Densification study needs more consultation: council

Central Saanich will hold off on a second public input session into densification.

Council opted to make a decision on adding another community consultation as the process moves forward.

“It was determined by council that we would start this process … engage people, get a chance to see how many people are involved and then make a determination if we need another session as the process goes on,” said Coun. Adam Olsen, who along with Coun. Terry Siklenka was appointed to oversee the study.

The residential densification study aims to examine possible forms and density of infill development in different areas of the community while gauging residents’ support and concerns.

The goal is to draft recommendations to guide council and municipal staff in decisions on rezoning applications while giving direction to residents and potential developers.

The first open house is set for Saturday, Feb. 18 all day at the fire training centre, 1903 Mount Newton X Rd.

“We certainly want all the residents in Central Saanich to engage in this process either by going to the workshops or going online,” Olsen said.

Visit www.central and look for the residential densification study under the District Projects heading on the page.

The draft report review is expected to come before council in March with background research, draft principles and objectives likely in conjunction with a second open house that month.

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