Letter To Mayor & Council

As the city does not always act on the Official Community Plan (OCP), Victoria Neighbourhood Associations have gotten together to voice our concerns in the following letter:

Victoria Community Association Network 

Re: Council Consideration of OCP Amendments 

Dear Mayor Helps and Council, 

May 9th, 2019 

The member associations of VCAN are united in requesting Council and Staff follow best practices in land use planning by unequivocally upholding the Official Community Plan. 


The Official Community Plan (OCP) is the foundation planning document that governs long term planning and sustainability goals citywide. 

Members of VCAN are concerned that requests for OCP amendments are coming forward on an ad hoc basis with little public consultation and are being considered by Council without the demonstration of a compelling public benefit. Ad hoc OCP amendments require only a 200‐meter public notification distance, while the proposals, if approved, may have far reaching precedence citywide, encouraging further ad hoc amendments to the OCP with the result of the undermining of the public trust placed in our planning process. 

The OCP was contemplated and enacted with the agreement of all of the citizen stakeholders within the community and this bylaw is considered by members of VCAN as an essential piece of the necessary balance between the interests of the development industry and the community. As such, amendments to this guiding document should be infrequent and only when demonstrably in the best interests of the residents of the community. This is consistent with the significance of the citywide engagement process that formed an important part of the development of the OCP and should be the starting point of any evaluation of a proposed development. 

The current unpredictable, frequent and somewhat opaque nature of ad hoc
Official Community Plan (OCP) amendments, and the meager public notification they require, only serve to undermine the public trust placed in the planning process and in local government. They also represent, at base, a failure at the level of implementation to respect the process, consultations and extensive stakeholder engagement directed and undertaken by the city to create the OCP in the first place. 

Request of Mayor and Council: 

The member associations of VCAN are united in requesting the following: 

  1. That no more amendments be granted to Section 6: Land Management and Development (pg 33 ‐ 50) of the OCP, without first requiring and receiving a developer‐funded independent study of where and why changes are being proposed that are contrary to OCP policy. This study must be provided prior to the CALUC meeting and would form part of the public notice.

  2. That for ALL potential OCP amendments, developers provide a detailed rationale that responds to all social and physical policy directions contained in the OCP. This rationale is to be specifically addressed in the first staff report prior to first reading of any OCP amendment bylaw.

In summary, the undersigned VCAN member organizations do not support OCP amendments that do not comply with the two criteria identified above. We ask that these criteria be immediately applied to current developments or initiatives that require an OCP amendment. 

We hope Council will undertake to preserve and support best practice in land use, consistent with other localities and with its own previously expressed intentions, by adopting the same position. 


Burnside Gorge Community Association Downtown Residents Association
Fairfield Gonzales Community Association Fernwood Community Association
Hillside Quadra Neighbourhood Action Committee James Bay Neighbourhood Association 

North Jubilee Neighbourhood Association North Park Neighbourhood Association Oaklands Community Association Rockland Neighbourhood Association South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association Victoria West Community Association 


Upgrade Of Richmond Road Water Main

Upgrading of the Richmond Road water main (on Richmond Road from Coronation Street to Leighton Road) will commence Tuesday March 12 and is expected to take approximately 3 month to complete. Notification to residents who will be affected by the project has been circulated. 

Crews will be on site weekdays from 9am - 3pm, as well as on the occasional evening and Saturday, in order to minimize the impact on surrounding businesses.  It will be single lane alternating traffic for most of the project work.

If there are any questions or concerns residents can contact Paul Marnaik in the Engineering and Public Works Department at 250.361.0507.

Great News !!! - Saanich OKs $5.5M-Deal For Park Edging Royal Jubilee Hospital

“Saanich councillors have agreed to pay $5.5 million for 5.5 acres bordering Royal Jubilee Hospital, with the aim of turning the property into a park.

Councillors agreed on Tuesday to enter a conditional purchase agreement with B.C. Hydro, the owner of the green space in the 1800 block of Kings Road. The municipality is expected to take possession of the property in the fall.

The land, which locals have long called “Kings Park,” became the focus of community controversy about a year ago when residents learned B.C. Hydro had decided to sell it.

Residents organized and made the sale an issue in the last municipal election, gathering political commitments to buy it as a park.

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes said Wednesday that councillors are living up to their commitment to save the land as green space.”

Read more here:

Times Colonist - Saanich OKs $5.5M-deal for park edging Royal Jubilee Hospital

Also read the articles in Oak Bay News:

Saanich In Agreement To Purchase Kings Road Land For $5.5 Million

Saanich Community Group Welcomes Purchase of Kings Park Lands


Recycling News - South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association

Monthly Neighbourhood Recycling News

South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association operates a monthly recycling depot for assorted plastics and other materials not collected by the city, or for apartment dwellers who do not have curbside recycling.

Our depot is available for materials on the 2nd Saturday of every month - 10am – noon

Location - The Bank Street Art School, at the corner of Leighton & Bank Streets.

Our team of monthly recycling volunteers thanks you all for bringing your materials to our drop-off depot. We recently asked the company what happens to the material we collect, and how are we doing with the sorting. Here’s what Jason Adams, manager of reFUSE Resource Recovery said in his letter:

“Being part of Emterra Environmental, we have some of the best end-markets available, both domestically, and internationally.
For plastics, we benefit from a close partnership with Merlin Plastics. They accept all of our plastics. They wash them, grind them, and reform them into pellets that are marketed back to manufacturers that use them in the plastic extrusion processes. It’s a closed loop system. I can pass on praise to you that your customers, and volunteer sorters do an excellent job of preparing the materials to maintain their resource value.”

We wish to remind you of the following: 

  • SJNA pays for this material to be taken away, please remember to bring a donation to cover costs.

  • Please bring clean material only. 

  • Please drop off your materials only during our regular hours, 10am-noon, 2nd Saturday of every month

  • Bags left by our SJNA trailer outside of our normal hours attract rats and crows that make a mess.

  • We always welcome new volunteers! It’s fun and helps the planet.

  • For complete list of what we accept, go to http://www.southjubilee.ca

Make Emergency Preparedness a New Year’s Resolution – Attend a Free Workshop - (many dates throughout 2019)


Are you and your family prepared for an emergency such as a power outage, winter storm, earthquake or tsunami? Your family needs to have enough food, water and supplies to cope for at least seven days without outside assistance, depending on the emergency.

Make emergency preparedness your family’s New Year’s Resolution and attend a free workshop offered by Emergency Management Victoria. Learn about the hazards that can affect Victoria, what to include in your emergency kits, what you can do to protect your home from an earthquake, and how to reunite with your loved ones after a disaster.

Register for a free workshop at emvic@victoria.ca or call 250.920.3373. The 2019 Emergency Preparedness

Workshop schedule is as follows: 

Wednesday, January 23 - 7 – 8:30 pm                                 

James Bay Community School Centre

140 Oswego Street 

Tuesday, February 5 - 1 – 2:30 pm         

Cook Street Village Activity Centre

380 Cook Street

Tuesday, February 19 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Fernwood Community Centre

1240 Gladstone Avenue 

Tuesday, March 5 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Silver Threads Senior Centre

2340 Richmond Road

Wednesday, March 27 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Burnside Gorge Community Centre

471 Cecelia Road

Wednesday, April 3 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Victoria City Hall, Antechamber

Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue

Tuesday, April 16 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Fernwood Community Centre

1240 Gladstone

Tuesday, May 7 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Cook Street Village Activity Centre

380 Cook Street

Wednesday, May 22 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Victoria City Hall, Antechamber

Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue

Thursday, June 6 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Burnside Gorge Community Centre

471 Cecelia Road

Tuesday, June 18 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

James Bay Community School Centre

140 Oswego Street

Tuesday, September 10 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Silver Threads Senior Centre

2340 Richmond Road

Wednesday, September 25 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Fernwood Community Centre

1240 Gladstone Avenue

Wednesday, October 9 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Burnside Gorge Community Centre

471 Cecelia Road

Tuesday, October 22 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Victoria City Hall, Antechamber

Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue

Thursday, November 7 - 1 – 2:30 pm

Silver Threads Senior Centre

2340 Richmond Road

Tuesday, November 19 - 7 – 8:30 pm  

Cook Street Village Activity Centre

380 Cook Street

Free, customized emergency preparedness workshops for business, community groups, and housing complexes are available upon request. 

Emergency Management Victoria is the City of Victoria’s resource for helping our community prepare for an emergency. For more information and to sign up for Vic-Alert, the City’s emergency notification service, visit: VictoriaReady.ca.

For More Information:

Tanya Patterson

Emergency Program Coordinator

Emergency Management Victoria

Cellular: 250.888.3594

Go Victoria: Our Mobility Future Launches January 24

VICTORIA, BC — The City of Victoria is kicking-off 2019 with an event to engage the community on the development of a Sustainable Mobility Strategy that will chart the course for transportation planning and priorities in the City for the next 40 years. Go Victoria: Our Mobility Future will set our plans and priorities to invest in the most transformative ways to move people, goods and services in, out and around the City of Victoria, for generations to come.

Community Event Launch Details:

Date: Thursday, January 24

Where: Victoria Conference Centre

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. – Event starts at 7 p.m.

Limited Seating – Reserve Today: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/go-victoria-our-mobility-future-tickets-54437231224

The audience will hear from an expert panel of speakers and watch a series of short transportation films about how mobility has already shaped Victoria, and what opportunities and challenges lie ahead. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Lilly Shoup – Senior Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft

  • Jeff Tumlin – Transportation Strategy Director, Nelson\Nygaard

  • Gordon Price – Urban Development and Planning Consultant and author of Price Tags

The audience can participate in the discussion, ask questions and provide insights on city-wide transportation and mobility issues. 

 “Victoria and the region need new mobility solutions to help eliminate congestion, pollution and greenhouse gases, while still allowing people the freedom to move and access the things they love,” says Mayor Lisa Helps. “Victoria needs rapid transit links to the West Shore and the Peninsula, safe and enjoyable walking and cycling networks, well-designed parking networks, high-standards of accessibility, and multiple shared and electric mobility options. These are the types of solutions that can help the City thrive.”

The City wants to hear from the public to build the strategy that will map Victoria’s transition to a higher standard of transportation and mobility, defined by integrated, clean, seamless and attractive mobility networks that support all modes of travel. This is the first in a series of community outreach sessions planned for 2019.

To find out more about Go Victoria: Our Mobility Future or reserve a seat visit: https://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/residents/transportation/go-victoria.html 

For More Information:

Bill Eisenhauer
Head of Engagement, City of Victoria


City of Victoria - Draft Strategic Plan - 2019-2022

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City of Victoria - Draft Strategic Plan - 2019-2022

City Council has completed its 2019-2022 Draft Strategic Plan and invites you to provide feedback.

Give a Day to Your City! 

Join us at the  Strategic Plan Engagement Summit!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Victoria Conference Centre 

(Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for registration check-in)

If you’re looking for an inspiring day of sharing ideas, learning together and community building – we invite you to give a day to your city and participate in the City of Victoria’s Strategic Plan Engagement Summit!

Prepare to roll up your sleeves and join your neighbours to dive deep into the proposed Strategic Plan and help set the course for your city over the next four years, as well as levels of engagement in 2019. 

The City’s draft Strategic Plan includes eight objectives and associated actions to direct the City's four-year work plan:

  1. Good Governance

  2. Reconciliation and Indigenous Relations

  3. Affordable Housing

  4. Prosperity and Economic Inclusion

  5. Health, Well-Being and a Welcoming City

  6. Climate Leadership and Environmental Stewardship

  7. Sustainable Transportation

  8. Strong Liveable Neighbourhoods.

Read the 2019 - 2022 Draft Strategic Plan to learn more!

Register Now!

At the event, you’ll deep dive into the strategic objectives and help map out the City’s 2019 Engagement Road Map.

Registration is FREE. Please plan to join us for the day. The event will include complimentary refreshments and a light lunch. Free childminding will be available but space is limited.

We hope you can join us and look forward to your feedback!

Online Survey

Provide your feedback on the City’s 2019 Draft Financial Plan and the 2019-2022 Draft Strategic Plan by completing an online survey by midnight on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Budget Town Hall

Share your input on the City's 2019 Draft Finanical Plan. Mark you calendar and join us for the Budget Town Hall on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Victoria City Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m., or tune into our live webcast.

The Budget Town Hall provides the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback in-person or online from the comfort of your own home. You can submit questions online prior to the event or in real-time during the Budget Town Hall. Learn more.

Council will consider the draft Financial Plan and draft Strategic Plan, as well as all public input received, in early February.

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