Shelbourne Valley Action Plan
After extensive public engagement, a Proposed Shelbourne Valley Action Plan has been developed to guide land use and transportation decisions in the Shelbourne Valley over the next 30 years.
Now in its final phase, the project is focusing on short term mobility improvements that can be implemented over the next 5 years, particularly on Shelbourne Street. These improvements will “bridge the gap” between current conditions and the ultimate vision of Shelbourne Street as proposed in the Plan. You can learn more about the short term mobility options being considered for Shelbourne Street by viewing the Virtual Open House (a display of the posters used in the recent public open houses) and videos of the two options (see below).
Public Feedback on Short-Term Mobility Options
Three open houses, a survey, and a review of the options with stakeholder groups, were held in February and March of this year. The feedback is currently being analyzed and the results will be made available to Saanich Council as part of a staff report that will include a recommendation as to which option, with possible changes, should be implemented.
The results of the analysis of the feedback will be posted on this web site when completed.
Videos are available which show detailed changes proposed in each option for Shelbourne Street. Each option also contains improvements to adjacent bikeway and greenway routes. Option overviews and details of greenway/bikeway improvements are shown in Open House Display Boards.
Questions or Comments
Any questions or comments can be directed to: Cameron Scott, Manager of Community Planning 250-475-7115 email@example.com.
Council Report on Implementation Options
On October 5, 2015, Council directed staff to seek public input on mobility improvement options. Details on potential options are included in the supplemental report.
Supplemental Report - Implementation Analysis of Mobility Actions - September 22, 2015
Proposed Shelbourne Valley Action Plan
The Proposed Shelbourne Valley Action Plan was considered by Council, with community input, at their June 9, 2014 Committee of the Whole meeting. At that meeting, Council referred the Plan to a public hearing (date to be determined) with the request that staff prepare a supplemental report with information on timelines and funding for implementing the Plan prior to the Public Hearing.
The Proposed Plan, based on significant community engagement, outlines a comprehensive vision for the Shelbourne Valley and is intended to guide land use and transportation decision-making in the Shelbourne Valley over the next 30 years.
Proposed Shelbourne Valley Action Plan (Full Document) ( 21 mb - caution large document, maybe loading delays based on individual computers)
Cover and Table of Contents ( <1 MB)
Chapters 1-3 - Introduction, Vision and Goals and Planning Context ( 4.5 mb)
Chapter 4 - Environment (2mb)
Chapter 5 - Land Use ( 5.5mb)
Chapter 6 - Mobility ( 4mb)
Chapter 7 - Urban Design and Accessibility ( 4mb)
Chapter 8 - Taking Action and Tracking Progress ( 3mb)
Appendices ( <1 MB)
On August 10, 2009, Saanich Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Saanich Planning Dept. to undertake the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan.
The process for developing the Plan has involved extensive public consultation. A Stakeholders Committee made up of stakeholders who live, work, or have a special interest in the Valley, helped guide the public consultation process and helped identify key issues. Open Houses, surveys, and community mapping, are some of the tools that have been used to garner public input.
Key community engagement events include:
- January 2010: Project Initiation Open House
- January 2011: Open House to reveal Vision Survey and Community Mapping results
- 2012 Open House and Survey: Options and Concepts for the Valley
- 2013 Open Houses and Survey: Draft Shelbourne Valley Action Plan
Planning studies that contributed to the Plan include:
- Shelbourne Valley Action Plan Transportation Study
- Shelbourne Valley Land Use and Urban Design Study
- Creating a Walkable Shelbourne Community Report
Project Initiation Open House - January 2010
The January 2010 Open House initiated the process and provided a range of background information, maps and displays on the characteristics of the Valley.
2010 Survey and Community Mapping
From January to May 2010 the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan Vision Survey was distributed throughout the Shelbourne Valley study area, as well as on-line. Survey respondents identified issues, gaps and needs, and a vision of what the Valley should look like 30 years from now.
A community mapping exercise was done at the same time as the Vision Survey. The exercise had respondents indicate on a map where they live, work, shop etc. in the Valley as well as the routes they use to walk, bus, cycle and drive through the Valley. A table size map of the Valley was used at events and presentations (an estimated 1,300 people were exposed to the exercise) to gather similar information which was then compiled, along with survey information, into the community maps. Refer to the Community Mapping Results.
The surveys and the community mapping exercise, provide a good indication of how people feel about and use the Valley, their connection to it and their vision for it. The information was used to help guide the development of the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan Policies.
Urban Systems was hired by the District of Saanich to do a transportation study that looked at walking, cycling, public transit and motor vehicle conditions in the Valley, and come up with and options for developing a balanced transportation network in the Valley. This study was reviewed by the community at the November 2012 open houses, providing critical input into the development of the Plan's transportation policies.
Creating a Walkable Shelbourne Community
The Shelbourne Valley Walkability Group was formed in September 2010 and consists of citizen volunteers associated with the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan Stakeholders Committee. The report is the result of community educational outreach, on-the-ground research, and consultation over a period of six months with community associations, schools, the University of Victoria, Camosun College, and seniors residences, as well as eye-witness accounts and photos from walking assessments in the Shelbourne Valley neighbourhoods.
Urban Land Use and Urban Design
The urban design consultant team of D'Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism and Landeca Services Inc. was hired to develop a Land Use and Urban Design Study for the Valley, focusing on the Valley's Centres and Village. The study was reviewed by the community at the November 2012 open houses, providing critical input into the development of the Plan's land use and urban design policies.
Shelbourne Valley Land Use and Urban Design Study (Full Document) ( 18 MB - caution large document, may have delays loading based on individual computers)
Cover and Table of Contents ( <1 MB)
Executive Summary and Introduction (Section 1) ( <1 MB)
Shelbourne Valley Plan (Section 2) ( 2.8 MB)
Building and Urban Form Guidelines (Section 3) ( 2.7 MB)
Shelbourne Valley Centres and Villages - Feltham Village (Section 4) ( 1.9 MB)
Shelbourne Valley Centres and Villages - University Centre (Section 4) ( 2.9 MB)
Shelbourne Valley Centres and Villages - Cedar Hill Centre/Shelbourne Village (Section 4) ( 3.1 MB)
Shelbourne Valley Centres and Villages - Hillside Centre (Section 4) ( 4 MB)
Implementation (Section 5) ( <1 MB)
Appendix ( <1 MB)
2012 Open House and Survey - Options and Concepts for the Valley
A series of Open Houses were held in November 2012 to gather feedback from the public on the concepts and ideas developed in the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan Transportation Study and the Shelbourne Valley Land Use and Urban Design Study. A series of focus groups with specific stakeholders were also held to solicit feedback. The concepts and ideas, and the feedback received on them from the open house survey and focus groups, were used to prepare the first draft of the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan.
Shelbourne Valley Action Plan - Virtual Open House Boards ( 13 MB - caution large document, may have delays loading based on individual computers)
Shelbourne Valley Action Plan - Virtual Open House
Introduction ( <1 MB)
Public Consultation & Vision ( 1.1 MB)
Land Use ( 2.5 MB)
Land Use...continued ( 3.3MB)
Urban Design ( 4.7MB)
Mobility ( 1.5 MB)
Mobility...continued ( 4.6 MB)
Mobility...continued ( 4.2 MB)
Mobility...continued ( 2.5 MB)
What's Next ( <1 MB)
Looking for the results of the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan 2012 Open House Survey Results?
2013 Open House and Survey – Draft Shelbourne Valley Action Plan
A series of Open Houses were held in October/November 2013 to gather feedback from the public on the first draft of the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan. Close to 1000 people attended the 4 Open Houses and 359 surveys were completed, the results of which are shown below.
Draft Shelbourne Valley Action Plan (Full Document) ( 21 mb - caution large document, may have delays loading based on individual computers)
The proposed Action Plan was referred to Saanich Council on June 9, 2014 on whether it should be sent to a Public Hearing.
For more information please contact:
Cameron Scott, Manager of Community Planning
*Title photo, Rainbow over Shelbourne credit: Soren Henrich