Saanich seeking public input on new design for Shelbourne Street

September 27, 2016

Saanich, BC – Saanich has developed a new design option for the future of Shelbourne Street and is now seeking comments from the public.

Earlier this year, two options for short-term mobility improvements on Shelbourne Street were presented for public review. Based on feedback received, a refined option – available online starting today - has been developed to address key issues identified by the community.

New design highlights:

  • New high quality bike facilities for the entire street, including physical separation from vehicle traffic for over 50% of the route
  • Significant pedestrian improvements, including 2.3km of upgraded sidewalks and shorter crossing distances at major intersections
  • Improved left turn vehicle access in many locations, providing better access to businesses and residences
  • Improvements to transit waiting areas


The public is invited to join Saanich staff at two open houses to review the new design in more detail and provide feedback:

  • Saturday, October 1 2016; 2 – 6 p.m. at  Gordon Head Recreation Centre
  • Monday, October 3 2016; 7 – 9 p.m. Doncaster Elementary School


Quick Facts:

  • Saanich has developed an action plan for the Shelbourne Valley to guide land use and transportation decisions over the next 30 years. 
  • The last step in finalizing this plan is to determine short-term actions that aim to create a balanced mobility network for all users and to improve the street as a community space.
  • Public comments were received on two initial design options presented in February and March of this year.
  • Council will use this final round of public feedback to help them decide which short-term actions to implement.
  • Council’s decision will then be incorporated into a final Shelbourne Valley Action Plan.


Learn More:

To complete the survey, view virtual opens houses and watch videos of the design option, visit:  




Media Contact: 
Cam Scott 
Planning Department
Phone: 250-475-7115