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 project schedule [PDF - 119 KB] [PDF - 113 KB] outlines approximate timelines and activities between now and the first quarter of 2019.
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.
We are providing opportunities for residents to meet with staff to view materials, ask questions and to respond to a survey. Information session dates, times and locations are:
- Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fire Station #2, 4595 Elk Lake Drive*
- Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saanich Commonwealth Place, 4636 Elk Lake Drive, Pacific Dogwood Room.
*As parking is limited at Fire Station #2, attendees may wish to park at Saanich Commonwealth Place and walk over to the station.
The goals to involve the public during this project stage are to educate the public on the need for the project and site plan requirements as well as request input on the business case. We are particularly interested to hear from residents and business owners within a 500 metre radius of the site.
We anticipate the public will be keen to understand the need for the project, site plan requirements, fire apparatus movement, sidewalks, transit stops and the public path connector to Viewmont Avenue.
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