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 project have community consultations currently underway. You can see those at connectcsaanich.ca.
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.
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 are happy to share the draft Climate Leadership Plan, a community-wide plan that sets targets and outlines key action areas we, as a community, can act on. The draft plan will be presented to Committee of the Whole on Monday, June 11, 2018.
We would like to thank you for your involvement as we sought ideas for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The ideas received so far are included in the draft plan, and you are welcome to continue submitting feedback.
The plan reflects on progress and refreshes our former energy plan (2008) to guide climate action planning, programs and activities in the community for the next 10 years based on goals for 2050.
We are setting goals to educe energy and greenhouse gas emissions and create a community that is vibrant, responsible, sustainable, and resilient in the face of climate change, and we want to hear from you!
On May 23, 2018, we hosted an open house for community members to learn more and share ideas. The online open house is here.
- May 2018: We are seeking a representative of the Brentwood Bay liveaboard community to join the Brentwood Bay Open Moorage Advisory Committee. Applications will be accepted until May 14, 2018.
- 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.
In the fall of 2018 a memorial cenotaph will be built in Pioneer Park (where the library and cultural centre are situated) in Brentwood Bay. Community members have come forward over the years in support of a cenotaph with an attractive landscape setting. The location in Pioneer Park will accommodate large ceremonial public gatherings and also be conducive to solitary contemplation. Currently the annual Remembrance Day ceremony takes place at the Municipal Hall parking lot and the site does not provide the community with a place of reverence throughout the year where people may visit to remember, quietly contemplate, and pay respects to those that lost their lives in times of conflict.
The cenotaph rendering can be seen here. It is a trapezoid made from polished granite or concrete. The four faces of the cenotaph will display motifs and an epitaph:
- The Coastal Salish motif acknowledges the pre-contact history of the First Nations and their struggles for survival
- The Canadian maple leave embraces all Canadians who have served their country and communities
- The epitaph “Be at Peace” in both official languages can be read as a message to the fallen and a message to offer solace to their families.
Residents and stakeholders offered comments on the design and location in March 2018, most of which were in favour of the design and location. Based on feedback, slight modifications were made to the cenotaph’s design and the landscaping upgrades at Pioneer Park.
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Council is working with the Tsawout First Nation on a strategy to return the TI̸X̱EN (Cordova) Spit to the Tsawout First Nation. TI̸X̱EN 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 TI̸X̱EN 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.
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.
The District of Central Saanich will be constructing a crosswalk across East Saanich Road in front of the Canada Post site. Construction will start by the end of April and will be completed before May 31, 2018. Construction may impact traffic, and pedestrians may have some delays on the east side of the road (near the post office). Construction hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
We are widening and upgrading the gravel path on Stelly’s Cross Road between Gowdy and Tomlinson to provide a safe off-street route for high school youth and members of the public. The multi-use path will be completed prior to the 150th celebration of the Saanich Fair, and will support access to and from the fairground.
- Tsartlip is seeking grant funding.
- Endorsement of a conceptual plan by both Tsartlip First Nation and the District of Central Saanich is planned.
- Consultation with Tsartlip is ongoing.
We began reporting on the service plans and benchmark standards for each department with the 2017 Mid Year Progress Report. The 2017 annual report, which will be published Spring 2018 will further report on 2017 service delivery results.