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Town of Sidney Council Meeting Highlights: Nov. 22 2021

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.

Town to begin dialogue with partners about potential pickleball site

Council has asked the Town to begin a dialogue with the District of North Saanich, Victoria Airport Authority, and the Peninsula Baseball and Softball Association about the potential to create pickleball courts at Rotary Park – one of several sites recommended by the Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association. Council has also asked that Town of Sidney's Peninsula Recreation Commissioners request that the Commission consider the possibility of including pickleball courts within its Strategic Planning process, which is currently underway. For now, Council has decided to postpone community engagement on a potential pickleball court at either Brethour, Tulista or Iroquois Park, while this work is underway. The Town is also awaiting results from an acoustic barrier trial in the District of Saanich.

Staff Report                          Video (44:57)

Town selects consultant to lead Economic Development Strategy for Sidney

Following a competitive bid process done in collaboration with the South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP), Council has approved contracting Vancouver-based Lions Gate Consulting Inc to conduct an Economic Development Strategy for Sidney. The Strategy is intended to cover a five-year timeframe. The process will involve engagement with stakeholders, including the Sidney BIA, Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Sidney’s Economic Advisory Committee, and SIPP, among others. Under the current Financial Plan, $60,000 has been set aside to develop the plan, with the funding allocated from Canada-BC Safe Restart funds.  

Staff Report              Video (39:48)

BIA gets green light to begin renewal process for next five-year term

Council has given Sidney’s Downtown Business Improvement Area Society approval to begin a renewal process for the next five-year term, which would run from 2023-2027. As part of its request, the BIA cited accomplishments from its current term including brand building for Sidney, the development of a guide and fold out map, advertising campaigns, customer parking research, and other examples. Moving forward, the BIA process will be communicated directly to stakeholders through direct mail and community consultation to share details about the BIA renewal proposal and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to express their position.

 Video (3:12)

Media Contact:       

Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith