Uptown Douglas Corridor Plan

November 29, 2017

On November 6, Council endorsed the Plan Framework Report [PDF - 2.7 MB]. The Framework Report identifies key concepts and directions that were developed through a comprehensive public engagement process. Staff are currently drafting the Plan based on the concepts identified in the Framework Report. Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved in 2018!

May 15, 2017

Thanks for attending our Open House and filling out the online survey. The survey closed on May 3, 2017 and the survey results [PDF - 3 MB] are available here. 

Staff are working to develop the Plan Framework Report that will identify the emerging directions and concepts that have been developed with the public, stakeholders, and the project advisory committee. This framework will be presented to Council and will guide development of the Uptown - Douglas Corridor Plan.

April 21, 2017

Thanks for attending our drop-in open house on Thursday, April 20, 1017. We hope you had a chance to review the concepts and provide feedback.
Missed the event? 

You can also check out our Virtual Open House [PDF - 3 MB] and fill out our survey online. The survey is open until May 4, 2017.

April 3, 2017

In January we hosted a Community Design Workshop to review, test and refine ideas in order to create some concepts that will inform the development of the Plan. This information will be presented at our April 20 open house. 

January 24, 2017

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Community Design Workshop.  The presentation was developed based on conversations with the public that occurred during the Community Design Workshops hosted by the District of Saanich from January 20-22, 2017. Please note the ideas that are presented are for discussion purposes only. The Plan is in early stages of development.

January 3, 2017

Phase 3 of the UDC Plan is underway! Building on all of the feedback we received in the spring, staff have been working with the Advisory Committee to develop the Community Design Workshop and we’d like to invite you to actively participate and contribute to one (or all) of the events.

The Community Design Workshop will occur over three days and we will be testing and refining ideas and creating concepts to inform the UDC Plan.

September 23, 2016

Thank you to everyone who participated in the public engagement process.

Public engagement in support of Phase 2 of the Uptown-Douglas Corridor Plan development included an online survey, weekly poll questions, small-group discussions at local coffee shops, pop-up events and displays at the Emily Carr and Centennial Branches of the Public Library.

Questions focused on five topics related to the long-term future of the study area: vision, values, goals, issues and opportunities.  Public engagement (directed by the Engagement Strategy) occurred from May 26 – June 26, 2016.  

An estimated 2,500 engagement interactions occurred resulting in approximately 900 responses

Some of the top themes included:

  • Walkable and bicycle-friendly;
  • Greenspace;
  • Sustainable/environmentally friendly;
  • Community;
  • Increased density;
  • Safety; and
  • Transit-oriented

More information on the public engagement results can be found here:

Using the information collected with input from the project Advisory Committee, a Plan Vision and Community Values [PDF - 18 KB] was developed. This document will guide the development of the plan through the next phase of the project. 

As we move into Phase 3 of the project, your feedback will be used to develop options to guide future growth and change in this dynamic area of Saanich.  Please check back in the coming weeks for opportunites to get involved in Phase 3.

June 28, 2016

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Phase 2 public engagement for the Uptown-Douglas Corridor Plan. We are now analyzing all of the great input and will report back the findings in September! Stay tuned for more info and more ways to get involved in the coming months.

May 11, 2016

Over the last few months, staff have been working with the Advisory Committee and stakeholders to develop an Engagement Strategy for the public engagement activities planned for Phase 2 of the project.

The Engagement Strategy [PDF - 240 KB] was developed based on the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) planning protocol, as well as direction from Saanich staff, input from the UDC Plan Advisory Committee, findings from pre-consultation interviews conducted by Delaney + Associates, and information from the project Terms of Reference, Baseline Conditions report and a general review of opportunities and challenges.

The goal of the Phase 2 public engagement is to develop a community vision, principles and goals for the future of the area.

May 3, 2016

The Baseline Conditions Report [PDF - 5.6 MB] highlights some key aspects and current conditions in the Uptown-Douglas Corridor Study Area. This report is intended to assist community discussions on the various planning issues and opportunities that will be addressed during the development of the Uptown - Douglas Corridor Plan.

A study has been initiated to create a 30 year vision and plan for the Uptown - Douglas Corridor area.

Stretching from the City of Victoria border at the south end to just north of the Saanich Municipal Hall, the study area represents a critical regional hub that is expected to experience significant growth and change in the near future.

Planning for future rapid transit on Douglas Street, creating a more attractive walkable urban environment and providing opportunities for more residents and jobs are some of the key topics that will be explored in the process.

Plan Objectives

  1. Enhance the role and identity of the Uptown Centre as a regional hub and focal point in Saanich;
  2. Create a more attractive, vibrant and walkable urban centre;
  3. Create a connected, sustainable and balanced transportation network that encourages more walking, cycling and transit use;
  4. Enhance and restore key environmental assets, including Cecelia Creek and watershed;
  5. Enhance the network of parks, open spaces and cultural and community facilities;
  6. Maintain and enhance opportunities for commercial and industrial uses;
  7. Promote green infrastructure, green buildings and renewable energy;
  8. Integrate public realm improvements and land use changes to support the development of complete streets and the future introduction of rapid transit on Douglas Street;
  9. Expand the range of housing choices; and
  10. Balance infrastructure and circulation for business traffic, pedestrian mobility, access to future transit infrastructure, bicycle network, parking and truck traffic needs.