Township of Esquimalt

Esquimalt is working on a new bylaw that would legalize detached accessory suites on residential properties. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt moves along path of legalizing detached suites

More than 1,400 properties could be eligible for backyard dwellings

 

Current unmarked residential streets are 50 km/h, but Greater Vancouver municipalities might consider dropping that to 30 km/h. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATED: Four Greater Victoria municipalities will join Saanich in application to reduce residential road speed to 30 km/h

Victoria also taking part in pilot to change default speed to 30 km/h from 50 km/h

 

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes (left) and Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins take a stroll on Gorge Bridge, which connects their municipalities. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich, Esquimalt partner on pedestrian infrastructure upgrades for Gorge Bridge

New walkway located in southbound curb lane, will feature protective concrete barriers

 

Esquimalt council heard further details about this development proposed for the northwest corner of Esquimalt Road and Lampson Street, at the March 1 meeting. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)

Esquimalt council wants more details on traffic impact of Lampson Corners

Traffic study requested for proposed 89-unit condo/townhouse project at busy corner

Esquimalt council heard further details about this development proposed for the northwest corner of Esquimalt Road and Lampson Street, at the March 1 meeting. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)
Rendering of the proposed Esquimalt public safety building. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)

Esquimalt blazes new trail toward modern public safety building

Township using alternative approval process for first time to gauge public support for proposal

Rendering of the proposed Esquimalt public safety building. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)
A provincially appointed consultant has recommended a change to the funding formula for the VicPD that will save Esquimalt a significant amount of money. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt to save a bundle on policing costs under new formula

Provincial consultant studied funding model, resource deployment for VicPD

A provincially appointed consultant has recommended a change to the funding formula for the VicPD that will save Esquimalt a significant amount of money. (Black Press Media file photo)
Dog owners walk along Fleming Beach on a sunny day (pre-COVID). (Black Press Media file photo)

Deadline nears for licensing your dog in Esquimalt

Pet owners have until Feb. 28 to renew, purchase or transfer licences for 2021

  • Feb 26, 2021
Dog owners walk along Fleming Beach on a sunny day (pre-COVID). (Black Press Media file photo)
The Township of Esquimalt will finalize its plastic bag ban in March, after receiving approval from the province for its proposed bylaw. (THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo/Paul Chiasson)

Plastic bag ban coming soon to Esquimalt

Municipality set to enact bylaw outlawing single-use bags in March

  • Feb 23, 2021
The Township of Esquimalt will finalize its plastic bag ban in March, after receiving approval from the province for its proposed bylaw. (THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo/Paul Chiasson)
Mayor Barb Desjardins, performing official groundbreaking duties at Esquimalt Gorge Park in 2020, says doing regular reviews of salaries for mayor and councils would help municipalities stay current and avoid the need to play catchup. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)

Greater Victoria municipalities inconsistent in reviewing elected officials’ salaries

Esquimalt’s Barb Desjardins explains discrepancy between her pay and that of other mayors

Mayor Barb Desjardins, performing official groundbreaking duties at Esquimalt Gorge Park in 2020, says doing regular reviews of salaries for mayor and councils would help municipalities stay current and avoid the need to play catchup. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)
The wood frame, mass timber commercial building in Esquimalt Town Square utilizes green technologies and features 10-foot, ground-floor ceilings. It will eventually be home to a new library and a neighbourhood pub/restaurant. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)

Excitement building around Esquimalt Town Square

Residential, commercial and library project will add vibrancy, amenities to area, mayor says

The wood frame, mass timber commercial building in Esquimalt Town Square utilizes green technologies and features 10-foot, ground-floor ceilings. It will eventually be home to a new library and a neighbourhood pub/restaurant. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)
Although Victoria council voted to raise the issue of street checks at the next police board meeting, Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins says street checks aren’t an issue in the Township. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Esquimalt mayor says police use ‘compassionate check-ins’

Subject of street checks slated for Esquimalt and Victoria Police Board meeting Sept. 15

Although Victoria council voted to raise the issue of street checks at the next police board meeting, Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins says street checks aren’t an issue in the Township. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
While announcing a series of motions addressing diversity and racism, the Victoria Police Department and the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board say they are willing to engage and “difficult and uncomfortable conversations” necessary in order to learn what is needed to ensure all community members feel safe. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police board requests racial, gender analysis of Victoria police force

Board’s motion one of many working to address racism, discrimination in policing

While announcing a series of motions addressing diversity and racism, the Victoria Police Department and the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board say they are willing to engage and “difficult and uncomfortable conversations” necessary in order to learn what is needed to ensure all community members feel safe. (Black Press Media file photo)
The union representing Victoria firefighters has expressed disapproval for Esquimalt Fire Rescue’s participation in a crowd management unit at the Sunday rally in support of Black Lives Matter. (Black Press Media file photo)
The union representing Victoria firefighters has expressed disapproval for Esquimalt Fire Rescue’s participation in a crowd management unit at the Sunday rally in support of Black Lives Matter. (Black Press Media file photo)
Esquimalt’s parks and recreation department is offering a number of virtual workouts and lessons while it prepares to reopen its recreational facilities. (Township of Esquimalt website)

COLUMN: Esquimalt offers virtual resources while it prepares to open recreational facilities

The Township offers an update on its recreation facilities and activities

  • May 30, 2020
Esquimalt’s parks and recreation department is offering a number of virtual workouts and lessons while it prepares to reopen its recreational facilities. (Township of Esquimalt website)
This year Esquimalt will celebrate Earth Day online in order to adhere to social distancing practices. (Black Press file photo)

Esquimalt celebrates 50th anniversary of Earth Day online

Five days of online programming includes videos, kids’ activities and avirtual tour

  • Apr 20, 2020
This year Esquimalt will celebrate Earth Day online in order to adhere to social distancing practices. (Black Press file photo)
More than 100 homes are listed on AirBnB in Esquimalt. All of them are listed illegally. (Screenshot/Airbnb.com)

More than 100 illegal short-term rental suites listed in Esquimalt

The Township works on a complaint-based system to pursue bylaw breakers

More than 100 homes are listed on AirBnB in Esquimalt. All of them are listed illegally. (Screenshot/Airbnb.com)
Esquimalt voted to add more legislation for docks in the Gorge. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt adds more legislation for private docks in its waterways

More than 30 docks had been put into the Gorge Waterway without proper zoning

Esquimalt voted to add more legislation for docks in the Gorge. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Transit is hosting three open houses in February on proposed changes to plans for Esquimalt and View Royal. (Black Press Media File Photo)
BC Transit is hosting three open houses in February on proposed changes to plans for Esquimalt and View Royal. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Tristan Piercey, carrier for Saanich News, is really enjoying his first time in a kayak. — at Fairway Gorge Paddling Club. (Black Press Media file photo).

Esquimalt explores creating portage beach for choppy Gorge waters

The portage beach would add safety to the Victoria Waterways Loop

Tristan Piercey, carrier for Saanich News, is really enjoying his first time in a kayak. — at Fairway Gorge Paddling Club. (Black Press Media file photo).
Standing Stone Developments has switched its Corvette Landing project from a condo to a rental development. (corvettelanding.com)

Mass-timber project in Esquimalt switches from condos to rentals

Corvette Landing will now offer rental units in the area

Standing Stone Developments has switched its Corvette Landing project from a condo to a rental development. (corvettelanding.com)