Sewage, OCP review, title notices discussions delayed

North Saanich council postpones three topics to future meetings to allow better public participation

Three issues affecting North Saanich residents were delayed to future dates.

Discussions on sewer upgrades for the district’s southeast quadrant were delayed to a committee of the whole meeting in March – either the 12th or the 26th.

Similarly, plans to discuss an official community plan review were pushed to a future committee of the whole meeting, likely Feb. 27. That item includes moving $125,000 to budget deliberations to begin reviewing the document, asks staff to choose a consultant for the work and begins the public consultation process for a review.

As well, a handful of the 15 or so people who attended Monday night’s council meeting grumbled in frustration as their opportunity to discuss notices placed on their properties’ titles were delayed. Nineteen North Saanich properties received notice that a line was added to their title because of failure to have proper building permits or building inspections done. That discussion is moved to the Feb. 27 committee meeting.

Committee of the whole meetings offer a more flexible format for residents to address council than regular council meetings, such as Monday’s, Mayor Alice Finall said.