Kings Road Nature Space Native Planting Event

On Wednesday, February 1st, at the Kings Road Nature Space, in an event sponsored by both BC Hydro and The District of Saanich, you can help Lansdowne Middle School’s eco-education class restore native plant habitat.

Native plant habitat restoration usually starts by identifying and removing non-native plant growth. This is followed by planting native species.

Tools and gloves will be supplied, and you may expect to get a bit dirty. Sturdy rubber boots may be appropriate.

All volunteers are welcome!

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

1 pm – 3 pm

1843 Kings Rd, Victoria, BC

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January 24, 7 pm Public Hearing

Our Camosun community is being affected by the clear need for more housing that afflicts all of southern Vancouver Island. An example of the planned increase in housing density we have seen already and will continue to see is represented by the proposed rezoning, items B.1 and B.2 of this Notice of Public Hearing from Saanich, that will be discussed on January 24th at 7 pm.

Note that the proposed rezoning’s subject properties are not within the CCA geography. They simply represent the types of changes we will see as multi-unit housing stock is added to our District.

Interested in viewing or participating in District of Saanich Public Hearings or Council meetings? Check the details here to learn how to join and to participate in upcoming events. For the historically minded, archives of past meetings are also available, many with video of the event.

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November 10, 2022 board minutes

The minutes of the November 10, 2022 meeting of the CCA board of directors may be found here.

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Friends of Bowker Creek Newsletter

The Friends of Bowker Creek have an ambitious agenda for 2023 that builds on the successes of 2022. Please take some time to read their January newsletter and consider contributing in whatever way you can to enhancing this urban stream passing through our community.

with the support of the PSS, we have embarked on a 1000 Rain Gardens Project, helping to dig and plant two rain gardens at elementary schools in 2022, and looking forward to helping with a rain garden project at a church in the nearby Cecilia Creek watershed this year. Partnerships like these and others such as: UVic’s Living Labs, the Goldstream Fish Hatchery, the Studio 106 art fundraiser, and Green Island Builders help building the fence at Monteith are essential to the expanding watershed restoration work. The FoBC will continue to build on these partnerships and welcome new collaborative opportunities in 2023.

FoBC January 2023 newsletter
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Emergency Preparedness Presentations

The Saanich Emergency Program (SEP) offers emergency preparedness sessions for residents of Saanich. These sessions will teach you how to plan and prepare to support yourself and your loved ones for at least seven days after an event impacts our community. Each household participating will receive a free workbook to help with emergency planning. Register early to reserve a spot!

January 9, 2023 7 to 8 p.m.
Virtual, email the Emergency Program or call to register, 250-475-7140
January 18, 2023 7 to 8 p.m.
Call Saanich Commonwealth Place to register, 250-475-7600
February 16, 2023 7 to 8 p.m.
Call G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre to register, 250-475-5400
March 14, 2023 7 to 8 p.m.
Call Saanich Commonwealth Place to register, 250-475-7600

Please view the full SEP poster here:

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Shelbourne Community Kitchen sends their thanks

We received a lovely note from the Shelbourne Community Kitchen, a community-minded effort we whole-heartedly support. Below, we share their note and the joy with the wider community, and encourage you to get involved or consider ways to give!

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Nov. 17, 2022 AGM minutes

The minutes of the November 18th, 2021 AGM, accepted at the most recent AGM, may be found here. The 2022 minutes will be reviewed and considered for acceptance at next year’s AGM.

The required election of CCA officers was presided over by director Angus Whitmore. The results are as follows:

RoleName
PresidentLisa Timmons
Treasurer/Vice PresidentVernon Lord
SecretaryLeigh Urquhart
Land Use directorVicki Sanders
Environment directorMike Kory
UVic Community Association Liaison Committee directorMeralin Young
Director at LargeAngus Whitmore
Communications directorEvan Fryer
Director at largeJamie Dopp

The CCA is pleased to welcome community members Jamie Dopp to the board as a Director at Large, as well as Mike Kory as Environment director.

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October 13, 2022 board minutes

The minutes of the October 13, 2022 meeting of the CCA board of directors may be found here.

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Public Hearing re: 2859 Richmond Road on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 pm

The property at 2859 Richmond Road is being proposed as a potential multi-family site. To support this land use requires a change in the Shelbourne Local Area Plan (LAP). The change would be from single-family dwelling zoning to a zoning that supports a nine-townhouse development by Urban Thrive.

“..to rezone Lot 9, Block 5, Section 26, Victoria District, Plan 1107 (2859 RICHMOND ROAD) from the RS-6 (Single Family Dwelling) Zone to the RT-WA (Attached Housing Whittier Avenue) Zone to construct a nine-townhouse development with no on-site car parking.

“A DEVELOPMENT PERMIT with variances for lot coverage, setbacks, projections and parking will be considered. A COVENANT and HOUSING
AGREEMENT will also be considered to further regulate the use of lands and buildings.”

Notice of Public Hearing

Please read the Notice of Public Hearing to understand the ways in which you may provide your comments on this and other proposed changes to bylaws being considered by Saanich council.

Image courtesy Urban Thrive
Image courtesy Google Maps
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Public consultation re: Kings Road ex-Hydro lands

Please see here to remind yourself how the Kings Road BC Hydro land became Kings Road Community Nature Green Space (aka, “park”).

Of note at that Saanich web page are two opportunities to learn about the vision for that space within the CCA boundaries and to provide your own thoughts and ideas.

Registration is required to participate in these events.

Park Vision: Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Registration deadline November 10.

In-person at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church,1924 Carrick Street

Enjoy a presentation about the site and work with facilitators in a creative charette to develop a Vision for the park – the Vision statement will describe what the park’s ideal future looks like. We’ll also identify goals that will make the Vision a reality.

Management Model: Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Registration deadline December 2.

On-line meeting via Zoom. You will require a computer with audio and visual capability, and an internet connection, to participate in this event. The link will be posted the day of the event.

Management models outline how a park is managed on a day-to-day basis, and the roles and responsibilities of the people involved. Different kinds of models will be reviewed. Staff will use community input from this meeting to guide recommendations put forward to Saanich Council for consideration. 

To register for one or both events,  please contact parks@saanich.ca, or call Saanich at 250-475-5522.

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