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Marine Policy Planning


Amendments to the OCP Marine Policy and Coastal Flood Mitigation Bylaw will be considered by Council on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.



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.

Four public consultation workshops were held - June 7, 2016, January 26, 2017, October 19, 2017, and November 16, 2017  to present and review three reports:



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)

June 7, 2016 Presentation



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 26, 2017 Presentation



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 Report (prepared and revised by SNC-Lavalin, Inc. October 13, 2017)

October 19, 2017 Presentation

OCP Marine Polices and Guidelines Report updated October 13, 2017 with track changes from January 2017 version