February 28, 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: 505, 517, 519 and 521 Quadra Street and 931 Convent Place (Fairfield)
Council approved a Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variance to allow for an increase in density to approximately 2.0:1 floor space ratio and allow construction of a six storey rental apartment building and adjoining rental townhouses.

Learn more about this application.

PUBLIC HEARING: 1516-1564 Fairfield Road (Fairfield)
Council approved a Rezoning Application at this address to permit the use of a storefront cannabis retailer.

Learn more about this application.

PUBLIC HEARING: #100-184 Wilson Street (Vic West)
Council approved a Development Permit with Variance to allow for a new patio and canopies on the north side of the building at Brown’s Crafthouse.

Learn more about this application.

2019 Draft Financial Plan (Budget)
Council has adopted the 2019 Draft Financial Plan, with Council amendments. The Financial Plan will receive final approval in early April, after which the tax rate will be approved. The City’s budget aims to balance the demand to continue providing the City’s approximately 200 services and over 200 capital infrastructure projects with the demand for increased or new services.

Read more about the City’s Budget, including a Budget Summary and Budget Highlights.

Council has also requested that VicPD report back with two versions of the VicPD budget, based on past Council direction and the six new officers approved by the Province:

  1. With inflation plus 1% excluding the employers health tax
  2. With the inflation plus 1% increase inclusive of the employers health tax

Draft 2019-2022 Strategic Plan
Council has adopted the 2019-2022 Draft Strategic Plan, with Council amendments. An updated version will be coming back to Committee of the Whole for adoption on March 14.

Bicycle Master Plan Implementation Strategy Update
Council received an update on the Bicycle Master Plan Implementation Strategy and directed staff to streamline activities in order to complete the entire 32km All Ages and Abilities bicycle network by the end of 2022. Strategies include a modified engagement process, bundled procurement, and reduced design timelines with the support of four new temporary staffing positions from the capital program budget. Additional work will also be undertaken in 2019 to confirm final route alignments and concepts for Gorge Road, to James Bay, to Oak Bay and on Government Street North.

Support for Invictus Games Bid
Council has agreed to provide a letter of support and financial contribution of $20,000 towards a bid to host the 2022 Invictus Games, for the Victoria Invictus Games Society, to be funded from the 2019 Financial Plan allocation for Economic Development Initiatives.

Support for Smart Cities Challenge
Council has approved a letter of support and aligned funding chart for the South Island Prosperity Project’s (SIPP) submission to the Smart Cities Challenge.

Citizens' Assembly Council Committee
Council established a Citizens’ Assembly Council Committee, comprised of Mayor Helps, Council Isitt, Councillor Young and Councillor Loveday. The mandate of the Committee is to work with Victoria Council and with the joint Victoria-Saanich council committee to develop terms of reference for a Citizens’ Assembly on Amalgamation and related processes such as a technical assessment. The Committee will meet with the Saanich Council Citizens' Assembly Committee as needed.

Extended Hours for Our Place
An additional $50,000 from the City’s 2018 budget surplus will be allocated to partner with BC Housing and Island Health to increase the hours and services for Our Place to match winter hours from April 1 to October 31. Council will request that the Province fund the full amount for these extended hours in future years.

Maintaining the City of Victoria’s Cherry Blossom Heritage
Council recognizes the historic importance and symbolic significance of cherry blossom trees, and has directed staff to include the historic importance and symbolic significance of cherry blossom trees when considering what trees to plant. Council has also directed staff to report back with options for maintaining an ongoing presence of cherry trees as part of a regular update on the implementation of the City’s Urban Forest Master Plan.

Recommendations from Accessibility Working Group
Council received recommendations from the Accessibility Working Group (AWG) and requested that staff report back to Council on the progress of these recommendations including:

  • Accessing Council documents and webcasting services
  • Accessibility of the planted environment for people with environmental disabilities
  • Conducting a parking study for City-provided parking to look for any efficiencies
  • To develop and implement a plan to install audible signals at all existing controlled intersections/crossing to be completed by 2021
  • To provide an estimate for the cost of completing analysis of the AWG survey from May 2017
  • To look at accessible artificial lighting, particularly in public areas
  • To host a Town Hall on the topic of improving accessibility
  • Enforcement of portable sign bylaws in the name of pedestrian safety