Lifting of public health guidelines extends OCP’s public engagement in Central Saanich – Saanich News

Central Saanich will hold three in-person open houses beginning May 14 to gather public feedback on the official community plan update currently underway.

The May 14 event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Active Living 50+, 1209 Clarke Rd. Fire Station #1, located at 1512 Keating Cross Rd., will also hold open houses on Tuesday May 17 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday May 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Open Houses are part of an expanded engagement process now allowing for in-person events following the lifting of public health regulations.

Central Saanich’s OCP review began in September 2020 and included a range of public input opportunities to hear diverse perspectives and engage residents, First Nations, businesses and stakeholders.

The draft OCP was released in January for public consultation and seven information sessions have been held online so far, as well as two open days for the farming community.

District planning staff are also available to give group presentations and discuss OCP upon request.

Several documents and videos are available on and at the Central Saanich Municipal Hall. Residents are also encouraged to contact planning staff by calling 250-544-4209 or emailing [email protected]

The public is also invited to complete a survey, open until May 19, about the OCP project at

Central Saanich’s OCP review coincides with reviews conducted by Sidney and North Saanich, the latter of which has generated controversy in the community. The process has gone more smoothly in Central Saanich, perhaps due to more clearly defined boundaries around where development can take place, Mayor Ryan Windsor said earlier this year.

OCP’s project calls for residential or mixed-use developments over five stories in Saanichton and Brentwood Bay, particularly where they provide community benefits such as subsidized, seniors or supportive housing; public parks, plazas or community spaces; and at least one floor primarily dedicated to a medical clinic or services. It discourages the development of a floor in these sectors.

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