June 10, 2021 board minutes

The minutes of the June 10, 2021 meeting of the CCA board of directors may be found here.

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Grooming Bowker Creek for Salmon

The local Times Colonist newspaper has a recent article on the efforts being made to have salmon return to Bowker Creek.

This initial effort won’t directly affect Bowker Creek within the CCA area of Saanich. But if the chum salmon eggs to be planted in prepared gravel beds of Bowker Creek result in hatched fish returning after their years at sea, there’s nothing to say they won’t head a bit further upstream seeking suitable spawning habitat.

The Friends of Bowker Creek Society has created a Bowker Creek Blueprint that spans 100 years.

Bowker Creek provides drainage for much of the Shelbourne Valley. Sadly, it has been covered for much of its length. See map below.

Map image from the CRD’s Natural Area Atlas tool. The daylighted parts of Bowker Creek are shown as light blue within the Bowker Creek watershed. The parts that join these daylighted parts run underground in culverts.
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Win with the CCA on Facebook!

Interested in what’s happening in our Camosun community, and active on Facebook?

We are offering TWO chances to be entered into a draw to win a $25 Gift Card to our local Bolen Books!

  1. “Like” and “Follow” our Facebook page; and/or
  2. Become a member of the CCA (link is here to our online form – membership is only $10 for the whole year)

That’s right – two separate entries! The membership drive will close on June 30th, and the winners will be contacted on July 1st.

Thanks for supporting our community association run entirely by volunteers.

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Deadline for Lansdowne Middle School land sale feedback: June 14

The June 14 deadline for feedback regarding the Lansdowne Middle School land sale to Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF) for a future new school is upon us.

Here is the link for the feedback Lansdowne/CSF. Here is our earlier posting that gives the background on this topic.

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May 13, 2021 board minutes

The minutes of the May 13, 2021 meeting of the CCA board of directors may be found here.

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Vicki Sanders talks about Camosun community heritage

The Camosun Community Association (CCA) hosts former Saanich Councillor Vicki Sanders on May 26th (7 pm via Zoom) as she provides a ‘Heritage Talk’ about the Camosun community area.

To attend the CCA event, please e-mail camosunca@gmail.com for registration info.

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1647 McRae Ave development proposal project update

On May 12 2021, Abstract Developments met with the community to provide an update on changes to their proposal for the development of 1647 McRae Avenue. A video of the proposal updates is presented on this page.

Feedback on the Abstract proposal should be directed to

Teresa Sullivan
Senior Manager, Community Building and Engagement
Telephone: 250.883.0817
Email: tsullivan@abstractdevelopments.com.

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April 8, 2021 board minutes

The minutes of the April 8, 2021 meeting of the CCA board of directors may be found here.

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Abstract presents revisions to 1647 McRae / 1641 McRae / 3226 Shelbourne proposal

Abstract Developments has made revisions to their planned development for the properties making up 1647 McRae, 1641 McRae, and 3226 Shelbourne. They are seeking feedback from the community via two hour-long Microsoft Teams virtual meetings to be held on Wednesday, May 12 at noon and then at 6 pm.

Rendering courtesy of Abstract Developments

Please read all about the work they’ve done here.

Our application at 1647 McRae is inspired by Saanich’s long term land use and transportation vision for the area as outlined in the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan (SVAP).

Abstract Development brochure re: McRae / Shelbourne development proposal

The Shelbourne Valley Action Plan may be viewed via links on this page on the Saanich website. The relevant image from the SVAP showing the plan’s advice regarding developments is shown in the image below, copied from page 46 of the SVAP.

Image courtesy of Saanich’s Shelbourne Valley Action Plan.

Please RSVP your interest in attending one of the virtual meetings by 4:30 pm on May 10th by emailing tsullivan@abstractdevelopments.com.

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Info session: sale of 7.3 acres of land at Lansdowne Middle School

As posted earlier, the Greater Victoria School Board is planning to sell a major section of the Lansdowne Middle School grounds. They are hosting an information session for the community to learn more and provide feedback on the sale of 7.3 acres of land at Lansdowne Middle School for $15 million. The land will be sold to the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF) for a future new school.

The information session will include a presentation about the land sale and how the funds from the sale of the land will fund future capital upgrades to existing schools and respond to growing student enrolment in the Greater Victoria School District. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Once public consultation has concluded, the Greater Victoria School Board will give final consideration to the disposal of the Lansdowne lands to School District 93 by three readings of a disposal bylaw. If approved, the CSF will then commence the municipal land-use process to rezone and subdivide the property.

The Lansdowne property located in the Shelbourne neighbourhood of Saanich, BC is 25 acres in size and 7.3 acres will be sold. A sale of lands between two school districts does not require Ministry of Education approval.

SD61 web page

ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION:

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Zoom Meeting: https://gvsd61.zoom.us/j/61313393772?pwd=UE5ZZUo3bWRPcGhzNWwzUjBadlNwZz09

This issue is pretty much decided based on what SD61 has written to date, so learn all about it by attending their Zoom meeting.

Area of Lansdowne Middle School grounds to be sold to CSF.
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