Saanich council will consider endorsing a new plan to transform the Uptown-Douglas corridor over the next 20-30 years. (Black Press Media file photo)

Uptown-Douglas plan comes to Saanich council for consideration

Plan includes 20-30 year vision for Uptown-Douglas corridor

Saanich’s Uptown-Douglas corridor could become a bustling core of business, housing and transit over the next few decades as the district’s proposed plan comes to council for consideration on Monday (Aug. 10).

The goal is for the corridor to become “a central hub of residential and economic vitality,” said Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes.

READ ALSO: Saanich brings Uptown-Douglas Corridor draft plan to the public

Over the next 20 to 30 years, the municipality will prioritize pedestrians, improve transit in the region, encourage the growth of residential housing, and enhance green infrastructure. It also indicates intentions to develop parks, plazas and other public meeting spaces, and transform Oak Street into a “central high-street” where pedestrians, cyclists and transit users can access mixed-use buildings.

The development intiative started in November 2017, involving community consultation events including five open houses, 16 pop-up events, two community surveys and thousands of letters, brochures and postcards mailed to residents and nearby businesses.

READ ALSO: Saanich moves Uptown-Douglas Corridor plan forward

The plan recommends increasing the maximum numbers of storeys from 12 to 18, and up to 24 in parts of the core, since taller buildings would “prevent urban sprawl” and preserve Saanich’s rural areas. Haynes sees businesses, medical offices and daycare facilities taking up the bottom floors of these buildings and residences on the upper levels.

READ ALSO: Taming the region’s busiest hub, the Uptown Douglas Corridor

If council endorses the plan, a public hearing would be held before it could be formally adopted.

The plan can be accessed online and residents, stakeholders and landowners alike are encouraged to provide input by emailing council@saanich.ca or by registering before noon on Aug. 10 to speak during the meeting via conference call.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

District of Saanich

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

Just Posted

Pandemic reunites 2000s era Victoria rock band The Origin

Saanich musicians recording for first time since 2008

Local authors nominated for Victoria Book Prize awards

Finalists for 2020 announced in two categories

Patrick brothers who shaped modern hockey also tried, but failed, to remove violence

New history thesis shows efforts to sell a “clean game” in Oak Bay

Central Saanich to formally inform Agricultural Land Commission about soccer pitch proposal

Move is meant for information only with no application having come forward yet

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

POLL: Do you plan on allowing your children to go trick or treating this year?

This popular annual social time will look quite different this year due to COVID-19

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Body discovered floating in water near Lasqueti Island

JRCC reports personnel aboard fishing vessel made the find

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Most Read