CITY COUNCIL BRIEFS: Victoria not keen on funding new curling facility

Zoning bylaws reviewed for sloped-lot construction; Taxes due July 4 – even with a postal strike

The Victoria Curling Club building will need replacement by 2015, and it’s sending out feelers for potential partners.

The new facility, which the club wants to build near the Save On Foods Memorial Arena, would cost approximately $15 million.

Director of parks recreation and culture Kate Friars recommended against supporting the project with a grant or loan.

Friars also recommended to city council that any new or redeveloped municipal recreation complex not include curling.

The Victoria Curling Club has 1,000 members, 84 per cent of which are from outside the municipality.

The club leases an eight-sheet facility at 1952 Quadra St. owned by the city for a nominal $1. The city foregoes $48,000 per year in taxes from the facility.

 

Zoning bylaws reviewed for sloped-lot construction

When a house is built on a sloping site, it often appears taller on one side.

This can impact a neighbours’ privacy and neighbourhood character, and it’s an issue the city planning department will deal with in its ongoing project to improve zoning regulation bylaws.

The issue of dumping or removing soil will also be examined. Victoria city does not regulate this, but many municipalities in the Capital Regional District do. Through study, the city will decide whether it is beneficial to adapt similar regulations.

On the long-term to-do ist, but delayed for now, is a comprehensive review of parking.

 

Taxes due July 4 – even with a postal strike

Postal strike or not, homeowners must meet their property-tax deadline: July 4 at 4:30 p.m.

There are many options for paying the bill that don’t rely on snail mail.

Most banks accepts property taxes online. Alternatively, make your payment at City Hall by post-dated cheque in the drop-box, located at the Pandora Avenue entrance, or  at the Public Service Centre, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The centre accepts cash, cheque and interact, but not credit cards.

Preparing for next year’s taxes, residents can enrol in the city’s monthly, automatic pre-payment program.