I am a resident of Sidney and also a former business owner. Over the past 24 years, Sidney has had several opportunities to progress in a controlled manner.
Many initiatives have not proceeded because of the negative, truth-bending naysayers. This vocal minority, many from outside the Sidney border, want to eliminate all progress, while enjoying its benefits.
Progress will happen.
Buildings will be built.
People will continue to move to the Peninsula.
What would these naysayers have done if the residents before them had blocked development, had blocked housing starts?
The NIMBYs would never have had the chance to move here and spew their narrow beliefs. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing, after all.
The Town of Sidney certainly doesn’t need people from other municipalities imposing their beliefs and political attacks on the Town of Sidney.
Whether the Gateway project goes forward and is good for Sidney should be processed via the citizens of Sidney and their business community.
In recent times, the only ‘crop’ grown on that land has been hay; to even consider it a loss of ALR land to grow food for the local residents is absolutely ludicrous, considering the land is right under the flight path.
Anything that can be done to support YYJ, that provides a great service to many residents on the Island, should be supported by all the residents on the Peninsula.
Let’s hope the people and council of Sidney don’t pay too much attention to the political maneuverings of a few vocal North Saanich residents.
Ron Gurney, Sidney