Letters to the Editor

Closing Island View access a scary thought

Re: Three options for road access to Tsawout unappealing (News, Feb. 17)

Did some blindfolded planner throw darts at a Central Saanich map and decide the resulting pattern shows Island View Road should be closed off? Let’s get real about this project.

Central Saanich is cut in half by Highway 17. There are only two full access crossings of the highway in Central Saanich – one at Mount Newton X Road and one at Island View Road. On the east side of the highway these two roads are not connected. By closing one of these two access points, parts of the east side of Central Saanich will be isolated. Someone had better go back to their notes from Urban Planning 101 before any decisions are made on such a drastic proposal.

By the way, the First Nations proposal for a major commercial development on their land is a great idea, but the decision makers on this big project should be careful not to alienate the rest of the Central Saanich population.

Roland Stieda

Central Saanich

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