City council received its annual Official Community Plan progress report at a recent meeting. Nicole Crescenzi/ VICTORIA NEWS

Council briefs: Growth in urban parts of City outpacing neighbourhood centres

Official Community Plan population projections on target overall

As part of a five-year review of Victoria’s Official Community Plan, which was adopted in 2012, City staff have found that growth in and around neighbourhood centres is not meeting projections.

The fifth annual OCP progress snapshot report delivered to council recently stated that while overall population projections have exceeded targets every year since 2012, rapid growth in the urban core is driving those numbers. Otherwise, staff found that the OCP’s goals, objectives and policies are driving intended outcomes in many areas, from housing and public infrastructure to economic activity and employment growth.

Future considerations related to the OCP, council heard, would be protect Victoria’s employment lands and continue to remove barriers to economic development.

Also discussed at last week’s council meeting:

• An update on the new Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre project, after which council directed staff to look into alternatives for providing parking space for users that would ensure no net loss of green park space, including looking at Royal Athletic Park.

• In voting to remove overnight sheltering as an option in Reeson and Quadra parks, council approved a motion calling for the City to work with BC Housing to ensure no net loss of sheltering spaces in summer 2019, when cold weather beds will be closed and shelter providers are running other programs.

• Council directed staff to investigate how to make City Hall meeting spaces more accessible.

• Late night recommendations, from which motions were approved asking the mayor to write the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch to request more liquor inspectors for Greater Victoria and that Food Primary license holders that consistently serve more alcohol than food be required to switch to a Liquor Primary licence or have a split licence; and that the mayor write to the B.C. Transit Commission to support extended late-night bus service hours.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

city councilCity of Victoria

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: Victoria plumbing company dedicates van for grocery delivery

The Super Plumber uses van to pick up groceries for those in need during COVID-19 pandemic

Fictionalized accounts of pandemics offer glimpses into our COVID-19 present

Contagion might capture the contemporary mood, but pandemics have a long tradition in fiction

B.C. announces $3M for food banks to increase capacity during COVID-19

It is not clear how much of the money will flow towards Greater Victoria food banks

North Saanich drops speed limit on Lands End Road

Speed limit along the road drops to 50 km/h from 60 km/h

VIDEO: Saanich councillor takes residents along for virtual e-bike ride through the CRD

Coun. Colin Plant is taking route requests for future cycling videos

COVID-19: A message from the publisher

We will be making some changes to our print editions during these unprecedented times

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

World COVID-19 update: U.S. expects 100,000 deaths; Oregon declares disaster

Comprehensive update of world news for Sunday, March 19.

B.C. Ferries passengers staying away, as asked, during COVID-19 pandemic

Ferry corporation says ridership down 70-80 per cent over the last week and a half

Sewers stitch masks to free up supplies for front-line health-care workers

“We have little old ladies sewing up a storm,” said Joan Davis

Experts weigh in on best handling of groceries during COVID-19 pandemic

Study suggests the virus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on plastic

Most Read