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. If you have questions or would like to provide feedback on a project, we encourage you to connect with us.
- 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.
- Jan 19, 2018: We have issued as RFEI from contractors wishing to apply to oversee open water moorage in the proposed Licence of Occupation area. The submission deadline is Feb 15, 2018.
- Jan 17, 2018: We are establishing the Brentwood Bay Open Moorage Advisory Committee, which will provide advice to Council regarding the Brentwood Bay Management Plan and serve to promote and foster community awareness of the Plan. We are seeking members from a cross section of stakeholder groups.
- 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.
- The plan primarily regulates the number and placement of mooring buoys. The plan will be phased in to allow time for adjustment and feedback (Please stay tuned for more details to come in the New Year. We anticipate beginning the registration process in January.) Other components include designating navigational channels, making application for a Designated Sewage Area, water quality testing, regulating speed of vessels, reducing garbage and parking issues.
- Management of the Bay does not transfer the responsibility of Provincial and Federal governments to the District in terms of recovering sunken vessels or any of their other responsibilities. Instead, it grants us the ability to manage Brentwood Bay to ensure all residents (liveaboard and on land), as well as visitors, can enjoy the Bay. The intention is to make progress on existing issues and lessen the likelihood of new issues. Ongoing communication and input of community members is encouraged.
- We are also establishing a committee, the Brentwood Bay Open Moorage Advisory Committee, which will provide advice to Council regarding the Brentwood Bay Management Plan and serve to promote and foster community awareness of the Plan. We will be seeking members from a cross section of stakeholder groups, and we will be advertising for applicants in January.
We have enhanced drainage capability in the Kennes (Hagan) / Graham Watershed and are monitoring the flows in and out of Maber Flats to ensure stormwater is effectively managed in this watershed. This is a key priority of the Integrated Stormwater Management Plan and will support agricultural drainage capacity.
- 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.
- 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.
The Keating Business District is an industrial and commercial land base that supports local businesses and jobs, generates revenue for the District, and contributes to a diversified tax base. The area currently supports 3,140 jobs in industries, including wholesale trade, manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and logistics, and construction.
The components developed in this project will be used to further the decision on an intermediate improvement of traffic movement to improve safety and accessibility for the KBD and the community.
- June 2017: Implementation strategies were reviewed by Council. The following initiatives are to be incorporated into the 2018 planning process: Transportation/Traffic Management Strategy; Housing Initiatives; Land Use Amendments referred to the Advisory Planning Commission for comment; and the plan referred to the Economic Development Advisory Committee for comment.
- The District commissioned the Keating Business District Implementation Plan, available here. Research included market and economic study, stakeholder and community consultation, triple-bottom line decision tool, fiscal and greenhouse gas analysis, and a business case.
- A recent (2017) business analysis of the area provided an overview of strategic benefits and provided a framework for retaining, enhancing, and growing the employment lands. Based upon the study and growth projections, there is the potential to generate 3,470 new jobs over 25 years (to 2041).
- In concert with this work, is the ongoing discussion with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) on the development of an interchange solution for Highway 17 and Keating Cross Road.
- Utilities infrastructure has been constructed to support future growth opportunities in the area.
In the interest of establishing a permanent memorial to recognize those lives lost in times of conflict, in May 2017 Council selected a site located in the northwest quadrant of the Hovey Road / Wallace Drive intersection within Centennial Park for development of a cenotaph. Design of the cenotaph is projected to be completed by March 2018 with construction to follow thereafter.
- August 2017: A Request for Expressions of Interest for design services was posted this past August. Three proposals were received through the RFP process. Upon review and consideration, the firm of Small & Rossell Landscape Architecture was awarded the contract for design services in accord with the Council Sustainable Purchasing Policy. The scope of work includes opportunities to bring three alternative conceptual designs back to Council (Committee of the Whole), the Cenotaph Committee and to hold a public open house.
- Feb 2017: The Tsawout First Nation and the District of Central Saanich along with other Douglas Treaty Nations gathered at a forum to exchange thoughts, views and opinions through a series of seminars, discussions, lectures, and ceremony on the Douglas Treaty of February 6, 1852. The forum's governments and their representatives engaged legal scholars, elders, professionals and their respective councils to begin to better understand and provide context on how the Douglas Treaty came to be.
- October 2017: An Organizational Capacity Review Dashboard was adopted by Council.