land use committee


LAND USE COMMITTEE


Local Area Plan (LAP) – update process

The City is currently working with the community to create Village and Corridor Plans for North Park, Hillside-Quadra and Fernwood.

This is a process about three urban villages, the housing around them and the connections between them. It explores ways in which we can meet our housing, mobility, and public space needs, incrementally over time.

If you’d like to see some of the concepts you can take a virtual tour:

The concepts and directions that come out of this process may depend on redevelopment or City funding and budgeting or may be realized through the active work of engaged community members.

Purpose

The Land Use Committee (LUC) is an important part of the development application process. One of the main roles of the LUC is to facilitate dialogue between applicants and the community in order to identify and resolve issues (both positive and negative) regarding land use applications.

The procedure for processing Rezoning Applications require that applicants attend a pre-meeting with the LUC to initiate the application process, and then attend a community/public meeting hosted by the LUC in order to hear feedback from the community on the proposed development. Applicants must complete and present this checklist at the community meeting.

Development Variance Permits are referred to LUCs for review within a 30-day period.

The Land Use Committee also:

  • Acts as a resource to developers who want to learn about the neighbourhood’s interpretation of Official Community Plan policies and whether development applications fit with the spirit and intent of the Neighbourhood Plan; and,
  • Liaises with the City, the Board, and the neighbourhood about land use policy.

Land Use Committee Members

Are you interested in land use issues in North Park? Consider joining the Community Association Land Use Committee (CALUC) to stay up to date with developments happening in the neighbourhood.

CALUC members may expect to help coordinate and attend neighbourhood meetings with developers/proponents and provide feedback on proposed developments. You can also expect to work with the City and other local residents on community land use plans and initiatives.

Other roles/activities are dependent on members’ interests, skills, and time commitment.

We welcome a wide range of interests and skills on the land use committee. You do not need to have prior experience or knowledge of land use matters to get involved! Contact Eleni Gibson, Land Use Planning Advisor at landuse@npna.ca if you would like to know more, or join the CALUC.

Meeting schedule

The Land Use Committee meets on a monthly basis. Contact the Land Use Committee Chair to be placed on a meeting agenda, or if you are interested in attending an LUC meeting.

Contact

For more information about the North Park Neighbourhood Association LUC or for the next scheduled meeting, contact the LUC Chair at caluc@npna.ca and/or Eleni Gibson, Land Use Planning Advisor at landuse@npna.ca

Tracking Development Applications

To track current development applications in North Park, check out the City of Victoria’s development tracker.

More Information

Here are some letters from the NPNA CALUC about specific development proposals:

Information on specific developments

  • 953-959 Balmoral: BC Housing is working with the City of Victoria, and the Victoria Cool Aid Society (Cool Aid), on a plan to build approximately 60 new permanent homes with support services for people who are marginalized and experiencing homelessness Victoria. BC Housing has purchased 953 Balmoral Road, and Cool Aid owns 959 Balmoral Road. Cool Aid would operate the new building.
  • 940 Caledonia: Transitional Tiny Home Community
    • website where you can learn more and sign up to receive updates

Here are some interesting City links:

For more information on how LUCs operate, please consult the following City of Victoria Documents:

Agenda and Minutes

January 16, 2020 – Solid Outreach Society – temporary use permit. Here is the community notice. See the updated agenda here. January 16, 2020 Public Meeting Minutes, and here is the CALUC letter to Mayor and Council.  

May 15, 2019 – BlueSky (Bosa) – rezoning to allow Air Space Parcel configuration – Here are the minutes.

March 20, 2019 – Wellburns redevelopment proposal – Here are the minutes.

February 13, 2019 – Proposed development at 1029 Queens Avenue. Here are the minutes.

December 13, 2018 – Redevelopment proposal for 2220 Cook (at corner of Queens Ave). Here are the minutes.

August 2, 2018 – Community Meeting Report – Proposed redevelopment 919 & 923 Caledonia

August 2, 2018 – Community Meeting Report – Proposed Redevelopment 1050 Pandora & 1518 Cook

November 28, 2018 – City-wide Land Use Committee Mtg minutes

March 26, 2018 – Community Meeting report – proposed redevelopment 945 Pembroke


December 2020 – Planning for Equity: Community Benefit Agreements and Community Land Trusts as tools for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the North Park neighbourhood by Queen’s University School of Urban and Regional Planning

 

Past meetings 

Meeting and date

Details

Monday, May 10, 2021: 6:30-8:30pm, Zoom 

See the agenda here

See meeting notes here

Watch the recording of the meeting here