It’s hardly surprising that the letter from Don Enright regarding the North Saanich OCP is flawed. Mr. Enright is against any housing or further development In North Saanich. The last development-driven council was just doing what previous councils failed to do in the past several years, have a gradual infill of housing in the area. It was basically catch up but it did look like over development to most people.
The council of the day is more of a balanced one, where agriculture needs are paramount (ie. Sandown) but they also know that housing is very deficient in North Saanich. They want to strike a balance. They approved the Bakersfield and Lochside projects for Habitat for Humanity and market housing in the last couple of years. Habitat for Humanity was a great success.
I have read the OCP draft and so far there is a good balance which will fit the needs of the people of North Saanich well into the future. People say there is a lack of public consultation and information for people to understand the new OCP. There is actually a ton of information out there. Before the OCP is passed I know there will be a public hearing on the OCP so people can understand and make comments on the plan. North Saanich needs more housing in a well-thought-out balanced way.