Fonds CR-120 - Saanich Planning Department – General Files

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Saanich Planning Department – General Files


  • 1955-1980 (Creation)

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4.5 m of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

The Planning Department was officially formed in 1958 with the hiring of the first planner, Mr. A.L. Parr, although planning decisions had been made since the earliest days of the municipality by other departments or committees attached to Council. An Assistant Planner, Thomas W. Loney was employed in November, 1959. By 1960 the department consisted of the aforementioned planners, a subdivision administrator, a draughtsman and a typist. In 1962 the department expanded due to theincrease in population from 1956-1962. With expansion and the demand for more schools, parks, public buildings and utilities, there was an increasing need for community planning.


Archival history

Planning Department General Files is an artificial collection created in 1988 from records extracted from the Clerk's files. The records were arranged in 1994-95 by subject according to activities of the Planning Department at the time.

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The Planning Files are largely text, with maps, plans (some of these hand-drawn by petitioners to the Board of Variance) and a few reports used or produced by the Planning Department. The records consist mainly of correspondence between planning staff and members of the public or developers. Typical letters addressed to the Planning Department request permission to subdivide, rezone or purchase property, or to contravene setback and height restrictions. There are also a number of petitions from local area citizens' groups protesting decisions made by the municipality, excerpts from committee minutes, decisions written by officials, and copies of pertinent by-laws.

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Further accruals are expected.

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  • English

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Associated material: Planning Projects

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