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.
- Oct 2017: The direction of Council is being implemented. The following recommendations have been completed or are presently underway: An application has been submitted for a License of Occupation (Nominal Rent Tenure) from the Province for Brentwood Bay. Letters have been sent to the regional district requesting waiving of tipping fees. The Provincial and Federal agencies are working with the District on the planned clean-up of Brentwood Bay. An application to have the area listed as a Designated Sewage Area is near completion. A draft Management Plan is being prepared to manage the Brentwood Bay Public Moorage Area.
- Sept 2017: The Brentwood Bay-Navigating the Issues community consultation project concluded. It informed a staff report, available here, which was presented to Council. Council adopted the recommendations.
- August 2017: The Brentwood Bay-Navigating the Issues community consultation took place; 300 survey responses were collected, an open house was held, and community groups were consulted.
- 2016: Initial staff report and working group established.
- Two derelict vessels were removed in partnership with Fisheries Canada.
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We are working to develop the means to enhance drainage capability in the Kennes (Hagan) / Graham Watershed. This is a key priority of the Integrated Stormwater Management Plan and will support agricultural drainage capacity.
- Consultants have been retained to prepare a conceptual design for the construction of a stormwater detention facility in Maber Flats.
- We are currently reviewing the implications of downstream drainage capacity of Graham Creek with respect to the design of the detention facility.
- 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.
As a cornerstone of prudent financial management, the development of a long term financial plan is a significant step forward. A key component of the plan is a strategy to reach sustainable infrastructure replacement funding targets within a planned time frame.
- The Sustainable Asset Management Plan is complete.
- We continue to utilize condition assessment data to guide maintenance priorities and develop long-term capital infrastructure rehabilitation programs.
- We are annually developing capital projects suitable for Infrastructure Canada Grant Funding Programs.
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 Rd / 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.