OUR VIEW: Fighting for farmland

Farmland protection cannot be a case of no news is good news.

If residents of Central Saanich want to help preserve farmland in their community, they are going to have to stand up and ask for it.

Even if they get their wish, there is not going to be any guarantee that they won’t have to stand up again to argue for the exact same thing.

More than 30 people in a crowd of approximately 200 did just that recently, some lamenting the fact that they’ve done this all before.

That’s simply the nature of municipal and regional politics. A council or regional body can make a decision — yet after another election cycle it’s altogether possible for the issue to be raised again, debate re-opened and proposal reconsidered.

That’s the system for you, and it’s participatory.

Central Saanich residents find themselves arguing familiar points in the face of proposed future growth areas in the Keating X Road area.

Some of the land being looked at for potential commercial, industrial or residential growth has been farmed. Yet, it does not fall within the protective cover of the Agricultural Land Reserve. Conceivably, once their owners decide to retire, they could sell off the land — without any guarantee the new owners will continue to farm it. Any changes to land use would then go before local and regional politicians for a decision.

The only thing preventing (or facilitating) the politicians’ wishes is people’s attention and action. And they are standing up now to make their feelings known.

Most people at the recent meeting want to see the future growth areas go away — but what is being proposed to ensure the matter holds off for longer than a single term of office?

Oppose the FGAs all you like, but don’t forget the follow up once they’re gone. Farmland protection cannot be a case of no news is good news.

Just Posted

Hopeful Sidney pot shop owner challenges town in court after application denied

A court petition has been filed against the Town of Sidney

Search for space continues as North Saanich child care program closes

Beacon Community Service says it is a challenge to find suitable facilities

Semi truck impounded after driver avoids weight scales in Saanich

Driver issued 90-day roadside driving prohibition

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

POLL: Will you be donating to charities over the holiday season?

Many here in Victoria joined others around the world to take part… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 3

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

Most Read