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Town of Sidney Council Meeting Highlights: March 28, 2022

Sidney, BC.;

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.

Renewal of business leases keeps Beacon Wharf unchanged until at least 2025

Council has approved the renewal of existing business sub-leases on Beacon Wharf until the end of 2024. There will be a possibility of further renewals for the businesses following a condition assessment of the wharf planned for 2023. As rent for the sub-lease areas had not changed since 2017, an appropriate rent structure has been included in their respective renewal.

Staff Report Video (1:50:35)

Funding for Beacon West Roundabout to come from borrowing

Council has chosen to borrow the funds needed to cover Sidney’s share of a new roundabout at Galaran Road and Beacon Ave West rather than drawing significantly from internal reserves. Sidney, North Saanich, and Victoria Airport Authority have agreed to build a roundabout at the intersection to increase public safety, reduce congestion, and support economic development in the area. The estimated cost for the project is $4.9 million, with costs shared based on a formula agreed to by all three partners. The Town of Sidney will cover 40% of the cost, or up to $2 million.

Staff Report Video (1:59:18)

Updated Climate Action Plan ready for community review

A draft of Sidney’s updated Climate Action Plan is now ready for public input and can be found at Sidney.ca. The plan includes 46 recommended actions in eight different focus areas, including: town leadership, infrastructure, transportation and mobility, land use, buildings, natural environment, and emergency preparedness, as well as food and waste. Throughout April and May, the Town will seek to inform the public and gather input through pop-up tables, the website, as well as print and online media.

Staff Report Video (1:35:10)

Town extends municipal top-up of Clean BC Better Homes rebate

The Town will extend its municipal top-up for the Clean BC Better Homes rebate until March 2024 helping homeowners to retrofit their homes and water heating systems to improve energy efficiency. In 2021, the project supported 28 retrofit projects in Sidney, including 15 homes that transitioned to air source heat pumps. Approximately $38,000 of available rebate funding was unused in 2021 and will be available under this renewal.

Staff Report Video (2:10:05)

Media Contact:

Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith

250-656-1139, mayor@sidney.ca