July 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 July 16, 23 and August 6, 2020 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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2019 Annual Report
Council received the City of Victoria’s 2019 Annual Report for information. The Annual Report provides an overview of major achievements, and significant projects completed during the past year, as well as detailed financials.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 1015 Cook Street: Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances Application
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variances at 1015 Cook Street to increase the density and construct a five-storey residential building with rental dwelling units.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 913-929 Burdett Avenue and 914-924 McClure Street (Mt. St. Angela): Rezoning Application and Heritage Alteration Permit Application
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning Application and Heritage Alteration Permit Application at 913-929 Burdett Avenue and 914-924 McClure Street to construct a seniors residence.

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Council Member Motion: International Decade for People of African Descent
The City of Victoria will join the government of Canada, the province of Ontario and the cities of Toronto and Ottawa in acknowledging the International Decade for People of African Descent for the purpose of promoting respect, protection and fulfillment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, as recognized in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Staff will report back at the Period Two 2020 Update on the resource implications of reporting back as part of the 2021 budget on how to implement the International Decade of People of African Descent from 2021-2024 including: raising awareness; delivering anti-racism training; creating an advisory committee; developing a capacity building grant program; tracking progress with respect to City hiring practices; and creating internship opportunities. 

Strategic Grant Review Committee Recommendations
Council has approved recommendations from the External Grant Review Committee, including grant awards from the Strategic Plan Grant Program to the Burnside Gorge Community Association Family Self-Sufficiency Program for $5,000 from contingency, $4,800 to Theatre SKAM from contingency, and $2,250 to the Archeology in School program from the balance of the continency fund. Additional recommendations included changes to the application form and the application process.        

Council Member Motion: Support for Destination Greater Victoria and VIATEC to Promote Local Economic Recovery
Council has authorized grant funding for VIATEC in the amount of $20,000 and Destination Greater Victoria in the amount of $24,000 requested in their Strategic Grant Plan applications and that this funding be allocated from the 2020 Contingency fund.

Local Government Recommendation for the Herbert Collins Group Inc. at 1010 Cook Street
Council has endorsed an application to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for the Herbert Collins Group Inc. at 1010 Cook Street to receive a provincial cannabis retail store license. Council wishes the Province to make its own deliberations about the fact that this operation remained in operation for up to two weeks following legalization.

Youth Bus Passes - Proposed Funding September to December 2020
Council approved funding of up to $200,000 from the 2020 contingency budget to fund fare free bus passes for youth 18 years and younger who live in the City of Victoria from September to December 2020. Staff will bring forward funding options for the continuation of this program or the establishment of a U-Pass program, based on ridership levels, as part of the 2021 financial planning process.

Council Member Motion: Ending Street Checks in the City of Victoria
Council endorsed a motion declaring that street checks and carding are against the priorities, goals and objectives of the City of Victoria, and will provide a copy of this resolution to the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board. Council will also request that the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board and the Victoria Police Department take immediate action to implement a ban on street checks and carding in the City of Victoria. Council requests that the Police Chief and Director of Police Services present to Council with respect to provincial direction and current VicPD practices with respect to police checks.

Proposed Adjustments to Parking Fees
The City will adjust parking fees as follows effective August 4, 2020 unless otherwise specified:

  • Extend reduced rates for Broughton Street, View Street and Johnson Street parkades:
  • Daily rate - $1 per hour with the 1st hour free
  • Monthly rate - $85Daily maximum $9 for View and Johnson; $5 for Broughton

Yates Street Parkade –

  • Reinstate regular hourly rates
    • 1st hour free
    • 2nd and 3rd hour $2
    • 4th hour and beyond $3
  • Reduced daily maximum of $14.50
  • Increase the monthly rate to $175 effective September 1, 2020

Centennial Square Parkade

  • Reinstate regular hourly rates
    • 1st hour free
    • 2nd and 3rd hour $2
    • 4th hour and beyond $3
  • Reduced daily maximum of $14.50
  • Increase the monthly rate to $130 effective September 1, 2020

Reduced parking lot rates:

  • Royal Athletic Park - $1 per hour with a $5 daily maximum
  • Royal Theatre and Wharf Street parking lots - $2 per hour with a $12 maximum

Reinstate enforcement of all unmetered time-limited zones

2020 Strategic Plan Grants - Second Stream for COVID-19
Council has approved a total of $250,000 for a second intake of Strategic Plan Grants related to COVID-19 recovery, to be dispersed amongst 21 community organizations.