September 3, 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 3 and 10, 2020 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.
PUBLIC HEARING: 1400 Quadra Street and 851 Johnson Street – Rezoning Application
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning Application for 1400 Quadra Street and 851 Johnson Street. This application will allow for the use of Storefront Cannabis Retailer at 1400 Quadra Street and remove the use of Storefront Cannabis Retailer from 851 Johnson Street.
PUBLIC HEARING: 1118 Princess Avenue – Development Variance Permit
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Development Variance Permit at 1118 Princess Avenue. This application will allow for a classroom building located over two lots. The proposal requires variance for building over the property line and side yard setbacks.
PUBLIC HEARING: 2558 Quadra Street – Rezoning Application and Development Permit with Variance
Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to approve a Rezoning Application at 2558 Quadra Street. This application will allow for a mixed use 5 storey affordable rental building with commercial use on the ground level.
City Response on Sheltering During the Pandemic
Council has approved amendments to the Parks Regulation Bylaw. Amendments to this bylaw were formally adopted by Council at the Special Council Meeting of September 14.
The following temporary adjustments were approved:
- No prohibition on daytime sheltering in accordance with Council direction of May 21, 2020
- Limitation on maximum size of a shelter (limit footprint of sheltering site)
- Spacing requirements for prevention of fire spread, access for emergency services, and to maintain physical distancing to reduce the spread of infection
- Restrictions on possession of open flame appliances and combustible materials
- Creation of a buffer around areas where sheltering is prohibited in parks, as well as schools
- A clause repealing the amendments 30 days after the last extension of the provincial state of emergency
The following permanent adjusts were approved:
- Adding community gardens and horticultural areas to the list of areas where sheltering is not permitted
- Adding Summit Park, Moss Rock Park, MacDonald Park, South Park, Robert Porter Park and David Spencer Park to the list of parks where sheltering is prohibited
Council also authorized the expenditure of up to $165,000 in 2020, funded from contingencies for additional Bylaw Services resources, and directed staff to include an ongoing annual budget of $491,000 in the draft 2021 Financial Plan, funded by 2021 new property tax revenue from new development.
Council Member Motion: Engagement to Inform City of Victoria Policy Regarding Encampments
Council approved up to $40,161 from the Financial Stability Reserve to facilitate an engagement with people currently sheltering and camping in the City’s parks and will seek potential funding partners. The City will provide a grant to the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness to facilitate that engagement.