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Investing in priorities

Saanich Council is putting the finishing touches on the 2011 budget that focuses on building a stronger, healthier, and safer community. The budget will be presented to Council for adoption the first week of May. Here are some of the highlights:

We’re making mobility our priority. Saanich residents can enjoy more of this great community on foot or on bike with over $2 million in new sidewalks and bike lanes. We’re investing in roads like Tattersal and Admirals – making them into pedestrian-friendly corridors and not the car-centred thoroughfares they’ve become.

A healthy community continues to be Saanich’s goal. This year we’ll complete a $3 million renewal of our playgrounds, sport courts, and tennis courts in parks all over Saanich. The park upgrades give Saanich children and families places to be active in their own neighbourhood. We’re doing more at our community centres too with a new arts centre at Cedar Hill and a new roof on Saanich Commonwealth Place. As Chair of the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee, I’m thrilled with these important investments in an active community.

We’re putting safety at the top of the list. Saanich will hire five new firefighters and add more funds for community policing programmes. We’re fortunate to have such incredible, community-centred service in our police and fire departments.

Finally, we’re connecting with residents in new ways. This year, we’ll launch a new web and social media presence. We’re creating new ways to reach out to residents and hear from neighbours about local issues. Facebook and Twitter are just a few of the tools we’re adding to the communication toolkit.

It’s important to me that we invest tax dollars in Saanich residents’ priorities. I hear feedback by email, phone, and on the doorstep that people want to see investments in healthy, walkable neighbourhoods. I think this year’s budget helps us move in that direction, but there’s a lot more that we can do.

What are your priorities? Please send me your thoughts (click on the “Contact Me” tab above).

New Kirby’s plan includes unique community feature

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 Source for Sports. Council gave near unanimous support to the plans for the court and the larger store, to front onto Seymour Street instead of its current Cloverdale Avenue.

“I like that they’re taking advantage of the nature of the business by promoting athletic activity on the site itself,” said Coun. Dean Murdock.

The court will measure about 10 metres by 15 metres, with a three-metre-high chain link fence surrounding it.

“This community’s undergoing some changes, so it’ll be nice for the community (members) to see it change and see how it’s going to be,” Coun. Wayne Hunter said. He referred to a recently approved development up the street on the former eyesore corner of Cloverdale and Inverness Road.

But Coun. Vicki Sanders, former president of the Quadra-Cedar Hill Community Association, wasn’t fond of the court.

“It reminds me of a parking compound with a high fence,” she said. “It’s not the vision I wanted to see (in this neighbourhood). It’s unique alright, but not a unique I like.”

Store owner Kirby Yeats said the landscaping on site should provide enough of a barrier for people who aren’t keen on the fence.

“People shouldn’t be strictly looking at the fence. They should be looking at the facility itself – the building and the sport court and the atmosphere it brings to the neighbourhood,” he said.

Councillors shared the sentiment, saying it will promote physical activity and could provide local teams and athletes with a small practice facility.

Yeats first went to council in December, but his proposal was postponed over concerns from councillors regarding impervious surfaces and less-than-ideal landscaping.

The new store will be built behind the existing one. The old building will be deconstructed to make way for the sport court and front-of-store parking.

Yeats hopes to have the new store open by the end of the year.

Councillors approved the application 7-1, with Sanders opposed. Coun. Leif Wergeland was absent from the meeting.