February 8, 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.

Development Variance Permit for 2695 Capital Heights
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a development permit for 2695 Capital Heights that removes the requirement to construct a sidewalk based on the developer, neighbours and other community stakeholders developing an alternative greenway design to front the property in consultation with City staff. Should an alternate design be confirmed, funding to construct the greenway will come from the developer and interested neighbours or groups through a Local Improvement Program tax levy or other means.

Rezoning and Development Permit with Variances Application for 1410 Myrtle
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve an application for 1410 Myrtle Avenue that permits subdividing the existing lot into two small lots while retaining the existing single family dwelling and constructing a new single family dwelling. Council approved the application on the condition that staff work with the applicant to pursue design changes that would address privacy concerns in relation to the property at 1414 Myrtle.

Amendment to the R1-G Zone, Gonzales Single Family Dwelling District
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve this amendment that would update building siting regulations applicable to waterfront lots. 

Tax Incentive Program Application No. 00028 for 727-729 Johnson Street (Downtown):
Council instructed the City Solicitor to prepare a Tax Exemption Bylaw for 727-729 Johnson Street (Garesche Stables & Offices) for 10 years to assist in the rehabilitation of this heritage building. Within the final motion, Council decided that a covenant identifying the tax exemption be registered on the title to the property and any possible future strata titles; and that the final costs of seismic upgrading be verified by the Victoria Civic Heritage Trust.

Storm Water Utility and Rainwater Rewards Update
Council was presented with a report providing information and recommendations regarding an update on the Storm Water Utility and Rain Water Rewards credit and rebate program. Council approved that the Rainwaters Rewards rebate pilot program be extended and that the Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water Utilities Bylaw be amended to reflect the practices for imposing fees and charges with respect to strata lot premises. Council also asked staff to report back on the implications of removing the street cleaning fee from the utility.

Archives Digitization Project
Council received a report on the new Archives Online Search database that launched this week which provides online, searchable access to the City’s archival collections. More than 10,000 digitized archival photos and records are now accessible online. To check out the new online archives go here. 

Uniform Business Regulations for Plastic Packaging
Council endorsed a resolution regarding business regulations for plastic packaging to be forwarded to the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities (AVICC) and to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM). 

Climate Accountability for Fossil Fuel Companies
Council endorsed a resolution regarding climate change accountability for fossil fuel companies for consideration by the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities (AVICC). 

Protecting Coastal Communities and Waterways from Oil Spills
Council endorsed a resolution that calls for the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities (AVICC) to endorse the efforts of the Province of BC to introduce regulations that will safeguard coastal communities and waterways from harm caused by oil spills.

Gender-Based Violence Strategy for Youth
Council endorsed a motion regarding gender-based violence strategy for youth for consideration by the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities (AVICC) and by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM). The motion calls for a provincial strategy to be a catalyst for positive cultural change.

Advocacy for Review of Board of Variance Process
Council endorsed a motion regarding the appointment of Boards of Variance by local governments and a call for the provincial government to review the current provisions in the Local Government Act for consideration by the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities (AVICC) and by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM).