Development Permit Area Guidelines

Competition Number: RFQ 22-022

Bid Title: Development Permit Area Guidelines

Posted Date: March 14, 2022, 12:00am

Closing Date: April 8, 2022, 3:00pm

Last Modified: June 9, 2022, 9:59am

Status: Awarded

Awarded: Barefoot Planning


Request for Quotation:  “RFQ 22-022 – “Development Permit Area Guidelines Update” The Quotation document has now been posted on Bonfire:

 Solicitation Number: RFQ 22-022.


 The District is seeking to select one qualified respondent or respondent team (the Consultant) to provide:

  1. A comprehensive update of the existing Saanich Development Permit Area (DPA) Guidelines; and
  2. Recommendations for updating the existing Saanich Zoning Bylaw, Building Bylaw, Noise Suppression Bylaw and the Minimum Property Maintenance Standards Bylaw

In order to:

  • Remove barriers to high performance buildings and support sustainable development;
  • Use more consistent format, language, and content between development permit areas and other bylaws.
  • Align with the OCP’s approach to the development of sustainable, compact and complete communities focused on centers, corridors and villages;
  • Establish the District of Saanich’s expectations and aspirations for the form and character of development in Saanich, in alignment with design policies / guidelines in recently developed area plans and established best practices;
  • Encourage the creation of exceptional sustainable development, contextual and compatible architecture, high quality pedestrian realms, context-sensitive design, and contribute to place-making and design excellence in our community;
  • Support net-zero carbon new construction and redevelopment;
  • Support sustainable design aligned with the goals of the Saanich Climate Plan;
  • Support the development of diverse and adaptable housing options within Saanich as aligned with the goals of the Housing Strategy; and

 The updated Guidelines would be used by staff, architects, landscape architects, engineers, developers, community members, and others when designing development and/or evaluating development permit applications.

 The District uses a Bonfire portal for accepting and evaluating proposals digitally. Please contact Bonfire at for technical questions related to your submission. You can also visit their help forum at

Deadline for Questions: March 24, 2022 at 3:00 PM.

Closing Date:  April 8, 2022 at 3:00 PM.


It is the sole responsibility of the Proponent to make sure they have addenda(s) before submitting their Proposal Response.

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