October 15, 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 October 15, 2020 Council Meeting. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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210 Gorge Road East – Updated Victoria Housing Reserve Fund Grant
Council has directed staff to maintain a $600,000 grant to this affordable housing project that includes 42 new non-market homes.

Official Community Plan Annual Review – 2019
Council received the Official Community Plan (OCP) Annual Review for information and directed staff to communicate the findings and highlights to the public.  Staff will also prepare amendments to the OCP as part of the adaptive management framework to address alignment with City plans and frameworks including the Climate Leadership Plan, Go Victoria mobility plan, Transgender, Non-Binary and Two Spirit + Inclusion Plan, Accessibility Framework, Victoria 3.0, Equity Framework, Inclusionary Housing and Community Amenity Policy, and Victoria Housing Strategy. These amendments will be referred to the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.

Adjustments to Parking Fees
Council approved the following adjustments to parking fees:

View Street and Broughton Street parkades

  • Hourly rates
      •  1st hour free
      • 2nd and 3rd hour $2
      • o 4th hour and beyond $3
      • o reduced daily maximum of $14.50
    • Increase monthly rate to $200 effective November 1, 2020

 Yates Street Parkade

  • Increase monthly rate to $200 effective November 1, 2020

 Centennial Square Parkade

  • Increase monthly rate to $150 effective November 1, 2020

 Johnson Street Parkade

    • Hourly rates
      • $2 per hour to a daily maximum of $12
      • Increase monthly rate to $175 effective November 1, 2020

Youth Bus Passes - New U-Pass Program
Council has requested approval from the Victoria Regional Transit Commission for a U-Pass program paid by the City of Victoria that provides youth bus passes:

  1. For eligible youth 18 years and younger who reside within the municipality of Victoria
  2. for January 1 to December 31, 2021
  3. Using the following fee structure:
    • Fixed fee of $11.25 per eligible youth aged 11-18 to a minimum of approximately 4,000 youth. The number of eligible youth to be updated every four months
    • Variable fee of $11.25 per pass issued for eligible youth younger than 11

Staff will include a budget of $700,000 in the draft 2021 Financial Plan for the Youth Bus Pass Program, with funding to be determined as part of the 2021 financial planning process.

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Grant Funding Application
Council has approved the submission of a grant application through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Community, Culture and Recreation for $2.4 million in funding and committed the City’s share of $1.853 million for the Topaz Park Artificial Turf Replacement Project.