North Saanich council bypassing OCP

The one fair and democratic way to change density and zoning regulations is to initiate a review of our community’s OCP

Thank you for your coverage of the North Saanich housing debate (PNR, April 3).

What sometimes seems to get overlooked is the essential role of our democratically-implemented Official Community Plan (latest version 2007).

The current council majority seems to be trying to bypass the stipulations and guidelines of our OCP. This is not a legitimate way to increase housing density in our district.

Instead it’s an overturning of the intent of our OCP by piecemeal, slice-and-dice spot rezoning, thereby undermining strategic and large-vision planning.

The one fair and democratic way to change density and zoning regulations is to initiate a review of our community’s foundation document, the OCP.

Jack Thornburgh

North Saanich