development Permit Application for 3080, 3082 and 3090 Washington Avenue. This application will allow for construction of townhouses.
PUBLIC HEARING: 1260 Grant Street and 1289 Gladstone Avenue - Development Variance Permit
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Variance Permit for 1260 Grant Street and 1289 Gladstone Avenue. This application will allow for a new addition to Victoria High School.
PUBLIC HEARING: 1114 Rockland Avenue - Development Permit with Variances
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Permit with Variances for 1114 Rockland Avenue. This application will allow for construction of a multiple dwelling building.
Victoria Housing Reserve Guidelines Update
Council has directed staff to update the Victoria Housing Reserve Fund Guidelines to support the development of affordable housing. The changes set new fund eligibility rates for homes rented at Deep Subsidy, Rent Geared to Income (RGI) and Housing Income Limits (HILs), new eligible funding allocations for different levels of affordability per home, add a total funding cap for grant contributions, and streamline the application process so that grant applications that have not yet received development approvals and are able to receive preliminary grant approval by Council.
Destination Victoria and Municipal & Regional District Tax (MRDT) Renewal
Council has approved a five-year renewal for the MRDT, with new incremental MRDT from the Airbnb on-line accommodation platform (OAP) for affordable housing initiatives. Destination Greater Victoria will continue to operate as the official destination organization for the City of Victoria and eligible entity for MRDT from 2022-2026. 100 per cent of OAP MRDT will be allocated to the Victoria Housing Reserve Fund for affordable housing initiatives.
Festival Investment Grant Allocations (FIG) 2021
Council has approved the FIG allocations as recommended by staff for a total of $268,550 cash grants and in-kind City services grants of up to $100,550.
Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program
Council approved the new Cultural Infrastructure Grant with $125,000 to support Victoria-based, non-profit arts and cultural organizations in 2021. Non-profit organizations can apply for up to $25,000 for physical infrastructure upgrades, equipment and land purchase or up to $10,000 for a planning or feasibility study to help build organizational capacity in areas including business development, real-estate development, facilities planning and architecture.
Learn more: victoria.ca/CIG
AAA Cycling Network: Oaklands, Fernwood, Fort Street Central and Fort Street East
Council has approved Fort Street East as the priority AAA cycling corridor for the Jubilee neighbourhoods and designs for the Fort Street central facility, directing staff to complete detailed design and incorporate construction costs into the 2022 Financial Plan. Council has also approved the designs for the Oaklands and Fernwood Connector projects to be constructed using existing funds in coordination with other planned capital initiatives in 2021.
Electronic Participation Practices
Council has approved a policy for electronic participation practices for the duration of Ministerial Order M192 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Council members participating remotely are to be made visible by activating their camera to be seen by other council members and the public when called on to vote or comment, and all remote participants will advise the Mayor and City Clerk upon arrival and departure during the course of the meeting to enable accurate record keeping and voting results.
Council Member Motion: Continued Pedestrianization and Animation of Broad Street
Council has directed staff to continue the pedestrianization of the 1100 block of Broad Street until the end of 2021 as part of the continuation of the Build Back Victoria program, based on the request by Broad Street businesses. Staff will include the ongoing pedestrianization of Broad Street as a 2022 action item in the appropriate workplans, ensuring accessible parking, adequate loading zones, and continued time‐limited access for deliveries to service local businesses. In addition, staff will include investments in animation and infrastructure of the 1100 block of Broad Street in future capital planning and budget discussions.