The District of Central Saanich is seeking community members to apply for the Brentwood Bay Open Moorage Advisory Committee. The group will provide advice to Council as the Brentwood Bay Management Plan, which Council adopted in December 2017, is implemented. The committee will review matters related to the Plan and will also serve to promote and foster community awareness of the Plan. The committee will also provide Council with progress updates on the removal of derelict and abandoned vessels and review water quality reports.
Council is seeking committee members from a cross section of stakeholder groups. To apply, please fill out and submit an application form available at csaanich.ca/brentwoodbay. Please return the application form by Friday, January 26, 2018, at 4:30 p.m., by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person to Municipal Hall, 1903 Mount Newton Cross Road.
The District is making application for a Licence of Occupation over an area of Brentwood Bay to address community concerns about a number of issues in the Bay. The main concerns are derelict and abandoned boats (in prior years the area has been cleaned up, but due to the lack of regulatory oversight, the Bay fills up again), sewage/garbage, vessels numbers and speed. The Licence of Occupation, if issued by the Province, will give the District the authority to regulate the number and placement of moorage buoys in the area under Licence, and allows the District to get out ahead of potential problems while it is manageable.
Management of the Bay does not transfer the responsibility of Provincial and Federal governments to the District in terms of recovering sunken vessels or any of their other responsibilities. Instead, it grants the District the ability to manage Brentwood Bay to ensure all residents (liveaboard and on land), as well as visitors, can enjoy the Bay. The intention is to make progress on existing issues and lessen the likelihood of new issues.
The District of Central Saanich commenced a community consultation this past summer and engaged multiple stakeholders.
The long-term strategy for the management of Brentwood Bay has been made in coordination with Tsartlip First Nation, with support of other First Nations. The proposed solutions are drawn from successful ones in other jurisdictions, such as Bowen Island and Port Moody. It proposes Central Saanich apply for a “Licence of Occupation” from the Province of B.C., which would grant the District the ability to manage the area. The program will regulate the number and placement of mooring buoys and likely reduce the number of buoys in the bay to 60 (currently there are approx. 15 liveaboards on the 80 boats that are currently attached to buoys, there are also approx. 40 buoys without boats); ensure the buoys avoid navigational channels; and ensure vessels have insurance, holding tanks and receipts to prove pumping of vessels. The Licence is a nominal rate tenure and fees collected must be used directly to pay for the cost of the regulatory service.