Location

Mateah is located at the intersection of Glanford Avenue and Enterprise Crescent in Saanich, British Columbia.

The Vision

The core concept behind Mateah is to create a new social heart of the Carey and Royal Oak neighbourhoods. The design includes welcoming spaces for people of all ages to enjoy connecting to the outdoors. More than 85% of the site will be dedicated to public amenities including pathways, plazas, water features, terraces, green spaces and seating.

Architectural Character

The open public spaces at Mateah seamlessly connect the buildings to a bounty of landscapes areas. Mateah’s central paseo incorporates a grand staircase that descends to a commercial plaza and Garry Oak-inspired green spaces. The steel and stone in the design are inspired by the landscape and play an important role in creating a harmonious connection to the land.

Sustainable Design

Passive design has been used to maximize daylight, natural ventilation and views at Mateah. The buildings will have a high performance-building envelope and be built with sustainable and renewable building materials. Reducing energy consumption, minimizing waste and reducing greenhouse gases both during construction and for the life of the buildings are a focus on the design, which also maximizes rainwater collection the use of materials that are naturally durable and abundant.

MEETING SAANICH HOUSING NEEDS

Saanich has a growing and diverse need for housing for people of all ages and incomes. Homes at Mateah include studio, one and two-bedroom homes, including accessible and ground-oriented residences that cater to older residents and provide opportunities for multi-generational living. Thirty-eight of the homes at Mateah will be rentals, with 19 of those being affordable rental homes managed by a housing partner. These will be available to individuals and families at 15% below CMHC market rental rates.

Daycare Centre

The need for quality daycare located close to home or work is a growing need in Saanich and in the region. A 50-space daycare centre is proposed for Mateah and will be offered to a non-profit childcare operator. The location is ideally situated close to existing family housing in the neighbourhood and is conveniently located.

Alternative Transportation

Mateah’s design incorporates strategies to reduce car use. This highly accessible location is within walking and cycling distance to shopping, dining, services, recreation and surrounding parks. In addition, public transit is located along Glanford Avenue and at the nearby Royal Oak transit exchange. More than 300 bicycle and e-bike parking spaces will be provided in public areas and in secure underground parking areas for residents.

Timeline
NOV 2019
Meeting #1 with District of Saanich
NOV 2019
Meeting #1 with District of Saanich

At this high level meeting with Planning staff, we reviewed:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Form and Character
  • Public Amenities
JAN 2020
Meeting #2 with District of Saanich
JAN 2020
Meeting #2 with District of Saanich

At this follow up meeting with Planning and Engineering staff we reviewed:

  • Open House Feedback
  • Civil Details
  • Land Use Details
FEB 2020
Submitted Rezoning / Development Permit Application
FEB 2020
Submitted Rezoning / Development Permit Application

The rezoning and development permit applications are currently under consideration at the District of Saanich.

Up-coming
Advisory Design Panel, Council Meeting, Public Hearing, Building Permit, Construction
Up-coming
Advisory Design Panel, Council Meeting, Public Hearing, Building Permit, Construction

Next Steps include municipal and public feedback on the Mateah proposal.

Get In Touch

An application for Mateah has been submitted to the District of Saanich. Please get in touch with your questions and feedback about the proposal.