COVID 19 UPDATED PROCESS

If you are planning to rezone in Fairfield Gonzales , one of your first steps will be meeting with the neighbourhood Community Association Land Use Committee (CALUC). Gaining community support is an important part of any development approval process.

In addition to more traditional questions about developments, applicants should be prepared to discuss how their proposal addresses the climate emergency, and the goals and targets in the City of Victoria’s Climate Leadership Plan.

Examples include:

  • For buildings where parking is provided, is electric vehicle (EV) charging provided, or is it at least EV-ready?
  • Is there convenient, secure bike parking provided?
  • What is the Walk Score, Transit Score and Cycle Score for the building?
  • Is the building well-insulated and energy efficient?
  • Is the heating and cooling system an electric heat pump?
  • Does the building have a convenient place for separate waste, recycling and compost disposal and collection?
  • (For larger buildings) Have you considered providing a shared vehicle – e.g. Modo – in order to reduce the need for motor vehicle parking?
Traditionally, community input was gathered was gathered with a preliminary meeting with the CALUC, followed by an in-person meeting with members of the community. However, this process changed in Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In early July 2020, the City of Victoria Council adopted the necessary bylaw amendments for the alternate approach to Community Meetings between representatives of proposed developments and the community. This was done in response to concerns regarding various factors influencing public engagement during the pandemic, input received from the CALUCs, and challenges associated with various forms of remote engagement. Further information can be found on the City of Victoria website here.

The CALUC is still the first place to connect with the community, and a preliminary meeting with the CALUC is required to get the development application started. After that meeting, the applicant can choose to have a virtual community meeting that the CALUC will facilitate in addition to having the new online process.

To get in touch with the CALUC, please email planandzone@fairfieldcommunity.ca.