Highlights from regular Council meetings provide a brief summary of some items of broad public interest. The summary is not inclusive of all agenda items. Please refer to www.sidney.ca for the full agenda, minutes, and webcast.
Community review and feedback period on draft Active Transportation Plan set to begin in early 2023
Council has given staff the green light to engage the community in providing feedback on the draft Active Transportation Plan. The draft plan is intended to serve as a roadmap to more people feeling supported and comfortable making active transportation - like walking, cycling, and travelling by motorized scooter - a part of their lifestyle. It makes practical recommendations for the next 10 years, including maps for proposed pedestrian and cycling networks.
The development of new sidewalks and cycling infrastructure can impact vehicle parking and traffic flow. However, the plan is intended to create balanced streets with space for all transportation modes. Public input will help Council understand what level of investment community members are comfortable making in building active transportation infrastructure and whether some of the trade-offs involved in creating some types of pedestrian and cycling improvements are supported. Input will also help Council and Town staff determine preferred routes for cycling and pedestrian networks, as well as design guidelines.
Details for the community feedback period are yet tot be finalized, with engagement likely to begin in early 2023. Dates for community engagement will be advertised and shared widely once established.
Town of Sidney and District of North Saanich renew multiple cost-sharing agreements for community services and facilities
The Town of Sidney and District of North Saanich are longstanding partners on several services and facilities that benefit both communities. This collaboration allows the municipalities of Sidney and North Saanich to provide important services at a lower cost to taxpayers.
Council approved the renewal of cost-sharing agreements related to:
- Sidney/North Saanich RCMP;
- Sidney/North Saanich Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library; and
- Rotary Park (baseball facility).
A fourth agreement pertaining to the SHOAL Centre for Seniors has been automatically extended for an additional five years, under a renewal clause.
Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith