September 17, 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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PUBLIC HEARING: 202 Raynor Avenue – Rezoning Application, Development Permit with Variances and Heritage Alteration Permit with Variances
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning Application, a Development Permit with Variances and Heritage Alteration Permit with Variances for 202 Raynor Avenue. This application will allow for construction of a new small lot, with variances to the front yard setback.

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PUBLIC HEARING: 404 Henry Street – Heritage Designation
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Heritage Designation for 404 Henry Street.

PUBLIC HEARING: 727-729 Johnson Street: Heritage Designation
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Heritage Designation for 727-729 Johnson Street.

Permissive Property Tax Exemptions
Council approved 2021-2022 off-cycle permissive tax exemption applications from five organizations totalling $12,004 in municipal taxes. Already approved exemptions for the 2020-2022 tax years total $1,986,711 or 1.39% of the City’s 2020 tax levy. Approximately $306,525 in off-cycle permissive tax exemptions can be approved without exceeding the City’s 1.6% cap.

In addition, staff will report back no later than the first quarter of 2021 on options and implications for revising the Permissive Tax Exemption policy to provide exemptions for community centers owned and operated by ethno-cultural groups. 

Council Member Motion: Rodenticides in the City of Victoria
Council voted to adopt the policy of introducing a complete ban on use of anticoagulant rodenticides on all City of Victoria-owned properties, with immediate effect. Staff will communicate this policy direction to residents and businesses, including information on the harmful impacts of anticoagulant rodenticides and the availability of more ecologically sustainable alternatives. The City will incorporate humane practices in regards to pest control in all City of Victoria properties.

In addition, the Mayor will write to the provincial Minister of Environment requesting that the Provincial government introduce a province-wide ban on the use of anticoagulant rodenticides to increase protection for wildlife species.