3-storey commercial building offers early preview of Shelbourne Valley transformation

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011

Signature building to serve as catalyst for Shelbourne renewal By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News While staffers plan out the future of Shelbourne Valley – complete with dense centres and walkable villages – council OK’d what it hopes will be the “catalyst” for that change Monday night. A small three-storey building – which will house […]

Regional leaders supporting LRT

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011

Politicans join call for light rail transit in Greater Victoria By Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist Standing on a busy downtown sidewalk with transit buses rumbling by, politicians from three levels of government said the time has come for light rail transit in Greater Victoria. Light rail transit “is the most cost effective form of transportation […]

Setting the green standard

Posted by on May 31, 2011

Saanich needs to raise its green design standards for commercial and industrial buildings. A recent application before Council highlighted the deficiency in our energy and environmental design standards. Council approved the redevelopment of a warehouse building in the Ardersier Road commercial-industrial park. The building is a larger upgrade to the existing structure that will create […]

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 […]

Building complete communities includes places for kids to play

Posted by on May 8, 2011

Daycare above pub supported for Shelbourne development Kyle Slavin, Saanich News A new daycare centre is planned for a yet-to-be-built four-storey project behind Tuscany Village. Saanich council agreed to rezone the property, at 3959 Shelbourne St., to include one-and-a-half floors of daycare, a rooftop play area, office space and a restaurant-style pub downstairs. “When you […]

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 […]

New Kirby’s plan includes unique community feature

Posted by on Mar 14, 2011

Kirby’s plan to add sport court helps council agree to expansion Kyle Slavin – Saanich News A unique design feature for a proposed sports equipment store in Saanich caught councillors’ attention Monday night. A sports court – for basketball or small games of hockey – is planned for the front yard of the new Kirby’s […]

Setting a green standard

Posted by on Mar 6, 2011

Saanich must raise green standards, councillor says Kyle Slavin, Saanich News Saanich is raising its expectations. As sustainability features become standard when proposed residential and commercial buildings come to council for approval, one councillor is looking to ensure that all green options are considered. Coun. Dean Murdock wants staff to set environmental standards for developers […]

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 […]