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Land Use Update
brought to you by: Eleni Gibson, NPNA Land Use Planning Advisor 
You can get in touch with Eleni at landuse@npna.ca

Going to Council this Thursday: SOLID Outreach, 1802 Cook Street and 1056 North Park Street – Temporary Use Permit Application No. 00015

An application or a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) for SOLID Outreach is going to Public Hearing on Thursday, October 22. The application is second on the agenda, and the meeting starts at 6:30pm. You can participate in the Public Hearing and voice your support or opposition by

  • Submitting written comments by 2pm on October 22
  • Pre-register to speak live via telephone. Register by 2pm on October 21
  • Watch the live meeting and call in when indicated

Further details can be found here: https://www.victoria.ca/EN/meta/news/public-notices/virtual-public-hearings.html

You can also stream the meeting here: https://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/city/mayor-council-committees/council-committee-meetings.htm

The City has adjusted the process so that residents can check the Development Tracker and fill out a comment form which would go to their CALUC. The CALUC then summarizes comments and provides feedback to the developer and the City.
North Park Community Survey
Open for responses October 2 - 31, 2020

Change is coming to North Park. The North Park Neighbourhood Association wants to know what you think of the neighbourhood and how you think it should look as we move into the future.

We want to hear from renters and homeowners, employers and employees, volunteers and business owners, about what this change should look like.

The results of this survey will help the NPNA advocate for what’s important to you and guide land use decisions as new developments are proposed for the neighbourhood.

The community survey will take 10-20 minutes to complete. Your time is valuable, and we appreciate you completing the survey. At the end of the survey you can add your email address to be entered into a draw to win one of four $50 gift certificates to a North Park business.

If you would like to complete a paper copy instead of an online version, please contact landuse@npna.ca

Update on Sheltering in Parks 

Here are a couple of updates. You can find all of this information on the NPNA's website

Bylaw meeting update from Monday, October 19, 2020 with Shannon Perkins
  • Central Park remains #1 priority park for Bylaw department
  • This week’s priority will include having the “tougher conversations” with people about bringing them into compliance with the bylaws.
  • Bylaw continues to tag and remove structures in Central Park
    • Pink tags: structures that appear to be for storage/abandoned/ or generally not used for sheltering.
    • White tags: violation of bylaw locations
  • Over the past week, Central Park has been reduced by 23 structures (41 City wide)
    • 6 loads of refuse were also removed from Central Park over the weekend
    • (Shannon elaborated a bit on what tagging and removal involves. Anytime a structure is removed, it takes considerable labour and time to physically move, inventory, and impound all of the items. They are doing this as quickly as they are able)
  • Based on Bylaw’s maps, there are 59 occupied shelters in Central Park right now
  • note: Bylaw is ensuring that no new structures move into Central Park. Anytime someone tries, they are told the park is at capacity. If you notice someone new moving into Central Park, please report that to Bylaw.
  • starting this week Bylaw will be sending the NPNA weekly structure counts for parks and Bylaw’s weekly priorities. (will forward when received, and include on website)
  • Updates from these weekly updates will be shared on the sheltering in parks webpage. 
Weekly Meetings in Central Park
  • Central Park Healing Circle, Wednesdays @ 4pm between the baseball diamonds. Led by Rose Henry. Open to all
  • Sheltering in Parks ad-hoc working group, Thursdays @ 4pm in RAP.  Led by the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, attended by service providers, occasional City staff, NPNA, housed and unhoused residents. Open to all.
Thursday, October 22, 4-5:30pm: Friendship BBQ at Royal Athletic Park

You’re invited to a Friendship BBQ hosted by the North Park Neighbourhood Association and the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness this Thursday, October 22nd, from 4:00 – 5:30 PM at Royal Athletic Park (1014 Caledonia Ave).

Following COVID-19 precautions, there will be three unique events taking place within the park: Interactive Art, a Community BBQ catered by Jones BBQ, and Panel Discussion (4:30-5:30pm).

The panel discussion theme is Community Connection and Creative Solutions to Homelessness and will take place from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. All are welcome.

Facebook Event Listing here. 
 

Next NPNA Public Meeting:
 Monday, November 3, 2020, 6-8pm, Location TBD. 

still accepting new households: Weekly Grocery Hamper Program! 

The NPNA is putting together free, weekly grocery hampers made up of produce, bread, dairy, some non-perishable items and eggs. These are sorted and delivered by volunteers on Thursdays between 12-3pm. If you live in North Park, and would benefit from a hamper, please contact executivedirector@npna.ca.

Thank you to the funders that are making this program possible: First Metropolitan Church, North Park Bicycle Shop, the Foodshare Network, The Red Cross, Cobbs Bread, and Modo Care Share.

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