Housing plan the right step

This seems a logical step in the affordable-housing conundrum faced by North Saanich and Sidney.

Re:  Housing Group Takes a Step Forward, PNR April 22.

What an interesting idea that seems to have a lot of merit: form a Peninsula housing partnership consisting of architects, land developers, lending institutions, employers and regional governments, for the purpose of defining the term affordable housing, with the eventual goal of creating housing to meet the needs of the end consumer.

Kudos to MP Elizabeth May for sowing the seeds for this grass-roots initiative.

This seems a logical step in the affordable-housing conundrum faced by North Saanich and Sidney.

Perhaps it’s time for the municipal councils to take a collaborative approach to the housing issue, using the housing partnership as the catalyst. Better yet, why not recognize the housing partnership as an advisory sub-committee that will provide long-ranging benefits to the community?

There is also the possibility that these concepts could have implications regarding other housing types in the area, including secondary suites.

Margaret Westbrook, North Saanich

Just Posted

Alex Cuba returns to the Mary Winspear

Alex Cuba, who lives in Smithers, B.C., has been writing a lot… Continue reading

Residents want North Saanich bike lane revamped

Claim lack of transparency; little public input on West Saanich Road project

World Rowing Coastal Championships coming to Sidney

Event will make its Canadian and North America debut in October

Outdoor pot growing will be legal, but will producers bite?

With Canada’s marijuana legalization laws slated for July 1, 2018, there continue… Continue reading

WATCH: Vancouver Island man catches dashcam video of near head-on crash

Video shows oncoming van cross over centre line

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. files new legal action against TransMountain pipeline

Province tries to uphold City of Burnaby bylaws, provoking Alberta

BCHL Today: Powell River stuns Vernon and BCHL grads lead Team Canada

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Reports of money laundering in B.C. real estate ‘troubling’: attorney general

News report alleges people connected to fentanyl trade are using B.C. real estate to launder money

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Two more medals for Canada, and men’s hockey loss

Team Canada shines on the speed skating track, but fall short against the Czechs in hockey

Air ambulance used parking lot for patient transfer because it was most efficient option

Lack of certification for helipad at Comox Valley Hospital not a factor in decision

RCMP member challenges court to prevent further disciplinary action

RCMP member launches appeal to avoid new hearing over alleged harassment

Port of Vancouver program examines impact of marine noise on local whales

Man-made noises can interfere with orcas’ ability to hunt and communicate with other pod members

Most Read