Rapid transit corridor best bet for green grant in Victoria

Gas Tax Fund applications being prepared by city, Saanich

With a deadline looming, municipalities across the province are putting the last touches on their applications for the coveted Gas Tax Fund.

Victoria and Saanich will jointly apply for money to plan the Douglas Street Corridor in preparation for rapid transit.

“We believe … (this project) does have some of the characteristics that would be attractive to funders,” said Mark Hornell, Victoria’s assistant director of community planning.  ‘It’s regionally significant.”

Victoria’s portion of the project would be $500,000 and Saanich’s would be $250,000, he said. “That’s money well spent when you consider the overall cost of the rapid transit project would be approaching a billion dollars.”

As part of the rapid transit application, Victoria also seeks money to develop a plan to transform Rock Bay into an employment district, specializing in advanced technology and green enterprise.

Two other project proposals by staff met with some resistance from members of the city’s environment and infrastructure committee Thursday.

Staff recommended applying for money to complete upgrades to Craigflower Road and to launch a fuel-switching incentive program. It would encourage homeowners to switch from heating oil or propane to gas.

“The idea that the municipal government is going to be encouraging people to shift between oil and gas, I don’t know how much cost we would end up shouldering,” said Coun. Geoff Young. “It just does not seem central to our mission and it’s just a project that I think is better left to higher levels of government.”

Despite the concerns, Victoria council approved all three funding applications.


Just Posted

Two puppies snatched from East Sooke home

Anyone with information asked to contact Sooke RCMP

Saanich teen helps save three people from the Gorge

53-year-old male who was submerged is expected to recover

Moving Trans History Forward conference aimed at more than LGBTQ community

UVic’s Aaron Devor: “We’re all here to learn from each other”

Large fire destroys home on McClure Street in Victoria

Fire crews dispatched to the 1100-block shortly before noon Monday

Driver puts brand new truck into friend’s house

No one hurt, house damaged in Tillicum area

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

Comox Valley Valley lotto ticket worth $2 million

Someone who purchased a lottery ticket in the Comox Valley was chanelling… Continue reading

Pro-Trump protest sign with F-word is OK, court rules

Judges say Ontario man can protest publicly, even using vulgar language

VIDEO: Police officer looking for distracted drivers gets hit by truck

Road safety investigator clipped by trailer while patrolling busy intersection

YVR wants you to help name three new puppies

Say hello to the Vancouver Airport’s new assistance pups

Man dies in crash on Island Highway

Man thrown from his vehicle, alcohol believed to be a factor in accident near Parksville

Suspect who attacked autistic man in Ontario could be from B.C.’s south coast: police

29-year-old man was sent to hospital with serious injuries

Woman struck and killed by self-driving Uber vehicle

Ride-hailing company suspends all road-testing of such vehicles in U.S. and Canada

Spring snow melt uncovers dirty needles in B.C. city

Vernon residents are upset with number of needles being found around town with spring melt

Most Read