Sep 13, 2017

These preliminary Council meeting highlights present an overview of selected agenda items only. Please refer to the meeting minutes for full details. In the event that there is a discrepancy between documents, the minutes prevail. We encourage you to get all the details at: www.colwood.ca/councilmeetings.


Mayor’s Messages

  • ShakeZone is coming to Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre on Thursday, Se­ptember 14th from 10am until 6pm. Experience what it would feel like to be in a major earthquake.
  • ICBC is urging drivers to say no to their cell phones while driving – Texting is now responsible for more deaths than drunk driving. Say no to your phone.
  • The Colwood Seaside Festival happens on Sunday, September 17th. This free family event at Fort Rodd Hill features horse drawn carriage rides, activities for kids and much more.
  • Colwood Volunteer Firefighters Association Fundraising Golf Tournament also takes place Sunday, September 17. $480 for a team $120 for an individual – all proceeds provide scholarships for Colwood graduates.
  • Ovarian Cancer Walk for Hope – took place last weekend at Royal Roads University with its largest participation to date. A single participant was the leading fundraiser, contributing over $18,000 to Ovarian Cancer research.
  • CISV presents the movie I am Eleven on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Royal Bay Secondary School. The movie talks to 11 year olds around the world, offering a glimpse into the young mind to provide a powerful insight into the future of our world.

New policy for the management of trees on City land

Council adopted the new tree management policy. Preserving trees is a priority for Colwood that has been reinforced by significant community input into the Making Waves Official Community Plan update. This new policy makes it clear that tree removal on City property will only be considered in certain circumstances, such as when trees are dangerous, unhealthy, or an impediment to city services or infrastructure. City trees will be pruned and maintained as needed to protect public safety and promote tree health.   Read the report AND Read the public news release

Looking at opportunities for more sports fields – Council resolved to work with West Shore Parks and Recreation to identify partnership opportunities with the Sooke School District and neighbouring communities do develop additional multi-use all weather turf fields on the Westshore. Read the letter

Working Group for McPherson Playhouse and Royal Theatre: Councillor Cynthia Day will represent Colwood on the working group to keep abreast of progress on this topic.  Read the letter

Support for West Shore Arts Council Grant: Council will provide a letter of support for the West Shore Arts Council application for a BC Arts Council Grant  Read the letter

Opposing For-Profit Airport Privatization – Council will provide a letter to the National Airlines Council of Canada opposing for-profit Airport Privatization Read the letter

Smart City Group – Councillor Rob Martin is the City’s representative on the South Island Prosperity Project, which is exploring opportunities to apply for a $10 million Smart Cities grant. The group will be hosting a symposium to gather public input regarding grant opportunities.

Galaxy Motors sign: Council resolved not to issue a development variance permit for a new sign at Galaxy Motors. The proposed sign is larger than allowed in the sign bylaw and would have an overly imposing impact on the area.  Read the report

Request to remove trees on Claudette Court: Council denied this request as the trees are within a development permit area which is also subject to a conservation covenant. Read the report

Colwood Corners parking variance: Council approved the variance to allow 264 of the 737 underground parking spaces to have small car dimensions, with a slightly smaller width of 2.5m rather than 2.6m.  Small car spaces will represent 36% of the total parking spaces. Read the report

Permissive Tax Applications: Council approved applications for tax exemptions in 2018 for the Children’s Health Foundation of Greater Victoria, Pacific Centre Family Services Association, and the Society for the Arts on the South Island (Coast Collective). One application, submitted by Youth for Christ, was referred to the Grant in Aid process.  Read the report

Bylaws

  • Bylaw No. 1695 Colwood Main Sewer Local Area Service Bylaw Establishment and Loan Authorization (3440 Fulton Road) – Received final reading
  • Bylaw No. 1696 Colwood West Sewer Local Area Service Bylaw Establishment and Loan Authorization (3440 Fulton Road) – Received final reading
  • Bylaw No. 1697 Colwood Main Sewer Local Area Service Bylaw Establishment and Loan Authorization (3470 Fulton Road) – Received final reading
  • Bylaw No. 1698 Colwood West Sewer Local Area Service Bylaw Establishment and Loan Authorization (3470 Fulton Road) – Received final reading
  • Bylaw No. 1699 Noise Control Bylaw (Royal Colwood Golf Club) – Received final reading