Official Community Plan Review

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What's an Official Community Plan? Why should you get involved in the OCP review that's underway?
The OCP guides land use planning and sets out policies that touch citizen's lives in some way every day. The District of Central Saanich is involving the public as we review existing OCP policies within the context of today’s emerging issues, challenges, and trends. At key times throughout the OCP review process, you'll have the opportunity to share your opinions and ideas on the future of our community. You can learn more about this project by watching the video below and checking out the Updates section. Don't forget to click "Follow Project" to register for email updates.


The Draft OCP is now ready for your review!

What's an Official Community Plan? Why should you get involved in the OCP review that's underway?
The OCP guides land use planning and sets out policies that touch citizen's lives in some way every day. The District of Central Saanich is involving the public as we review existing OCP policies within the context of today’s emerging issues, challenges, and trends. At key times throughout the OCP review process, you'll have the opportunity to share your opinions and ideas on the future of our community. You can learn more about this project by watching the video below and checking out the Updates section. Don't forget to click "Follow Project" to register for email updates.


The Draft OCP is now ready for your review!

  • OCP Engagement Extended

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    With event restrictions lifted, the District of Central Saanich Council has extended the Official Community Plan (OCP) engagement to allow for in-person open houses this spring.

    Central Saanich’s OCP review began in September 2020 and has included a range of public input opportunities to hear various perspectives and engage residents, First Nations, businesses and stakeholders. The Draft Official Community Plan was published in January 2022 for public comment and seven information sessions have been held online to date.

    Upcoming engagement opportunities

    Agricultural event

    March 16 and April 12, 2:00 pm, Saanich Fairgrounds (no registration required in advance)

    Three open houses will take place in May:

    1. Saturday May 14, 10-2, Cultural Centre—Room B (by entrance to the Centre for Active Living 50+), 1209 Clarke Rd
    2. Tuesday May 17, 3-7, Fire Station 1, 1512 Keating Cross Rd
    3. Thursday May 19, noon-4, Fire Station 1, 1512 Keating Cross Rd

    District planning staff are also available to make group presentations and discuss the OCP at request.


    A number of documents and videos are available to help those interested take a sneak peek or a deep dive into the Draft OCP. Visit LetsTalkCentralSaanich.ca/OCP or stop by Central Saanich Municipal Hall at 1903 Mount Newton Cross Road to get a copy of the Draft OCP and corresponding survey. Residents are also welcome to contact planning staff by phoning 250.544.4209 or emailing .

  • Take the survey!

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    Central Saanich Draft OCP: Feedback Survey


    Learn about the Draft OCP and offer your thoughts. Feedback will be used to finalize the draft and a What We Heard Report will be presented to Council with the draft.

    Open February 1-May 19, 2022.

    Click HERE to take the survey.

  • Watch a recording of the Draft OCP presentation

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    We'd like to thank the 100+ residents who recently attended one of the seven OCP information sessions we hosted. The discussions and questions will help staff refine the final Draft OCP before it's presented to Council.

    Have you had a chance to review the Draft OCP and offer your input yet? There is still lots of time!

    Here is a recording of a 30-min overview presentation.

    Following, please browse the Draft OCP, take the survey and/or reach out to staff with questions or comments.


  • Read the Draft OCP or get the highlights

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    The District is seeking your input on the Draft OCP.

    The Draft OCP is available here for downloading.

    Just want the highlights?

    What’s the same:

    • No changes are proposed to the Urban Containment Boundary, which complements smart growth management strategies, creates walkable communities, and protects rural and agricultural land.
    • Overall, the policy approach to land use is not changing.
    • Protecting and enhancing the rural and small town character of the community remains a key principle.
    • The OCP policies remain strong on protecting agricultural lands and supporting farming.

    What’s new?

    • All policy sections have been updated.
    • Throughout the OCP there are a number of policies to improve relations with First Nations and advance Truth and Reconciliation.
    • Climate Action policies are in each section throughout the OCP in addition to a new Climate Action section.
    • A new Good Governance section has been added that includes a number of topics, such as emergency preparedness, how the OCP is implemented, and relationship building.
    • A new Implementation Section has been added that summarizes all of the future plans and projects identified in the OCP.
    • In the Economic section a vision for the Keating Business District has been added.
    • Three areas have been identified to transition to higher density, multi unit development over time to improve housing options and support work-force housing.
      • In the central core area of Saanichton Village land use designations will reflect the Saanichton Village Design Plan to support more multi-unit housing.
      • Dignan Road in Brentwood Bay has been identified by Council as an area for increased density, the land use designation will change to Multi-unit between West Saanich Road and Stelly’s Cross Road.
      • Properties close to the intersection of Keating Cross Road and Central Saanich Road are identified to transition to multi-unit housing.

    We want your input on these draft policies. Please register for an information session with staff, take the survey (available Feb 1-March 6) or email OCP@csaanich.ca.

  • The Draft OCP is now available for public review!

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    This is the time to review the Draft OCP - and provide input until March 6, 2022.

    We are please to share a Draft OCP for based on input we received from the community, stakeholders and our OCP Advisory Committee.

    We want to make it easy for you to understand what the Draft OCP is all about. There are a number of ways to get the highlights or the details!

    How to Participate:

    The District of Central Saanich encourages all residents, stakeholders, organizations, and businesses to share their views on the OCP vision, policies and direction.

    1. ONLINE SURVEY: February 1- March 6.

    2. VIRTUAL SMALL GROUP INFORMATION SESSIONS:

    Staff will host a number of group information sessions during the consultation period.

    These sessions will be small groups to enable time for questions, discussion and feedback.

    Register for Thurs, Feb 3:

    Register for Fri, Feb 4:

    Register for Sat, Feb 5:

    A recording of this session will also be posted online for your convenience.

    3. REQUEST A PRESENTATION (for groups 10 or more):
    Our planning staff are available to make virtual short presentations and discuss the OCP at request.

    To make the most effective use of the opportunity to meet, the following guidelines are encouraged:

    • Participate in the survey and information sessions.
    • Identify the types of topics and questions you would like to focus on, if you have a special area of interest.
    • Presentations and discussions will generally last 40 minutes during the workday.
    • Make requests by contacting staff at OCP@CSaanich.ca
  • Register for a presentation on the Draft OCP!

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    Draft OCP policies will be ready for public viewing and feedback at the end of January. In the meantime, you can view a high-level summary here.

    Please join us as staff present an overview of the updates! These sessions will be small groups to enable time for questions, discussion and feedback.

    Register for Thurs, Feb 3:

    Register for Fri, Feb 4:

    Register for Sat, Feb 5:

    If these sessions fill up, we will add more! Please email us at communityservices@csaanich.ca if you have any trouble registering.

    The updates in the Draft OCP are based on input we received from the community, stakeholders and our OCP Advisory Committee.


  • OCP nearing its final stages

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    The Central Saanich OCP review project is nearing its final stages, where the draft OCP will be presented to the community for review and feedback. Building on the input we received from the community in the early phases of the project, our team has been busy drafting new OCP policy and mapping, while continuing to engage with our stakeholders and our OCP Advisory Committee.

    Our new OCP is shaping up well, and will provide clear direction for our community over the next 20 plus years, helping us to preserve the community character that we all enjoy, but also providing leadership and direction on the challenges that lie ahead, including issues such as climate change and truth and reconciliation, as well as housing, food security and the economy of our community.

    Our draft OCP policies will be ready for public viewing and feedback at the end of January. Please join us to view our draft OCP policies at one of our Open Houses scheduled as follows:

    Register for Thurs, Feb 3:

    Register for Sat, Feb 5:



  • Provide feedback on the draft vision & principles

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    Following on initial public engagement (What We Heard Engagement Summary) and research, a draft Community Vision Statement and Fundamental Principles are now published for review and feedback.

    How to provide feedback

    After reviewing the below, please email any comments to OCP@CSaanich.ca.

    Staff are also holding in-person sessions outdoors in the community this week if you'd like to talk about the project in person.

    Join us

    Wednesday, October 6, Brentwood Crossing, 10 am - 1 pm

    Friday, October 8, outside Municipal Hall (1903 Mt Newton Cross Road), 10 am - 1 pm


    DRAFT COMMUNITY VISION STATEMENT

    Central Saanich is a community where residents value our great natural beauty and rolling rural landscapes, and where active agriculture co-exists in harmony with vibrant, compact villages. Located within a growing metropolitan region, Central Saanich maintains rural, small-town character and a strong sense of community pride by neighbourly residents whom welcome diversity.

    The District is a leader in climate action, and the natural environment benefits from peninsula-wide collaboration to minimize negative impacts on the environment, our waterways, and marine shorelines.

    The built environment supports inclusiveness, vibrancy and active lifestyles, and the road and trail network prioritizes active transportation. A diverse housing stock provides for a range of ages, incomes, and abilities, located within walking distance to services or public transit.

    The economy is thriving with a variety of local businesses supported by the community that contribute to Central Saanich's character.

    DRAFT FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

    The following principles will provide the foundation for the objectives and policies of the OCP:

    • Maintain Rural, Small-Town Character
    • Manage Growth Carefully
    • Demonstrate Climate Leadership
    • Protect and Enhance the Environment, Biodiversity and Natural Ecosystems Advance First Nations Truth and Reconciliation
    • Support Agriculture and Food Security
    • Provide a Range of Housing Opportunities and Protect Housing Affordability Support Local Business and Community Economic Development
    • Ensure Mobility and Transportation Systems for All
    • Foster a Sense of Community
    • Respond to Community Needs


  • Discuss community vision statement at outdoor OCP events

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    Join Planning staff at an in-person pop-up event to learn about the Official Community Plan Review underway, and how you can get involved.

    The pop-ups are an.opportunity to:

    • learn about the draft community vision statement
    • learn about the themes emerging to date
    • provide some initial feedback and have in-person conversations

    Wednesday, October 6, 10am - 1pm Brentwood Crossing, 7103 West Saanich Rd

    Friday, October 8, 10am - 1pm Municipal Hall parking lot, 1903 Mt Newton Cross Rd

  • What We've Heard to Date

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    As the second phase of the OCP Review concludes, we would like to summarize what took place.

    In phase two, we conducted meetings with stakeholder groups and local First Nations. We hosted public engagement opportunities including, an Emerging Themes Town Hall, a Priorities and Community Character Survey, Community Conversation Workbooks, and a Big Ideas Contest. In addition, we continued to engage with the OCP Advisory Committee through monthly committee meetings, and with committee members and Central Saanich’s Mayor and Council through a Land Use Workshop.

    Throughout spring 2021, we met with stakeholder groups, as well as with W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) Chief and Council and the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council. We hosted an Emerging Themes Town Hall open to all community members; a recording of the Town Hall is available on this project site. The Priorities and Community Character Survey was available as were Community Workbooks for small groups to use. The OCP Advisory Committee and Central Saanich’s Mayor and Council participated in a workshop on emerging key topics related to land use.

    Through these conversations and survey, we heard about community members’ top priorities for Central Saanich today and in the future.

    As shown in Figure 1, growth management, agriculture and food security, environmental protection, and parks, trails and recreation access are high priority topics.

    When community members think about priorities for today, they lean more towards local business and economic development, and accessing nature and recreation.

    When they think about priorities for the future, they lean more towards agriculture and food security, supporting an aging population, and climate and disaster resilience.

    Community members hoped for Central Saanich to maintain its rural and small-town character, and especially to retain the quiet and safe nature of the community. They hoped to maintain a balance between agricultural surroundings, compact village life, and the community’s distinction from nearby urban areas. Many hoped Central Saanich would stay lower density, experience a reasonable or lower level of population growth, and maintain its semi-rural infrastructure. Similarly, community members are concerned about balancing new development with Central Saanich’s rural, agricultural community roots. Many are concerned increasing densification will change the sense of community, architectural design, and overall rural and small-town community character. On the other hand, there is concern the high cultural value placed on agriculture and farming has dominated the culture of the peninsula, with a lack of focus and respect for Indigenous heritage and culture. There were suggestions to increase the awareness of Indigenous history and presence in the community, especially through design elements, cultural artifacts like totem poles, educational signage, and naming.

    The input from the community was extensive and invaluable. You can read a detailed summary in the OCP Review What We Heard report.

    The summary represents a variety of interests and perspectives from across Central Saanich. At the end of each phase of the project, we will continue to update this document with a summary of what we have heard to date.

Page last updated: 25 May 2022, 12:12 PM