Saanich - Nigel Valley

Project Overview

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.

A sketched map of the Nigel Valley development.
A three-story housing building connects with a four-storey building.
A courtyard in front of a three-storey building.
The insides of an apartment building, including the parking garage, are exposed.
Construction (Phase 1)
Date of Completion
District of Saanich
About the Project

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 Province, through BC Housing, is leading the redevelopment in partnership with the federal government, Broadmead Care, Garth Homer Society, Garth Homer Foundation, Greater Victoria Housing Society and Island Community Mental Health Association.

The Nigel Valley redevelopment will be completed in three phases over the next decade. The phased approach will allow current residents to remain in their homes until construction of their new homes is complete.

The redevelopment will provide hundreds of new homes for individuals, families, seniors, veterans, people living with disabilities and people with mental-health challenges. This includes:

  • approximately 440 affordable rental homes;
  • approximately 255 units of market housing;
  • 41 long-term care beds;
  • 37 homes with supports for seniors and veterans; and
  • 25 homes with supports for people with mental-health challenges.

Steering Committee

The Nigel Valley planning process has been led by a steering committee of the on-site operators:

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:

“A thriving and inclusive community where everyone feels at home and connected."

Fact Sheet

Useful information on this redevelopment can be found in the factsheet below: 


The steering committee looks forward to continuing to work with the following partners through the Nigel Valley planning and redevelopment process:

Consultation and Proposals

Consultation and Proposals

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

Presentations and Materials

Saanich Special Council Meeting: November 18, 2019

Community Meeting: April 17, 2018

Community Meeting: June 16, 2016

Mount View Colquitz Community Association meeting: April 21, 2016

Neighbourhood Open House: March 30, 2016

Saanich PTED (Planning, Transportation Economic Development) Advisory Committee: Nov. 12, 2015

Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Neighbourhood care & support services. Celebrate and strengthen the community care and support services that enrich the lives of people with special needs.
  5. 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.
  6. Natural areas & community gathering spaces. Create public places for people to meet, gather and play and support access to neighbourhood parks and natural areas.
  7. An inclusive & renewed neighbourhood. Plan to accommodate existing and future residents, visitors and employees by considering the phasing and sequencing needs of all stakeholders.
  8. Green buildings & infrastructure. Utilize smarter more sustainable infrastructure and follow green building principles and standards.
  9. Equitable land allocation. Achieve an equitable distribution of land to reflect and maintain the asset strength of each property owner group or organization.
  10. Encourage & facilitate community social enterprise. Support the potential for community social enterprise through integration of commercial land uses within the neighbourhood.
  11. Flexible development phasing strategy. Create a neighbourhood plan that provides flexibility in development phasing and staging to support individual site redevelopment.
Contact Details

Contact Details

BC Housing Logo

BC Housing
880 Vernon Avenue
Name: BC Housing Community Relations Team
E-mail: [email protected]


Broadmead Care logo

Broadmead Care 
851 Nigel Avenue
Name: Broadmead Project Team
E-mail: [email protected]

Island Community Mental Health logo

Island Community Mental Health 
Darwin Apts, 801 Darwin Ave & Newbridge Apts, 843 Nigel Ave
Name: Chris Forester, Executive Director
E-mail: [email protected]

Garth Homer Society

Garth Homer Society 
813 Darwin Avenue
Name: Geoffrey Ewert, CEO
E-mail: [email protected]


Greater Victoria Housing Society

Greater Victoria Housing Society 
856 Nigel Avenue
Name: GVHS Communications
E-mail: [email protected]