Welcome to the Council Meeting Recap page. These highlights are intended to provide a brief summary of recent Council proceedings. The summary is not inclusive of all agenda items.
For the full agenda, including staff reports, official meeting minutes, and the webcast please see the Council Meeting page.
Provincial Housing Legislation
Council received a presentation from staff on the new Provincial Housing legislation, and endorsed the implementation plan for Central Saanich. Reports on the development applications process, priority applications and zoning amendments will be considered again at the February 12, 2024 meeting.
Greater Victoria Public Library
Staff and Board Members presented the 2024 GVPL budget to Council. Council expressed their thanks for the great community service the library provides, a community ‘living room’.
Code of Conduct
Council adopted a Code of Conduct bylaw, as per provincial requirements. The bylaw will be posted in the bylaw library soon.
Council endorsed sending two resolutions for consideration at the upcoming annual conference for the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities for consideration by their fellow Vancouver Island elected local officials. The resolutions are related to Provincial regulation of heavy-duty vehicle emissions and provincial highway active transportation implementation.
Provincial Housing Legislation
In response to the Province’s Bill 44, Council passed the first of many changes to respond to the requirements. These include delegations to staff, changing public notice requirements, and directing the development of a public input policy to ensure the public continues to be consulted even in light of the prohibition of many public hearings. More information on Bill 44 and the new Housing legislation implementation will be available soon on our website.
Council approved the award of the Brentwood Bay Sanitary Sewer Project. The work promises a major upgrade to infrastructure and a boost to active transportation along a key corridor. Stay tuned into CentralSaanich.ca/projects for updates including start date.
Heat Pump Financing
Council approved adding two more households to the Heat Pump Financing Program. This cool program offers interest-free loans to convert fossil fuel heat to heat pumps. More information on the program is available on our website.
Traffic Safety Grant Funding Opportunities
To improve efficiency and organizational effectiveness, Council approved staff the authority to go and apply for grants without coming forward for approval each time. These grants, including a focus on traffic safety opportunities through ICBC, increase the ability of the District to improve our community. For more information on grants received in 2023 and how it impacts the District’s operations, see the 2024 Draft Financial Plan.
Emergency Management - Elected Official Training
Council received a presentation by Chad Pacholik from Logic League Consulting Ltd. on emergency management for elected officials as part of the District's ongoing emergency preparedness program.
New Housing Legislation
The Public Notice Bylaw and Development Applications Procedure Bylaw Amendment were adopted by Council. Consideration of the Delegation of Authority Bylaw Amendment will be considered at a subsequent meeting following approval of a text amendment.