Committees & Commissions

Committees & Commissions

Citizens sit on various commissions and committees and act as trustees for the community. They review applications brought forward by municipal staff and make appropriate recommendations to Council. It is a matter of law that members not become involved in conflict of interest situations and members should actively avoid gaining, or appearing to gain, private advantage from matters about which they have privileged information, or about which they are asked to comment and advise.

Agendas, minutes, and livestreams of our Committees and Commissions can be viewed here

Current committees are:

  • Advisory Planning Commission (APC): Council, by resolution, provides requests to the APC seeking advice on matters respecting land use, community planning, proposed bylaws and permits, community heritage matters, and agricultural matters. Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. (as needed). 
  • Board of Variance: Reviews development variance applications and can grant minor variances when compliance with the Zoning Bylaw would cause a person undue hardship. Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m. (as needed). 
  • Saanich Peninsula Accessibility Advisory Committee: is a joint tri-municipal committee established by the District of Central Saanich, the District of North Saanich, and the Town of Sidney. The purpose is to provide comment and recommendations to Saanich Peninsula local governments on policies, programs, services, built environments, infrastructure and outdoor spaces in order continue to improve the livability, inclusivity and accessibility for persons with disabilities, who live, work and play on the Saanich Peninsula.  Agendas, minutes and webcast information can be found on the North Saanich Website for 2022, on the Town of Sidney Website for 2023 and Central Saanich starting July 2024. Meetings are held bi-monthly on the Fourth Thursday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Saanich Municipal Hall Council Chambers.
  • Healthy Communities Standing Committee: Standing Committee that will pursue the strategic goals of Council that focus on improving the quality of life for Central Saanich residents, including providing a range of housing opportunities and protecting housing affordability, supporting local business and community economic development, fostering a sense of community, and responding to community need. Meetings are held bi-monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m. 
  • Parks and Environment Standing Committee: Standing Committee to provide advice to Council relating to environment and sustainability in Central Saanich while being committee to progressing the District’s visions and principles of demonstrating climate leadership, and protecting and enhancing the environment, biodiversity, and natural ecosystems. Meetings are held bi-monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m.
  • Peninsula & Area Agricultural Commission: an advisory committee whose mandate is to advise the Municipalities of Central Saanich, Metchosin, North Saanich, Saanich, Sidney and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area on matters involving agriculture, and, to facilitate the development of programs for implementation of the Saanich Peninsula Agricultural Strategy objectives and keep the Municipalities advised of these programs.
    For more information on the PAAC, visit their web page.

​Please see 'Documents' for committee terms of reference. If you have questions about a committee, feel free to contact us.

Our Connect with Council page has information on how to bring something forward to council or a committee.

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