February 13, 2020

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 February 13, 2020 Council Meeting. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 1442 Elford Street – Rezoning and Heritage Designation (Fernwood)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning and Heritage Designation application to convert the existing building to a house conversion.

Read more about this application in the Development Tracker

PUBLIC HEARING: 1017-1023 Cook Street – Development Permit with Variances (Harris Green)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Permit with Variances to add residential units in the existing space with exterior changes and a parking variance.

Read more about this application in the Development Tracker

1040 Moss Street (Greater Victoria Art Gallery) – Development Permit Application
Council authorized a Development Permit for 1040 Moss Street (Greater Victoria Art Gallery), that would result in the partial demolition of the existing facility, and the construction of two new storeys to create a new four-storey facility, while retaining the heritage registered Spencer Mansion.

Ogden Point Master Plan – Update and Extension of Timelines
Council has directed staff to work with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to prepare an amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Ogden Point to extend the completion date of the Ogden Point Master Plan to December 31, 2025. Council added a section to the MOU, specifying that between now and 2025 these three issues be addressed:

  • The installation of shore power
  • A transportation plan for how passengers and traffic related to the cruise ships move through James Bay, including a reduction in public health and environmental impacts associated with ground transportation
  • A higher percentage of materials coming off the ships be diverted from the landfill

Development Cost Charges
Staff will bring forward an amendment Bylaw to establish a Consumer Price Index-based 2.5 % increase to Development Cost Charges.

2019 Annual Progress Report – Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan
Following an annual update from staff on the Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan, Council approved an exemption for high-profile garden locations from the City-wide garden bed naturalization program, including the north west corner of Topaz Park, a portion of the planters along Government and Belleville Streets, and Centennial Square, as well as the cenotaph at Pioneer Square. The garden bed naturalization program involves transitioning garden beds to native and adaptive plants that are drought resistant, pollinator friendly, and lower maintenance.

Support for FIBA Olympic Qualifier Basketball Tournament 2020
Council approved $90,000 in financial support towards hosting the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifier Tournament at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and related community festival, to be funded through the contingency budget.

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Grant Funding Application
Staff will submit a grant application for $7.5 million in funding for sewer projects to reduce inflow and infiltration through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Green Infrastructure, Environmental Quality Sub-Stream. If the grant application is approved, the City will enter into a shared cost agreement with the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.  

Council Member Motions

  • Endorsement of a Universal School Food Program for BC
    The City endorses the efforts of the Coalition for Healthy School Food to advocate for a universal, cost-shared healthy school food program. This support is based on a shared belief that all children and youth in British Columbia should have daily access to healthy food at school.

  • Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction (MMHA) and Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC) – Community Action Initiative: Community Wellness and Harm Reduction Grant
    Council endorsed a project application to take advantage of a Provincial funding opportunity to bring stakeholders together to envision a multi-partner, effective, comprehensive wrap-around harm reduction service for Victoria