Official Community Plan Review

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What's an Official Community Plan? Why should you get involved in the review underway?
The OCP guides land use planning and sets out policies that touch citizen's lives in some way every day. We are reviewing the OCP policies and invite you to learn more about the project by browsing the updates below.


The second draft of the revised OCP is now ready for your review.

What's an Official Community Plan? Why should you get involved in the review underway?
The OCP guides land use planning and sets out policies that touch citizen's lives in some way every day. We are reviewing the OCP policies and invite you to learn more about the project by browsing the updates below.


The second draft of the revised OCP is now ready for your review.

  • Share your feedback on the Official Community Plan Second Draft!

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    On September 22, 2022, Council received the second draft of the Official Community Plan (OCP). This revised version is based on the public feedback and stakeholder input received to date. Input was received from Council, the OCP Advisory Committee, external referral agencies and the general public. (A summary of input has been compiled in the What We Heard Report, see the comments and/or survey results, see the July 25, 2022 staff report.)

    Watch staff present a 13-min overview of the second draft in this video.


    How is the second draft of the OCP different?

    1. It’s shorter. One of the messages we heard was to make reduce the size and make the document more reader friendly. This has largely been achieved by:

    • Removing the advocacy policies, which will instead be used as reference material when Council is developing its Strategic Plan in 2023.
    • Removing the ‘Implementation’ section, however retaining the implementation policies in each section.
    • Combining numerous policies into one where practical.
    • Shortening or removing bulleted lists within policies.
    • Removing the ‘History and Context’ section and instead using it to augment information currently on the District’s website.

    2. Some policies have changed, these include but are not limited to:

    • Agricultural land reserve (ALR) policies:
      1. The policy regarding when ALR subdivision boundary adjustments are supported is removed, with boundary adjustments referenced in the broader policy on subdivision.
      2. The draft OCP reverts back to the blanket “do not support ALR exclusions” policy. Should the District want to consider excluding land from the ALC in support of a major community/infrastructure project and application, the OCP could be amended if needed.
    • Land Use Designations:
      1. The change in land use designation near the intersection of Keating Cross Road and Central Saanich Road has been removed due to the time frame for completion of the Keating Flyover and a high level of public concerns regarding traffic impacts, consideration of a change in land use designation should be postponed until traffic flow patterns are re-established following the flyover construction and infrastructure improvements to improve pedestrian/ cycling safety occur in the area.
    • Additional policies to support attracting health care services to the community have been incorporated.
    • Specific references to third parties were removed unless germane to the policy.
    • A requirement was added to the policy supporting moderate and high-density housing along main corridors, including townhouses and apartments up to 4 storeys (where it can be demonstrated that the development is sensitive to the surrounding neighbourhood). The addition notes proposals would require Council approval for amendments to the OCP and the Land Use Bylaw, and require a Development Permit to ensure the form and character is consistent with guidelines and sensitive to the neighbourhood context.
    • The updated draft OCP changes the ‘Good Governance’ section to ‘Institutions and Community Services’ with more emphasis on providing services in the community and less emphasis on governance overall.
    • The policy regarding the re-alignment of Keating Road when the Butler Pit is exhausted has been removed.
    • Numerous edits to improve clarity, readability, or strengthen policies.


    Included in the Second Draft are all maps and schedule, and the existing Development Permit Guidelines, which will be updated through a separate project.

    See the detailed changes in the OCP Draft Revisions table.


    What’s next?

    In early in 2023, staff will present Council with a Final draft, containing more imagery, for consideration of first reading. A Public Hearing would be scheduled following First Reading.


    Where to Find It:

    A Second Draft OCP has been prepared that is available here for viewing/ downloading.


    How to Provide Comments:

    Please provide comments before FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2022. If you would like to provide comments on the Second Draft OCP, you can do so by:

    • Email OCP@csaanich.ca
    • Write to Planning Department, Central Saanich Municipal Hall, 1903 Mt Newton Cross Road, Saanichton, BC, V8M 2A9.


    Is this the last time I can provide comments?

    • Once Council gives First Reading to a Draft OCP there needs to be a Public Hearing for the community an opportunity to provide input directly to Council.
    • At this time, we anticipate a Public Hearing will occur in early 2023.


    A big thanks to everyone who provided input on the 80% Draft OCP, your input has been invaluable to the project.

  • 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

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