Agricultural, residential and institutional uses are the primary land uses in North Saanich with only minor commercial or industrial uses (with the exception of the airport). The dominant agricultural/residential uses result in the highly valued rural atmosphere of the area. Almost all the housing is classified as single detached homes.
The Panorama Leisure Centre provides indoor tennis, ice arena, pool and other facilities while the Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club and the Ardmore golf course serve golf enthusiasts.
Because of the community’s preference for retaining larger lot sizes and the rural nature of residential neighborhoods, the water supply is provided by either wells or the municipal water system. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police retains jurisdiction over the community, and waste disposal is done on a private basis.