March 14, 2019

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.

PUBLIC HEARING: 1303 Fairfield Road – Fairfield United Church (Fairfield)
Council approved a Rezoning Application to allow for a new 4-storey mixed-use building including rental apartments, retail space and a church sanctuary.

Learn more about this application.

PUBLIC HEARING: 700 Government Street - Milestones (Downtown)
Council approved a Rezoning Application at this address to allow an expansion to the existing restaurant patio.

Learn more about this application.

PUBLIC HEARING: 3147 Douglas Street – Mayfair Mall (Burnside Gorge)
Council approved a Development Variance Permit to allow Mayfair Mall a variance to the Sign Bylaw to increase the size of exterior signage.

Learn more about this application.

2019-2022 Strategic Plan
Council has adopted the 2019 to 2022 Strategic Plan with Council amendments. The Strategic Plan sets out outcomes, and actions to achieve those outcomes, in each of the eight strategic objectives:

  • Good Governance and Civic Engagement
  • Reconciliation and Indigenous Relations
  • Affordable Housing
  • Prosperity and Economic Inclusion
  • Health, Well-Being and a Welcoming City
  • Climate Leadership and Environmental Stewardship
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Strong, Liveable Neighbourhoods

Fourth Quarter 2018 Update
Council received an update detailing the City’s activities and accomplishments on major projects, initiatives, programs and budgets related to the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan and the 2018 Financial Plan. Some of the major accomplishments for that period include co-hosting the World Junior Hockey Championships, receipt of the 2018 Award of Excellence for Cultural Planning from the Creative City Network of Canada for the Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan, on-going initiatives to further affordable housing objectives, a variety of new and inclusive swim programs, and completion of the Cecelia Park Playground improvements. In addition to these major projects, the City continues to provide over 200 programs and services to citizens, businesses and visitors on a daily basis.

Read the staff report and Operational Plan Progress Report.

Mobile Bicycle Vending Pilot Review
A mobile bicycle vending pilot has been extended into a continuous program with some revisions as part of amendments to the Street Vendors Bylaw. The program was piloted in 2017 and 2018, and includes licensing rules similar to mobile food truck and cart vending regulations at special events and on private property.

Read the staff report.

Cannabis Provincial Licensing Referrals
Council approved four applications for cannabis retail operations to the Provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, provided applicants are in compliance with relevant City permits and bylaws. These four locations include:

  • 778 Fort Street (Cloud Nine Collective)
  • 851 Johnson Street (Clarity Cannabis)
  • 603 Gorge Street East (Clarity Cannabis)
  • 1402 Douglas Street (The Original FARM)

A fifth application at 3055A Scott Street (The Original FARM) has been referred to an opportunity for public comment at a Council meeting, as the operations are within 100 meters of a school.

Climate Emergency Declaration
Council has declared a climate emergency, committing to the objective of achieving carbon neutrality in the City of Victoria by 2030. Council has also directed staff to report back on the resource implications and potential amendments to the Climate Leadership Plan that may be required to meet this objective. The Mayor, on behalf of Council, will write to the CRD Board Chair as well as Mayors and Councils of the 12 other municipalities in the region, advising them of this action and encouraging them to report favourable to the CRD Board Chair’s request to declare a climate emergency and work toward carbon neutrality in each municipality by 2030 as well. The Mayor will also write to the Provincial and Federal governments calling on these levels of governments to make the powers and resources available to make the region’s 2030 target possible.