Official Community Plan Review

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About the Official Community Plan (OCP)

Since the fall of 2020, there have been a variety of opportunities for the public to provide input into the first phases of updating the Official Community Plan (OCP). Hundreds of North Saanich residents have participated through online surveys, workshops, and meetings, providing valuable feedback about how the community might change over the next 20 years.

We are in Phase 3: Drafting the OCP

We would like to thank the many North Saanich residents who provided feedback on the draft vision, goals, and potential policy directions that are being considered as the District looks to develop a draft OCP.

Feedback from the engagement activities that took place in May and June will be captured in a comprehensive engagement summary document and will be presented to Council on August 15, 2022. The engagement summary will document the engagement process, including who participated, what was heard at each activity, and how the feedback is recommended to be used to shape the draft OCP.

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About the Official Community Plan (OCP)

Since the fall of 2020, there have been a variety of opportunities for the public to provide input into the first phases of updating the Official Community Plan (OCP). Hundreds of North Saanich residents have participated through online surveys, workshops, and meetings, providing valuable feedback about how the community might change over the next 20 years.

We are in Phase 3: Drafting the OCP

We would like to thank the many North Saanich residents who provided feedback on the draft vision, goals, and potential policy directions that are being considered as the District looks to develop a draft OCP.

Feedback from the engagement activities that took place in May and June will be captured in a comprehensive engagement summary document and will be presented to Council on August 15, 2022. The engagement summary will document the engagement process, including who participated, what was heard at each activity, and how the feedback is recommended to be used to shape the draft OCP.

Subscribe for project updates (see "Stay Informed" on the right) or check back for more details.

  • Thank you for your feedback!

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    We would like to thank the many North Saanich residents who provided feedback on the Official Community Plan (OCP) review during our third phase of public engagement.

    Phase 3 opened on May 16 and closed on June 12, 2022.

    Hundreds of residents participated in the survey and visited the online and in-person open houses, where they spoke to the project team, asked questions about the OCP review process and materials, and provided feedback.

    Additionally, residents from the district’s “Southeast Quadrant” participated at a special workshop tailored to address their community’s specific needs and hopes for the future. The Project Team also hosted seven dialogue sessions with various community, resident, and environmental groups as part of the engagement process.

    Results from the survey, and feedback from the open houses, workshop, and dialogue sessions will be captured in a comprehensive engagement summary and will be presented to Council at the Council Meeting on Monday, August 15.

    This report will document the engagement process, including who participated, what was heard at each activity, and how the feedback is recommended to be used to shape the draft OCP.

    In 2023, the draft OCP will be presented to North Saanich residents for review and another round of engagement.


    Southeast Quadrant Workshop, June 1, 2022



  • District invites feedback on draft vision, goals, and policy directions.

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    Today, the District of North Saanich kicked off its latest round of public engagement on the Official Community Plan (OCP) review.

    The OCP guides decisions on how lands will be managed and reflects the community’s values and vision for the next 20 years. It will guide decisions on things like land use, infrastructure investment, and mitigating and adapting to climate change. It is adopted as a bylaw and informs Council and community decision-making.

    “Residents can help shape a vision for North Saanich that protects our greatest attributes and responds to the emerging and varied needs of our community,” said North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr. “This spring, we are continuing in-person and virtual conversations with North Saanich residents to generate ideas and capture feedback, welcoming as many diverse perspectives as possible.”

    The district’s population is projected to grow by almost a thousand people: from 12,235 in 2021 to 13,000 in 2038.

    Six interconnected OCP themes, informed by previous phases of engagement, will guide the OCP conversations: agriculture and food systems, marine and land-based natural environments, climate action, healthy communities, jobs and the local economy and housing and affordability.

    To reach as many residents as possible, there are a variety of ways North Saanich residents can participate. Check out the key dates for more information on the OCP engagement activities!

    A survey invites participants to review the draft vision, draft goals, and potential policy directions that are being considered as the District looks to develop a draft OCP. The survey, which closes on June 12, is available online at connectnorthsaanich.ca/ocp, and hard-copy versions are available at Municipal Hall (1620 Mills Road).

    The District is also offering several in-person events for residents to learn more and provide feedback. These in-person events include two open houses and a workshop for residents in the district’s “Southeast Quadrant”: the McTavish, Bazan Bay, Terraces, and Eaglehurst neighbourhoods.

    No registration is required to attend the in-person open houses. Both locations are accessible and offer activities for children.

    The District is also offering a virtual open house over Zoom, recognizing that this provides more flexibility for people with busy work lives, family commitments, and other circumstances that prevent attending in-person events.

    A number of local resident and environmental associations, as well as the OCP’s Advisory Working Group, have been invited to participate in dedicated community dialogue sessions.

    We hope to see you soon!

  • Third round of engagement to begin on May 16!

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    On Monday, May 2, at a Regular Meeting of Council, North Saanich Council directed staff to move forward with the next phase of public engagement on the OCP review.

    Council discussed a staff report on the OCP that provided Council with the draft engagement event plans and survey, background materials, and the high-level review of the current OCP.

    After providing feedback on these materials, Council endorsed the Phase 3 engagement event plans and survey with some amendments; all engagement activities will take place in late May and early June.

    Council also endorsed the background materials document and the high-level review of the current OCP, as outlined in the Staff Report and amended by Council.

    Council also directed staff to add an additional dialogue session, with environmental groups to the Phase 3 Engagement Plan. Council identified Peninsula Streams, Friends of North Saanich Parks, SeaChange Conservation, Saanich Inlet Protection Society, Friends of Shoal Harbour, and the Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition as candidates for inclusion in this session.

    The third round of engagement on the OCP will begin on Monday, May 16.

    Detailed information about the various engagement activities, including times, dates, and locations for in-person open houses; times and registration details for a virtual house; and a link to the survey will all be available on this page on May 16.

    North Saanich residents will also receive information about these activities in the mail, see them in advertising in the Peninsula News Review, and see them in social media and conventional communications from the District of North Saanich.

  • May 2 Regular Meeting of Council

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    The agenda for the Regular Meeting of Council on Monday, May 2 at 7:00 pm has been posted.

    North Saanich Council will discuss the Official Community Plan (OCP) review at this meeting.

    The staff report on the OCP review provides North Saanich Council with the draft engagement event plans and survey, background materials, and the high-level review of the current OCP.

    The report formally responds to Council’s March 21, 2022 motions to advance work on a draft OCP based on the six OCP themes (agriculture and local food systems, marine and land-based natural environment, climate action, healthy communities, jobs and the local economy and housing and affordability).

    At the May 2 meeting, Council will have the opportunity to provide feedback on these engagement and communication materials prior to the launch of the phase 3 engagement activities, later in May. These materials, appended to the report, include the event plans for the dialogue sessions, open houses, and workshop for the southeast quadrant (i.e., the McTavish and Terraces neighbourhoods), and the online survey.

    In addition, Council will also provide feedback on the background materials document that will frame the engagement and provide important context for the discussions on the:

    • Draft vision;
    • Draft goals;
    • Draft policy directions in relation to the six OCP themes; and
    • Land use scenarios and key features.


    The materials also include a high-level review of the current OCP policy language, outlining what could be maintained, strengthened, removed, or revised.

    If, on May 2, Council directs staff to proceed with this work, the launch of the third round of engagement on the OCP will begin on May 16.

    The various ways to participate at this meeting are described at northsaanich.civicweb.net/Portal/Welcome.aspx.


  • Next phase of public engagement on OCP to begin in May

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    At the Regular Meeting of Council on Monday, March 21, Council discussed the next phase of public engagement for the Official Community Plan (OCP) review and endorsed the recommendations proposed by the OCP project team, while asking for modifications to some elements in the proposed plan.

    At the meeting, the project team presented Council with a high-level work plan for Phase 3, an engagement and communications plan, and an associated budget for these tasks.

    In response to Council direction received on February 14, the project team’s proposed engagement plan included holding eight dialogue sessions with representatives from ten different community and neighbourhood groups to discuss the draft vision, goals and the key themes, policy directions, and draft land use options.

    After discussing the proposed engagement plan, Council directed staff to make some modifications, including consolidating two community associations (Lands End Residents Association and Property Responsibility on the Waterfront) into the same dialogue session.

    Council also directed staff to combine four of the groups into a workshop session that would allow more residents to engage on the OCP review in a longer and more extensive format. These groups are the Bazan Bay Residents Association, McTavish Neighbourhood Community Group, newly formed Eaglehurst Residents Association, and Terraces Community Association.

    The three remaining groups (Dean Park Estates Community Association, North Saanich Residents Association, and Save North Saanich) and the OCP Advisory Working Group (AWG) will each have their own dialogue session.

    The project team will update Council on May 2 about the logistical details and associated costs for these changes, including how many people the newly proposed workshop can accommodate, how discussion will be facilitated, and what engagement tools will be used by the team to solicit the most meaningful and detailed feedback.

    The project team will also present Council with materials to support the other engagement activities, including three open houses and an online survey, before engagement begins in May and June. This will formally launch the engagement activities for Phase 3.

  • March 21 Regular Meeting of Council

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    The agenda for the Regular Meeting of Council on Monday, March 21 at 7:00 pm has been posted at northsaanich.ca/council-meetings.

    North Saanich Council will discuss the Official Community Plan (OCP) review at this meeting.

    This is a follow up from the Special Meeting of Council on February 14, where Council directed the project team to move forward with the complete OCP review, focusing on all six themes: agriculture and local food systems, marine and land-based natural environments, climate action, healthy communities, jobs and the local economy, and housing and affordability. They also gave the project team direction on the approach for the next phase of public engagement.

    On February 14, Council also directed the project team to initiate a high-level review of the current OCP policy language, outlining what could be changed, stay the same, be added or removed.

    Additionally, Council directed staff to include meetings with the OCP Advisory Working Group (AWG), District Commissions, community associations, and other representative residents as key components of engagement. Council directed staff to restructure the in-person engagement as a community-focused process that would take place from May to June.

    Council directed staff to contemplate the feasibility of drafting the OCP as Phase 4 from July to September 2022 and to report back to Council with the draft OCP in late September.

    In response to this direction, on March 21 the project team will present Council with a high-level work plan for Phase 3, an engagement and communications plan for Phase 3, and an associated budget for these tasks.

    Based on the Provincial Health Officer’s most recent direction, there are no pandemic-related restrictions to the number of people allowed in person at Council Meetings. Please note that the meeting agenda identifies various other ways you can participate at this meeting (and other Council meetings).

  • February 14 Meeting Outcomes and Next Steps

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    On February 14, at a Special Meeting of Council, Council directed staff to move forward with the complete OCP review, focusing on all six themes: agriculture and local food systems, marine and land-based natural environments, climate action, healthy communities, jobs and the local economy, and housing and affordability. They also gave staff direction on the approach for the next phase of public engagement.

    Council directed staff to initiate a high-level review of the current OCP policy language, outlining what could be maintained, removed or revised and strengthened in response to community direction. Council emphasized this as an effective communication tool to clarify the intentions of how elements of the existing OCP would be brought forward and provide a further opportunity to demonstrate why the OCP needs updating in relation to each of the six OCP themes.

    Council directed staff to include meetings with the OCP Advisory Working Group (AWG), District Commissions, community associations and representative residents within the revised engagement plan. Council also directed staff to restructure the in-person engagement as a community-focused process, taking place from May to June.

    Council emphasized the importance of two-way dialogue, first with those residing in the areas potentially being explored for change, then with the broader community. Council indicated that they would like the project team to test and refine the engagement materials with the AWG and Commissions before going to Council and then the broader community.

    Council directed staff to explore all six OCP themes and land use options to generate feedback on the range of potential land use options, asking the community which features or elements it identifies with, or not. Council emphasized the importance that the engagement activities provide context for the potential land use and policy directions associated with all six OCP themes and to draw from the baseline data and foundational documents guiding the OCP review.

    Council directed staff that the revised work plan include a Council check-in to review engagement materials prior to presentation to the broader community and to present the engagement summary report.

    Council directed staff to also contemplate the feasibility of drafting the OCP as Phase 4 from July to September 2022 and to report back to Council with the draft OCP in late September.

    Staff will present a revised Phase 3 work plan, engagement plan and associated budget for these tasks in response to Council’s direction in late March.

    To view the agenda, minutes and recording of the meeting visit northsaanich.ca/council-meetings and click the “Special Meeting of Council - 14 Feb 2022” link.

  • January 31 Meeting Outcomes and Next Steps

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    At the January 31 meeting, Council directed staff to draft the OCP, focusing solely on five themes: agriculture and local food systems, marine and land-based natural environments, climate action, healthy communities, and jobs and the local economy. Engagement on the topic of housing and affordability was not take place at this time. The draft OCP (excluding housing and affordability) was to be presented to Council by July 2022.

    However, at the Monday, February 7 Regular Meeting of Council, Mayor and Council voted on a motion to reconsider this resolution; the motion was carried. Council decided to not direct staff to draft an OCP, focusing solely on the five themes, for presentation to Council by July 2022.

    At the upcoming February 14 Special Meeting of Council, Council will discuss the next steps for the OCP review, including a notice of motion from Councillor Pearson.

    View the agenda https://northsaanich.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Id=904

    You can learn more info about the various ways you can participate at this meeting (and at other Council meetings) here: https://northsaanich.civicweb.net/Portal/Welcome.aspx

  • January 31 Special Meeting of Council

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    On Monday, January 31 at 7:00 pm, North Saanich Council will discuss the Official Community Plan (OCP) review at a Special Council Meeting.

    This is a follow up from the December 6 meeting, at which Council directed the project team to initiate drafting an OCP focused on agriculture and local food systems, marine and natural systems, climate action, healthy communities, and jobs and the local economy, and to plan a public engagement process focused on housing and affordability.

    At the January 31 meeting, the project team will report back with an associated work plan, a public engagement plan for housing and affordability, and a revised budget for these tasks, including drafting the plan.

    If, at this meeting, Council directs staff to proceed with this work, the project team will then begin drafting the OCP, initiate the engagement plan focused solely on housing and affordability, and then bring back to Council the engagement summary on housing and affordability and a draft OCP (excluding housing and affordability) later in the year.

    Due to Omicron, in-person attendance limits at the January 31 meeting are still in place. You can learn more info about the various ways you can participate at this meeting (and at other Council meetings) here: northsaanich.civicweb.net/Portal/Welcome.aspx. You will also find the January 31 meeting agenda, once it has been finalized, at this link (under the "SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL" tab).

  • December 6 OCP Meeting Outcomes

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    Council met on December 6, 2021 to continue the discussion on the OCP and the outstanding staff recommendations from the November 22, 2021 Special Meeting of Council.

    At this meeting District Council directed staff to proceed to drafting an Official Community Plan focused on agriculture and local food systems, marine and natural systems, climate action, healthy communities, and jobs and the local economy, and to plan a public engagement process focused on housing and affordability. Feedback on the draft OCP will be solicited once reviewed by Council.

    Council also asked that public engagement occur about where a community gathering space for a permanent farmers market might be located in the district. Previous discussions had proposed exploring a location in Deep Cove.

    Staff will report back in the new year with an associated work plan, public engagement plan for housing and affordability, and a revised budget for these tasks, including drafting the plan.

    Should Council in the new year direct staff to do this work, the project team will then begin drafting the OCP, initiate the engagement plan focused solely on housing and affordability and then bring back to Council later in the year, the engagement summary on housing and affordability and a draft OCP (excluding housing and affordability).

    To view the agenda, public participation, staff report and recording visit https://northsaanich.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Id=840

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