In my years observing what goes on at Victoria City hall, I’ve always tended to focus more on committee (e.g., Governance and Priorities, and Land Use and Planning as the main two) than Council meetings. I do this because a) in my experience Council is hard to follow and b) committee meetings are where the most substantive conversation occurs and decisions are made and later ratified at subsequent Council meetings. Continue reading Feb 12 Council Summary & Observations
I know a lot of people like to say that municipal meetings are boring and difficult to watch and typically I disagree. However this meeting yesterday of the City of Victoria Governance and Priorities Committee was one of those quintessentially boring and yet frustrating meetings to observe. Continue reading Feb 12 GPC Summary & Observations
Tonight will be my first complete live tweet of a Victoria Council meeting. The agenda for tonight is fairly sizeable with what looks like six public hearing items and and four people signed up to address council. Time to go through agenda items and make some notes on what to expect tonight.
It was a short (>1.5 hour) meeting with a relatively short 6 item agenda. Video from the meeting is available here and Agenda item subheadings listed below have been hyperlinked with direct links to relevant meeting sections. Continue reading Feb 5 PLUC Summary & Observations
This meeting (Thursday Feb 5) was a bit of an odd one (video available here), with the agenda consisting of two parts: The original strategic planning process report from Mayor Lisa Helps, and a written summary of the strategic Actions and Outcomes that had been identified and plotted in the previous meeting on February 3. Continue reading Feb 5 GPC Phase 1 Strategic Planning Process Now Complete
This is my summary of deliberations that occurred yesterday on Tuesday February 3 (9:00am – 3:00pm) when Victoria Council met in an informal Governance and Priorities format to continue with their 2015-2018 Strategic Plan efforts. Video of this meeting is available here from the City video service. Continue reading Feb 3 GPC Strategic Planning Summary
The PLUC Agenda can be found here.
I found it curious reading through the minutes of the PLUC meeting from last week (January 29, 2015) because I thought the meeting was fascinating and there were so many interesting things that were said by staff and by Council with their planning and land use hats on. However only a small portion of this actually ended up in the minutes. The majority of text instead, is taken up by essentially copied and pasted recommendation from staff reports – and sometimes three nearly identical versions of same motion appears in the minutes pageas as a result of PLUC amendments to the motion at hand.
Continue reading Feb 5 PLUC Early Thoughts
Victoria Council is putting together their 2015-2018 Strategic Plan this week. Public meeting sessions are as scheduled:
- Today 10am – 12pm
- Tuesday, Feb 3 9:00am – 3pm
- Thursday Feb 5, 12:00pm – 4:00pm