January 11, 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.

Draft 2018-2020 Financial Plan (City Budget)
Council has approved the 2018 Draft Financial Plan.

The 2018 budget allocates resources to ongoing programs and services, as well as capital improvements such as replacing aging pipes and underground infrastructure. In addition, the budget also provides for some new ongoing and one-time services and initiatives, property tax reduction and investment in building and infrastructure reserves, vehicle and heavy equipment replacement, and a parks and greenways acquisition fund.   

With the allocation of new assessed revenue for a property tax reduction, the overall property tax increase is now 2.61%; combined with utility fees, the overall costs to homeowners and businesses would be an increase of 2.71% and 2.66%, respectively, from 2017.  

Read more about the budget.

Retail Sale of Cannabis Applications
Following public hearings, Council voted to approve rezoning applications for 818-826 Johnson Street and 2018-2030 Douglas and 649 Pembroke to allow the sale of cannabis at these locations.

Council voted to decline the following applications to permit the sale of cannabis; these applications will be not be forwarded for consideration at a public hearing:

  • 1038-1040 Fort Street – Rezoning Application
  • 543-549 Herald Street – Temporary Use Permit
  • 2650-2654 Quadra Street – Temporary Use Permit

A rezoning application for 3175-3177 Harriet Street will be forwarded to public hearing. A date for the hearing has not yet been set.

Development Variance Permit for 1265 Vista Heights
Following a public hearing, Council voted to decline a development permit with variance application for 1265 Vista Heights to construct a new single family dwelling with a secondary suite.

Rezoning and Development Permit with Variances for 875 and 877 North Park Street
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a rezoning and development permit with variances for 875 and 877 North Park Street. This application would allow for the construction of three affordable rental units.

Zoning Regulation Bylaw Amendment – Home Occupations
Following a public hearing, Council voted to amend the Zoning Regulation Bylaw, in regards to Schedule D - Home Occupations. This amendment allows more than one home occupation at a single dwelling, provided only one of the home occupations has customers that would attend and park at the dwelling; and to prohibit cannabis-related businesses.

Single-Use Plastic Bags
The City has adopted a bylaw to regulate the business use of single use checkout bags to reduce the creation of waste and associated municipal costs, to better steward municipal property, including sewers, streets, and parks, and to promote responsible and sustainable business practices that are consistent with the values of the community. The bylaw is proposed to take effect July 1, 2018, with enforcement starting, January 2019. The City will launch a multi-faceted awareness campaign following the adoption of the bylaw to prepare businesses, residents, and tourists for the regulation and to help transition from plastic to reusable bags

Indigenous Artist in Residence Program
Artist Lindsay Delaronde’s term as Indigenous Artist in Residence has been extended to December 31, 2018 on a project to project basis, with $61, 500 allocated from the Art in Public Places Reserve Fund.

Resolution on Effective and Efficient Policing and Governance in the Capital Region
Council has passed a resolution calling on the Province of British Columbia to establish and fund a Citizens’ Assembly on Amalgamation with interested municipalities from Greater Victoria. The resolution also notes that the City of Victoria will remain receptive to any initiatives for the creation of a regional police service and that Council request that the Mayor participate in the discussions initiated by Saanich.

Letter To Transport Canada Regarding the Victoria Harbour Airport
Council has agreed to write the Minister of Transport Canada expressing concern over a decade and a half of delay in a regulatory decision regarding the Victoria Harbour Airport and related noise concerns. The letter will indicate the City’s willingness to work with the federal government in the finalization of regulations and requesting that the proposed regulatory amendments be forwarded to this Council in 2018 for consideration and include the report and recommendations from the Task Force in 2006.