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.

We are in Phase 2: Community Visioning

On Monday, November 22, North Saanich Council received a presentation outlining the OCP's revised Phase 2 Engagement Summary and Policy Directions Report and revised Phase 3 Engagement Plan.

Council moved to receive the Official Community Plan Review revised Phase 2 Engagement Summary and Policy Directions Report. The remaining four recommendations have been deferred for consideration at a Special Council Meeting on December 6 at 6 p.m.

To review the staff report, Phase 2 Engagement Summary and Policy Directions Report and revised Phase 3 Engagement Plan, visit: https://northsaanich.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Id=827

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

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.

We are in Phase 2: Community Visioning

On Monday, November 22, North Saanich Council received a presentation outlining the OCP's revised Phase 2 Engagement Summary and Policy Directions Report and revised Phase 3 Engagement Plan.

Council moved to receive the Official Community Plan Review revised Phase 2 Engagement Summary and Policy Directions Report. The remaining four recommendations have been deferred for consideration at a Special Council Meeting on December 6 at 6 p.m.

To review the staff report, Phase 2 Engagement Summary and Policy Directions Report and revised Phase 3 Engagement Plan, visit: https://northsaanich.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Id=827

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

  • Next Meeting December 6

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    Council will meet to continue the discussion on the OCP and the outstanding staff recommendations at a Special Council Meeting on Monday, December 6 at 6 p.m.

    As always, we welcome public participation and input at this meeting by:


    1. Submitting written correspondence by noon on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, via email to corporateservices@northsaanich.ca, for inclusion on the agenda.
      1. *Note: if you miss this deadline, you may still submit correspondence pertaining to items on the agenda to corporateservices@northsaanich.ca by noon on Monday, December 6. This correspondence will be considered by Council as a “late item” for inclusion on the agenda.
    2. Attending in-person to speak or watch by pre-registering, by noon on Monday, December 6 via email to corporateservices@northsaanich.ca. Up to 40 in-person attendees; masks must be worn at all times.
    3. Attending virtually to speak by pre-registering, by noon on Monday, December 6 via email to corporateservices@northsaanich.ca. Each person has 3 minutes to present their perspective.
    4. Attending virtually to watch through the livestream at northsaanich.ca/council-meetings.


    The meeting agenda will be published at northsaanich.ca/council-meetings the afternoon of Thursday, December 2. (On this same page, you can subscribe to receive email updates when agendas are published.)

  • OCP Discussion to Continue in December

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    On Monday, November 22, North Saanich Council received a presentation by MODUS Planning, Design & Engagement Inc., outlining the OCP's revised Phase 2 Engagement Summary and Policy Directions Report and revised Phase 3 Engagement Plan. Members of the public participated in-person and online. The consultants also presented a range of land-use options to demonstrate how different housing types and other land uses could be accommodated within North Saanich, while increasing the amount of agricultural and rural residential lands.

    Council moved to receive the Official Community Plan Review revised Phase 2 Engagement Summary and Policy Directions Report. The remaining four recommendations will be deferred for consideration at a Special Council Meeting to be scheduled for early December. The four recommendations to be considered are:

    • Endorse the revised Phase 3 Engagement Plan (Attachment 2);
    • Endorse the amended high level work plan (Attachment 3);
    • Approve the revised budget of $127,617 in 2022 for the additional scope of the OCP review; and
    • Receive and endorse the revised draft concepts and land use options presented in the Technical Memo – Land Use Analysis that will be subject to engagement in Phase 3 (Attachment 4) as outlined in Staff Report No. PCS -21-013.


    To review the staff report, Phase 2 Engagement Summary and Policy Directions Report, revised Phase 3 Engagement Plan, amended high level work plan and Technical Memo, visit: https://northsaanich.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Id=827

  • November 22 Special Council Meeting

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    On Monday, November 22 at 7:00 pm, there will be a Special Meeting of Council to discuss the next steps for the Official Community Plan (OCP) review prior to moving into Phase 3 (Drafting the Plan).

    At this meeting, Council will consider a revised Phase 2 Engagement Summary and Policy Directions Report, along with a revised draft Phase 3 Engagement Plan, revised work plan, and associated budget that Council requested in its July 12 motions.

    Members of the community-based Advisory Working Group (AWG) have been instrumental in reviewing and providing feedback on this material, meeting with the Project team twice since the last Special Meeting of Council dedicated to the OCP (September 22). One of Council’s July 12 motions was to involve the AWG closely in reviewing changes to the revised Phase 2 Engagement Summary.

    The Project team and the AWG also had the opportunity to discuss what future public engagement might look like, and these ideas have been captured in the draft Phase 3 Engagement Plan.

    The draft Phase 3 Engagement Plan acknowledges and responds to a public desire for more detail, learning about policy direction sooner, and opportunities to meet in-person (and virtually) to provide feedback.

    Members of the public have various ways to watch and participate at the Special Meeting of Council on November 22:

    The meeting agenda will be published on northsaanich.ca/council-meetings on the afternoon of Thursday Nov 18. (On this same page, you can subscribe to receive email updates when agendas are published.)

    We'll continue to keep you posted as we proceed.

    The Project Team

  • October 18 Council Meeting - OCP Next Steps

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    On Monday, October 18, Council received a staff report seeking specific direction on the timing of advancing two of the July 12, 2021 Council motions regarding the Official Community Plan process, including a revised Phase 2 report and a Phase 3 engagement plan.

    Two of the July motions hinged on timing; specifically, bringing the requested information forward to Council when British Columbia entered Step 4 of the public health orders. On July 12, Council had anticipated that BC would enter Step 4 on September 7, 2021 – but this hasn’t yet occurred. Consequently, staff requested direction from Council to bring this information forward to Council in November. Any future public engagement activities would still be informed by the latest public health orders.

    After a motion to delay until BC enters Step 4 (or February 2022, whichever comes first) was defeated, Council, by a 4-3 vote, approved the staff recommendation that “staff report back to Council with a revised Phase 2 Engagement Concepts Report and revised Phase 3 Engagement Plan in November, 2021.”

    As we prepare for the next phase of OCP public engagement, we have heard the community wants a variety of engagement opportunities, including more in-person opportunities. Effective October 25, 2021, the BC public health protocols will allow for indoor in-person gatherings with no limits, provided attendees provide proof of vaccination. The proposed approach to in-person events – and other engagement activities- will be outlined in the revised Phase 3 public engagement strategy coming to Council in November.

    Review the Monday, October 18 staff report (and video – starting at 2:54:20) here: https://northsaanich.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Id=779


  • 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!

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