Council's Strategic Priorities
There are a number of projects underway in our community. The projects listed here are Council's strategic priorities. The information below is designed to keep you informed about project developments.
Some of our current projects have community consultations underway. You can see those at Let's Talk, Central Saanich
If you have questions or would like to provide feedback on any project, we encourage you to connect with Council.
Please click on a topic to learn more.
Share your thoughts about future growth management through residential infill and densification. We are inviting residents and business owners to learn about housing issues and trends, District housing policies and zoning regulations, and help envision the future of housing in Central Saanich. The feedback will help foster desirable growth in a manner that is sensitive to the character of Central Saanich.
You can subscribe to follow this topic at Let's Talk, Central Saanich.
The feedback will be used to inform:
- A new Housing Policy and the future update of our Official Community Plan.
- Updated design guidelines for residential infill development.
- The establishment of development permit areas.
- Amendments to the Land Use Bylaw.
We want your feedback and there will be many opportunities for consultation over the course of the project.
We may be small community but we are committed to becoming a leader in climate action both locally and regionally. This year, we are working on a number of projects focused on developing a culture of sustainability in the community; these include:
- A net-zero solar power demonstration project at Fire Hall #1.
- Replacing our light duty fleet of vehicles with electric.
- Bringing MODO Car Share to Central Saanich
- Implementing Step Code for improving building energy efficiency.
- Installing more public electric vehicle chargers (dependent on grant support).
- Developing a model deep energy retrofit and emissions reductions strategy with a group of other local governments on Vancouver Island.
- Participating in the CRD's Regional Electric Vehicle/Electric Bike Charging Infrastructure Strategy, which will see a network of charging stations throughout the region.
You can subscribe to follow this project at Let's Talk, Central Saanich.
- September 2018: The District's application for a Licence of Occupation is pending while the application is under Provincial review.
- August 2018: Written comments were welcomed to the Section Head, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development up to September 12, 2018.
- May 2018: We are seeking a representative of the Brentwood Bay liveaboard community to join the Brentwood Bay Open Moorage Advisory Committee. If you are interested, please fill out an Application Form.
- March 2018: We have established the Brentwood Bay Open Moorage Advisory Committee; the members come from a cross section of stakeholder groups.
- Feb 7, 2018: If you own a mooring buoy in this area, we want to communicate with you and are asking you to register with the District if you wish to continue to keep your mooring buoy in the Licence of Occupation area. Register your mooring buoy and vessel by filling out the registration form here.
- Dec 21, 2017: At the Council meeting on Dec 18, 2017, the draft management plan was adopted, which means we are moving forward with the plan to enhance environmental and community well-being to the Brentwood Bay area.
Council is working with the Tsawout First Nation on a strategy to return the T̸IX̱EṈ Spit to the Tsawout First Nation. T̸IX̱EṈ has been part of the Saanich Peoples' traditional territories for as long as 10,000 years. This is a traditional area for gathering and preparing traditional sea foods, collecting medicinal plants and is a place for celebration and spiritual reflection.
The T̸IX̱EṈ lands were transferred from the municipality of Saanich to Central Saanich upon incorporation in 1950. The lands had been and continue to be dedicated as park. As part of its commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, Central Saanich is committed to returning the lands to the Tsawout First Nation.
Preparing to be able to transfer the land requires a number of steps, and we are pleased to be approaching the final stages.
You can read for about this initiative here.
The District of Central Saanich gathered feedback from November 2018 to January 2019 on implementing the new BC Energy Step Code—a series of steps representing increasing levels of energy-efficiency performance. The province intends to transition to requiring Step 5, or “net-zero ready” construction by 2032. The survey was for both residents and those in the building industry and looked at demand, readiness, concerns and training needs--to help direct future decisions.
Central Saanich staff are reviewing the survey results and will prepare a public What We Heard report for Council on the key outcomes. Please watch for this report in June 2019. Based on Council's recommendations following the survey results, the Project team will prepare options for Councils consideration regarding the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code.
You can receive updates on this project at Let's Talk, Central Saanich.
- Replacing the road side ditch on the north side with an enclosed drainage system beginning in November 2018.
- Construction of a lighted concrete sidewalk on the north side of Stelly’s from Tsartlip Drive beginning in February 2019.
- Building a crosswalk with pedestrian-activated signals at the road crossing beginning in February 2019.
- Improved road geometry at the intersections with Tsartlip Drive, Latess and Hielwet Roads, and at the mailbox pullouts.
WSP, Project Engineer, Eric Pettit, 250-384-5510
The Saanichton Village Design Project would provide clear design direction for both the public and private spaces in Saanichton, through a set of design guidelines that could be incorporated in the upcoming Official Community Plan review. For private lands, the focus would be on building height, massing and character, as well as landscaping and integration into public spaces. For public spaces, the study would focus on parks and open spaces, tree planting, pedestrian linkages, sidewalks, boulevards, street furniture, street lighting, and signage.
Staff will present a project charter at the April 23, 2019, Committee of the Whole meeting.
It is expected the project will take place from June 2019 until March 2020, and there will be many opportunities for public consultation throughout.
Closely tied to our climate action work, this project involves a review of all municipal bylaws that address tree protection, related policies, and the associated operational practices. The District's current bylaw is out of date, and no longer reflects best practices in tree protection and replacement. Having sound bylaw regulations related tree management and replacement will foster better development, with help retain and grow our urban forest.
We are putting together a draft of a revised bylaw, which will be available for public comment in the fall of 2019.
Farmers in the District have expressed a need to provide their employees with safe, affordable accommodations close to their farming operations. Although the Agricultural Land Commission needs to approve farm worker accommodations on agricultural (ALR) lands, we are developing temporary accommodations guidelines for farmers so they have a clear path to follow as they develop an application.
You can follow this topic at Let's Talk, Central Saanich.
The District purchased an 11 hectare parcel of Maber Flats in 2015 to improve drainage in the area, and has seen improvements since enabling better flows from Maber Flats in Graham Creek, which runs beside the area. The proposed 2018 drainage enhancements are consistent with a 2009 Integrated Stormwater Management Plan that focuses on environmental enhancements in the area.
The District will continue to engage stakeholders and will monitor the flows in and out of Maber Flats and look for further improvements to ensure stormwater is effectively managed in this watershed.
- April 24, 2018: Central Saanich continues to resolve drainage issues at Maber Flats, which has a history of flooding during the winter months. The District is assessing a new drainage system with culverts and controls to enhance agricultural use in the area.The improvements will help to re-establish natural conditions and will attenuate flows into Graham Creek to enhance fisheries habitat. The proposed drainage system will also preserve the area as a waterfowl habitat.The plan also includes the possibility of re-establishing native plantings and traditional use along the north property line, and building a bird viewing platform with educational signage.
- Jan 15, 2018: Maber Flats discharges stormwater into Graham Creek. After working with property owners next to Graham Creek in 2017, the District removed a number of blockages (rocks, stumps and sediment) to allow increased flows in the creek. This has resulted in much improved drainage of the Maber Flats area, which has a history of flooding during the winter months. It appears the improvements to Graham Creek has helped to resolve the Maber Flats flooding issue. The District will monitor the flows in and out of Maber Flats over the foreseeable future and may make further improvements to ensure stormwater is effectively managed in this watershed.