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Central Saanich council seems to be making land use decisions that have crossed the line into genuine malfeasance. The council has essentially trashed the advice of its municipal staff, choosing to ignore both its own Official Community Plan and the Regional Growth Strategy of the CRD.
The council has approved at fourth reading the Vantreight housing development proposal. It is now apparently fast-tracking the Peninsula Co-op proposal for a new mega-store on farmland at West Saanich and Keating. Both decisions involve converting viable farmland — already scarce on the Saanich Peninsula — into unnecessary, highly questionable development.
This bodes poorly for Island food-growing and local food security. Citizens will need to speak out loudly if our agricultural heritage is to avoid being sliced and diced into nonexistence. We owe this one not just to our own generation but those following on.