April 19, 2018

City of Victoria

Council Highlights – April 19, 2018

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.

28 Bastion Square: A Shared Arts Hub
A presentation to City Council provided an update on the proposed development of 28 Bastion Square (the former location of the Provincial Courthouse and Maritime Museum), as a shared arts hub. The initiative is in the pre-project development stage led by a small working group of representatives from the Downtown Victoria Business Association, the Bastion Square Revitalization Association, the City of Victoria, and the community. The need for affordable and accessible arts space was identified as a major concern and priority by the arts community during the development of the Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan.

Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homeless Presentation
The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homeless presented its 2018/19 Business Plan, which identifies its vision, mission and five strategies which focus on: funding effectiveness, system effectiveness, inclusiveness, evidence-based reporting, and building capacity.

Backup Beepers in the Downtown
At the next quarterly update, a report will be presented on the resources needed to explore what other cities are doing in terms of replacing their fleets’ backup beepers with new technologies due to noise concerns. The report will identify whether there are policies that the City can implement, and whether there are other costs to consider with these alternatives.

Bylaws

Council gave three readings to the following bylaws:

  • Financial Plan
  • Tax Rate
  • 2018 Business Improvement Area
  • 2018 Boulevard Tax
  • Vehicles for Hire Amendments
  • Mobile Bicycle Miscellaneous Amendments
  • Animal Control with an amendment to increase the number of chickens a person may keep on a lot to 15 chickens.

These bylaws will come forward to Council on April 26 for adoption.

Council directed staff to report back on the following additional amendments to the Animal Control Bylaw, or other, appropriate bylaws, to address:

  •  Restricting the storage or composting of manure from poultry kept on the property to closed containers
  • That feed for poultry kept on property, will be stored in closed, rat proof containers
  • How to allow for an application to the city for an exemption to the animal control bylaw