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Central Saanich seeks CRD sorry

The District of Central Saanich is asking the Capital Regional District to release a CRD staff report that was presented at an in camera board meeting.

The CRD Board had been asked by Saanich councillor Vic Derman to review a number of development proposals in Central Saanich for consistency with the Regional Growth Strategy. The five proposals, included the Vantreight development, Senanus water line, McPhail subdivision, Woodwynn Farms proposed rezoning and the proposed northwest quadrant urban servicing. All were reviewed and the CRD board agreed with staff recommendations that no further action should be taken at this time. A public announcement was made after the Aug. 10 meeting, but the staff report was not released.

“Many allegations were made by director Derman on behalf of a small group in Central Saanich,” said councillor Ron Kubek, speaking to his motion to release the report. “There were many reports issued and comments made to the public concerning what, in his opinion and that of another group at the CRD, had been done by this council, that cast unfavourable light on our council. In light of the board’s rise and report on this matter and that it is evident that CRD staff have reported back that Central Saanich did indeed follow all the necessary procedures, I would like a copy of that report released to the public as it is in the public interest.

“When a director of the CRD calls into question the actions of a council that is not his own council, asks for a staff report and then is told that council did do all that was done, correctly, then that CRD director and the CRD owe the district a copy of the report and an apology.”

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