Councillors can bring reports to Council. These reports serve to bring focus on an issue and often request Council to take certain actions. Below are some of the reports I have bought forward
To read a report, click the red button. Scan the mouse pointer over the green button to automatically bring up reasons for the report and Council’s action.
Agriculture and Food Security
Bowker Creek Watershed
Concerns with Deer
Council accepted the recommendation and directed Planning to draft terms of reference for the task force.
I brought a report on Podcasting to Council at the start of last term. 2011. Podcasting would allow the public to watch their Council “in action” without having to attend the meeting.
If the resulting “video” was archived on a large hard drive and properly catalogued, citizens could, at any time, find out how any Councillor or Council as a whole had treated a particular issue. This would be particularly valuable at election time.
Many members of Council have stated that they would like to see more public involvement. Podcasting is one way to stimulate that involvement. Council passed the recommendations but nothing has happened to date.
Council did endorse the plan but, as discussed elsewhere, that does not guarantee a positive effect on decisions for the area.
This report recommended a special development permit area (DPA) be established in
the watershed and went further to suggest a co-
Council unanimously endorsed the recommendations of the report.
In 2010, I attended a workshop at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Conference concerned with urban deer. The workshop suggested an approach to this issue which had become “front and centre” in our municipality and region.
In October, of that year I took this report to Council. and suggested that Council deal with it municipally and not send it to the CRD. While there are some regional aspects to the issue, I felt working municipally would be faster and less expensive.
In any case, Council preferred to forward the report to the CRD where, over one year later, it resides. Hopefully, we will see some action soon.
I brought this report to Council recently in order to emphasize the the fact that globally and locally we are not acting nearly quickly enough on the pressing need for climate change mitigation.
We need to act quickly before it becomes difficult to stop a “runaway train”.
This report actually first came before Council in mid 2008. However, Council decided to refer it to School Districts 61 & 63 for comment. It did not return for almost 2 years.
The report attempts to achieve better protection for the public interest in cases
where school properties are being “sold off”. It suggests doing this in two ways:
by changing the zoning of school properties and by using site coverage and setbacks
to restrict re-
Currently, school areas are zoned P1. This permits a wide variety of uses. Thus, any purchaser of a school property would not have to hold a public process or come before Council when asking for a permitted use. School lands, often regarded as public greenspace, could change dramatically with little public process.
Council accepted the concept of using site coverage and setbacks but was not willing to change the zone on school properties. For this reason, school properties are still at risk of being “alienated” from public use.
This report came in response to problems I saw in Saanich during a significant snowfall. Our municipality, like many others, has stated that transit, cycling and walking are “priority” modes of transportation.
In spite of this, our procedure during a snow event is to simply push snow off to the side, often onto bike lanes or sidewalks.
During this snowfall, sidewalks on major streets were filled with 2 -
The report recommended an investigation of how Saanich could change its procedures to better support what it has identified as “priority” modes. Council did not support the recommendation even though this could be accomplished relatively inexpensively.
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