Saanich is accepting applications for the new 13-person Citizens Advisory Committee that will lead a governance review of Saanich and how it operates within the region.
Creation of the committee was legislated by council on Oct. 19. It’s based on the question included on Saanich’s Nov. 15, 2014 municipal election ballot asking voters if they supported a community-based governance review. Eighty-eight per cent of voters approved.
The committee is described as an 18-month commitment at least, beginning in January with “members taking an active role guiding the communications and public engagement process.”
A preliminary committee made up of members from Saanich’s advisory committees (not councillors) will select the applicants for the Governance Review Citizens Advisory Committee. The committee is expected to meet with residents, Saanich-based stakeholder groups, Saanich committees, Saanich staff, CRD and other municipalities.
“It is trying to have people with unbiased skill sets, and for me it’ll be an onerous task if you think about the various areas that they will get into,” said Coun. Judy Brownoff.
When the governance review concludes, the committee will provide recommendations to council.
The deadline for applications is Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m.
Saanich residents interested in applying must complete an application for appointment available at saanich.ca/governance-committee or by contacting the legislative division at 250-475-1775.