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 Council.
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In 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 will be 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 Dove of Peace offers hope that, in the future, peace will prevail
- The epitaph “Be at Peace” can be read as a message to the fallen and a message to offer solace to their families.
The feedback survey is now closed. From March 7 to 23 we displayed renderings of the cenotaph in the community and had an online survey and opportunities for feedback.
- 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.
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.
We have enhanced drainage capability in Graham Creek 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.
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.
A new multi-use path will be located 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 path will be completed prior to the 150th celebration of the Saanich Fair, and will support access to and from the fairground.
We are proud to be developing a new Climate Leadership Plan this year, which builds on the collective work of council over the past decade to take action locally on climate change. We also will be implementing a Light Duty Vehicle Electric Conversion Strategy, MODO Car Share, a Solar Demonstration Project and are active participants in the CRD Electric Vehicle/Electric Bike Charging Infrastructure Strategy that is now under way thanks to a BC Hydro grant.
- 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.