Saanich survey for early public input on the Strategic Official Community Plan Update

Saanich has invited residents to participate in a survey to provide early input to the strategic update of the Official Community Plan.

The focus of the initial public survey is on preliminary ideas around changes to District land use policies to address emerging priorities. Survey topics include new housing forms in neighbourhoods (through residential infill), land uses along major roads/corridors and building complete, walkable communities. 

Saanich website

The CCA encourages you to read the Saanich news release, learn about the priorities driving the OCP update, and then take the survey. We all know that change, however fast or slow, is going to happen. Have a say on how the place you live is going to change.

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Creekside Concert in Browning Park on Friday, July 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

This free event will feature poetry by Marie Metaphor, live music by folk trio Auburn Blind, and family-friendly folk/funk/Latin band Lelolai FAM.

More details can be found on the website for the series at https://creekside-concerts.weebly.com/july-22.html and on the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/546356347060736.

Planning to attend? You’re asked to register here.

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Community Update re: 2859 Richmond Rd. on July 26

Urban Thrive is hosting a virtual community update on Tuesday, July 26 at 7 pm regarding their development proposal for 2859 Richmond Rd.

Image courtesy Urban Thrive
Image courtesy Google Maps
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Allenby Park Improvements: starting mid July

You may recall we posted about a planned redo of Allenby Park some time ago. It looks like shovels in dirt are due to be seen soon at Allenby! Details on the planned changes and improvements may be viewed on the Saanich website here.

Enhancements to the playground includes new play equipment, accessible ramps into the playground, and accessible wood chip safety surfacing. The sport court will have hockey goals and basketball standards at each end. Additonal park improvements include a natural play area, new main pathway, park furniture, bike racks and tree planting.

The construction will involve some machinery and truck movement on Townley Street. We expect any disruptions to be minor and we thank those affected neighbours for their patience and understanding as we work to improve the park for the benefit of our community.

Letter from Paul de Greeff, Park Planning and Development Manager, Saanich
Image courtesy Saanich website.
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CCA Meet & Greet: What fun!

Sunday’s CCA Meet and Greet!  So nice to have in-person community engagement.

A big thank you to the FOBC for showcasing the Bowker Watershed Model.  

It was nice to have in attendance Saanich Councillors Judy Brownoff and Susan Brice. Thanks for connecting with residents!  

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May 18, 2022 board minutes

The minutes of the May 18, 2022 meeting of the CCA board of directors may be found here.

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Sunday June 12: Community Meet & Greet

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June 21: public hearing on 1641-1647 McRae Ave. and 3226 Shelbourne St.

Although unable to verify via the District of Saanich web site, the Saanich News web site says the Abstract Developments proposal to redevelop the properties at 1641-1647 McRae Ave. and 3226 Shelbourne St. will be one topic of discussion at a Saanich hosted public hearing on June 21st.

A third public hearing involves a six-storey, mixed-use apartment building proposal from Abstract Developments in the Shelbourne Valley corridor, at 1641-1647 McRae Ave. and 3226 Shelbourne St.

The project, which calls for 87 units at market rate, would require a rezoning from single family dwellings to mixed use. The Shelbourne Valley Action plan calls for buildings up to four storeys in “centres,” and says higher buildings may be considered. Staff are recommending creation of a new C-16 commercial zone that allows for higher density and reduced setbacks.

The units range from studios and one bedrooms to one plus den and two bedrooms. The McRae corner commercial space envisions a cafe or similar retail business.

The plan calls for several parking variances, reducing resident spaces from the required 131 to 70, visitor spaces from the required 27 to zero, commercial spaces from 10 to four and off-street loading zone spaces from one to zero.

The public will have opportunities to speak in person, or online to any of the three proposals. Registration to speak must be done by noon June 21, by emailing council@saanich.ca and listing the meeting date, item and your phone number, or calling 250-475-5501. The meeting gets underway at 5 p.m. at the municipal hall.

Quote courtesy Saanich News, emphasis CCA
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April 14, 2022 board minutes

The minutes of the April 14, 2022 meeting of the CCA board of directors may be found here.

Some highlights include discussion of:

  • the 55+ BC Games starting September 13, 2022 and hosted by Victoria.
  • citizens’ assembly to consider the amalgamation of Victoria and Saanich
  • Saanich’s Community Amenity Contributions and Inclusionary Housing Program has a goal to provide guidance and to establish a transparent, efficient, balanced and predictable process by which the District can receive amenities from development; sign up here for updates
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CCA in the news

Proposed development within the CCA has received coverage from local news sources. The topic is the 87-unit Abstract Developments proposal for 3226 Shelbourne St. and 1641-1647 McRae Ave, about which we’ve written in the past.

Earlier coverage in advance of the meeting by reporter Don Descoteau on this Black Press Media news site spoke to the issues causing contention for the area residents and Saanich councillors. This article records CCA President Lisa Timmons expressing the concerns and preferences of the CCA residents we’ve surveyed on this issue.

In a subsequent report by Don Descoteau from Saanich News on the proposal, we read that Saanich council has chosen to send this proposal to public hearing. The proposal exceeeds by two stories the current zoning height restriction, includes no “affordable” units, and appears to fall short on delivering amenities to the community for the variances to zoning being requested. Expect a well attended public hearing.

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