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Marine Policy Planning

OVERVIEW

Ongoing climate change is expected to lead to many changes including increased temperatures and as a result, increased ice melting and rising sea levels.  Although the pace of these effects is still uncertain, the District of North Saanich (DNS) is undertaking planning work to assess, evaluate and plan for the expected effects of rising sea levels and the likely consequences around the shoreline of the District. The current flood risk for the District of North Saanich is projected to increase in some areas of the coast of North Saanich during the lifespan of buildings being developed now.  Planning for this now, will reduce impacts and costs down the road as the risk is projected to increase with time.

The marine policy Planning project relates to the following District of North Saanich strategic goals:

  Preserve and Protect Sensitive & Significant Environmental Areas & Ecosystems
  Preserve and Protect Sensitive Marine & Inter-tidal Habitats
  Climate Change Impacts Mitigated

 

The marine policy planning project advances the following District of North Saanich strategic plan projects and Initiatives:

  Identify Roles for the District of North Saanich in the Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary
  Review and develop policies to guide marine and shoreline development (including planning for sea level rise
  Consider the Marine Task Force recommendations and work plan
  Review District bylaws and policies that affect waterfront property owners

 

The District retained SNC-Lavalin Inc. (SLI) to define the Flood Construction Levels (FCL) for the District of North Saanich, considering site-specific conditions such as wave exposure and shoreline type.

Two public consultation workshops were held (June 7, 2016 and January 26, 2017) to present two reports:

 

a)

District of North Saanich Flood Construction Levels for 0.5 m and 1.0 m Sea Level Rise Report  (prepared by SNC-Lavalin, Inc. Jan. 4, 2017)

January 4, 2017 Presentation

 

b)

District of North Saanich OCP Marine Policy and Guidelines Recommendations for Sea Level Rise Planning and Adaptation Report (prepared by SNC-Lavalin, Inc. Jan. 24, 2017)

January 24, 2017 Presentation

 

FORTHCOMING PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

  1. Marine Policy Planning – Draft OCP Policies Consultation – updates and introduction of Special Development Areas Tsehum Harbour and Lochside Drive and Shoal Harbour Bird Sanctuary – October 19, 2017
    OCP Marine Policies and Guidelines for Sea Level Rise Planning and Adaptation updated October 13, 2017
  2. Marine Policy Planning – Special Development Areas Tsehum Harbour and Lochside Drive and Shoal Harbour Bird Sanctuary - November 16, 2017