Community Garden

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Proposed Community Garden

The District received a proposal for a small community garden on public land in 2020. A piece of land near the Cultural Centre in Brentwood Bay has been identified for further consultation and design. It's located behind the Boys and Girls Club, and supported by the Club.

The project would require the support of Council and because the land identified is currently zoned R-2, not parkland, a rezoning process would be required.

The proponents will be working with staff and the community over the winter of 2021, and will then report back to Council at a public meeting. There will be opportunity for neighbours to submit their thoughts to the District.


Proposed Community Garden

The District received a proposal for a small community garden on public land in 2020. A piece of land near the Cultural Centre in Brentwood Bay has been identified for further consultation and design. It's located behind the Boys and Girls Club, and supported by the Club.

The project would require the support of Council and because the land identified is currently zoned R-2, not parkland, a rezoning process would be required.

The proponents will be working with staff and the community over the winter of 2021, and will then report back to Council at a public meeting. There will be opportunity for neighbours to submit their thoughts to the District.


  • Final Proposal to be presented June 14 2021

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    The Central Saanich Community Garden Society will be presenting their final proposal to Council on June 14, 2021. The society has refined their vision for a small community garden based on the site at 1223 Clarke Road and the feedback they've received.

    To learn about their proposal, please see their website or contact the society.

    To view the Council meeting, please see the District's CivicWeb portal for the meeting minutes, agendas, and more. Agenda are typically posted on the Thursday or Friday prior to the meeting and will include a link to the meeting. This meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

    If you wish to submit a question or comment to Council for the meeting, email municipal.hall@csaanich.ca prior to 12:00 noon on the day of the meeting. Please note in your email that it is intended for the Public Question Period; any correspondence marked as such will be recorded under Public Question Period and read aloud in the meeting. Please keep your comments brief, as the allotted time remains limited. Your comments may have to be summarized to fit within the allotted time.

  • Community consultation under way: Draft design concepts

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    The Central Saanich Community Garden Society continues community consultation and is presenting design concepts and working with stakeholders on a proposed design. You can view the presentation here and learn more at https://csgardens.org/.

  • Info Session: March 30

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    Neighbourhood Consultation Meeting

    The Central Saanich Community Garden Society has preliminary designs to share with the community for the proposed project and invites the public to a presentation. This is a chance to learn more, meet the board, share ideas and concerns, and learn about the process.

    Staff from the District will be available to provide an overview of the process and take part in this neighbourhood consultation process.

    Meeting Details

    The meeting will take place on March 30th at 7 pm, through Zoom. The Zoom information is as follows:

    Time: Mar 30, 2021 07:00 PM

    Join Zoom Meeting https://uvic.zoom.us/j/81447472691?pwd=L2FZRjRoQTU3ZlRHYkxCSVNzczV1Zz09

    Meeting ID: 814 4747 2691 Password: 208290

  • Community Garden Proposal Update

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    The Central Saanich Community Garden Society is seeking public input on their concept of design. You can find the design on their website along with sketches and impression pictures, www.csgardens.org/plans.

    The society will be hosting a Zoom meeting in March to connect with the community to provide an update and get input on the garden design. Details about this meeting will be posted in the near future on the website.

    With questions on the project, please email at gardens@csgardens.org.

    For questions about the Community Partnership Program or the process of how this project will come forward to Council, please email Community Services Manager Britt Burnham at Britt.Burnham@CSaanich.ca

  • Background on the proposal

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    In September 2020, the District received a proposal to make public land and some funding available to establish a community garden. (The application was submitted to the District’s Community Partnership Program, wherein proposals are due by October of each year.)

    Determining a site

    A detailed review of potential spaces was undertaken in Central Saanich. While the Society has explored private land and working with local schools, public land was presented as the only option at this time. Community gardens are most successful and well maintained when they are easy to access. Most members of the Society on the plot waitlist are from Brentwood Bay, and the core of Brentwood Village has the highest concentration of homes without gardens. The site being reviewed is behind the Boys and Girls Club at the Cultural Centre is within a 1 km walk of 1,700 homes and is near a public washroom and parking lot. It is currently used as open green space for neighbours and the Boys and Girls Club. The B&G Club has noted the garden would offer benefits and they can utilize other green space.

    Consultation

    The Central Saanich Community Garden Society will be working with staff and the community to come up with a design concept for the public to comment on. Staff and the proponent will explore feasibility before reporting back to Council by early 2021, at which time Council may be presented with a final proposal.

    The District will be involved in the public consultation so as to hear directly from the community about support, ideas and concerns.

    As soon as design concepts are ready for public comment, they will be posted on this site.