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Saanich News


CHEK News, March 20, 2024

Saanich to change parking requirements for new housing developments

On Monday, in an almost unanimous vote, councillors voted to lower the parking minimums for all forms of new builds and convert those minimums into maximums for certain-sized projects. “Reducing the need to build parking also reduces building expenses,” said Coun. Teale Phelps Bandaroff.

Bandaroff and Coun. Zac de Vries brought forward a policy framework for parking requirements.


Times Colonist, March 20, 2024

Saanich eyes lowering of parking requirements for new housing projects

Phelps Bondaroff said with paved parking you increase the amount of impervious surface, remove green space and encourage transportation modes like cars that the district is trying to move away from. [Phelps] Bondaroff said he was inspired by a local resident who pointed out at a previous council meeting “we are in a climate and housing crisis not a parking crisis.”


CHEK News, March 12, 2024

Saanich staff to look into feasibility of ‘noise camera’ pilot program

Coun. Teale Phelps Bondaroff was the driving force behind the pilot, which would allow cameras to take an audio recording of a vehicle with an after-market muffler or too-loud exhaust system.

At a council meeting on Monday, March 11, the councillor said noise pollution often languishes “quietly in the bike racks” of the strategic planning process.


Victoria News, January 10, 2024

Saanich asks CRD to pull bollards that cause cyclists ‘horrific’ injuries

“The bollard is there to deal with the hypothetical possibility of a vehicle entering the trail, but it presents a real and tangible impact and risk to trail users,” Phelps Bondaroff said.

Aside from hiding in low visibility in dusk and darkness, trail users have also changed, he noted. Paths are busier and include an expanded range of people on bikes including those with trailers, multi-person and cargo. He specifically noted the Cycling Without Age Society and the non-profit’s bulky trishaw bikes that offer bicycle rides to people with reduced mobility.

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Global News, October 3, 2023

Should B.C. speeders get traffic tickets based on how much they earn?

Saanich Coun. Teale Phelps Bondaroff spearheaded a similar effort in his community in January, and said he hopes the province adopts the idea. He said flat rate tickets disproportionately punish people in lower income brackets, while also failing to deter the ultra wealthy from speeding. “The problem is a $100-fine doesn’t mean the same thing to someone making $35,000-per year as it does to someone making $350,000,” he said.


Saanich News, August 20, 2023

Volunteers expand road mural on Saanich’s Falaise Crescent

Representatives from the Falaise Community Association and the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network and the public came out to add purple camas flowers to the mural. 

“The mural is fantastic,” said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, project co-initiator and network volunteer. “It’s bright and vibrant. It’s great for community building and road safety. Road murals have been found by some research to show that cars slow down.”


Saanich News, August 11, 2023

Saanich breaks ground on $1.2M Rutledge Park improvements

Members of the community and Saanich council gathered Thursday morning (Aug. 10) to break ground on the $1.2-million Rutledge Park improvement project. 

Upgrades to the park will include modern playground equipment, a new washroom and change room facility, a splash pad and new paved pathways.


Victoria News, July 28, 2023

‘Very disturbing’: Greater Victoria residents disgusted by anti-abortion flyers

Phelps Bondaroff will be proposing a motion for Saanich council that asks staff for ways of addressing this issue of when and how they distribute the flyers. “It’s all about trying to find solutions that balance out different needs,” Phelps Bondaroff said. “In this situation, we have the need to balance out freedom of expression, but we need to protect people’s privacy and protect people from non-consensually seeing images that they would be uncomfortable with.”

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Times Colonist, June 8, 2023

District of Saanich to offer free period products in all public washrooms

“Period poverty is something that is a serious issue that we don’t talk about enough,” said Coun. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, “My hope is that we inspire other districts and other actors to do the same thing... There’s a taboo and stigma around talking about menstruation in our society,” said Phelps Bondaroff, who is also the chair of AccessBC which successfully advocated for free prescription contraception in the province. “Having a little box with menstrual products in the washroom …. it could make someone’s day if they’re in need.”


Times Colonist, April 18, 2023

Saanich considers strategy to tackle inclusion and diversity

Coun. Teale Phelps Bondaroff said the strategy is important as it had been commissioned when Black Lives Matter was top of mind and things have only gotten worse since then globally.

“It is inspiring to see that Saanich is going in the other direction, that we’ve become a bastion for diversity and equity and inclusion,” he said. “A lot of the people that we’ve talked to in this process were highlighting that we’re doing good and we can do better, but we’re doing pretty good.”









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