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June 2012

Hi <<First Name>>,

Wow, can you believe it's June already?!  There's so many great things happening this summer in Downtown like:

Mosaic Days @ Mosaic Village [every 3rd Friday and Saturday of each month]
Victoria's first ever Yogathon @ Centennial Square [July 7, 8AM - 8PM]
Victoria's International Buskers Festival [July 20 - July 29]
Victoria Downtown Farmers' Market @ Market Square [every Wednesday, 12PM - 5PM]
Bastion Square Sunday Market @ Bastion Square [every Sudnay, 11AM - 4:30PM]
Chinatown Night Market @ Fisgard Street [Wednesday July 20, 5PM - 9PM]

And that's just to name a few!  You can also check out the free CITYVibe guide to Victoria's 150th anniversary celebrations, and City-sponsored festivals and outdoor events in 2012.  A soft copy of the guide is linked here and more information can be found at the City of Victoria.
As always, if you would like to get involved in any of the activities, events, committees mentioned or if you'd like to contribute to the newsletter, please get in touch.

DRA Board Meetings

Throughout 2012, monthly Board Meetings will be held on the 4th Wednesday of every month. 
Meetings may be rescheduled from time to time, in consideration of holidays and other commitments. The date for each meeting is confirmed the month prior at the Board Meeting. DRA Members and those who are interested in joining the DRA are welcome to attend.
Don't miss our next board meeting on Wednesday 25th July at 7pm in Silver Threads (1728 Douglas St)

The next Roving Refinery event is being planned for August at an exciting new downtown restaurant, so stay tuned for details.

What is the Roving Refinery you ask?
The Roving Refinery is a DRA members' social event where you will get a chance to meet other downtown residents and local merchants in your neighbourhood.  Do you have any suggestions for the next Roving Refinery?  We're always looking for more great places to mingle and learn about so send us an email <>

Historic Tour of Government Street: Chatham Street to Bastion Square

A big thanks to local historian, tour guide and author, John Adams who gave a group of DRA members and guests a tour along Government Street on Saturday 9th June. As most were long-time Victoria residents, John really dug deep and shared some great history of the area.
FACT: Did you know that in May 1915, following the sinking of the Lusitania, there were riots in Victoria and the mayor at the time literally read the Riot Act; the first and only time a mayor has done so in Victoria’s history? 

That's just one gem that John shared with us on the 90-minute tour. As we walked down Government Street, John wove one tale into the next, depicting a picture of Victoria at a very different time in history – scandal, murder, intrigue and opium.

We look forward to another great tour at a later date! 

Gardens & Green Spaces

Our next installment of our Container Gardening Workshop is being planned for late summer in preparation for winter gardening.  

Keep your garden green through the winter!

Land Use Committee

Projects & Proposals
The following properties have projects or proposals under review:
603 Pandora Ave – Plaza Hotel/Monty’s
Eric Barker Architects – Outstanding concerns regarding garage door/entry design and building façade. 
Northern Junk Buildings
Reliance Properties (Jon Stoval)
Janion Hotel
Crosswind Properties (Jon Stoval)
Transport Canada land adjacent (along water) has been purchased together with Janion site
100 residential units – ‘micro-lofts’ 265 – 350 sq ft
Commercial space
Johnson Street Bridge approaches
Open House and Information Session 7th July 10 AM – 3 PM @ Collard Room, Swan’s Hotel

Official Community Plan (OCP)
Helen Cain, City Planner from the City of Victoria met with the Land Use Committee members on 24th May from 6-7 PM. Helen gave a brief presentation providing information in preparation for the OCP Public Hearing including an overview of key changes to the plan since last year's draft. This presentation was followed by a Q&A session and extensive discussions regarding the updates.
The OCP Public Hearing will be held Wednesday, June 27 at 7:30 at City Hall.
How to provide feedback to Council:
Attend the public hearing
Send an email to <>

Mail written correspondence to:
Mayor and Council
City of Victoria
1 Centennial Square
Victoria BC, V8W 1P6
The proposed Official Community Plan is available on the project website

Johnson Street Bridge – Bridge Approaches
The Community Workshop on public realm elements related to the Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project was conducted in Saturday June 9, 2012 at the Ocean Point.  More than 130 people attended the workshop.  Here are just a few comments we heard from resident members that we brought forward to City staff (more comments are on our website):
  • The trailhead of the multi-use trail on the downtown side needs to be designed to accommodate the flow of bike traffic as it transitions from the trail to the roadways both north and south.
  • The triangular green space in the middle of the roadways would be a great location for an iconic piece of art. Something large, interactive that is designed and planned for the context of the given space. 
  • The previous plans showed a small boulevard of trees dividing the Johnson St east/westbound lanes of traffic on the east side of the bridge. The current proposal shows 6 unbroken lanes of traffic, plus two bike lanes, it would be desirable to reinstate that boulevard to soften the viewscape and break up a potentially vast expanse of concrete as well as add essential traffic calming influence especially for fast moving eastbound vehicles coming off the bridge.
Pathways, Landscaping, and Public Spaces
The Open House and Information Session on public realm elements related to the Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project has been scheduled for July.
When: Saturday, 7th July 10 AM to 3 PM
Where: Swan’s Hotel, Collard Room
More information is available at <>.

Thanks for your time!  

We look forward to meeting you and seeing you at events and in the community throughout 2012!

Wendy Bowkett
Chair & Treasurer
Victoria Downtown Residents Association
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