We fought for years to achieve our present OCP, zoning bylaws and regional growth strategy.
These reflect the express desire of the residents of North Saanich to preserve the rural nature of our district and support farming.
Higher density reflects the exactly opposite view, no matter how expressed.
In North Saanich we have the B.C. Ferry terminals, Victoria Airport and the Town of Sidney with its shops and industry. These are quite enough.
Do the councilors or developers have any other objective than to line their own pockets? Apart from other factors, experience elsewhere time and again has demonstrated higher density does not increase tax revenue, but actually decreases it when the cost of the necessary infrastructure is taken into account.
A large public turnout at the upcoming public hearing should be encouraged. The residents of North Saanich must demonstrate our disapproval of the proposal to increase density. It is nothing other than a Trojan horse and to let it become effective will result in greatly adverse changes in the character of North Saanich.