October 1, 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 September 17 and October 1, 2020 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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Advocacy to Expand the Extreme Weather Response to Non-winter Extreme Weather Events
The Mayor will write to the Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs and BC Housing, advocating for the Extreme Weather Response to be expanded to open shelters and provide other necessary services during non-winter extreme weather events including when poor air quality presents a health risk.

848 Yates Street: Development Permit Application (Downtown)
Council declined a Development Permit for 848 Yates Street and proposed modifications to the through-block walkway and terms of the statutory right-of-way.

Village and Corridor Planning: Summary of Early Engagement, Next Steps and Required Consultation
Council has directed staff to develop policy recommendations regarding village and corridor planning to inform potential Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment bylaws following consultation, and in accordance with feedback received. Consultation and engagement will continue this fall and winter with opportunities for the public and community groups to learn about and provide input on draft directions, including information about child care coverage in the neighborhoods and calls for ideas to address the shortages. 

Council Member Motion: Selkirk Water Floating Swimming Platform
Staff willwrite to Transport Canada indicating that the City of Victoria supports the ongoing use of the floating swimming platform in the Selkirk Water for recreational use and enjoyment by the public and believes this use is compatible with other uses of the Selkirk Water, including navigation.In addition,staff will report back on the suitability of the existing location and recommendations, with a view towards minimizing the impact on the marine ecology.    

Municipal By-Election
A municipal by-election will be held in the City of Victoria on December 12, 2020 to replace one vacant seat on Council. A Chief Election Officer and Deputy Chief Election Officers have been appointed to oversee the election. The Chief Election Officer will send a formal request to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for a Ministerial Order to facilitate a by-election during the pandemic including legislative changes to respond to enhanced mail ballot voting, reduced touch points and other pandemic-related matters that may be required. A budget addition of up to $350,000 has been approved from the Financial Stability Reserve for additional costs related to the election including increased staffing and COVID-19 health and safety measures.