News

Central Saanich councillors feel conflicted at times

No fewer than three times did Central Saanich district councillors excuse themselves from their Sept. 17 regular meeting, citing conflicts of interest.

Councillor Cathie Ounsted left council chambers when it came time to discuss recommendations from the planning and development committee, in regards to a proposed rezoning of four properties at Keating X Road and West Saanich Road. The rezoning would allow commercial use in the front half of the properties, with affordable, workers’ housing in the rear. Currently, only caretaker residences are allowed.

Council voted to approve the committee recommendation to defer further consideration and have staff bring forward a planning and public consultation process for a review of their official community plan.

That motion was successfully amended by councillor Zeb King to include more information on the costs to extend district services to those lots.

Coun. King later declared a conflict of interest in the case of a development variance permit application to vary the amount of parking at 7925 East Saanich Road. King cited a business relationship with the applicant. Council voted to have district staff work with the applicant to review the parking situation.

Mayor Alastair Bryson also excused himself before discussion on the use of private easements to extend utility services to certain properties. Bryson said he has a lot that is serviced  by a private easement, making the situation not in common with the larger segment of the population.

Council voted to support its current policy of generally encouraging direct connections from property frontages, while being flexible to service via other easements when “a net benefit is demonstrated.”

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Silent visitor
 
Schedule adjustment ‘falls short’
 
Extra half point transit sales tax would apply on alcohol, used cars: province
Embattled Storm owner expresses his regrets
 
Crime Stoppers sets up shop in Saanich
 
Horseshoe club gains land for eight pitches
Signs going up at new Save-On-Foods in Parksville
 
Alternative energy program slated for Lasqueti Island
 
Governor General says Canadians well positioned to take advantage of opportunities

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 28 edition online now. Browse the archives.