May 23, 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.

Late Night Program Update
Council received an update from staff regarding the Late Night Program, which has been in place since 2010. The City has sustained a safe and welcoming downtown at night with the support of the Late Night Advisory Committee, dedicated police officers, supervised taxi stands, portable urinals and quarterly Multi-agency Task Force tours. In 2018, several workshops were also offered, specific sound impacts on residents were addressed, and the licence agreements for late night food vendors were renewed.

Following the update, Council directed staff to reach out to the “May I?” Project, the Retail Action Network, and the Good Night Out project to invite them to participate in the Late Night Advisory Committee, and connect with downtown service providers and others to include individuals from marginalized communities.

Transitioning from Commercial Horse-Drawn Carriage Operations to E-Carriages
Council referred a motion to phase out commercial horse-drawn carriages back to Committee of the Whole (COTW) pending a delegation from the BC SPCA presenting at a COTW meeting.

Land Use at 950 Kings Road
Council has directed staff to prepare amendments to the Zoning Regulation Bylaw and the Official Community Plan to limit the permitted uses at 950 Kings Road to the following uses:

  • School
  • Park
  • Community centre
  • Gymnasium or fitness centre
  • Daycare centre
  • Art school
  • Cultural centre
  • Community garden
  • Library

Council has also asked for these amendments to restrict the maximum site coverage to the equivalent of the current building footprint and provide setbacks consistent with the existing building. Staff will also explore with stakeholders the potential of 950 Kings Road for future residential or health facility development that includes parkland and appropriate community amenities as part of the development of an updated Hillside Quadra Neighbourhood Plan.

First Quarter Accountability Report
Council received a summary of major achievements, accomplishments and highlights in the first quarter of 2019 to support operation priorities as well as Council’s Strategic Plan.

Read the report and appendices here.

Council Resolutions

Support for Reconciliation Dialogues Grant Applications
Council endorsed a resolution to support a $10,000 grant application submitted by staff to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Urban Communities Partnering for Reconciliation Fund to support the Victoria Reconciliation Dialogues.

Support for Establishment of Regional Food and Farmland Trust
Council endorsed a motion to be submitted to the Capital Regional District Board Chair regarding the establishment of a Regional Food and Farmland Trust, noting that the City of Victoria, as a built-out municipality in the core of the region, does not currently own parcels of land available for inclusion in a Regional Food and Farmland Trust; however the City will advise the CRD if and when parcels become available in the future.

Supporting the Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act
Council supported a resolution to endorse Bill S-238, The Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act, expressing support for protecting shark populations and the role they play in our marine ecosystems by writing to the Prime Minister, and forwarding the motion to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities asking them to encourage other municipalities to express their support for this Bill.

Restoring Provincial Support for Libraries
Council endorsed a resolution to be submitted to the Minister of Education, Premier and all local MLAs strongly advocating for the restoration of library funding to a level that reflects both inflationary cost increases since 2009 and the value of this system to the Province.