District of Saanich

Enthusiastic mountain bike riders traverse the newly opened Tripp Youth Bike Skills Park in Saanich. The facility officially opened Saturday (July 16) and is expected to be popular with riders of all ages this summer. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Busy bike park opening a sign of future success, Saanich hopes

Tripp Youth Bike Skills Parks offers options for all ages

Enthusiastic mountain bike riders traverse the newly opened Tripp Youth Bike Skills Park in Saanich. The facility officially opened Saturday (July 16) and is expected to be popular with riders of all ages this summer. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
District of Saanich planner Nadine Kawata and manager of community planning Cameron Scott accepted a Silver Award from the Planning Institute of B.C. on July 6 for the municipality’s housing strategy. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Saanich housing strategy wins provincial award for excellence in planning

Award category recognizes development of leading-edge, visionary planning policy

District of Saanich planner Nadine Kawata and manager of community planning Cameron Scott accepted a Silver Award from the Planning Institute of B.C. on July 6 for the municipality’s housing strategy. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
A plan to convert to biomass boilers at Saanich Commonwealth Place aims to reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Saanich Commonwealth Place conversion to biomass fuel will dramatically cut GHGs

District’s largest rec centre and emitter could see a 90-per-cent reduction

A plan to convert to biomass boilers at Saanich Commonwealth Place aims to reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
Saanich is investigating the possibility of allowing onsite stormwater disposal systems for residential lots not connected to municipal services. (Fred Haynes/Twitter)

Saanich to look into onsite stormwater disposal for unserviced lots

Garden suite requirement prompts investigation; will include all residential additions

Saanich is investigating the possibility of allowing onsite stormwater disposal systems for residential lots not connected to municipal services. (Fred Haynes/Twitter)
A 25-unit townhome project proposed for 630 Gorge Rd. West was approved by Saanich council July 12 after a public hearing. (Courtesy of Abstract Developments)

Loss of Garry oaks not enough to derail Gorge Road development in Saanich

Council votes 7-2 to approve waterview townhome project

A 25-unit townhome project proposed for 630 Gorge Rd. West was approved by Saanich council July 12 after a public hearing. (Courtesy of Abstract Developments)
Rendering shows the southwest view and rear apron of the proposed new Saanich Fire Department No. 2 station at Royal Oak and Elk Lake drives. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Saanich looks to the future, approves new $26.6-million Royal Oak fire hall

No. 2 station will be a state-of-the-art facility designed to be carbon neutral

Rendering shows the southwest view and rear apron of the proposed new Saanich Fire Department No. 2 station at Royal Oak and Elk Lake drives. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
Children of all ages will have opportunities to do jumps, twists and other tricks at the new Tripp Station Youth Bike Skills Park in Saanich off the Lochside Trail. It opens to the public Saturday, July 16. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

New Saanich bike skills park rolls into action this weekend

Tripp Station Youth Bike Skills Park opening with lots of summer riding time left

Children of all ages will have opportunities to do jumps, twists and other tricks at the new Tripp Station Youth Bike Skills Park in Saanich off the Lochside Trail. It opens to the public Saturday, July 16. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
A property at 630 Gorge Rd. W., currently home to 19 units in multiple configurations, is the subject of a public hearing Tuesday, July 12, starting at 7 p.m. (Google streetview)

Gorge Road property redevelopment topic of Saanich public hearing Tuesday

Townhomes would replace existing 1950s-era 19-unit rental apartment complex

A property at 630 Gorge Rd. W., currently home to 19 units in multiple configurations, is the subject of a public hearing Tuesday, July 12, starting at 7 p.m. (Google streetview)
The southwest corner of Shelbourne Street and McRae Avenue will see a six-storey condominium project, after council approved Abstract Developments’ application for the site following a lengthy public hearing on July 5. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Six storeys it is for Shelbourne Street development in Saanich

87-unit market condominium project approved by council after 4-hour hearing

The southwest corner of Shelbourne Street and McRae Avenue will see a six-storey condominium project, after council approved Abstract Developments’ application for the site following a lengthy public hearing on July 5. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Mayor Fred Haynes joins other Saanich councillors in serving up strawberries at a previous Saanich Strawberry Festival in Beaver Lake Park. The 2022 edition of the community event goes Sunday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Family fun and fruit on tap Sunday at Saanich Strawberry Festival

Annual community favourite runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 10 in Beaver Lake Park

Mayor Fred Haynes joins other Saanich councillors in serving up strawberries at a previous Saanich Strawberry Festival in Beaver Lake Park. The 2022 edition of the community event goes Sunday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
Dancers with the Victoria Sunshine Fitness Club perform Saturday (July 9) at the first annual Uptown Multicultural Festival. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: First-ever Uptown Multicultural Festival draws thousands to Saanich

The shopping centre’s outdoor boulevard was filled with food, art, and live performances Saturday

Dancers with the Victoria Sunshine Fitness Club perform Saturday (July 9) at the first annual Uptown Multicultural Festival. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Traffic rolls along Saanich Road, part of one of nine corridors in a safe speed study to be done by the district. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Saanich to study speeds on 9 high-priority corridors around district

Selection of roads based on crash data, conflict frequency, resident advocacy

Traffic rolls along Saanich Road, part of one of nine corridors in a safe speed study to be done by the district. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The possible expansion of residential development in Cadboro Bay Village is on the table in Saanich. Residents and others are encouraged to take an online survey open now. (Google Streetview)

Saanich seeks input on housing options for Cadboro Bay Village

Online survey open to public; results will help council determine way forward

The possible expansion of residential development in Cadboro Bay Village is on the table in Saanich. Residents and others are encouraged to take an online survey open now. (Google Streetview)
Community group Livable Roads for Rural Saanich wants to see speed limits reduced through this area that is home to numerous farms and large properties – and a distinct lack of sidewalks. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Speed reduction just one part of solution, rural Saanich group says

Traffic calming measures also necessary to changing driver behaviour

Community group Livable Roads for Rural Saanich wants to see speed limits reduced through this area that is home to numerous farms and large properties – and a distinct lack of sidewalks. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The public hearing and possible council decision on a six-storey mixed-use building at the corner of Shelbourne Street and McRae Avenue in Saanich was rescheduled for 7 p.m. on July 5. (Courtesy of Abstract Developments)

Public hearings on tap for Saanich fire hall project, McRae/Shelbourne proposal

Shelbourne hearing reset to 7 p.m. July 5, Royal Oak fire hall discussion July 12

The public hearing and possible council decision on a six-storey mixed-use building at the corner of Shelbourne Street and McRae Avenue in Saanich was rescheduled for 7 p.m. on July 5. (Courtesy of Abstract Developments)
Multiple people were injured during an exchange of gunfire at Bank of Montreal location on Shelbourne Street near Pear Street. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday (June 28). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Online fundraiser started for police injured in Saanich shooting

More than $30,000 raised so far, goal set at $50,000

Multiple people were injured during an exchange of gunfire at Bank of Montreal location on Shelbourne Street near Pear Street. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday (June 28). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Derek Bernardo, president/CEO of Broadmead Care which operates Nigel House, speaks to the replacement building and the partnerships with other agencies in the Nigel Valley project in Saanich, during a June 30 funding announcement at the Garth Homer Centre. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Housing partnership, funding applauded for Saanich’s Nigel Valley development

Four local non-profit housing and service agencies celebrate progress on projects

Derek Bernardo, president/CEO of Broadmead Care which operates Nigel House, speaks to the replacement building and the partnerships with other agencies in the Nigel Valley project in Saanich, during a June 30 funding announcement at the Garth Homer Centre. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
A rendering of the proposed Mateah development at Glanford and Enterprise Crescent. (Courtesy Mike Geric Construction)

Variety of new housing options, amenities spur approval of Saanich development

Mateah proposal for Glanford Road, Enterprise Crescent to add 250 new homes

A rendering of the proposed Mateah development at Glanford and Enterprise Crescent. (Courtesy Mike Geric Construction)
A rendering of the proposed development for 520 Normandy Rd. at Elk Lake Drive, which was approved by Saanich council June 21 after a public hearing. (Courtesy Aryze Developments)

Lack of tenant subsidies for rental project no barrier for Saanich council

4-storey, 68-unit Normandy Road proposal approved after 5 years, many design changes

A rendering of the proposed development for 520 Normandy Rd. at Elk Lake Drive, which was approved by Saanich council June 21 after a public hearing. (Courtesy Aryze Developments)
Saanich public works crews are undertaking water main replacement and road reconstruction between now and July 15 on Prospect Lake Road, with temporary closures in effect. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Prospect Lake Road closures in effect in Saanich through July 15

Daytime detours in place for all but local traffic between West Saanich, Lohr roads

Saanich public works crews are undertaking water main replacement and road reconstruction between now and July 15 on Prospect Lake Road, with temporary closures in effect. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
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