LETTERS: Not so fast! Gateway still has two more fences to jump

The next fence to leap for the Sidney Gateway is the Victoria Airport Board of Directors on economic impact.

The next fence to leap for the Sidney Gateway  is the Victoria Airport Board of Directors on economic impact. We must remember that the VAA is a private corporation and merely the current tenants of federal land which belongs to all of us — the people.

The VAA Directors have consistently said from the very beginning of Gateway in 2014 that they would never approve any development which would negatively impact downtown Sidney.

With Sandown Commons zoned two years ago and which could be proceeding with a Canadian Tire anchor — and the addition of a second major shopping centre — the VAA lands will result in 50 per cent of downtown Sidney’s existing retail being relocated to west of the Pat Bay Highway.

Some impact!

The last fence is the B.C. Ministry of Transport on traffic.  The Ministry has made it clear they will not approve a development permit for Gateway until all traffic issues are resolved to their entire satisfaction.

The Pat Bay/Beacon intersection is currently ranked as “F” and no improvements have been proposed in spite of ferry traffic increasing at six per cent per year and two new major shopping centres (Sandown and Gateway).

Some impact!

May I therefore urge all those in the CRD who love our existing downtown Sidney to write to Mr. James Crowley, the Chairman of the VAA and The Hon. Todd Stone, BC Minister of Highways and urge them to resolve both the above very valid concerns before approving Sidney Gateway? This is urgent.  The next VAA Board meeting is on Oct. 3

Richard Talbot, Sidney

Just Posted

Partnerships are key for Peninsula youth clinic

The clinic has a new home and some funding for a year, but there is more to do

Victoria painter splashes some colour on a dreary situation

Six-week long James Bay construction project gives Teresa Waclawik an impromptu canvas

Pages Books in Brentwood Bay falls on hard times

Store has been closed for several weeks, GoFundMe started by a fan

Brentwood Bay hosts 24-hour cancer fundraiser

Monster and Sea 24-hour Paddle is grassroots fundraiser

Central Saanich Police training a drug recognition expert

Role needed as Canada nears cannabis legalization this year

Victoria airport terminal expansion under way

Videos posted showing work in progress over the next 27 months

Central Saanich fire causes ‘extensive damage’ to home

All three Saanich Peninsula fire departments responded to a structure fire on… Continue reading

Golden Knights win 4-1, remain undefeated against Canucks

Vegas gets points from 12 players in dominating effort versus Vancouver

City of Victoria seeks artists to contribute to upcoming public exhibitions

Submissions for Commercial Alley gallery, bus shelter project due by April 9

Alberta budget plans for Trans Mountain expansion

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says expected revenues will be factored into budget forecasts

Plane filled with smoke lands at Nanaimo Airport

WestJet flight came in from Vancouver

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of March 20

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Rescued Comox canoer credits those ‘at the right place, at the right time’

James Milne was rescued in a hypothermic state Sunday near Goose Spit

Most Read