Cadboro Bay residents push for updates to 17-year-old local area plan

The Cadboro Bay Local Area Plan has not been updated since 2002

Residents of Cadboro Bay hope to update the 17-year-old Local Area Plan to potentially allow for the creation of more housing. The Cadboro Bay Residents Association is now drafting a document to update the plan, which will then go before Saanich council for approval.

The Cadboro Bay Local Area Plan helps identify, discuss and create plan policies to address neighbourhood issues. The plan has not been updated since it was created in February 2002, and residents say this means it no longer accurately represents the needs of the community.

On Oct. 28, executive members of the Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association, representatives of the Saanich Planning Department and University of Victoria director Mike Wilson met to discuss potential updates to plan for the neighbourhood. The association has identified six properties it suggests could be used to build new housing.

READ MORE: Cadboro Bay charts a course for future

A half dozen properties identified could be used for some kind of housing, said Cadboro Bay Residents Association Chair Eric Dahli, while another six already have appropriate designations. /One property has seniors housing, one has reverted to single-family homes, and one is now a park.

For example, Dahli suggests, there is a one-acre plot of land on the University of Victoria’s property with no trees or structures on it that could easily be used for housing visiting scholars.

However, Dahli said the advisory committee on this issue, including the Cadboro Bay Residents Association and Saanich council representatives, is dealing with some landlords who won’t take action to update the neighbourhood plan until push comes to shove. The University of Victoria has been working closely with the advisory committee on this project.

“We can sit and scream, and hold our breath, but we can’t get anything done until they decide to do something with the property,” Dahli said.

Dahli said he hopes as many residents from the area as possible come out to the meeting when the draft document goes to Saanich council for approval. He expects this to happen in early 2020.

“It’s great to care about federal politics, but this is what’s important,” said Dahli.

“It’s the pothole in the middle of the street that pisses people off.”

Saanich council meetings are open to the public. You can also keep track of upcoming discussions and read past meeting minutes online.

READ ALSO: New Caddy Bay board in Saanich faces old, but familiar issues

To have your concerns or suggestions heard, Dahli suggests attending the meeting where the document is presented to council, contact Saanich council through their webpage, or contact the Cadboro Bay Residents Association.

sophie.heizer@saanichnews.com

HousingUVic

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Claremont Spartans win the inaugural Senior Girls’ AAAA Basketball Island Championship

Claremont Spartans win their Feb. 15 game agains the Royal Bay Ravens 71 - 64

Campus View Elementary undergoes $4.2 million in seismic upgrades

Campus View Elementary undergoes significant seismic upgrades

Sidney company tastes sweet success with sugar kelp

Cascadia Seaweed is experiencing rapid growth after launching six months ago

North Saanich floats tougher policies for buoys and moorings near Tsehum Harbour

Municipality also considers additional collaboration with Sidney and other communities

Westin Bear Mountain invests $2 million to renovate newly-named spa

‘Amatista Spa’ has yet to announce official opening date

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

#FoxForFiver: Support grows in B.C. to put Terry Fox on new $5 bill

Terry Fox’ Marathon of Hope raised money for cancer research

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Canadian nurses’ unions warn national standards for coronavirus protection too low

President says safety protocols nationwide are inadequate compared to those in Ontario and other countries

Most Read