Official Community Plan Review

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About the Official Community Plan (OCP)

Over the past eleven months, 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 input about how the community might change over the next 20 years.

On July 12 Council adapted the OCP process to respond to public feedback and paused further public engagement until after a facilitated workshop could occur in September.

On September 22 Council participated in a Special Meeting of Council (OCP Workshop), and directed staff to return in November with a revised schedule, budget and detailed plan for further engagement with the public. Watch the meeting here: https://northsaanich.civicweb.net/document/69851?splitscreen=true&media=true

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About the Official Community Plan (OCP)

Over the past eleven months, 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 input about how the community might change over the next 20 years.

On July 12 Council adapted the OCP process to respond to public feedback and paused further public engagement until after a facilitated workshop could occur in September.

On September 22 Council participated in a Special Meeting of Council (OCP Workshop), and directed staff to return in November with a revised schedule, budget and detailed plan for further engagement with the public. Watch the meeting here: https://northsaanich.civicweb.net/document/69851?splitscreen=true&media=true

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

  • What to expect at the November Council Check-In

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    Council and the project team covered a lot of ground at the Wednesday, September 22 facilitated OCP Workshop, with Council directing the project team to revise the overall approach, update the vision and goals, and make changes to the six concepts shared with the public this spring.

    Council also directed staff to outline the existing conditions of the current OCP so it’s easy to compare the current state with any changes that might be considered. Council also asked that the concepts be better framed in relation to the key themes within the Official Community Plan: agriculture and local food systems, marine and natural systems, climate action, housing and affordability, healthy communities, and jobs and the local economy. It was felt the revised concepts will be easier to understand with stronger context and rationale for what they aim to achieve.

    Earlier this spring, the six concepts were developed as potential strategies for how the community of North Saanich might adapt to the community’s needs over the next 20 years, while protecting its rural character and greatest attributes.

    To make it easier to track what changes are being made to the concepts coming back to Council in November, here is a simple outline of the overall direction given regarding the preliminary concepts presented this spring:

    Concept 1: Blue green networks - advance with Council comments

    Concept 2: Agricultural hubs - advance with Council comments

    Concept 3: Neighbourhood nooks - advance with Council comments

    Concept 4: Sensitive residential infill - remove infill in Dean Park Estates, and advance concept

    Concept 5: Deep Cove - include only parcels to the north of Deep Cove Market (10974 West Saanich Road) and the property south of the Co-op (10910 West Saanich Road) and consider the potential for mixed-use

    Concept 6: McTavish Village - remove east of and on the Panorama lands from the McTavish Village Centre and advance Concept 6 (that includes Option 1 and Option 2)

    If you’re interested in viewing the entire workshop and the Council discussion, it is available here: https://northsaanich.civicweb.net/document/69851?splitscreen=true&media=true.

  • North Saanich Council holds OCP Workshop

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    On September 22, 2021 Mayor and Council participated in a Special Meeting of Council about the OCP review and directed staff to return in November 2021 with a revised schedule, budget, and detailed plan for further engagement with the public for Phase 3.

    The Special Meeting of Council, a facilitated workshop, was designed to re-establish a shared understanding of the principles and foundations of the OCP, provide Council direction on the early concepts presented to the public this spring, and confirm the engagement approach for Phase 3.

    “Council was satisfied with the outcome of the facilitated workshop, which provided a very good opportunity to discuss, in depth, the varied and important components of the OCP review,” said Mayor Geoff Orr. “Council looks forward to further deliberations in November.”

    The population of North Saanich is expected to grow by 800-1,150 people over the next 20 years. With this growth, and as the needs of current residents change, the OCP will help guide how the community will respond to the community’s diverse needs over time.

    Council emphasized the importance of highlighting the history of North Saanich, protecting and enhancing its greatest attributes, and grounding the OCP directions in six key themes: agriculture and local food systems, marine and natural systems, climate action, housing and affordability, healthy communities, and jobs and the local economy.

    Council directed the project team to make a number of revisions to the concepts shared with the public this spring and develop a detailed engagement plan to engage key stakeholders and the public through a mix of in-person and online events.

    The project team will increase its involvement with the OCP Advisory Working Group, and continue conversations with the W̱SÁNEĆ communities, Town of Sidney and the District of Central Saanich, as these were also seen as essential to establishing a holistic vision of the Saanich Peninsula’s future.

    Watch the meeting or view the slides.


  • Message from Mayor and Council

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    Over the past nine months, there have been a variety of opportunities for public input during the first phases of updating the Official Community Plan (OCP). We continue to adapt and respond to what we are hearing, and we are making changes to the process.

    To date, over a thousand North Saanich residents participated through online surveys, community conversations, workshops, virtual meetings, and in-person pop-up sessions, providing valuable input about how the community might change over the next 20 years. It is clear just how much our community cares about North Saanich, while at the same time we recognize there are differing views about how we should plan for important topics like agriculture, the natural environment, climate change, and housing.

    Diversity of perspective is a good thing and is to be expected when planning for the future of a community. Varied opinions encourage us to consider other people’s experiences and hopefully see issues through a different lens. Our role as the municipality is to create meaningful opportunities for respectful, welcoming, and inclusive dialogue.

    We have also heard that the community is missing the in-person engagement opportunities that haven’t been possible due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, and that you want to clearly understand how public input is considered and informs Council decision-making. We are listening and will improve this aspect of engagement and reporting moving forward.

    At our July 12 Council meeting Council decided to pause Phase 3 and further public engagement until after a facilitated Council-Project Team workshop can take place in late September at a meeting open to the public. The workshop will be an opportunity for Council to review the May 19, 2021, Big Concepts, discuss the public input received to date, determine what future engagement will look like, and develop a clear path forward. You can view the detailed motions at northsaanich.ca/2021-07-Council-Motions.

    We appreciate the time and care people have taken to participate to date, whether through the survey, an online workshop, a community workbook, or writing to Council. The contributions of our Advisory Working Group are also important and appreciated. We are incredibly grateful for the time and expertise these volunteers and residents are offering our community.

    We hope you will remain engaged in these important community conversations, and we look forward to providing an update in late September on the next steps. The OCP is our most important guiding policy, and the community’s involvement in shaping the plan is equally important.

    Enjoy your summer and the increasing opportunities to safely come together with family and friends.

    Mayor and Council

  • Council schedules OCP Workshop prior to next phase

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    On July 12, 2021 at 7 p.m. the Project Team presented the Phase 2 Summary Report and Next Steps including the Engagement Summary and Emerging Concepts Report, Phase 3 Engagement Plan and an updated workplan to Council. The Engagement Summary and Emerging Concepts Report provided detailed engagement feedback, draft vision, high level goals and an introduction, rationale and initial policy directions for each of the emerging concepts.

    View the recording of the meeting and the presentation slides.

    At this meeting Council adapted the OCP process to respond to public feedback and paused further public engagement until after a Council-Project Team facilitated workshop can occur in September.

  • OCP Pop Ups

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    A series of in-person pop-up events were hosted at popular locations around the District between June 7 and June 19, 2021. The pop-ups were a supplementary unveiling to the public unveiling that was held at the Open House portion of the OCP Design Workshop on May 19, 2021. The pop-ups were an opportunity to provide some initial feedback and have some in-person conversations regarding the OCP review that had not been able to take place in Phase 2 due to previous public health orders. A COVID plan ensured safety measures were in place for all pop-up events. The District hosted a pop-up event for District staff on June 2, 2021.

    The June pop-up events:

    • June 7 at The Roost, 9100 East Saanich Road from 1p.m.-3p.m.
    • June 8 at Jubilee Park, 1377 Mills Road from 11a.m. to 1p.m.
    • June 9 at Fickle Fig, 1780 Mills Road, 11a.m. to 1.p.m.
    • June 11 at Deep Cove Market, 10940 West Saanich Road 9a.m.-11.a.m (wheelchair accessible)
    • June 15 at Canadian Tire, 10300 McDonald Park Road, 5p.m. 7p.m. (wheelchair accessible)
    • June 19 at North Saanich Farm Market 10990 West Saanich Road 9:30a.m.-11:30a.m.
    • June 19 at Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Drive 1.p.m-3p.m. (wheelchair accessible)


    Thanks to all those who were able to attend. A summary of the number of participants and feedback recieved will be shared in the fall.

    The Roost

    Farmer's Market

  • OCP Design Workshop

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    Thank you to everyone who attended the two public sessions as part of the OCP Design Workshop (May 17 - 19) to further explore what the future of North Saanich may look like. We had over 60 members of the public attend the opening session and over 70 at the open house to view the draft vision, high-level goals and emerging concepts reflected in the key directions. The presentation and recordings for these sessions are available under the documents and OCP Design Workshop recordings (to your right).

    Here is a sneak peak at the McTavish Village concept!

    McTavish Village Concept

    If you were unable to attend and provide your initial feedback please join us at one of our June pop-up events!

  • What is the purpose of the design workshop?

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    • To understand the locations, functions and issues relating to the District’s natural and agricultural assets
    • To distinguish the different areas in North Saanich and understand their unique qualities
    • To determine appropriate areas for various land uses within North Saanich
    • To determine appropriate areas for different housing forms within North Saanich
    • To consider sensitive designs that respect and celebrate North Saanich’s marine and terrestrial environments and rural character

    The workshop will result in preliminary land use concept(s) that will include locations for areas of various uses and housing growth, illustrations of sensitive design options for different housing forms, and high-level directions for land use in the OCP.

  • Thank you!

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    Thanks to everyone who took part in the Emerging Themes Concepts Survey and the Community Conversations.

    We received 418 survey responses and 101 Community Conversation workbooks!

    We are working on summarizing all the feedback we received. This will help shape the OCP Design Workshop in May.

  • Community Conversations and Survey

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    Get involved in the Community Conversations (participate in as many as you like):

    • host a community conversation: facilitate a discussion with your co-workers, classmates and neighbours to discuss key topics and opportunities for the future of North Saanich. We provide a kit to help you set-up and guide the conversation.
    • complete the community conversation workbook: take a deep dive on your own of the different key topics and emerging concepts
    • fill out the survey: complete the survey online or print off a copy


    We are aiming to launch the survey and workbooks in mid-March.

    The community conversation toolkits and the survey will be ready by mid-March. We will provide a host guide for the community conversations that provides guidance on event planning, facilitation, documentation and submitting the workbook.

    Here are a few tips if you want to get started and host a community conversation:

    • invite up to 8 people
    • select topics (approximately 25 minutes per topic): 2-3 hours for the entire workbook
      • Agriculture & the Food Sector
      • Healthy Communities
      • Marine and Land-based Natural Systems
      • Housing and Affordability
      • Jobs and the Local Economy
      • Climate Action
    • review the Discussion Papers (Documents>Phase 2 Community Visioning and Exploration of Emerging Concepts)


    You may also wish to watch the recordings of the Web Panels or review the Web Panel Discussion Key Themes Summary.

    Please subscribe for project updates and you will be notified when we have launched the survey and the community conversations workbook.

  • Emerging Themes Web Panel

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    Recordings of the three web panels are now available. Please also check out the Web Panel Discussion Key Themes Summary.

    We hosted three web panels to discuss key trends, challenges and opportunities related to the OCP. Panelists with expertise ranging from agricultural lands policy and climate modelling to housing affordability and healthy built environments will discuss these important topics and be available to answer your questions.

    Web Panel 1: Climate Action and Natural Systems - Tuesday, February 2, 6 - 8 p.m.

    Panelists

    • Lisa Westerhoff, Principal - Sustainability Policy & Planning, Integral Group
    • Jessica Shoubridge, Principal - Climate & Resilience Planning, Thrive Consulting
    • Mike Coulthard, Principal & Senior Forester/Biologist, Diamond Head Consulting


    Web Panel 2: Housing and Healthy Communities - Wednesday, February 3, 6 - 8 p.m.

    Panelists

    • Rob Barrs, Principal & Senior Planner, MODUS Planning, Design & Engagement
    • Marina Jozipovic, Community Housing Specialist, Urban Matters
    • Blair Erb, Principal, Coriolis Consulting Corp
    • Jade Yehia, Healthy Built Environment Consultant, Island Health


    Web Panel 3: Agriculture and the Local Economy - Thursday, February 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

    Panelists

    • Ione Smith, Director, Upland Agricultural Consulting
    • David Van Seters, Founder & President, Sustainability Ventures
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