Cedar Hill clay court decision won’t come until fall

Saanich mayor suggests more public consultation needed from tennis society

Plans to build a private eight-court clay tennis facility behind the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre won’t come before Saanich council until the fall at the earliest.

Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard said the proposal is too contentious to come before council in the summer months, when many residents are out of town.

“If (the tennis proponents) are carrying on as planned, it will come to a committee of the whole in the fall,” he said.

But the mayor acknowledged that there’s a lot of opposition to the plan from the community, and the Cedar Hill Clay Court Tennis Society may want to better engage the public over these next couple months.

“The community associations have made it clear they haven’t been happy with consultations at this point, and proponents know they’ll encounter that at committee of the whole,” Leonard said.

“This council’s always put a pretty high value on consultation. There’s a certain risk if they do come to committee of the whole with so much opposition.”

In late May, John Miller, president of the tennis society, fielded a lot of angry questions at a meeting looking at the tennis court proposal.

Neighbours argue there’s nothing that indicates a demand or need for more tennis courts in Saanich, nor has the municipality properly gauged what the community wants in terms of future use for the land in question.

Leonard predicts when the proposal does come before council, especially in its current incarnation, the meeting will likely need to be held at a larger venue than council chambers to accommodate an anticipated large crowd.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police incident in Mount Douglas Park leads to road closure

Officers turning cars away, letting hikers go up trails

PHOTOS: Women’s March through downtown Victoria draws crowds of activists, allies

Attendees of all ages carried instruments, posters with empowering messages

Victoria resident lives well despite dementia

Walter Strauss has developed an interest in music and now takes line dancing classes

New Oak Bay bylaw supports planting 5,000 new trees

Residents can share thoughts on new tree protection bylaw at Jan. 29 open house

‘Like an ATM’: World’s first biometric opioid-dispensing machine launches in B.C.

First-of-its-kind dispensing machine unveiled in the Downtown Eastside with hopes of curbing overdose deaths

Horgan cancels event in northern B.C. due to security concerns, says Fraser Lake mayor

The premier will still be visiting the city, but the location and day will not be made public

PHOTOS: Eastern Newfoundland reeling, search underway for missing man after blizzard

More than 70 centimetres of new snow fell overnight, creating whiteout conditions

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,’ says Queen Elizabeth II

Ice chunk from truck crushes vehicle windshield on Vancouver Island

None injured, but Nanaimo RCMP say there can be fines for accumulations of ice and snow

Calls for dialogue as Coastal GasLink pipeline polarizes some in northern B.C.

Coastal GasLink is building the 670-kilometre pipeline from British Columbia’s northeast to Kitimat on the coast

Intense winds en route to Greater Victoria

Winter storm warning in effect for east and west regions while wind warning to hit south and north

Theft victim confronts suspects with baseball bat on Vancouver Island

RCMP in Nanaimo seek to identify of two people alleged to have used a stolen credit card

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Most Read