The responsibility of the Planning Department is to ensure that municipal goals are reflected in planning policy documents and ultimately in new development that occurs within the municipality. The Department has an important role in providing Council with professional and technical advice on current and future land uses, and a wide range of issues including housing, heritage, environment, agriculture and food security, transportation, and social policy.
The principle functions of the Planning Department are:
Community Planning - page
- To provide long range community planning through the Official Community Plan and other policy documents;
- To undertake focused planning studies on a variety of subjects;
- To manage rezoning, subdivision and development permit applications;
Environmental Services - page
- To provide input to the development application process;
- To introduce policies and bylaws that promote conservation and enhancement of Saanich’s natural environment;
- To provide environmental education and outreach programs that create greater awareness, understanding and involvement in the community;
Sustainability - page
- To measure the greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the corporation and community;
- To develop and implement plans for achieving greenhouse gas emission reductions and renewable energy targets for municipal operations and the community;
- prepare for climate change through adaptation and resiliency planning;
- To act as advisors to Council on planning, environmental and sustainability matters; and
- To provide liaison to various municipal committees and community groups.
Inspection Services is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the B.C. Building Code and related Plumbing Code in addition to the enforcement of municipal bylaws. This is division is now located in the Building, Bylaw, Licensing and Legal Services Department.