Managing, Reducing & Protecting
The District of Central Saanich is committed to protecting the environment through a number of approaches. We are managing growth, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the natural ecosystems and water.
Our Official Community Plan guides decisions about land use and development. In 2018 we are embarking on a study, including community consultation, to create a residential growth strategy.
In 2008, the District developed a Community Energy Plan that provided broad guidance over the last ten years. In 2018, we are excited to reevaluate with our new Climate Leadership Plan, which is currently in development. Our initiatives include:
- The Development Cost Charge (DCC) discount program (our incentive program for developers)
- Improving energy efficiency of municipal buildings, such as the Fire Station, which is powered with geothermal and solar energy
- Installing electric vehicle charging stations
- Setting aside funds for climate action projects
- Having a corporate GHG reduction strategy
- Enabling the Farmlands Trust Society’s continued agricultural stewardship of the District-owned historic Newman Farm (including produce grown and harvested at Newman Farm being donated to Our Place Society).
- Investing in pedestrian and bike paths
- Tree planting, including the annual Tree Appreciation Day event
Protecting Natural Ecosystems
Protecting and enhancing species' diversity, significant environmental features, natural habitats, and water and air quality are critical to our region's future. Our initiatives include:
- Enhancing drainage capability in the Hagan/Graham Watershed to support agricultural drainage capacity.
- A conservation covenant for Oak Haven Park, by way of a partnership agreement between the District, Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) and the Land Conservancy of BC for the long-term protection of the 25-acre Garry-oak ecosystem.
- Updating the existing Tree Protection Bylaw, Erosion District Bylaw and Municipal Tree policy to streamline applications, provide a single point of contact for the public and better coordinate management of tree resources.
- Future biodiversity network mapping, which would lead to an update of the Environmental Development Permit Area Guidelines.
For more information related to the environment and climate action, at the local, provincial and federal levels, check out the related documents and links above.