OUR VIEW: A rosy picture for Sidney

Mayor Steve Price is painting a rosy picture for the Town of Sidney in 2016 and beyond.

Mayor Steve Price is painting a rosy picture for the Town of Sidney in 2016 and beyond. And by extension, his positive outlook extends into the rest of the Saanich Peninsula.

In a sit down interview with the News Review, Price outlined and expanded upon some of the key speaking points out of his address during the town council’s organizational meeting Monday evening. That sets the agenda for the coming year and sees the appointment of councillors to various community and regional bodies. It also gives the mayor a chance to talk about what went right during the previous year.

Council, Price said, is ready to approve its updated strategic plan on Monday, Dec. 14. It outlines their big-picture goals and in Sidney those are growing the local economy, balancing the population between seniors and families and making sure Sidney is a quality place to live.

The devil is always in the details and there are sure to be people to remind council of their shortcomings in 2015.

Yet, overall, much of what Price talks about in his address shows that Sidney is not only rebounding from the economic doldrums after 2008, but is potentially thriving. A small boom in house building — with more projects waiting in the wings — has the potential to not only grow the population after a few years of decline, but see local businesses earn a larger customer base as a result.

Price says Sidney is open for business — and at least on the development side of the issue, that is true. The next few years of this council’s term of office will see if that sector bears fruit for the rest of the community.

Sidney, Price says, is changing — and that is nothing new. Over its history it has quickly expanded, rested and has grown again. The town is in the middle of a small growth spurt right now and local leaders are hoping to ride along with it and follow through on promises made in the 2014 municipal election.

Sidney is a great place to live and work, yet there are challenges ahead and plenty of decisions to come that council will have to answer for.

Their updated strategic plan certainly gives the local politicians enough talking points. It’ll be up to residents to make sure they follow through.

Just Posted

Saanich Peninsula Alert launches today

Existing subscribers already moved to new system

Local cadets gain acceptance to RMC

Military careers one step closer

New Star Cinema project approved

Cameo development gets unanimous council thumbs up

Stelly’s sidewalk gets green light

Federal funding brings project to fruition

Witnesses sought for alleged drunk driver crash in Sidney

Crash happened June 16 on East Saanich Rd. and Canora Dr.

Victoria Ska and Reggae Fest fills harbour with music

Music festival wraps with free party Sunday at Ship Point

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Victoria Ska and Reggae Fest, Ride Don’t Hide, Cordova Bay Day and more

B.C. soldier shot down a century ago to be honoured

Norman Stuart Harper, of Kamloops, was killed on a bombing mission over Lahr, Germany, in 1918

Trump sends letter to Trudeau calling for increase in NATO defence spending

The letter comes as tensions between Canada and the United States have risen to a dramatic high

Electoral reform vote in B.C. includes $500,000 each for pro and con groups

A mail-in ballot referendum will take place Oct. 22 to Nov. 30, asking two questions on voting

Horse put down, 1 person in hospital after hit by car in Lower Mainland

Accident along 132nd Avenue in Maple Ridge Friday afternoon

83-year-old inmate dies at medium-security prison in Mission

Correctional Services Canada says Ralph Whitfield Morris died in custody

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna suspended for 75 games

23-year-old pitcher faces assault charge

How the Gorge Canada Day Picnic grew from a basement idea to a single-day event with 10,000 visitors

‘We’re going to need more food,’ among lessons from first Gorge Canada Day Picnic

Most Read