Saanich will support the Regional Transportation Plan, work with the Capital Regional District on implementation, and keep an eye toward the province’s development of a 10-year transportation plan.
Council discussed the plan, and opted to back municipal staff recommendations Monday night.
“We’re eager to just get on with it and just see if we can get to the next step,” said Coun. Dean Murdock.
The plan calls for regional co-operation and a new governance structure. Unfortunately, Murdock noted, BC Transit will not fall under that structure.
The Regional Transportation Plan is being developed to guide transportation planning and development in the Capital Region over the next 25 years. The plan identifies a desired regional multi-modal transportation network, outlines actions and details the governance and funding mechanisms needed. Once implemented, the plan would help create a transportation network that provides travel options while supporting smart growth and livable communities.
“The idea behind the plan was to try and weave those pieces together in order tho have a single table where there’s an opportunity to have those discussions,” Murdock said. “The problem is B.C. Transit isn’t going to be there. … It’s like advertising a pasta special without the noodles.”
While the plan “isn’t there yet”, at least there will be some opportunity to develop a common set of priorities.
“We need to be having those collaborative discussions… the intent behind the plan is a good one,” he said.
Saanich will also keep an ear to the ground around the province’s recently announced 10-year transportation plan in hopes of “identifying priorities for Saanich.”