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Shelbourne Valley Action Plan

Shelbourne Corridor Action Plan, Photo: Soren Henrich

Plan Area (click to enlarge)

A Shelbourne Valley Action Plan is being 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. Short term mobility options for Shelbourne Street were presented at open houses for public feedback.

Update - Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey and shared comments on the short-term implementation options earlier this year.  We received 1,325 survey responses and over 5,000 unique comments.  A full public engagement report is now available detailing all the survey results.

Public Engagement Summary Report - February/March 2016

With respect to the question on a preferred option, the survey results were as follows:

Survey Results

Next Steps

While a majority of people (58%) identified Option 2 as their preferred option, a number of key issues and ideas for improvement were identified.  Based on that feedback, staff will be developing a new option that builds on the fundamental elements of Option 2, but responds to the concerns expressed by residents and stakeholders. This new option will be presented for public feedback in September/October of this year, allowing time over the summer for staff to develop the design and conduct the necessary analysis.  After that engagement is complete, a recommended option will be presented for Council's consideration.

If you have any questions, please contact cameron.scott@saanich.ca.

Short-Term Mobility Options (February/March 2016)

Three open houses, a survey, and stakeholder groups, were held in February and March of this year.

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 cameron.scott@saanich.ca.

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.

Staff Report for June 9th Committee of the Whole Meeting Adobe pdf document

Plan Summary Adobe pdf document

Proposed Shelbourne Valley Action Plan (Full Document) (Adobe pdf document 21 mb - caution large document, maybe loading delays based on individual computers)

By Chapter:

Cover and Table of Contents (Adobe pdf document <1 MB)
Chapters 1-3 - Introduction, Vision and Goals and Planning Context (Adobe pdf document 4.5 mb)
Chapter 4 - Environment (Adobe pdf document2mb)
Chapter 5 - Land Use (Adobe pdf document 5.5mb)
Chapter 6 - Mobility (Adobe pdf document 4mb)
Chapter 7 - Urban Design and Accessibility (Adobe pdf document 4mb)
Chapter 8 - Taking Action and Tracking Progress (Adobe pdf document 3mb)
Appendices (Adobe pdf document <1 MB)

 


Background

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.

The response was terrific with 797 returned surveys.  The results are shown in the Vision Survey Results Summary and Vision Survey Respondents Profile.

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.

Planning Studies

Transportation Study

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.

Download the Full size study

Download the Web size study

View a copy of the presentation in PDF format below.

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.

Download the Full size report (4 mb)

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) (Adobe pdf document 18 MB - caution large document, may have delays loading based on individual computers)

BY SECTION:
Cover and Table of Contents (Adobe pdf document <1 MB)
Executive Summary and Introduction (Section 1) (Adobe pdf document <1 MB)
Shelbourne Valley Plan (Section 2) (Adobe pdf document 2.8 MB)
Building and Urban Form Guidelines (Section 3) (Adobe pdf document 2.7 MB)
Shelbourne Valley Centres and Villages - Feltham Village (Section 4) (Adobe pdf document 1.9 MB)
Shelbourne Valley Centres and Villages - University Centre (Section 4) (Adobe pdf document 2.9 MB)
Shelbourne Valley Centres and Villages - Cedar Hill Centre/Shelbourne Village (Section 4) (Adobe pdf document 3.1 MB)
Shelbourne Valley Centres and Villages - Hillside Centre (Section 4) (Adobe pdf document 4 MB)
Implementation (Section 5) (Adobe pdf document <1 MB)
Appendix (Adobe pdf document <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 (Adobe pdf document 13 MB - caution large document, may have delays loading based on individual computers)

Shelbourne Valley Action Plan - Virtual Open House
BY SECTION:
Introduction (Adobe pdf document <1 MB)
Public Consultation & Vision (Adobe pdf document 1.1 MB)
Land Use (Adobe pdf document 2.5 MB)
Land Use...continued (Adobe pdf document 3.3MB)
Urban Design (Adobe pdf document 4.7MB)
Mobility (Adobe pdf document 1.5 MB)
Mobility...continued (Adobe pdf document 4.6 MB)
Mobility...continued (Adobe pdf document 4.2 MB)
Mobility...continued (Adobe pdf document 2.5 MB)
What's Next (Adobe pdf document <1 MB)

Looking for the results of the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan 2012 Open House Survey Results?

Click here to view the results and see what people said!

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.

View the results of the 2013 Survey here

Draft Shelbourne Valley Action Plan (Full Document) (Adobe pdf 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
250-475-7115
cameron.scott@saanich.ca

*Title photo, Rainbow over Shelbourne credit: Soren Henrich

Last modified: June 17, 2016