Category Archives: Investigations

A space for reporting on the results of research into issues of interest for Greater Victoria residents and businesses.

Land Use Across the CRD

Building from my Saanich vs. Victoria comparison I decided to look at how each of the 13 municipalities make their Land Use and Development information available from their websites. My approach to documenting such availability was to visit each homepage and then look for “Planning/Development/Land Use” or “Department/Services” headers or icons – with an assumption that all associated information would be linked accordingly.

In the process of doing so I have compiled links  to each municipality’s Official Community Plan because these documents set out general planning principles and Development Permit Areas, and Zoning bylaws because these documents set out specific requirements for land use and building massing. It should be noted that OCPs are intended to be updated every five years and Zoning bylaws are intended to updated following adoption of a new OCP.

Municipalities are organized alphabetically in this post.

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Saanich vs. Victoria

As you all know I’ve been spending a lot of time observing what goes on in the City of Victoria Council chambers. So much so that sometime I feel as though I’ve lost my grip on reality. Truthfully. In order to get it back, I have been making the rounds to other municipalities, as well as checking out the CRD as a way of gathering some context. Through these visit I’ve come to see how different everyone is, particularly Saanich (largest population) and Victoria (largest budget).

Here is a sample of some such differences.  Continue reading Saanich vs. Victoria

BC Mayoral Campaign $ Disclosure

Because I am the type of geek that I am, I decided to take a look through the financial disclosure forms of mayoral candidates for all major BC communities. By compiling a list of all campaigns with costs in excess of $40,000 I found some interesting trends.

And yes, this was driven by my desire to investigate whether or not it is common for major mayoral campaigns to be run just by volunteers – such as was the case with Ida Chong in Victoria.

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Councillor Campaign $ Disclosure

Local election disclosure statements are now available from the 2014 election. They are hosted on the Elections BC website.

This is my review of costs disclosed by Council Candidates for the City of Victoria 2014 municipal election. Of the 25 candidates who ran in the campaign, the top 8 with the most votes were elected to Council. The focus of the analysis presented in this article is on those 8 candidates who were successfully elected. Continue reading Councillor Campaign $ Disclosure

Mayoral Campaign $ Disclosure

Local election disclosure statements are now available from the 2014 election. They are hosted on the Elections BC website.

This is my review of costs disclosed by Mayoral Candidates for the City of Victoria 2014 municipal election. There were eight candidates throughout the campaign and four of these candidates (the main four) spent a significant amount of money.  Continue reading Mayoral Campaign $ Disclosure