October 8, 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 8, 2020 Council Meeting. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 2920 Prior StreetRezoning Application, Development Variance Permit and Development Permit with Variances Application
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning Application, Development Variance Permit and Development Permit with Variances Application for 2920 Prior Street. This application will allow for retention of the existing house and permit a garden suite, and to subdivide the property for a new small lot.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 2615-2629 Douglas Street: Heritage Designation Application
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Heritage Designation for 2615-2629 Douglas Street.

Child Care in Victoria Action Plan
Staff will report back to Council at the Term 3 Update on the Financial and Human Resource implications to implement the recommendations that are within municipal jurisdiction for a child care action plan.

Accessibility Framework and Policy Update
Council approved the Accessibility Framework and Terms of Reference for a new Accessibility Advisory Committee with amendments, including changes to the mandate of the current committee to transition work to the new committee, composition of the committee from seven members to nine, and limiting membership to people with lived experiences of accessibility challenges.                       

Appointment of Auditor
Council has appointed BDO Canada LLP as the City's auditor for the financial reporting years 2020-2024.

Council Member Motion: Keep Growing, Victoria
Council has endorsed, in principle, the continuation of Get Growing, Victoria! as an annual program. This free food seedlings distribution program, created by the City in partnership with community and non-profit organizations, supports community resilience, food security and learning how to grow food at home.

Staff will report back on the results of the 2020 Get Growing, Victoria! program and on the implications of continuing the program annually starting in 2021, and will invite input from the Urban Food Table and other stakeholders on the continuation of the program.

Build Back Victoria and Business Recovery from Pandemic Bylaw Review
Council has extended the Build Back Victoria Program until October 31, 2021, including the pedestrian priority on Government Street, to support local businesses with their recovery during the ongoing pandemic. Staff will check in with Council by the end of March 2021 with any proposed improvements. Staff will also provide an update with a recommendation on whether Government Street should be closed between Fort and View Streets for the spring/summer season.