March 4, 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 February 18, 25 and March 4, 2021 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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Neighbourhood Boundaries
Council has directed staff to engage with the North Park Neighbourhood Association, Fernwood Community Association, the Downtown Residents Association, and the Downtown Victoria Business Association regarding the potential of the east side of Cook Street from Fort Street to Pandora Avenue as part of the downtown neighbourhood requesting comment from those associations. Staff will report back by the end of September.

Interim Design Options for Clover Point Park
Council has approved an interim redesign of Clover Point Park. The west side of the loop will turn into a pedestrian only area while the east side will remain open to vehicles with parking. This new configuration will allow for a total of 25 parking spaces. Eight regular stalls and six accessible spaces would be at the water’s edge with a split-rail fence separating the parking area from the new pedestrian-only zone.

Neighbourhood Association Coordinator Funding
Council has approved funding and criteria for a Neighbourhood Association Coordinator for the neighbourhood coordinator pilot project in the North Park, Downtown, Rockland, Jubilee and James Bay neighbourhoods. The purpose of the funding is to provide support for recognized neighbourhood associations without community centres to more effectively fulfill their unique roles in their geographically-defined neighbourhoods. 

940 Caledonia Avenue: Temporary Use Permit Application and Development Permit with Variances Application
A special Council meeting is scheduled on March 18, 2021 to allow for an Opportunity for Public Comment for a Temporary Use Permit for 940 Caledonia Avenue. The Coalition to End Homeless has submitted the application thatwould allow for up to 36,000 sq ft of the Royal Athletic parking lot for temporary purpose-built transitional housing.

The City will allocate $61,866 from the remaining balance of the Restart Grant Funding, to fund the costs related to the installation of water and sewer services for the temporary transitional units and the removal of the units and capping of services when the temporary use permit expires. The City will also allocate $110,000 from the 2021 Corporate Contingency Budget to contribute to the estimated 2021 operating costs, and further consider allocating $105,000 as part of the 2022 Budget process to contribute to the estimated 2022 operating and closure costs for the temporary transitional housing operated by Our Place Society.