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
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.
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
Saanich Special Council Meeting: November 18, 2019
Community Meeting: April 17, 2018
- Nigel Valley Poster Presentation (83 MB)
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