The District of Saanich housing strategy has earned the municipality’s planners a 2022 Silver Award from the Planning Institute of British Columbia.
The honour came in the Excellence in Policy Planning – City and Urban Areas category and was handed out at the PIBC’s annual awards ceremony July 6. The category recognizes the development of leading-edge and visionary planning policy that seeks to enhance communities’ social, economic, environmental and/or cultural well-being.
Mayor Fred Haynes gave kudos to staff for their dedication and the extensive and thoughtful public input that led to “a practical road map for action to achieve a greater housing supply, affordability and diversity in our community.”
Completed in 2021 after extensive work by a municipal task force and staff, the housing strategy provides a 10-year framework offering clear direction and prioritizing actions to allow Saanich to accommodate a broader range of housing needs. It builds on existing policies, supports partnerships and focuses efforts on areas within municipal influence.