District of Saanich

Short-term solutions to advance road safety in Saanich will be implemented over the next few months. (Black Press Media file photo)

Quick build solutions for road safety coming to Saanich

Protected cycling lanes, high visibility road markings, bike boxes part of solution framework

Short-term solutions to advance road safety in Saanich will be implemented over the next few months. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pop-up dog parks are likely coming back to Saanich this summer 2022 – but not before a few more decisions around which parks are best-suited for this purpose are considered. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

‘Pup-up’ parks set to return to Saanich, council still chewing on where and when

Proposed expansion of original rotation in the works; nine parks on initial list for 2022

Pop-up dog parks are likely coming back to Saanich this summer 2022 – but not before a few more decisions around which parks are best-suited for this purpose are considered. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The newly revised Cordova Bay Local Area Plan provides a framework to guide growth and change in the area, looking ahead 20 to 30 years. (Black Press Media file photo)

Cordova Bay Village upgrades part of newest local area plan revision in Saanich

Council endorsement of document follows public hearing on March 15

The newly revised Cordova Bay Local Area Plan provides a framework to guide growth and change in the area, looking ahead 20 to 30 years. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cordova Bay residents living on and around Sayward and Fowler roads formed a safety advocacy group to pressure Saanich to take action in the area. The group recently hosted Mayor Fred Haynes on a walkabout to show him areas in need of immediate improvements. (Photo courtesy of Vina Maldoveanu)

Residents’ road safety group pushes Saanich for improvements on Sayward Road

Vehicle speeds, lack of pedestrian infrastructure pose dangers to all: spokesperson

Cordova Bay residents living on and around Sayward and Fowler roads formed a safety advocacy group to pressure Saanich to take action in the area. The group recently hosted Mayor Fred Haynes on a walkabout to show him areas in need of immediate improvements. (Photo courtesy of Vina Maldoveanu)
The Greater Victoria Public Library presented its 2022 budget request to Saanich council on March 10. (Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Public Library)

Saanich budget talks include contribution to flourishing library service

GVPL welcomed 12,488 people across region as new cardholders, had 1.1 million in-person visits

The Greater Victoria Public Library presented its 2022 budget request to Saanich council on March 10. (Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Public Library)
Saanich’s draft budget calls for a 6.69-per-cent property tax increase, a number that would rise to almost nine per cent if $3.3 million in active transportation projects is added in. Council asked staff to bring back alternatives to reduce the final figure. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich council looks to reduce 6.69 per cent tax increase seen in draft budget

Tax hike even higher if $3.3 million for active transportation projects added in

Saanich’s draft budget calls for a 6.69-per-cent property tax increase, a number that would rise to almost nine per cent if $3.3 million in active transportation projects is added in. Council asked staff to bring back alternatives to reduce the final figure. (Black Press Media file photo)
In 2021, Saanich expanded the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, marking it as an area of climate improvement in the annual district report card. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Saanich climate report card reflects on 2021 wins, areas for improvement

Progress seen in areas such as transportation, E-bike incentives, infrastructure improvements

In 2021, Saanich expanded the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, marking it as an area of climate improvement in the annual district report card. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
The decades-old Saanich Operations Centre is in need of upgrades. District staff are working on a business case for the project to present to council this spring. (Rendering courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Saanich staff developing plan to improve decades-old public works yard

Public info sessions March 19 and 26; project outline comes before council this spring

The decades-old Saanich Operations Centre is in need of upgrades. District staff are working on a business case for the project to present to council this spring. (Rendering courtesy of the District of Saanich)
The District of Saanich hired Lakeland Golf Management as the new operator of the Cedar Hill Golf Course. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich officially hires new operator for Cedar Hill Golf Course

Lakeland Golf Management to manage all operational aspects of the course

The District of Saanich hired Lakeland Golf Management as the new operator of the Cedar Hill Golf Course. (Black Press Media file photo)
The intersection of McKenzie Avenue and Saanich Road will be closed from March 14 to April 1 for traffic light infrastructure replacement. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich/Twitter)

24-hour closure coming to Saanich Road at intersection with McKenzie Avenue

District of Saanich is replacing traffic light infrastructure between March 14 and April 1

The intersection of McKenzie Avenue and Saanich Road will be closed from March 14 to April 1 for traffic light infrastructure replacement. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich/Twitter)
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce board chair John Wilson (left), Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey, Horticultural Centre of the Pacific general manager Deborah Donahue, chamber CEO Bruce Williams and Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes celebrate the start of the 2022 Greater Victoria Flower Count, happening March 9 to 16. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

‘Let’s start counting those blooms’: Greater Victoria Flower Count launches this week

Saanich mayor, tourism and business reps stress annual event’s importance to economy

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce board chair John Wilson (left), Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey, Horticultural Centre of the Pacific general manager Deborah Donahue, chamber CEO Bruce Williams and Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes celebrate the start of the 2022 Greater Victoria Flower Count, happening March 9 to 16. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
The District of Saanich developed an educational tool to help residents understand how their taxes are allocated. (Black Press Media file photo)

Budget simulation tool helps Saanich residents get familiar with district spending and planning

Upcoming financial plan deliberation includes resident involvement

The District of Saanich developed an educational tool to help residents understand how their taxes are allocated. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich council has endorsed the Uptown-Douglas Plan, which charts a course for upgrades and development in the corridor between the municipal hall and Tolmie Avenue, including around the Uptown Shopping Centre, pictured here. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)

Uptown-Douglas Plan approved after Saanich public hearing

Long-term plan to guide future decisions for corridor, labelled ‘critical regional hub’ by district

Saanich council has endorsed the Uptown-Douglas Plan, which charts a course for upgrades and development in the corridor between the municipal hall and Tolmie Avenue, including around the Uptown Shopping Centre, pictured here. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)
Igor Kotliarsky showcases a new garden suite in the backyard of his Claremont area home that he built in response to the need for more housing in the District of Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich resident says simpler process when building garden suites a solution to housing crisis

Reducing bureaucracy will solve need for more housing, says Claremont area resident

Igor Kotliarsky showcases a new garden suite in the backyard of his Claremont area home that he built in response to the need for more housing in the District of Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The District of Saanich is installing new delineators, a street light above the crosswalk and new signage on Cedar Hill Cross Road near Merriman Drive, between Wednesday and Friday (Feb. 16 to 18). (Google Streetview)

Saanich acts quickly to boost safety on Cedar Hill Cross Road where cyclist injured, teen killed

Work happening Feb. 16 to 18 near Merriman Drive; improvements spurred by community concerns

The District of Saanich is installing new delineators, a street light above the crosswalk and new signage on Cedar Hill Cross Road near Merriman Drive, between Wednesday and Friday (Feb. 16 to 18). (Google Streetview)
The District of Saanich council recruited an interim CAO, Brent Reems, who will serve in the role for 14 months. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich chief administrator’s ‘acting’ role becomes ‘interim’

Brent Reems will guide the district through the municipal election and into early 2023

The District of Saanich council recruited an interim CAO, Brent Reems, who will serve in the role for 14 months. (Black Press Media file photo)
Paul O’Callaghan was hit while cycling on Cedar Hill Cross Road near Merriman Drive, the same intersection where Saanich teen Kaydence Bourque was killed. O’Callaghan, at home recovering from a broken ankle and many cuts and bruises, calls on the District of Saanich to improve safety for cyclists in this area. (Photo courtesy of Paul O’Callaghan)

Mother of teen killed at Saanich intersection consoles cyclist hit at same spot

Experienced cyclist struck Monday at Cedar Hill Cross Road and Merriman Drive

Paul O’Callaghan was hit while cycling on Cedar Hill Cross Road near Merriman Drive, the same intersection where Saanich teen Kaydence Bourque was killed. O’Callaghan, at home recovering from a broken ankle and many cuts and bruises, calls on the District of Saanich to improve safety for cyclists in this area. (Photo courtesy of Paul O’Callaghan)
It’s local traffic only during the day while the District of Saanich undertakes water main replacement on Forrester Road. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich/Twitter)

Traffic flow slow on Forrester Road in Saanich during water main upgrade work

Work happening 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday to Feb. 21, local traffic only at those times

It’s local traffic only during the day while the District of Saanich undertakes water main replacement on Forrester Road. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich/Twitter)
Saanich firefighters respond to a residential fire on Clinton Place on Feb. 1. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

UPDATE: Garage fire, cause unknown, sends smoke over Saanich cul de sac

Saanich Fire Department responds to Clinton Place fire

Saanich firefighters respond to a residential fire on Clinton Place on Feb. 1. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Uptown-Douglas plan looks at how the area will grow over the next 20 to 30 years. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Uptown-Douglas plan in Saanich off to public hearing, works likely to start in 2022

Improvements in store for all road users; housing, transit upgrades also on action list

The Uptown-Douglas plan looks at how the area will grow over the next 20 to 30 years. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)