Wednesday, February 08, 2017

2016 Greater Victoria Census Populations

Municipalities  2016    2011   Pct change
Saanich       114,148 109,752   4.0%
Victoria       85,792  80,017   7.2%
Langford       35,342  29,228  20.9%
Oak Bay        18,094  18,015   0.4%
Esquimalt      17,655  16,209   8.9%
Colwood        16,859  16,093   4.8%
Central Saan.  16,814  15,936   5.5%
Sooke          13,001  11,433  13.7%
Sidney         11,672  11,178   4.4%
North Saan.    11,249  11,089   1.4%
View Royal     10,408   9,381  10.9%
Indian Reserves 5,133   5,186  -1.0%
Metchosin       4,708   4,803  -2.0%
Juan de Fuca 1  4,670   4,237  10.2%
Highlands       2,225   2,120   5.0%
Juan de Fuca 2    190     229 -15.6%
TOTAL         367,960 344,906   6.7%

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Number of Women and Men Elected in the CRD

The CCPA report of the best city in Canada for women said it was the CRD and noted that Victoria council had five women out of nine on the City of Victoria council but missed out that the main municipality in the CRD only has three women out of nine positions.   This made me think about how many women are elected in this region

Here is a list of men and women elected in this region:

Postion   Women  Men
MPs         2     1.5 (one MP is only partly in the CRD)
MLAs        3     4
Mayors      5     8
Councilors 37    42
TOTAL      47    55.5
           45.9% 54.1%

For MP and MLA this measure is fine but there is a significant difference between being a mayor or councilor in Saanich than in the Highlands.  I went through and pro rated the councils based on population, the result was not dramatically different.

The biggest gap between elected men and women is among mayors where it is eight men to five women.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Malling of the Saanich Peninsula

There are 23,000 people live in North Saanich and Sidney, a rise of only 1000 people over the last ten years.   There two proposed retail developments west of Highway #17 - Sandown Commons  and the recently proposed Sidney Gateway.

Sandown Commons has been in planning for going on five years now and is expected to eventually be about 160,000 square feet in size

Sidney Gateway has just started the approval process but Sidney seems to be moving quickly on it.   It is planned to be 100,000 square feet.

This is a total of 260,000 square feet of new retail space all to the west of the highway and not close to where anyone lives.    Here are my issues with them:

  • The demand to cross Highway #17 at Beacon is going to increase and this will cause traffic backups because of the ferries
  • At the moment Sidney has a walkable downtown core.   You can drive there, park your car and do all your business.    These developments disperse the retail environment of Sidney in a bad way
  • Sidney already has all the stores that people need.   Three grocery stores for 23,000 people seems more than is really needed   If each new development has a 40,000 square foot grocery store of some sort I really have to wonder where the customers will come from to keep them in business
  • Finally, this is a perfect case for joint planning my North Saanich and Sidney.   At the moment the two developments seem to be causing strife between the councils.

I discussed this today on CFAX .