A concept plan for redevelopment
Fire Station #2 has served the District of Saanich well for 40 years. Northern areas of Saanich, in particular Broadmead and Royal Oak, have seen tremendous growth and change since the facility was built in 1978. The Fire Department has been and continues to be able to adequately provide emergency services from this location. However, given current growth trends, we anticipate our ability to provide services will be strained if Fire Station #2 does not undergo any changes.
In spring 2018, Council adopted a Strategic Facilities Master Plan. The Plan outlines the need for capital investment and prioritization among the District's facilities. Fire Station #2 is ranked one of the highest priorities and is the focus of activity for staff over the coming months.
The Fire Station #2 Redevelopment Concept Plan [PDF - 1 MB] focuses on operational requirements, such as fire apparatus (i.e. fire engines and other vehicles) movement on and off the site, and not about building design. This first activity is only to confirm the viability of a concept, both in providing critical public safety services as well as costs.
Since our community public information meetings in December 2018, staff have advanced the planning of the project. The Fire Station #2 Redevelopment Business Case - Background, Project Need, Site Plan Requirements [PDF - 10 MB] [PDF - 10 MB] demonstrates the incorporation of comments and input received in the first phase of public consultation and outcomes of the progress to date.
At its meeting of May 27, 2019, Saanich Council approved funding for the Fire Station #2 Redevelopment Project and directed staff to commence all required processes to launch the program. This redevelopment project reflects the District's commitment to provide public safety services to residents and build a future of sustainable services delivery that residents of the District can rely on with increased confidence.
We anticipate the public will be keen to learn about about Station #2's redevelopment, site plan requirements and design, apparatus movement, sidewalks, transit stops and public path connector to Viewmonth Avenue.
Opportunities for residents to meet with staff to view materials, ask questions will be provided throughout the project.
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