June 25, 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 June 18 and 25, 2020 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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PUBLIC HEARING: Development Permit with Variances – 11 Chown Place
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Permit with Variances for 11 Chown Place. The proposal allows for the construction of a new four storey multi-unit residential building.

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Council Member Motion: Alternative Response
Council has directed staff to report back on a process to develop a framework for an accessible, culturally safe, and appropriate Alternative Response model in time for consideration as part of Council’s 2021 budget deliberations, and that this process include research to review and consider other municipalities’ approaches to alternative response models, including the Cahoots model, and consideration of what community wellness and safety means to communities in Victoria.

Council has also directed that the first public dialogue of what community wellness and safety means to communities in Victoria be achieved via a virtual community Town Hall (due to social distancing requirements) and an information gathering period, ensuring a range of opportunities for individuals and communities to engage, and strong representation of those disproportionately harmed within the current system namely Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, TNB2S people, persons with lived and living experience of poverty, homelessness, mental health challenges, or substance use. This engagement will help inform the development of an Alternative Response and other actions that support community wellness and safety.

Council will appoint one or more Council Liaisons to attend the community partner meetings and engagement sessions that are held in the development of the Alternative Response model.

Funding for this initial project development work will be drawn from the remaining research budget in the Community Wellness Task Force budget and the 2020 contingency if needed.