COUNCIL BRIEFS: Central Saanich

• The municipality has hired an external agency to find a replacement for former Director of Planning and Building Services, Hope Burns.

As of Oct. 15, Burns was no longer employed by the district. Currently, Chief Administrative Officer Patrick Robins is the acting director until a replacement is found. Robins and District Planner, Bruce Greig will approve the new hire.

• Council supported to extend the mandate of the Central Saanich Agricultural Advisory Committee. The committee was formed in early 2012 to address and direct first priorities for bylaw and policy changes related to supporting agriculture. It was originally slated to be a one year committee but will continue on as council and staff said they found the committee to be an extremely valuable resource.

• Council saw two requests from waterfront property owners on Turgoose Terrace in regards to private docks. The first was for a development variance permit request to essentially legalize an existing dock that was non-conforming by 2.91m in length and .01m in width. That request was carried unanimously. Another, a request for a marine shoreline development permit and a development variance permit was deferred by council until they hear back from the province on their approval for the use of Crown foreshore or land covered by water.

• Council approved a request from Strata #1363 (Lochside Estates) to amend a development permit to allow the removal of 53 Pine trees along Lochside Drive. According to a report from an Arborist solicited by the Strata, B.C. Hydro’s routine pruning of the trees to keep them away from the power lines had resulted in the trees being imbalanced     and therefore experiencing limb failure. Council granted approval of the tree removal based on the condition that other types of foliage be considered in their place.

• First and second reading were given to amendment bylaw 1795 which is a bylaw to amend the land use bylaw to allow the sale of agricultural compost in the municipality. The bylaw will go to public hearing on Dec. 5 along with a few other bylaws currently marked for public hearing.

• Council is one vote away from deciding on the closure of White Road. Third reading was given to bylaw 1788 during the meeting on Nov. 5 and final adoption could occur at the next regular council meeting (scheduled for Nov. 19).


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