Housing

For up-to-date information on the Provincial legislation to increase housing supply, please follow:

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The District’s housing strategy is to increase and diversify our housing stock through the infill and densification policies of the Official Community Plan. Carefully managed growth can ensure greater physical and social health, while at the same time preserve agricultural lands and natural areas, increase efficiency of infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve quality of life. The District’s Infill and Densification Guidelines, a project we began in 2018, are paving the way for a smooth transition to incorporate more diverse housing types into Central Saanich's housing inventory. The work looked closely at community needs and was designed to support the types of housing our residents and businesses need. 

The new Provincial housing legislation introduced in 2023 is designed to increase the diversity and amount of housing supply in the coming years. This requires Central Saanich to update what we allow to be built, streamline development processes and more.  The most impactful change is a move away from single-family and duplex zoning. 

Housing quality, choice, and affordability are essential for a healthy, diverse, and prosperous community.  Central Saanich recognizes our housing options need to be more diverse, and we are working to ensure the housing we add to the community meets includes the types of housing units that are needed. This includes encouraging more secondary suites, rental housing, missing middle housing (carriage houses, apartments, townhomes, duplexes, etc.), below-market housing, and more. Owning a home has become unattainable for many; in fact, it is estimated the majority of homeowners in Central Saanich wouldn’t qualify for a mortgage on their current home if they had to purchase it at today’s market value.

Managing growth and land use 

Our growth is focused within the Urban Containment Boundary (shown below and available in the OCP) in a way that enhances the village centres and business district, while protecting rural and agricultural areas. Of our land, 18% is within the Urban Containment Boundary. The District supports new development that is sensitive to its surrounding neighbourhood while providing the amenities and services needed in the community. Proposals that advance identified housing or community needs are encouraged. The District recognizes municipal infrastructure as capital investments that are provided for the benefit of the community and are managed in a cost-effective manner. Avoiding urban sprawl and focusing new infrastructure projects where there is highest demand ensures sustainable services to the community

Did you know 61% of District land is within the provincial Agricultural Land Reserve? 

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Urban Containment Boundary

 

How Central Saanich is creating more needed housing