Public consultation on Maber Flats tomorrow

The District of Central Saanich is hoping to hear the public’s voice on the proposed Maber Flats project this week

Maber Flats in Central Saanich.

The District of Central Saanich is hoping to hear the public’s voice on the proposed Maber Flats project this week.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. at municipal hall (1903 Mount Newton X Rd.) the District will hold a public open house to gain input on a project that could see the 25 acres of Maber Flats lands acquired by Central Saanich and turned into an agricultural drainage facility.

“We look forward to informing the public about the project and receiving their feedback,” said Central Saanich Mayor Alastair Bryson this week.

“Striking the right balance between the agricultural, storm-water management and ecological values will be critical to the project’s success, however the immediate decision facing the current council is whether to acquire the site.”

The District entered into a conditional land sale and donation agreement to acquire the land last month. The land is currently owned by Brentwood Developments Ltd.

Over the last few years, the District has successfully implemented channel improvements to Graham Creek south of Centennial Park, said Bryson.

“This is a significant investment decision for the District. Council is keen to ensure that the community understands the Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP) that’s driving the project and also that there’s broad support for the purchase of this property,” he said.

An earlier concept of the project included a partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to create a nature reserve, however, Bryson said, the current agreement is just between the District and Brentwood Developments Ltd. The District said the purchase would be funded through reserves and accumulated surplus.