Official Community Plan Review

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About the Official Community Plan (OCP)

The District is conducting a review of the OCP. The OCP guides decisions on how we use and manage our lands and is a reflection of our shared values and vision for the next 20 years. The new OCP will provide guidance on how we grow and change in the District, including identifying where new housing should be accommodated, where new businesses should be located, how we move around North Saanich, and how we respond to climate change.

Residents, business owners, and other key stakeholders like yourself all have an important role to play in shaping the plan.

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

Next Steps

The OCP Virtual Design Workshop will be taking place over 3 days: May 17, May 18 and May 19 to explore what the future of North Saanich may look like.

The public is invited to attend the virtual workshop:

  • Monday, May 17 at 7 - 9 p.m. to give your feedback on the draft vision and goals and to help define the qualities of different areas of North Saanich. Please register by sending an email to connect@northsaanich.ca.
  • Wednesday, May 19 at 7 - 8 p.m. to give your feedback on the draft land use concept(s). Registration is not required. Check back here for the link.

If you are unable to join us these public sessions will be recorded and posted on this page. We will also be holding outdoor pop-up events in June to present the draft land use concept(s) (subject to public health orders).

About the Official Community Plan (OCP)

The District is conducting a review of the OCP. The OCP guides decisions on how we use and manage our lands and is a reflection of our shared values and vision for the next 20 years. The new OCP will provide guidance on how we grow and change in the District, including identifying where new housing should be accommodated, where new businesses should be located, how we move around North Saanich, and how we respond to climate change.

Residents, business owners, and other key stakeholders like yourself all have an important role to play in shaping the plan.

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

Next Steps

The OCP Virtual Design Workshop will be taking place over 3 days: May 17, May 18 and May 19 to explore what the future of North Saanich may look like.

The public is invited to attend the virtual workshop:

  • Monday, May 17 at 7 - 9 p.m. to give your feedback on the draft vision and goals and to help define the qualities of different areas of North Saanich. Please register by sending an email to connect@northsaanich.ca.
  • Wednesday, May 19 at 7 - 8 p.m. to give your feedback on the draft land use concept(s). Registration is not required. Check back here for the link.

If you are unable to join us these public sessions will be recorded and posted on this page. We will also be holding outdoor pop-up events in June to present the draft land use concept(s) (subject to public health orders).

  • 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