November 18, 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 November 2021 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.
Proposed Amendments to Recreation Fees Bylaw
Staff will amend the Recreation Fees Bylaw effective February 1, 2022. User fees account for approximately 56 per cent of total revenues for the Recreation division. These fees are reviewed on an annual basis in accordance with the City Financial Sustainability Policy; however, the most recent amendment to the Recreation Fees Bylaw, was in 2020. Staff did not propose changes for 2021 due to the maintenance closure of the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre and the service disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Victoria Music Strategy (2022 – 2026)
Council approved the Victoria Music Strategy and allocated $75,000 from contingency to fund first year implementation action items related to COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts for the music sector. Staff will also make an application to Destination Greater Victoria to add to the City's contribution of $75,000 as a part of this project.
Third-Party Public Infrastructure Proposals
Regarding a number of third-party proposals the City has received from community groups for public infrastructure on municipal property, Council has directed staff to:
- Prepare an agreement with the Toby Family to install a proposed Skateable Bench at Vic West Park
- Update the 2022 Financial Plan and reallocate the necessary staff resources required to support a proposal from the Old Cemeteries Society for entry gates at Ross Bay Cemetery and add $2,000 to the 2023 Financial Plan for on-going operating expenses; and request that the Old Cemeteries Society reach out to the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations to see if they are interested in providing input on this proposed gate, and that staff report back to Committee of the Whole with information in this regard from the Old Cemeteries Society
- Update the 2022 Financial Plan and reallocate the necessary staff resources required to support a proposal from the Peninsula Streams Society for the Lime Bay Park Beach Enhancement and move forward with the environmental assessment of the Banfield Park waterfront and mud flats in 2022
- Update the 2022 Financial Plan and reallocate the necessary staff resources required to formalize arrangements with School District 61 and Aryze Developments to support the Fifth Street Playground on the City land located at 2550-2560 Fifth Street and report back to Council; proceed with a playground for the downtown in 2022; and defer the Bushby upgrade until 2023
Canada Day 2022
Council has directed staff to reach out to the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations to inquire as to their interest in participating in or co-hosting a July 1 event, and direct staff to:
- apply for a Canadian Heritage grant for an event that includes fireworks
- invite third-party contributions
- focus on a modest, family-friendly event oriented around Indigenous culture and performances by primarilylocal artists.
Staff will also engage the Welcoming City task force to seek their input in terms of multi cultural activities on July 1, and having a family friendly children's activity.
At the request of Councillor Thornton-Joe, the Councillor’s appointment as liaison for Canada Day has been revoked. Council has expressed appreciation for her years of service in this regard and requested the Mayor work with staff to develop terms of reference for a Canada Day subcommittee of Council to assist staff with planning the event.
Council Member Motion: Making Victoria a Bird Friendly City
Council has endorsed and sent forward to the 10-year OCP review the following:
- Developing bird friendly design guidelines for implementation across the City of Victoria, building off the work already envisioned as part of the Downtown Core Area Plan Design Guidelines update.
Council Member Motion: Support for the Arts on View Society
Council has endorsedin principle the vision of the Arts on View Society to create a performance arts hub at 751/753 View Street and request that the Mayor write a letter of support.