October 10, 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: 561 and 565 Toronto Street – Development Permit with Variances (James Bay)
Following a public hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Permit with Variances to construct a multi-unit residential building.

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120 Douglas Street – Heritage Alteration Permit (James Bay)
Council voted to approve a Heritage Alteration Permit for 120 Douglas Street to permit a bicycle storage shed to be constructed beside the former Beacon Hill School.

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Lessons Learned from Victoria’s Local Area Planning Program
Council received a report on lessons learned from Victoria’s Local Area Planning program. Some of those lessons include the importance of defining and clarifying the scope of local area planning and its connection to City-wide objectives; the need to diversify the voices heard through engagement, with a focus on renters, those under age 30, young families and low-to-moderate-income households; and streamlining processes by better connecting planning and implementation in a timely manner. The City will use these lessons to inform the next phases of local area planning.

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Canada Day Celebrations
The City will increase its special event operations budget by $107,000 in the financial planning process to account for police charges previously covered through the Police Board budget for 2020 Canada Day celebrations. Canada Day celebrations in the Inner Harbour have been a fixture for nearly 50 years, with the City assuming responsibility for the festivities in 2006.

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Fare-free Youth Bus Pass Program
A monthly youth bus program is intended to be introduced for Victoria applicants age 18 and younger as soon as possible in 2019. Council will continue to negotiate a reduced fare with the Victoria Regional Transit Commission at the rate of less than $11.50 per month and advocate for a region-wide fare-free program for youths.

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Change to Liquor Licence Recommendation – Union Club of BC
An application to the Liquor Licensing Agency for a change of hours to licence service for the Union Club of BC at 805 Gordon Street has been endorsed by City Council, amending the opening hours from 11 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily and no change to closing hours.

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Liquor Licence Application – 570 Yates Street (Leopold’s Tavern)
An application to the Liquor Licensing Agency for a new Liquor Primary Licence for Leopold’s Tavern at 570 Yates Street has been endorsed by City Council, conditional on amending the closing hours to 12 a.m. daily, also noting the establishment may stay open to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays if the patio is closed at 10 p.m.
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Council Member Motions:

Local Government Support for Urgent and Life-Saving Resolutions in a Public Health Emergency
Council will write to the Premier of British Columbia to express strong support for resolutions on safer drug supply to save lives and observed inhalation sites for overdose prevention.

Affordable Artist Housing in the City of Victoria
Council has directed staff to align the Create Victoria Masterplan with the Victoria Housing Strategy to include the creation of housing for artists as a goal of the Victoria Housing Strategy, and to consider ways to encourage the creation of affordable housing for artists through the implementation of existing policies including the Inclusionary Housing Policy, Housing Reserve Fund, and other relevant policies.