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

 

Just Posted

Former Greater Victoria badminton coach pleads guilty to 8 counts of sexual abuse

All charges relate to incidents taking place from 1970 to 1984

Esquimalt business announces plans for a new Irish pub

The Tudor House Liquor Store is planning to open a 500-seat pub in the next two years

‘I’m falling behind,’ VicPD Chief Del Manak makes cuts to police services

VicPD cuts its Crime Reduction Unit in response to budget, staffing constrictions

Victoria Royals release 2019-20 schedule

Home opener set for Sept. 27 against Prince George

Sooke council pans multiple memorial plaque plan

District should not sell the same bench over and over again, says councillor

VIDEO: Driver doing laps in busy Vancouver intersections nets charges

Toyota Camry spotted doing laps in intersection, driving towards pedestrians

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

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

Former Vernon Judo coach pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Bryan Jeffrey McLachlan is set to return to court Sept. 4 for sentencing

B.C. Olympic skier sues Alpine Canada after coach’s sex offences

Bertrand Charest was convicted in 2017 on 37 charges

Former Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo to retire

‘Bobby Lou’ calls it a career after 19 NHL seasons

Man charged in crash that killed B.C. pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged for 2018 Highway 1 accident where Kelowna elementary school teacher died

Province unveils 10-year plan to boost mental health, addiction recovery services

The plan, called A Pathway to Hope, focuses on early-intervention services that are seeing high demand

Most Read