Whats a reasonable share?

It is easy to argue that North Saanich should safeguard its agricultural land in the interests of regional food security

Messrs. Gore, Olsen and Peart have pinpointed the political situation in North Saanich with laser-like precision. Their letters should be featured on every refrigerator and be referred to frequently. Each puts forth solid facts and well-founded opinions.

On the other hand, Mr. Harker’s letter offers the usual weak rationale for development but does raise two points.

First, what is a reasonable share for North Saanich in contributing to the housing needs of the region? Similarly, one could inquire about Sidney and Esquimalt contributing more to their share of the regional agricultural land base and View Royal expanding their share of regional marine parks? Just because North Saanich has a perceived abundance of underutilized or vacant land, doesn’t mean that it should automatically be converted into housing.

Why is the only legitimate use of farmland or larger lots automatically assumed to be smaller lot housing? This is a traditional imperative that stems from development pressure rather than community demand.

It is easy to argue that North Saanich should safeguard its agricultural land in the interests of regional food security.

Society demands a variety of land uses and housing types; North Saanich is richly endowed with more rural and agricultural resources and that is its reasonable contribution to the pool of CRD amenities. Each municipality cannot, nor should not, attempt to supply every need for every resident. The resulting homogeneity would be drearily unattractive.

Second, in remarking, “Let’s start building,” Mr. Harker is completely setting aside the process of region-wide community planning. The alternative, which we now face, sees the planning professionals displaced by developers. They are attempting to convince us that spot rezoning of their arbitrarily positioned land is a reasonable substitute for the broad area planning envisioned in the RGS and OCP. We should be very cautious before we allow land speculators to usurp the legitimate role of community planners.

Spring Harrison

North Saanich

 

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

Just Posted

Cook Street Village grocery icon closing, new owners plan major renovation

Louie family has operated Oxford Foods and predecessor for five decades at Cook and Oxford streets

WorkSafeBC investigating death at Victoria Customs House construction site

Prevention officer will ensure all safety issues addressed before work starts again

Three years for serial bank robber who hit Sidney branch

Lucas Bradwell was wanted for robberies in Sidney, Abbotsford and Vancouver

PHOTOS: Gallery explores ‘broken promises’ during Japanese Canadian internment in 1940s

‘Broken Promises’ to acknowledge the thousands of Japanese Canadians who faced dispossession

POLL: Do you agree with the decision to call a provincial election for Oct. 24?

British Columbians will put their social distancing skills to the test when… Continue reading

Rare fish washes onto Whiffin Spit in Sooke

Deep water fish identified as ‘King-of-the-salmon’

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

BC Liberal Leader talks drug addiction in the Lower Mainland

Drug addiction and public safety a top priority says Andrew Wilkinson

Island Corridor Foundation launches survey on importance of Vancouver Island rail

“ICF remains 100 per cent committed to the restoration of full rail service on Vancouver Island”

Island RCMP remind drivers not to text after 19 tickets handed out in 90 minutes

The $368 fines were handed out Tuesday on Norwell Drive and Old Island Highway in Nanaimo

Vanderhoof’s Brian Frenkel takes on top job in tough times

We can get through this, new local government leader says

Most Read