A place to live, work, and for kids to play

Posted by on May 21, 2011

Council approves daycare with rooftop playground By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News Roofs are not somewhere children should play, said two Saanich councillors last week during discussions about a rezoning request that would allow a daycare with a rooftop play area. “I don’t think that is an appropriate place for kids to play,” said Coun. […]

Standing up for farmland

Posted by on May 11, 2011

Saanich Council Demonstrates ‘Smart Growth’ A. Furtado, Saanich Voice Online For the third time since Saanich adopted their Official Community Plan, Saanich Council rejected rezoning applications from developers that wanted to sacrifice potential farmland for short term profits. The most recent application was defeated unanimously, effectively putting an end to the developer’s plan to construct […]

A community destination for Gordon Head

Posted by on Mar 18, 2011

Coffee shop mandated for Gordon Head corner lot By Kyle Slavin, Saanich News Council’s position seemed pretty clear. Either a coffee shop is guaranteed for the corner of Tyndall and San Juan avenues, or the property would not get rezoned. After councillors expressed extreme discontent that Matt Pye wouldn’t commit in writing to a coffee […]

Creating transportation options in large developments

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011

Kicking the car habit By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News Saanich is getting serious about changing the municipality’s current car culture. Last week, council started the process to create a policy to ensure alternative transportation funding is expected anytime a developer wants a parking variance for a multi-family residential unit in the municipality. “We want […]

A welcome change at Cloverdale and Inverness

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011

Derelict buildings torn down after decade as Saanich eyesores Kyle Slavin – Saanich News “Hallelujah!” That was Don Cottrell’s excited reaction first thing Monday morning when an excavator tore through one of four derelict homes that neighbour his condo. Cottrell lives just steps from the corner of Cloverdale Avenue and Inverness Road where, for almost […]

A project the community can be proud of

Posted by on Aug 21, 2010

Deadline set for demolishing eyesores on Inverness and Cloverdale By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News A half-block of derelict buildings will soon no longer be an eyesore for passing motorists or nearby residents. Four vacant houses on the corner of Cloverdale Avenue and Inverness Road will be demolished by August 2011 to make way for […]

Making density work for Rutledge

Posted by on Aug 12, 2010

Public hearing adjourned after marathon session By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News Saanich council will next Tuesday readdress a 42-unit apartment complex with commercial space that stalled following a marathon public hearing this week. Coun. Dean Murdock said he was “disappointed” at the level of committment from the developer to capitalize on alternative transportation opportunities […]