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Apply to Serve an Advisory Committee, Board or Foundation

The District of Saanich is currently accepting applications from Saanich residents wishing to be involved in local government by sitting as a member of an Advisory Committee, Board or Foundation in 2021. Application deadline: 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 6, 2020. Openings include:

  • Various Advisory Committees (examples: Active Transportation, Arts Culture and Heritage, Environment and Natural Areas, Healthy Saanich, Board of Variance) 
  • Saanich Heritage Foundation
  • Advisory Design Panel
  • Various Boards and Commissions (examples: Greater Victoria Public Library, Victoria Family Court and Youth Justice Committee).

Interested in serving your community? Learn more here, and check out the general notice.

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BC Election: Party leaders respond to urban mayors

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes is a member of the BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus that asked a number of questions to the leadership of provincial parties. Mayor Haynes hopes that this information will aid Saanich residents in being more informed as they prepare for election day on October 24, 2020.  Read their responses here:

For information on how you can vote, visit this link.

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Garden Suites Now Legal in Saanich

It is now legal to construct a garden suite with a permit in Saanich. Garden suites are detached, ground-oriented dwellings located in the rear yard of a property with a single family house as its principal use. Saanich expects this will increase the number and diversity of affordable rental housing units available in Saanich. 

A few facts to know:

  • You must apply for and be granted applicable permits in order to build and operate a garden suite.
  • Garden suites can be used for family or as rental units, but cannot be strata-titled, sold or used for short-term rentals (e.g. for an Airbnb or Bed and Breakfast).
  • An owner must live on the property with the garden suite in either the single family dwelling or the garden suite.
  • A garden suite can only contain one dwelling unit.
  • You cannot have a garden suite and a secondary suite.

To learn more, visit: https://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/community/community-planning/policy-initiatives/garden-suites.html

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Upcoming one-day repair of Wedgewood Park tennis courts

From Mike Goldsworthy, of Parks Division, District of Saanich:

In preparation for repairing the asphalt on the Wedgewood Park tennis courts later this year, we will need to close the courts for at least one day to drill some boreholes for geotechnical analysis.

The holes will be filled and capped with asphalt once complete.

We will post some signs at the court in advance of this once we know the date(s) the drill crew will be at the park.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Stay Active!
Mike

Mike Goldsworthy, BCSLA
Park Planner + Designer
Parks Division
Parks, Recreation and Community Services
District of Saanich

1040 McKenzie Ave
Victoria BC V8P 2L4

t. 250-475-5545
f. 250-475-5525 
www.saanich.ca/parks

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Saanich seeks input on number of unrelated residents in house

From the District of Saanich: 
Notice of Public Hearing on a Zoning Bylaw
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING for the purpose of a PUBLIC HEARING will be held in the SAANICH MUNICIPAL HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 770 Vernon Avenue, Victoria, BC, V8X 2W7, on SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2020 at 10:00 A.M., to allow the public to make verbal or written representation to This Public Hearing is to be convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No. M139, “Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (COVID-19) Order No. 2”. Council with respect to the following proposed bylaw.
A. ZONING BYLAW, 2003, AMENDMENT BYLAW, 2020, NO. 9608  
HOUSING OCCUPANCY LIMIT OF UNRELATED RESIDENTS
The intent of the proposed bylaw amendment is to delete the word “four” in the definition of “Family” in Section 2 and replace it with “six”; and to delete the word “four” in section 5.20 and replace it with the word “six”.  

As per Saanich Zoning Bylaw 8200 “family” is defined as: 

“one or more individuals who by reason of marriage, heredity, adoption, or choice live as a household; provided that the number of persons unrelated by blood or marriage shall not exceed four; excludes boarders, daycare children, or groups of persons forming a monastery, seminary, convent, or similar religious group.”

Section 5.20 of the Saanich Zoning Bylaw 8200 currently reads: 

“5.20  Limitation of Residential Occupancy by Unrelated Persons
Notwithstanding any other provisionof the bylaw, where a dwelling unit is occupied by two or more persons unrelated by blood or marriage, the total number of persons unrelated by blood or marriage occupying the dwelling unit, including boarders shall not exceed four.” 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure social distancing, the Municipal Hall is closed to the public. Therefore the proposed bylaw and relevant reports may be inspected or obtained from the Saanich website  from June 5, 2020 onwards. We strongly encourage residents to submit their support or opposition in writing to council@saanich.ca  

Enquiries and comments may be submitted by mail or by email, and must be received

no later than 12:00 p.m., noon, Friday, June 19, 2020

.  All correspondence submitted will form part of the public record and may be published in a meeting agenda.  

  • Send your comments to Council by emailing council@saanich.ca 
  • Mail your comments by post to Legislative Services, District of Saanich, 770 Vernon Avenue, Victoria, BC  V8X 2W7. 
  • Leave your written comments in the dropbox by the main door at Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon Avenue. 

Alternatively, you may register to speak by telephone at the Public Hearing by:

  • Emailing the meeting date and agenda item you wish to speak to; or 
  • By calling 250-475-5501 and specifying which meeting date and agenda item you wish to speak to. 

In either instance, you must have access to a telephone, provide a telephone number that can be used to contact you and an email address where instructions can be sent to you. The deadline for registration is 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020.

An opportunity to phone in during the meeting will be available, please watch the webstream for details.

All meetings are streamed live on Saanich.ca      

Legislative Services Division  
District of Saanich
770 Vernon Avenue
Victoria, BC  V8X 2W7
E-mail: council@saanich.ca    
Phone: 250-475-5501 Web: Saanich.ca      

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Yard and garden waste drop-off schedule change

After weeks of nightmarish, km-long lineups outside the Garden Waste Centre, Saanich has finally realised that to minimize contact between its residents seeking to dump their garden waste, they should expand the Centre’s hours of opening, not reduce them. Accordingly (from Saanich District’s website):

May 15, 2020

We’re pleased to announce that we’re expanding our service hours for the yard and garden waste drop-off site.

Effective Friday, May 15, our new temporary hours are:

  • Monday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (closed May 18, Victoria Day)
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. –  5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Summary:

  • Monday/Tuesday/Friday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday/Thursday/Sunday/Stat Holidays: Closed
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thank you for continuing to maintain a safe physical distance while you are at the drop-off centre. We also ask that patrons do not line up prior to opening times and please do not block traffic.

Please note that the webcam is temporarily disabled as it does not give a clear view of the lineups due to traffic re-routing. Wait times can be as high as two hours for this popular service.

As the yard remains closed to normal business we ask that those visiting the yard and garden waste drop-off remain in their vehicles until they unload.

We greatly appreciate residents and our neighbours around Public Works for their patience and understanding during this time.

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Saanich cancels all public hearings until further notice

Tara Da Silva, Senior Committee Clerk, Legislative Services Division of the District of Saanich, writes: 

Hello All

As of March 17, 2020, all Saanich Public Hearing meetings, including the meeting scheduled for March 28, 2020, have been cancelled until further notice due to cautionary measures regarding COVID-19. These measures are being taken to ensure your health and safety. Saanich will continue to monitor this situation and update the public with new information as it becomes available on our corporate social media channels.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work through this evolving situation.

Best,

Tara Da Silva 

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Dogs beach bylaw: update

Monday, February 24, 2020: At the regular Saanich Council meeting last tonight, Councillor Karen Harper brought forward a motion asking Council to order Saanich staff to review the dog bylaws in Saanich, with a particular focus on Cadboro Bay beach east of the outfall.  Cadboro Bay beach is a well-loved off-leash area.  During the summer months the main part of the beach is closed to dogs after 9am, but the east part is still open.  The large number of speakers resulted in the meeting ending without debate taking place on Ms. Harper’s motion.  Debate and a vote by Council on the motion were postponed to Monday, March 2.  

A large majority of citizens had described positive experiences with dogs on the beach and had requested that the current bylaws be maintained.  However, given that some concerns were raised, the Cadboro Bay Residents Association (CBRA), in the interest of harmony, wrote a second letter to Saanich requesting time to develop a “neighbourhood solution”.

February 24 – March 2, 2020: Discussions between Councillor Harper and CBRA resulted in an agreement that Councillor Harper would pull her motion in order to allow community discussions to take place. Accordingly, Ms. Harper asked Council to postpone debate and a vote on her motion until mid-July, in order to allow CBRA to work toward a community resolution.  

Mayor and Council clarified that this would be a grass-roots exercise, with Saanich staff only being available on an advisory basis.  Staff also noted that any substantive action, had the motion been considered and passed, was not covered by the current year’s budget and could not have commenced until 2021.  

Cadboro Bay Residents Association is confident that increased dialogue and ideas jointly developed among the interested parties will yield a positive outcome.  

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CBRA establishes Beach Committee

The Cadboro Bay Residents Association has appointed a committee—the Cadboro Bay Beach Committee—to engage in community consultation on the issue of beach use in Cadboro Bay. Its members are:

  • Liz Miller
  • Barry Andruschak
  • Robert des Trois Maisons

The Committee’s email address is beach@cadborobay.net.

The Committee will review current bylaws, beach signage and information provided by municipal government and the public.

The subject will also be included on the agenda of the CBRA AGM on May 20th, 2020.

The Committee’s final recommendations will be provided to Saanich Mayor and Council in mid-July 2020.

Eric Dahli

Chair

Cadboro Bay Residents Association

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CBRA’s letter to Saanich re off-leash dogs proposal

Letter from Eric Dahli, Chair of the Cadboro Bay Residents Association, to the District of Saanich:

February 28th, 2020

Mayor Fred Haynes & Council

Re:  Cadboro Bay

The following motion was passed at the regular meeting of the Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association on Wednesday February 24th:

“Resolved that the CBRA in the interest of harmony ask Saanich to defer a decision in relation to off-leash dogs on Cadboro Bay Beach to allow for a neighbourhood solution.”

The unique nature of Cadboro Bay includes several multi-jurisdictional issues requiring a thorough review by all stakeholders with jurisdiction in Cadboro Bay.

The Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association is ready to meet and discuss this multi-faceted issue.

Yours truly,

Eric Dahli, Chair

Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association

Cc: Mayor of Oak Bay

See also Times Colonist report on the Council meeting on Monday Feb 2nd.