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Central Saanich opens doors to large-scale stores

With competition mounting from First Nations on the District of Central Saanich for commercial development, council passed a motion to delete a reference in the Official Community Plan that restricts large footprint (>5,000 m2) or “big box stores”.

“Given that there was some who thought during recent community discussions that we should do more on Keating X Road, my goal is to eliminate any impediment to the development of any large parcels,” said councillor Ron Kubek, explaining his desire to delete the reference.

“Our Keating area is very healthy with only 10 to 12 per cent of the land vacant currently. There is some potential for re-development and we want to encourage businesses to look at Central Saanich rather than other municipalities for their businesses.”

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