Properties in the Upper Quadra area that were once protected in Saanich’s atlas of Environmental Significant Areas. File photo

LETTER: EDPA item drowned Uptown Douglas Corridor at Monday council

Uptown Douglas Corridor Plan report at a crucial stage

At Monday’s council session, time was spent on the EDPA bylaw and little attention to the draft preliminary framework for the Uptown Douglas Corridor Plan. I spoke to the topic but left because the next two hours was taken up by EDPA speakers.

Numerous residents did speak in support of urban enhancement elements of the plan but ignored the bigger planning issues for what is not a typical residential neighborhood. The Saanich planners have listened to a few residents and presented their “11 big moves” which seemingly ignore the reality of the area as a critical retail/business area. I urged Council to reject the draft plan and send it back for considerable reworking.

This is a complex topic of considerable importance to our municipality and I urge that you monitor the subject and offer some commentary on the issues.

James Anderson

Saanich

Just Posted

Esquimalt puts freeze on taxes for local businesses

The tax increase for residents sits at 5.51 per cent, averaging to an additional $46

Development replacing Fairfield United Church gets final approval

The new Unity Commons Development will take over the space at 1303 Fairfield Rd.

Saanich forwards student-targeted development to public hearing

Proposed development advertises itself to individuals who want a car-free lifestyle

Victoria police search for missing man, his vehicle and travel trailer

Last seen on March 17 driving white Honda Ridgeline bearing B.C. licence plate CG 4316

Victoria musician’s song featured on American Idol

Mike Edel’s song ‘The Finish Line’ was featured on the hit show

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

Woman punched on the sidelines of B.C. soccer game

Both involved were watching the U21 game in West Vancouver from the sidelines when things got heated

Fraser Health under fire again for taxiing homeless man from Langley to Hope

Patient sent to Hope shelter because a spot in the man’s home community couldn’t be located

B.C. launches immunization program at schools to stamp out measles resurgence

Vaccination records to be checked at B.C. schools next fall

Couple rescued after Sea to Sky Gondola refused ride down hill

‘We were cold as hell, my lips were blue. I cried the entire way down’

Most Read