Central Saanich to seek road use pact between reisdents, business owner

District met with stakeholders recently over Hovey Road conflict.

Central Saanich councillors have asked municipal staff to look into a traffic agreement with the operators of a business on a property on the neighbouring Tsartlip First Nation.

A recent District council meeting heard a lengthy discussion on the continued use of Hovey Road by large commercial trucks. The road is narrow, rural and has homes on one side and the First Nation on the other. A stakeholder meeting was set for Friday, Feb. 26 with representatives from the Central Saanich neighbourhood, members of the Tsartlip First Nation, V.I. Pallet and Recovery Logistics Inc. and District staff to discuss the issue further.

The main issue has been safety on Hovey and Tomlinson roads as large trucks travel back and forth from V.I. Pallet.

“There is no question this [is] a frustrating issue,” said Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor.

The District is considering an extraordinary traffic agreement with the operator (V.I. Pallet).

Council has asked staff to see if there could be limitations placed on road use. What that would look like is unknown, Windsor said, adding there could be any number of conditions in such an agreement.

The District will also ask the Central Saanich Police Service if there are any eminent safety concerns.

While many residents voiced their concerns over the use of the road by large tractor-trailer trucks, they also voiced their concern on the company itself, claiming it was operating without a business license.

One individual by the name of John Cooper Jr. said he doesn’t want the company there at all.

“I want it cleaned up and I want it out of there,” he said at last week’s meeting.

Windsor told the PNR that from the District’s perspective, it’s simply a transportation issue.

Kevin Grey, owner of V.I. Pallet Recovery and Logistics Inc., said when it comes to the trucks, all are driven by professionals. He suggested the trucks are five per cent of the vehicle traffic on the road.

When asked about operating without a business license, Grey said he doesn’t require one on the current property which is located on Tsartlip land. He stated he asked the municipality and was told he would need an inter-municipal license and so made the application. That license, he said, has been on hold until the issue is resolved.

“I’m operating under the legal conditions of the property that I am leasing,” he told the PNR.

Just Posted

Saanich Peninsula Alert launches today

Existing subscribers already moved to new system

Local cadets gain acceptance to RMC

Military careers one step closer

New Star Cinema project approved

Cameo development gets unanimous council thumbs up

Stelly’s sidewalk gets green light

Federal funding brings project to fruition

Witnesses sought for alleged drunk driver crash in Sidney

Crash happened June 16 on East Saanich Rd. and Canora Dr.

Victoria Ska and Reggae Fest fills harbour with music

Music festival wraps with free party Sunday at Ship Point

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Victoria Ska and Reggae Fest, Ride Don’t Hide, Cordova Bay Day and more

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna suspended for 75 games

23-year-old pitcher faces assault charge

How the Gorge Canada Day Picnic grew from a basement idea to a single-day event with 10,000 visitors

‘We’re going to need more food,’ among lessons from first Gorge Canada Day Picnic

Vancouver Canucks tab Quinn Hughes with No. 7 overall pick in NHL draft

University of Michigan standout was second defenceman picked in first round

Jogger spent two weeks in U.S. detention centre after accidentally crossing B.C. border

Cedella Roman, 19, crossed the border while out for a run

B.C. woman with severely disabled son keeps getting parking tickets

‘There has to be something they could do’

Man brandishes axe during robbery

Mounties were able to locate the suspect within two hours of the incident

‘Creep off’ reporting system aims to track street harassment in Metro Vancouver

Text-based hotline launches to collect public reports on where and when harassment occurs

Most Read