link to the Report from the Housing Task Force.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Here is a link to a pdf of the Housing Task Force Report that will be going to council on March 19.

Saanich Emergency Program Educational Opportunities

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

See below for the schedule for the Saanich Emergency Program’s upcoming virtual educational opportunities.  

 Virtual Emergency Preparedness Presentations: Tuesday, April 27 – 7:00 – 8:00 pm Tuesday, May 25 – 7:00 – 8:00 pm Tuesday, June 15 – 7:00 – 8:00 pm 

Virtual Volunteer Information Sessions: Monday, March 8 – 7:00 -8:00 pm Monday, April 26 – 7:00 – 8:00 pm Monday, May 31 – 7:00 – 8:00 pm 
Virtual Speaker Series – Topic TBA Tuesday, May 11 – 7:00...

e-Bulletin #7 - Survey and Information in Punjabi & Chinese

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

e-Bulletin #7 - Survey and Information in Punjabi & Chinese Public feedback is now open for the proposed Resilient Saanich vision, principles, goals and objectives.  Now on the website are documents in Punjabi and Chinese, including: the FAQ handout, proposal handout, and our public survey form.  Please help us share this information with anyone who would benefit from the translated documents.• Visit the Virtual Open House at• Fill out a feedback form available...


Saturday, February 6, 2021

Newsletter January 2021
Though we may not be seeing you in person, we are still here. Though the GHRA board has not been able to meet together for some months, we continue to have meetings by Zoom, and to address issues of importance to you and to all of Gordon Head.
As all of you know if you have walked or driven in Gordon Head, developers continue to propose changes for the area, most of them for densification that ranges from lot subdivisions to large apartment, townhouse...

Environmental concerns

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Gordon Head Residents’ Association 
Environmental Concerns
Dear Mayor and Council,
The Gordon Head Residents’ Association board (GHRA) would like to draw your
attention to what we believe is accelerating environmental degradation in our neighbourhood. Increasingly as of late, GHRA board members and residents alike have been expressing concerns about the environment. As residents, we walk the neighbourhoods and take notice of not only small changes, like the...

1708 Barrie Road

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

1708 Barrie Road: Gordon Head Residents Association (GHRA) Response to Referral on Revised Application
We acknowledge Saanich Planning’s response of December 11, 2020 to our questions on the revised application to rezone and subdivide 1708 Barrie, to create two new lots for a total of three lots. Thank you for accepting our suggestion that the existing driveway become a proper road dedication to become part of Torquay Drive. The plan to design this north end of Torquay Drive...

Meliva Lane

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

March 12th, 2020 
To: Saanich Planning Department 
Re: Gordon Head Residents’ Association (GHRA) Response to Referral  Application SUB00680, REZ00653, 1565 Mileva Lane
 The GHRA does not support this application to rezone 1565 Mileva Lane from RS12 to RS10 and RS12 to create one additional lot.
We acknowledge and appreciate the Applicant’s engagement of adjacent residents through meetings and an “open house” on February 25, 2020, and for her presentation to...

Barbara Tabata

Sunday, December 13, 2020

We are saddened to announce the passing of Barbara Tabata.
As a Board member on the Gordon Head Residents’ Association for more than 20 years, Barbara was a pillar of the Association. She tirelessly served the community with passion, knowledge, dedication and concern for the safety of the residents of Gordon Head. Barbara was always available to listen to residents’ concerns and to suggest remedies to Saanich staff which were practical, reasonable and always accompanied with...

Crosswalk improvements

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Saanich is planning improvements to Crosswalks in our area.
1. Torquay at Longacre - Construction is planned for this month 
2. Kenmore at Columbia - Construcation is slated for January
Both projects are designed to meet the reccomendations of Saanich’s Active Transportation Plan and will align with the Safe Routes to School Program.

COVID 19 Testing

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Island Health has opened a new COVID-19 testing site at the University of Victoria. People with cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms can now book an appointment to get a test at the UVic campus in parking lot 10, off Gordon Head Road via West Campus Way (access off Gordon Head Road).
As with all other Island Health collection sites, appointments for COVID-19 testing must be pre-booked through Island Health’s Call Centre. The UVic site will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30...

University Heiights Redevelopment On Hold

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

October 7, 2020
Wesbild Statement Regarding The Future Of University Heights
Wesbild can confirm that it has placed the $230-million University Heights project on pause as it attempts to address an impasse with an existing tenant.
After years of planning, consultations and reaching a broad base of community support, all work on theSaanich project has been paused following a series of requests from existing tenant Home Depot. TheU.S. retailer seeks a major expansion...

Update on University Heights

Friday, September 18, 2020

A supplemental report from the Director of Planning for the Rezoning and Development Permit Amendment Application will be considered by Saanich Council at a Special Committee of the Whole meeting, to be held on Monday, September 28, 2020, in Council Chambers, Saanich Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon Avenue, commencing at 7:00 p.m. 
Saanich is unable to accommodate the public for meetings while maintaining the limits on large gatherings. Therefore, you will not be able to attend...

University Heights Response from the GHRA

Thursday, August 27, 2020

University Heights Renewal Project GHRA Response to SaanichSaturday, August 1, 2020 12:41 PM

University Heights Renewal Project GHRA Response to Saanich     February -- 2020
Attention: Gina Lyons, Area Planner
This referral response provides the Gordon Head Residents’ Association’s (GHRA) comments on Wesbild’s revised proposal for University Heights, (folder DPA00931; REZ00605).
We acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of Wesbild and its consultants...

Garden Suites

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Latest on Garden Suites
Saanich Council has passed the Bylaw changes to allow and to regulate Garden Suites..
Information on Garden suites can be found on the Saanich Website:

New Proposal for Gordon Head Road at Feltham

Saturday, August 1, 2020

New Proposal for Gordon Head Road at Feltham
Description:  To rezone from RS-10 (Single Family Dwelling) to a New Comprehensive Zone to construct a 77 unit mixed-use 4-storey building and 23 3-Storey Town house units.

This is our response to Saanich on this proposal:
February 14, 2020
Gina Lyons
Planner, District of Saanich
Re: Referral to Gordon Head Residents Association, 4080 Gordon Head Road
The Gordon Head Residents Association (GHRA)...

Public Hearings

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Public Hearings
Developments that require rezoning or changes to bylaws are required to go to a Public Hearing where Council can hear input from residents. At this time, the municipality is not holding meetings where the public may attend. We anticipate that public hearings will be held using video and electronic participation. We will let our residents know of any of these that involve properties in Gordon Head.

University Heights Redevelopment

Saturday, August 1, 2020

University Heights Redevelopment
We have received the following information from Wesbild:
“We are pleased to provide you with an update on Wesbild's redevelopment proposal for University Heights Shopping Centre. Since our community open house in December of last year, we’ve been working with District staff and our anchor tenant, Home Depot, to finalize our application based on stakeholder input and are now moving forward to the next step in the rezoning and approval...