September 23, 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 September 2021 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.
PUBLIC HEARING: 1609 Fort Street – Development Variance Permit Application
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Variance Permit Application for 1609 Fort Street. This application will allow expansion of the existing liquor store, and exterior changes.
PUBLIC HEARING: 1306-1330 Broad Street, 615-625 Johnson Street and Parts of 622 and 630 Yates Street – Rezoning Application and Heritage Alteration Permit with Variances (Ducks Block)
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning Application for 1306-1330 Broad Street, 615-625 Johnson Street and Parts of 622 and 630 Yates Street. This application will allow for increased density to facilitate the rehabilitation and designation of a registered heritage building and the construction of a hotel with ground floor commercial uses.
Council Member Motion: Council Liaisons for the IDPAD Committee
Council has assigned Mayor Helps and Councillor Dubow as Council Liaisons to the City of Victoria International Decade of People of African Descent (IDPAD) Advisory Committee.
Learn more about this committee
Permissive Tax Exemptions
Council approved eight additional permissive property tax exemptions to seven organizations for the 2022 budget year. Under current policy, Council considers permissive property tax exemptions on a three-year cycle. Council approved permissive property tax exemptions for 2020 - 2022 in the fall of 2019. Each subsequent year, additional applications are considered by Council.
The City received six applications from ethno-cultural community centres and eight applications from other non-profit organizations for a total of 14 applications. Seven of the applications met the requirements of the City’s Permissive Exemption Policy and were approved. Six applications were not recommended for approval by staff, and one application did not require a permissive tax exemption. Council also directed staff to approve an application for the Royal Canadian Legion Trafalgar Pro Patria Legion Branch for a full exemption for 2022.
Natural Areas Restoration Program
Council voted to add Banfield Park to a list of City Parks receiving special attention for restoration of natural areas. In addition the City’s Natural Areas Restoration Program will be guided by traditional land management practices in partnership with Lekwungen people, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.