Municipal staff in Central Saanich say public feedback so far has identified three areas of priorities during OCP review: growth management; parks, trails and recreation access; and agriculture and food security. (Black Press Media File)

Municipal staff in Central Saanich say public feedback so far has identified three areas of priorities during OCP review: growth management; parks, trails and recreation access; and agriculture and food security. (Black Press Media File)

Central Saanich OCP survey identifies growth management as an early public priority

Central Saanich to hold virtual town hall March 25

As Central Saanich continues to gather public input in reviewing its Official Community Plan (OCP), municipal staff says public feedback so far has identified three areas of priorities: growth management; parks, trails and recreation access; and agriculture and food security.

These preliminary findings based on an ongoing survey have appeared as the municipality prepares to host a virtual town hall on March 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. A panel of experts will discuss key topics, such as agriculture and food systems, natural areas and biodiversity, transportation, and climate action, with staff and the consultants available for questions and discussion.

RELATED: Central Saanich pushes for more regional planning

Britt Burnham, Central Saanich’s manager of community services, said the OCP also considers Central Saanich’s character. “The district wants to identify the attributes and features that make up rural and small-town character in Central Saanich and establish a common definition,” she said. “This will help shape the vision, policies and guidelines in the OCP to effectively protect Central Saanich’s unique community character.”

Burnham said the community has so far identified Central Saanich’s natural beauty, including agricultural land, trees and waterlines, the quiet town atmosphere, as well as Centennial Park, Tod Inlet, the Prairie Inn and Old West Saanich School House as examples of important elements of the community’s character.

The survey is open until April 12.

Central Saanich’s OCP advisory committee meanwhile discussed whether the OCP should consider the four existing small neighbourhood nodes: West Keating; Turgoose; Island View/East Saanich; and the area at the base of Verdier Avenue, Moodyville. Not surprisingly, the part of the discussion focusing on Island View and East Saanich touched on plans for a ‘flyover’ overpass at the intersection of nearby Keating Cross Road and Highway 17.

RELATED: Flyover proposed for Central Saanich ‘safest option’ according to ministry

RELATED:Advocacy group calls for full interchange at Central Saanich’s Keating Cross Road

The committee also discussed important community services needed in Central Saanich, including environment (trails, parks, and recreation); climate action; supporting active agriculture; waste management; and working partners on supporting mental health and addiction services among others.

“I would just like to say how impressed I am with the thoughtful input that we are getting from members of the Official Community Plan advisory committee,” said Coun. Bob Thompson, who chairs the committee. “I think they are doing an excellent job.”

See for more information.

Do you have a story tip? Email:

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police are looking for the driver of this truck after it nearly hit a group of kids in Esquimalt on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Police)
Victoria police looking for driver of truck that nearly missed kids before crashing in Esquimalt

The truck’s driver, a man, fled the scene after the truck crashed into a house’s fence

Traffic is backed up due to a crash on Highway 1. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)
Traffic backs up on Highway 1 westbound in View Royal after crash

First responders are reportedly on the scene in View Royal

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: Lookout Lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

A driver stopped by Saanich police following a road rage incident on April 15 was found to be impaired, in violation of a license restriction and in a damaged vehicle. They received a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impound. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)
Driver stopped on Pat Bay Highway after road rage reports fails breathalyzer test: police

Several witnesses reported driver to Saanich police, school officer intercepted

Police escorts for Victoria bylaw workers entering encampments in parks will continue for this month, after council approved a $25,000 budget request from VicPD. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria bylaw staff encampment work to include police escort through April

Taxpayers to see modest increase in property taxes for 2021

A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Top doctor warns B.C.’s daily cases could reach 3,000 as COVID hospitalizations surge

There are more than 400 people in hospital, with 125 of them in ICU

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: Do you have a plan in place in the event of a tsunami?

Tsunamis have claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people between 1998… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of April 13

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

The District of Sooke will continue to flower with Communities in Bloom. (Pixabay)
Sooke will bud but not bloom in provincial competition

Council scales back participation in Communities in Bloom

An armed officer walks outside Cerwydden Care on Cowichan Lake Road near Skinner Road Wednesday, April 14 around 5:30 p.m. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Police standoff at Duncan apartment ends peacefully

Officers surround building as homeowner held in apartment for nearly four hours by adult son

Latest modelling by public health shows cases generated by COVID-19 infections into places where it can spread quickly. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Industrial sites, pubs, restaurants driving COVID-19 spread in B.C.

Infection risk higher in offices, retail, warehouses, farms

Hwy. 4 was shut down in both directions for 10 hours on March 23 as a rock bluff was blasted as part of Kennedy Hill’s ongoing construction. Commuters can expect five more 10 hour closures on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 28. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Five 10-hour Pacific Rim highway closures planned in the next 6 weeks

Closures needed for rock blasting as part of the Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement project.

Bulldogs forward Stephen Castagna flips the puck into the Clippers zone during a game on Oct. 24. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Island BCHL game postponed due to ‘potential positive’ COVID-19 test

Nanaimo Clippers team suspends activities, players isolating pending further test results

Most Read