Saratoga Miracle Beach DRAFT Local Area Plan

Latest Updates on the local area plan

August 2017

  • The draft local area plan has been updated based on comments received from residents, stakeholders, internal staff and external agencies. Note that we are waiting for comments from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure on some of the transportation policies. 

July 2017

  • The CVRD has retained Jim Dumont, a hydrological engineer to provide an assessment of the Saratoga wetlands.  This drainage study will review natural water flow patterns and volumes in the area bounded by Clarkson Avenue, Miracle Beach Drive and Paulsen Road (southeastern portion of the plan area). The study will provide recommendations that will form part of the local area plan, including land use policies and possible governance options to protect this natural drainage system. It will also identify development opportunities and constraints that will protect this as a natural asset that provides for healthy and natural ecosystem that serves to drain large parts of the Saratoga Miracle Beach area.

  • The CVRD has received a grant to install a new test and production well to relieve water constraints for the Black Creek Oyster Bay local water service area.

  • The Watutco Feasibility Study is almost complete. The study assesses the condition of infrastructure, note any upgrades to meet CVRD standards, review water quality and quantity, and determine lifecycle costs in response to a written request from the owner for the CVRD to assume ownership and responsibility.

  • CVRD staff has met with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff to explore parking, road connectivity in the community and repurposing Clarkson Avenue.

  • A Licence of Occupation is being pursued for Seaman Road to address parking and washroom facilities. The initial phase focuses on enhancements to the Seaman Road beach access.

Draft local area plan and land use designations map

The CVRD is in the process of undertaking developing a local area plan (LAP) for the Saratoga Miracle Beach. Overall, the plan will:

  • Provide land use policies to direct future growth
  • Reflect the community’s vision for the future
  • Identify amenities that the community wants or needs i.e. infrastructure, parks and other services. 

The LAP is a draft and will be changed over time to reflect community feedback, technical studies and sound planning principles.


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Plan objectives

Social and economic

  • Maintain and protect existing rural community character
  • Support compact growth with seaside tourist commercial per the regional growth strategy (RGS)
  • Retain existing service centres for community use
  • Provide for affordable housing options
  • Clarify community priorities and amenities
  • Develop a land use map to guide future land use decisions

Environmental

  • Ensure development proposals consider aquifer and water capacity
  • Clarify future water and sewer servicing
  • Consider climate change adaptation strategies with future development
  • Enhance and protect existing network of parks and greenways corridors
  • Continue engineering studies phase 2 to identify additional capacity for BCOB service

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Upcoming events

  • None planned

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Progress

2014 3 open houses during official community plan (OCP) review
Dec 22, 2014 CVRD planning staff charrette
Jan 20, 2015 Watutco Water user group meeting
Feb 10, 2015 Saratoga and Miracle Beach Residents’ Association (SAMBRA) AGM
Feb 11, 2015 Watutco Water user group meeting
Feb 26, 2015 Oyster River Fire Hall public meeting
Fall 2015 Black Creek / Oyster Bay water study
Spring 2016 Groundwater monitoring study to see the health of the onsite septic systems in the area.
July 2016 Introduction of the draft LAP to the CVRD board and start of public consultation
Summer 2016 Second phase of the Black Creek  / Oyster Bay water study
August 2016 Meeting with chairperson of SAMBRA’s LAP committee
October 2016

Presentation at SAMBRA meeting

November 2016

Presentation at the Open house

Winter 2016 Start of bylaw process for the LAP
Spring 2017

Grant received to install a new test and production well for the Black Creek Oyster Bay local water service area.

Watutco Feasibility Study to assess condition of infrastructure, note any upgrades to meet CVRD standards, review water quality and quantity, and determine lifecycle costs in response to a written request from the owner for the CVRD to assume ownership and responsibility.

Meeting with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff to explore parking, road connectivity in the community and repurposing Clarkson Avenue.

Licence of Occupation is being pursued for Seaman Road to address parking and washroom facilities.

July 2017

Saratoga wetlands study to review natural water flow patterns and volumes.

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Services

Environment & Greenways

Seaview Road

The Seaview Road area was not included in the Saratoga Beach settlement node in the RGS. The area was instead designated as rural settlement area, where the rural character can be protected and with any new lots beings established at between 4 and 20 hectares.

  • Settlement nodes are intended to eventually be fully serviced with publicly owned water and sewer
  • Rural settlement areas are intended to be serviced with on-site servicing, larger lots and retain the working landscape
  • Amending the Saratoga Beach settlement node boundary to include the Seaview Road area requires a minor amendment to the RGS which could easily be done when the strategy is next reviewed. 

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Saratoga Beach Estates master development agreement

The agreement was signed in 2011 to provide 143 households in the area off McLarey Avenue in the Saratoga Beach area. The master development agreement requires the land owner to construct a number of amenities in exchange for the increase residential density. The requirements are to:

  • Construct a sewage treatment plan to support 1500 people initially
  • Transfer a number of identified parks and greenways to the CVRD upon subdivision, per the master development agreement

This is a developer led initiative. The agreement and zoning is in place to support the development. Timing is fully controlled by the developer. The CVRD continues to work with the owner of the Saratoga Beach Estates master development agreement to assist in bringing this approved development on stream. Work on failing septic fields and CVRD decisions will continue in parallel to the Saratoga Beach Estates.

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The CVRD would like to thank Saratoga Miracle Beach residents for their submissions of great photos for the local area plan. Full credits will be given in the final plan.