OUR VIEW: A Sidney BIA in the balance

Town council is sure to hear from many people as they make their decision on the SDBA’s request.

What a difference a week makes.

On Nov. 13, the council of the Town of Sidney were asking their administrative staff if they had to take the many presentations of support for a proposed business improvement area (BIA) seriously. They were told those presentations were for information only, as the Sidney Business Developmpent Group (SBDG) hadn’t asked the town to approve a council inititiated approvals process — or counter-petition — on the matter.

A week later, on Nov. 19, that is exactly what the SBDG did and those comments suddenly become more significant.

In probably the last-surprising move to come out of the SBDG’s BIA push, they presented their plan to town council’s committee of the whole on Monday night. It included a request that council proceed with an alternative approval process.

Council’s debate on this request occurred after the News Review’s press deadline, however a final decision will have to be made at an upcoming regular council meeting. The request itself is sure to spark significant debate among the councillors, not to mention the broader business community. And so it should, as it sets out an ambitious plan to vigorously market the area.

With support from 76 business and commercial property owners — plus another 10 outside of the proposed BIA boundaries or not-for-profits — the SBDG does not appear to have the support of half of the stated 303 property owners or 380 business operators in the BIA catchment area.

Which makes their pitch for a BIA in Sidney — like those that have gone before them — a risky one even in the wake of a positive campaign to date.

Town council is sure to hear from many people as they make their decision on the SDBA’s request. Yet, it is still up to the business group to seek out the voice of the business community as a whole on this issue, for the impact of a BIA falls directly to them.


Just Posted

Autism support dog helps Langford boy hold his head high

Family shares story for Autism Awareness Month

Give your immunity a boost for National Immunization Awareness Week

Immunize Canada calls on Canadians to stay up to date with their immunizations

Bear sightings historically rare in Langford: City staff

51 bear complaints or sightings in last year

Families hop over to Easter celebrations at Millstream Village

Annual Easter Eggstravaganza had lineups before 11 a.m.

Archaeologist monitoring building work on Tsawout First Nation amid burial ground concerns

Some in community claim construction has potentially disturbed historic graves, contractor disagrees

WATCH: Movie star and PACE alum Calum Worthy talks musical theatre and his career

“American Vandal” and “Austin and Ally” actor has been returning to the program for over 20 years

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

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

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Most Read