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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
This project begins September 2019. For project updates, see Let's Talk, Central Saanich.
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.
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