May 20, 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 April 22, May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2021 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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Proposed Amendments to the Streets and Traffic Bylaw - Accessible Parking
Council has instructedthe City Solicitor to bring forward amendments to the Streets and Traffic Bylaw to provide on-street parking free of charge, with a four-hour time limit, on Sundays for vehicles displaying Accessibility Placards.

2021 Community Garden Micro Grant Applications
Council has approved Community Garden Micro Grant applications for the following non-profit organizations: 

  • Burnside Gorge Community Association ($500)
  • Fairfield Gonzales Community Association ($500)
  • Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group Society ($500)
  • James Bay Neighbourhood Association ($500)
  • Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee ($500)
  • Victoria West Community Association ($485)
  • North Jubilee Neighbourhood Association ($500)
  • Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society ($500)
  • James Bay New Horizons ($500)

Council also approved delegating authority to approve future Community Garden Micro Grants to the Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities, to the satisfaction of the Chief Financial Officer.

Council Member Motion: Resolution to Support the Pause of Recreational Hunting of Wolves in BC
Council endorsed a resolution originally passed by the Town of Oak Bay, that the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities (AVICC) and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) request that the provincial government implement a moratorium on recreational wolf hunting on Vancouver Island, pending the completion of a scientific, data-driven and evidence-based study that includes consultation with the Island’s Indigenous communities, to re-examine the efficacy of unrestricted wolf harvesting practices and their impacts on the Island’s biodiversity, wildlife ecology and sustainability of the resident wolf population.

VicPD Q1 Safety Report Card
Council has allocated $25,000 per month from the 2021 contingency for VicPD support of City of Victoria Bylaw Services until up to September 30, 2021. Council has requested that Bylaw Services report monthly to Council on the status of their requirement for police support of their work and that these funds be reimbursed from a UBCM grant if received.

Bank Street School Building – Proposed Partnership
City staff will engage with School District 61 to propose a partnership and offer municipal financial assistance to restore the Bank Street School building (1623-1625 Bank Street) for educational and community use.

510 Pandora Avenue: Application for Structural Change to Increase Occupant Load for Swans Pub
An application to the Liquor Licensing Agency for a structural change to increase occupant load for Swans Pub at 510 Pandora Avenue with increased load from 171 to 282 people and no change to hours of operation has been endorsed by City Council. 

65-560 Johnson Street: Application for Structural Change to a Lounge Endorsement for a Manufacturing Licence for Whistle Buoy Brewing Company
An application to the Liquor Licensing Agency for a structural change to a lounge endorsement for a manufacturing licence for Whistle Buoy Brewing Company at 65-560 Johnson Street to increase the interior and exterior floor areas to allow for an increase to the occupant load by 55 people with no change to hours of operation has been endorsed by City Council.

27-560 Johnson Street: Application for a New Liquor Primary Licence for Artemis
An application to the Liquor Licensing Agency for a new liquor primary licence for Artemis at 27-560 Johnson Street has been endorsed by City Council. 

Options to Salvage Reusable Materials from Building Deconstruction
Council has directed staff to bring forward a draft bylawto motivate the salvage of reusable and recyclable materials from an initial subset of building demolitions where the structure that is being demolished is a single-family dwelling or duplex, and report back with outcomes, lessons, and future expansion of the material salvage regulation to additional building types after review of initial implementation and further industry consultation.

Council Member Motion - Establishment of City of Victoria International Decade forPeople of African Descent (IDPAD) Advisory Committee
Council has adopted Terms of Reference for theCity of Victoria International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD) Advisory Committee, and directed staff to engage communities identified in the Terms of Reference, inviting nominees for Council’s consideration for appointment to the Advisory Committee by July 31, 2021.