Agriculture & Food Security Plan

Planning & public engagement process

A planning process is under way to develop an Agriculture and Food Security Plan for the District of Saanich.  This represents an exciting opportunity to build on some recent Saanich initiatives and develop a plan to ensure the long term sustainability of Saanich agriculture and food systems.

The plan has completion targeted for late 2017.  A task force of nine representatives from the community with expertise in agriculture or food security have been assembled to provide guidance. There will be numerous occasions for members of the public to provide input on key issues, opportunities and priorities.  Public engagement is ongoing and will include an open house, a public survey, meetings with stakeholders, and Saanich staff attendance at community events.

Follow the progress of this planning project below.  Contact Jane Evans, Planner at jane.evans@saanich.ca if you have any questions or comments.

Current Status of Agriculture and Food Security Planning Project

Currently we are revising the potential action items and preparing a draft implementation strategy according to the public input and feedback that we received during our public engagement process over the last twelve months. A draft plan will be available for public review in early Fall 2017.

Workshop and Open House on Potential Actions - January 2017

Saanich staff and members of the Task Force held an Open House and Discussion Session event on January 18, 2017.   At this event we heard from approximately 60-70 participants.  We discussed the Key Themes [PDF - 286 KB] and the draft “potential action [PDF - 357 KB]” towards the enhancement of agriculture and improvement of food security in Saanich. The Key Themes and potential actions were identified by the Task Force, the consultant and staff during Phase 3 of the planning process following public engagement between May and September.

A summary of the public input [PDF - 411 KB] we received at the January 18, 2017 event is available for review.  The summary is based on the notes from the event’s five facilitated discussion tables and from individual written comments [PDF - 252 KB] that we received.

The information boards [PDF - 2.4 MB] that were displayed at the open house provide the plan objectives and a timeframe for the planning process; context and background for the plan; public engagement results received prior to January 2017; the Key Themes; and a draft list of “potential actions.”

Key themes:

  1. Connecting Gaps in the Local Food System to Improve Food Self-Sufficiency
  2. Strengthening Local Awareness of the Local Food System
  3. Improving the Interconnection between Food Production and the Environment
  4. Managing Land Use to Support Farmland
  5. Supporting Multi-Generational Farmers and Emerging Farmers.

Key Themes Study - November 2016:

A Key Themes Study [PDF - 286 KB]has been prepared following a review of the feedback received from public engagement during Phase 2 of the planning process (see September notes below).  The Task Force, Upland Consulting, and Saanich staff have identified possible action that would fall under each key theme proposed.  These ideas will be presented to the public and stakeholders through December and January to review and involve people in identifying possible Municipal action towards the enhancement of agriculture and improvement of food security.

Please attend our January 2017 Public Open House and Discussion Sessions.  Exact date and location to be announced. 

We welcome your input!  Please send your comments on the attached key themes [PDF - 286 KB] to jane.evans@saanich.ca.

Opportunities and Challenges Study - September 2016

An Agriculture & Food Security Community Survey was available online from May 22 to July 31, 2016.  The survey was developed to seek input from the public on what the opportunities and challenges are for agriculture and food security in Saanich and the surrounding region.  A total of 289 responses were received.  Survey results [PDF - 534 KB] are available for the public to review.

Uplands Agriculture Consulting prepared a Public Engagement Summary [PDF - 632 KB] for Phase 1 & 2 of the project.  A review of the survey results [PDF - 356 KB] and notes from stakeholder meetings [PDF - 308 KB] are included as Appendices 1 & 2.

June 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended our open house and who completed our survey.  Results from the open house can be viewed here [PDF - 51 KB]. 

April 2016

The Task Force drafted a Vision Statement [PDF - 53 KB] for the plan and drafted definitions [PDF - 139 KB] for agriculture and food security and carried out a SWOT [PDF - 74 KB] (Strenghts, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis.

March 2016

First Agriculture & Food Security Task Force meeting is held to discuss the Public Engagement Strategy [PDF - 213 KB] for the project. The Draft Background Report [PDF - 6.8 MB] is available for review and comment.

February 2016

Task Force

Nine community members have been selected to sit on an Agriculture and Food Security Task Force that will assist in the development of the Plan.  The Task Force members have a range of backgrounds and expertise and will serve as a vital resource throughout the project.

Task Force Terms of Reference [PDF - 91 KB]

Consultant

Upland Agriculture Consulting Ltd. has been hired to manage the planning process and facilitate the task force in the development of the Agriculture & Food Security Plan for Saanich.

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