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 are happy to share the Climate Leadership Plan, a community-wide plan that sets targets and outlines key action areas we, as a community, can act on.
We would like to thank you for your involvement as we sought ideas for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The ideas received at the open house and on the engagement website 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!.
You can subscribe to follow this project at Let's Talk, Central Saanich.
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.
You can read for about this initiative here.
- 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.
The District of Central Saanich is gathering feedback 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.
Central Saanich staff will review and analyze the survey results and report to Council on the key outcomes. Based on Councils recommendations following the survey results, the Project team will prepare options for Councils consideration regarding the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code.
The five-minute survey is for both residents and those in the building industry. It will help staff and Council assess demand, readiness, concerns and training needs and it will help direct future decisions.
The survey, along with background information, is available at Let's Talk, Central Saanich
If you complete the survey and enter your contact information, you will be entered to win a Nest Learning Thermostat!
- 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
Central Saanich is pleased to have received grant for funds towards restoring historic Newman Farmhouse. These include the province's Heritage Legacy Fund and Celebrating BC, Canada 150 Grant.
In 2018 the exterior of the farmhouse was repaired and repainted in heritage colours.
About Newman Farm
The 16.5-acre farm was donated as public parkland to the District Central Saanich by John and Henry Newman in 2003. Having remained in family ownership and relatively unchanged for 107 years, this property is a rare example of a small, subsistence farm on the Saanich peninsula. In addition to the original cabin and farmhouse, other structures on-site include a creamery, garage, chicken coop, barn, outhouse, a second cabin, milking barn, four sheds and two boathouses. Many of the buildings are heritage sites.
Due to the fragility of many of the historic buildings and safety concerns, access to the farm is currently limited. However, in 2009, the eastern most section of Newman Farm, off Lochside Drive known as the “beach field” was opened to the public. Stairs were rebuilt, providing access to the foreshore of Ferguson Cove.
Since 2012, the District of Central Saanich has partnered with The Farmlands Trust to re-establish agricultural uses on the Newman Farm. Through this arrangement, Farmlands Trust supporters and volunteers grow a variety of fruits and vegetables for donation to Our Place for meals for the homeless and those with low income living in Greater Victoria.
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.
In September 2018, we widened and upgraded 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.