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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.

 

PROJECT DOCUMENTS AND REPORTS

2018  
Staff Report (Nov 28/18) Marine Policy Planning Bylaws 1439 and 1442 for Information and Decision December 3, 2018 Council
DRAFT Guideline to: Coastal Flooding Hazards Mitigation Bylaw 1439 - District of North Saanich November 2018
Staff Report (Aug 15/18) Marine Policy Planning Process/Bylaws 1442 & 1439 August 20, 2018 Council
Staff Report (Aug 10/18) Marine Policy Planning - Dates for Workshop August 20, 2018 Council
Staff Report (July 20/18): Marine Policy Planning - For Decision July 30, 2018 Special Council
Staff Report and Appendixes (Jun 19/18):  Marine Policy Planning
North Saanich Coastal Mitigation Flooding Bylaw No. 1439 (2018)
North Saanich Official Community Plan Marine Policy Bylaw No. 1442 (2018)
For Information and Decision
June 25, 2018 Council
   

Public Consultation/Workshop Information

 

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)

June 7, 2016 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 26, 2017 Presentation

 

c)

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

  d) Marine Policy Planning - An information session on the District's proposed marine area Official Community Plan amendments and Coastal Flooding Mitigation Bylaw was held  Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in the Council Chambers, North Saanich Municipal Hall, 1620 Mills Road, North Saanich BC. The session was held to provide information on the proposed amendment bylaws and to answer questions from interested and affected members of the community. Below are the documents and feedback form distributed at the session.
   
DRAFT Guideline to: Coastal Flooding Hazards Mitigation Bylaw 1439 - District of North Saanich
DRAFT Bylaw 1442 - A Bylaw to Amend the District of North Saanich Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1130 (2007)
DRAFT Bylaw 1439 - A Bylaw to Mitigate Coastal Flooding Hazards
Frequently Asked Questions: District of North Saanich Marine Policy Review (November 2018)
Frequently Asked Questions: District of North Saanich Marine Policy Review (December 2018)