April 11, 2019

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. We welcome anyone who would like to receive Council Highlights to email us at engage@victoria.ca.

Public Hearing: Rezoning Application for 1150 McClure Street (Rockland)
Following a public hearing, Council approved a Rezoning Application for the property at 1150 McClure Street to permit the construction of a detached single-family dwelling with two basement rental suites.

Learn more about the proposal here.

Public Hearing: Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances for 430 Parry Street (James Bay)
Following a public hearing, Council approved a Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances for 430 Parry Street to construct a four to five storey residential strata building.

Learn more about the proposal here.

Public Hearing: Development Permit with Variances for 1491 Edgeware Road and 2750 Gosworth Road (Oaklands)
Following a public hearing, Council approved a Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances for 1491 Edgeware Road and 2750 Gosworth Road to rezone two vacant lots into four small lots.

Learn more about the proposal here.

Direction for 2020 Victoria Police Department Budget
Council has requested that VicPD examine the following measures as part of the 2020 budget process:

  • Consolidation of exempt management positions
  • Discussions with City of Victoria staff to identify potential efficiencies and cost savings to VicPD through the potential transfer of delivery of some functions from VicPD civilian employees to direct City of Victoria delivery of services, with cost recovery from the Township of Esquimalt.
  • Submission of detailed, transparent, and available information in time for public consultation inline with the rest of the City of Victoria budget.

Change to Liquor Licence - for 301 Cook Street (Beagle Pub)
An application to the Liquor Licensing Agency for the Beagle Pub has been endorsed by City Council. The application requests a change of hours to 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. 

Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan Update
Staff presented a draft neighbourhood plan, design guidelines and proposed Official Community Plan (OCP) amendments for the Fairfield neighbourhood based on previous Council direction which built on public engagement. Council recommended further focused community engagement and returning with the proposed plan, guidelines and OCP amendments for adoption later this spring. Council directed a minor change to the proposed future direction for Fairfield Plaza. As part of future implementation work, Council directed staff to prepare an economic analysis and option for pre-zoning certain lots for four-and-six-plex developments with significant affordability requirements.

Read the staff report and draft neighbourhood plan as presented to Council.

Annual Parking Services Update
Council has directed an amendment to the Streets and Traffic Bylaw to authorize charging fees for metered on-street parking on Sundays. Sunday rates will be at $2 per hour in 90 minute zones, and $1 per hour in other areas, with a four hour time limit. City parkades will continue to offer free parking on Sundays. Monthly parkade rates were also increased, in order to encourage space for short term parkers.

Liquor Licence Application – Lounge Endorsement to a Manufacturer’s Licence (brewing) for Herald Street Brew Works at 506 Herald Street
An application to the Liquor Licensing Agency for a lounge in addition to a manufacturer’s licence for Herald Street Brew Works has been endorsed by City Council. Council’s endorsement for the application comes with hours of operation from 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with an occupant load of 178 persons.

2019 Tax Rates
Council approved 2019 tax rates based on current policy as follows:

Residential                    3.1564
Utility                             31.6048
Major Industrial             10.9821
Light Industrial              10.9821
Business                       10.9821
Rec/Non Profit              7.1031

The overall revenue increase for property taxes equals $5.2 million or 3.98%. Including utilities, the average increase is 3.52% for residential properties and 3.77% for business properties. Allocating

the property tax increase per the current Revenue and Tax Policy equates to an increase of $97 for an average residential property assessed at $805,000 and $272 for a typical business property assessed at $644,000.

Paid Leave for Employees Who Have Experienced Violence
The Mayor will write, on behalf of Council, to the Provincial Minister of Labour indicating the City’s support for amendments to the Employment Standards Act to provide a minimum of ten days paid leave to employees who have experienced intimate, personal and relationship violence, to provide a measure of economic security for employees to leave violent relationships in order to keep themselves and their children safe.

Council Resolutions:

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Special Advocacy Fund
Council endorsed a resolution to approve $6,000 from budget surplus to cover Victoria participation in the FCM Special Advocacy Fund. The fund with drive an ambitious campaign to reach out to every federal party to keep municipal priorities front and centre heading into and through the Federal election in 2019, as well as in the crucial first months of a new government. 

Subsidies to Fossil Fuel Companies
Council endorsed a resolution that was submitted to the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities (AVICC) calling on the Provincial Government to end all subsidies to fossil fuel companies and to invest the money instead in climate change mitigation and adaptation activities being undertaken by local governments in a predictable and regularized funding formula, and that the Union of BC Municipalities through the FCM call on the Federal government to end all subsidies to fossil fuel companies and to invest the money instead in climate change mitigation and adaptation activities being undertaken by local governments in a predictable and regularized funding formula.