Led by BC Housing, Nigel Valley’s five on-site housing and care operators have partnered to comprehensively consider the renewal and redevelopment of their lands within Saanich’s uptown core, directly adjacent to District Hall.
District of Saanich
- About the Project
- Process & Consultation
- Proposal & Plans
- Battin Fielding Townhouse Tenants Resources
About the Project
The Nigel Valley project is a unique nine-acre parcel of lands. They are owned and operated by a collection of five housing and care operators that serve the needs of a variety of populations, including seniors, families, adults recovering from a mental illness and adults with developmental and physical disabilities.
The partners recognized that by working together they could realize a better and more cohesive neighbourhood plan, with less of an impact on existing tenants and clients, than each operator proceeding with redevelopment on their own.
The Nigel Valley planning process has been led by a steering committee of the on-site operators:
- BC Housing – Battin Fielding Townhouses & Apartment Building, 880 Vernon Avenue
- Broadmead Care – Nigel House, 846 Nigel Avenue
- Island Community Mental Health – Darwin Apartments, 801 Darwin Avenue and Newbridge Apartments, 843 Nigel Avenue
- Garth Homer Society – 813 Darwin Avenue
- Greater Victoria Housing Society – Nigel Square, 821 Nigel Avenue
The Nigel Valley area is bounded by Vernon Avenue to the south, Lochside Trail to the west and Darwin Avenue to the north. Many of the Nigel Valley buildings were built in the mid-1970s and require significant investment and repair. Many also don’t maximize their sites’ housing and care potential, and no longer meet current housing and care demands.
By working together, the Nigel Valley steering committee sought a solution that would increase the amount of care and housing on-site and minimize the impact of revitalization on tenants.
The Nigel Valley steering committee has set out the following vision to guide its planning process: “To create an inclusive neighbourhood of housing and care that seamlessly integrates a variety of uses to transform lives, offering an environment for all and a hub of social activity, which connects with the wider community.
The steering committee looks forward to continuing to work with the following partners through the Nigel Valley planning and redevelopment process:
- Community Living British Columbia
- B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
- District of Saanich
- Island Health
- Gorge Tillicum Community Association
- Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association
- Mount View Colquitz Community Association
Process & Consultation
Tenants and clients on-site are being consulted with and given priority consideration regarding the proposed redevelopment.
BC Housing launched a formal consultation in early 2016 with:
- On-site tenant community
- Neighbourhood stakeholders
- Adjacent property owners and residents
- Wider community association member populations
- General public
Materials presented at consultation events can be found under the Proposal & Plans tab.
BC Housing’s Battin Fielding Townhouses have been identified as one of the plan’s first redevelopment sites. In preparation, BC Housing operations staff are working with Battin Fielding tenants to assess their needs, find replacement housing in the community and provide relocation assistance throughout the moving process. The Battin Fielding Townhouse transition principles are explained in the Residents Resources tab.
Proposal & Plans
After input from the steering committee, 11 planning principles were identified and refined via a collaborative review with neighbourhood stakeholders, residents, and community associations. The following principles convey the aspirations of the Nigel Valley redevelopment to achieve a renewed neighbourhood.
Nigel Valley Neighbourhood Plan
- A compact, walkable neighbourhood. Support urban growth within the Saanich core through the design and development of a compact neighbourhood, where residents can choose to live, work, shop and play nearby and easily access daily needs and activities.
- Integrate & connect to surrounding community. Develop new connections to link streets and trails to maximize convenient accessibility for all ages and abilities to and through the neighbourhood.
- A variety of residential types and tenures. Create a greater diversity of housing forms for people of different abilities, ages, life stages and income levels, to support the development of a more diverse neighbourhood.
- Neighbourhood care & support services. Celebrate and strengthen the community care and support services that enrich the lives of people with special needs.
- A multi-modal transportation network. Calm motor vehicle traffic, while creating a circulation network that provides transportation choices and fosters greater walking, cycling and transit use.
- Natural areas & community gathering spaces. Create public places for people to meet, gather and play and support access to neighbourhood parks and natural areas.
- An inclusive & renewed neighbourhood. Plan to accommodate existing and future residents, visitors and employees by considering the phasing and sequencing needs of all stakeholders.
- Green buildings & infrastructure. Utilize smarter more sustainable infrastructure and follow green building principles and standards.
- Equitable land allocation. Achieve an equitable distribution of land to reflect and maintain the asset strength of each property owner group or organization.
- Encourage & facilitate community social enterprise. Support the potential for community social enterprise through integration of commercial land uses within the neighbourhood.
- Flexible development phasing strategy. Create a neighbourhood plan that provides flexibility in development phasing and staging to support individual site redevelopment.
Presentations & Materials
Community Meeting: June 16, 2016
- Nigel Valley Poster Presentation (15.9 MB)
- Site Analysis
- Preliminary Neighbourhood Plan
- Vision & Principles
- The Process & Next Steps
Mount View Colquitz Community Association meeting: April 21, 2016
Neighbourhood Open House: March 30, 2016
- Current Land Use
- Site Analysis
- Proposed Community Amenities
- Project Vision & Goals
- Data and the Process
Saanich PTED (Planning, Transportation Economic Development) Advisory Committee: Nov. 12, 2015
Battin Fielding Townhouse Tenants Resources
BC Housing has committed to the following transition principles for Battin Fielding townhouse tenants:
- There will be no reduction in the number of affordable housing and care units available on the Nigel Valley site.
- At full build-out, the Nigel Valley site will see a significant increase in the amount of affordable housing units available.
- There are no immediate plans to redevelop or alter the Battin Fielding apartment building.
- There’s no immediate need for tenants to move from the Battin Fielding townhouses. However, as appropriate units become available in the community, we want to ensure that the Battin Fielding townhouse tenants’ housing needs are considered first.
- BC Housing’s property manager, tenant support worker and housing and health coordinator will be available to meet with all Battin Fielding townhouse tenants to discuss their housing needs and moving requirements, well in advance of any need to move from the Battin Fielding townhouses.
- Every effort will be made to offer available Battin Fielding apartment building units to Battin Fielding townhouse tenants, where appropriate.
- We will cover reasonable costs for moving and utilities reconnection, such as telephone, electricity and cable TV.
- We are committed to providing residents with open communication and clear information.
Information for Battin Fielding townhouse residents
- Battin Fielding Townhouse Residents — Invitation to March 30, 2016, tenant meeting