January 23, 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 January 23, 2020 Council Meeting. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 1216 Richard Street – Development Permit with Variances (Fairfield)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Permit with Variances to convert the existing building to four dwelling units.

Read about this application in the Development Tracker 

Downtown Heritage Buildings Seismic Upgrade Fund
Council has authorized a grant from the Downtown Heritage Seismic Upgrade Fund to the Victoria Civic Heritage Trust (VCHT) equal to the current ($150,411) and pending ($67,668) amounts in the fund to support its Seismic Parapet Incentive Program, subject to the VCHT entering into a grant agreement with the City of Victoria.

Topaz Park Improvement Plan Construction Funding
Council has approved the following investments for Topaz Park in the 2020 Financial Plan, to be funded through existing City capital reserves:

  • $4.22 million to complete the artificial turf field replacement project, and
  • $3.25 million to complete a skateboard park, bike park, and related supporting infrastructure

Local Government Recommendation for Pacificanna, 1560-1564 Fairfield Road
An application to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for a provincial cannabis retail store licence for Pacificanna at 1560-1564 Fairfield Road has been endorsed by City Council, subject to the applicant’s compliance with City bylaws and permits.

Application for a New Liquor Primary Licence for Kwench Culture Club, 20131 Store Street
An application to the Liquor Licensing Agency for a new Liquor Primary Licence for Kwench Culture Club has been endorsed by City Council, with operating hours of 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and with a total occupant load of 265 people.

Application for a Lounge Endorsement to a Manufacturer’s Licence for Vancouver Island Brewing,  2330 Government Street
An application to the Liquor Licencing Agency for lounge endorsement added to the manufacturer’s licence of Vancouver Island Brewing has been endorsed by City Council, having hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, and an occupant load of 86 people.

Application for an Entertainment Endorsement for the Union Club of British Columbia’s Food Primary Licence, 805 Gordon Street
An application to the Liquor Licencing Agency for an entertainment endorsement added to a Food Primary Licence at the Union Club has been endorsed by City Council, having existing hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays, and an existing occupant load of 759 people.

Council Member Motions

Advocacy to Increase Tipping Fees for International Solid Waste to Preserve the Capacity of the Hartland Landfill
Council will request that the Capital Regional District (CRD) amend the Hartland Landfill Tipping Fee and Regulation Bylaw to increase the tipping fee for disposal of international solid waste from cruise ships and other sources, and direct staff to engage the CRD on this potential bylaw amendment. The Mayor will also write to the CRD board, copying Mayors and Council of municipalities in the region, requesting favourable consideration of this request.

Support for Universal Health Coverage for Prescription Contraception in British Columbia
Council endorsed a resolution for consideration at the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) convention to call on the Provincial Government to make all prescription contraception in BC available at no cost under the Medical Services Plan. The resolution will also be forwarded to the Minister of Health and local members of the Legislative Assembly.

Endorsement of Declaration of Solidarity with the Wet’suwt’en People
Council endorsed a resolution calling on the Governments of British Columbia and Canada to suspend permits authorizing construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline and commence good-faith consultation with the Wet’suwet’en People, and to end any attempt at forced removal of Wet’suwet’en People from their traditional territories and refrain from any use of coercive force against Wet’suwet’en People seeking to prevent the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through non-violent methods. This resolution will be sent to the Premier of British Columbia, copying the Solicitor General and Members of the Legislative Assembly representing constituencies in the Capital Region.

AVICC and UBCM Advocacy Motions Passed by the Renters’ Advisory Committees
Council endorsed the following resolutions to be forwarded for consideration at the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities convention:

  • That the Union of British Columbia Municipalities request that the Province amend the Community Charter to grant municipalities the option of setting different property tax rates for land and improvements
  • That the Province amend the Residential Tenancy Act to strengthen standards of property maintenance that set out a breadth of health, safety, and security standards, and establish enforcement mechanisms that ensure adherence to these standards 
  • That the Province amend the Residential Tenancy Act to reduce “no pet” clauses in lease agreements in British Columbia as long as responsible ownership and animal welfare issues are also considered.