FORTHCOMING OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN - MARINE POLICY REVISIONS
A revised OCP Marine Policy and Guidelines (2018) report will be posted in the Spring following Council considerations.
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: