In this municipal election year (November), it’s appropriate to know how our elected officials have voted regarding key business related issues vital to the economic sustainability of Lower Vancouver Island.Likely the most relevant of these issues is the lack of Affordable Workforce Housing. Recent CRD meetings have dealt directly with this issue via discussion & voting regarding a CRD Regional Context Statement amendment to the North Saanich Official Community Plan. Voting in favour of this CRD RCS amendment would demonstrate support for young families, for community sustainability & for regional economic development.Local municipal politicians voting in favour included Barb Desjardins (Esquimalt), Leif Wergeland & Susan Brice (Saanich), Marilyn Loveless (Sidney), Connie McBride & Ted Daly (North Saanich), Chris Coleman & Geoff Young (Victoria), Wendal Milne & Rick Kasper (Sooke), Lanny Seaton & Denise Blackwell (Langford), Nils Jensen (Oak Bay), Alistair Bryson (Central Saanich) and Judith Cullington (Colwood).
Remember these folks when you vote in November.
You may recall that an amendment to the North Saanich Regional Context Statement (RCS) was to be debated at the CRD Planning Committee meeting last week. I am pleased to say that the amendment passed, and the matter has now been scheduled to be voted on at the next CRD Board meeting to be held next Wednesday 9 April.
The SNSIG Workforce Housing Subcommittee is again asking for your support in registering to speak in support of the proposed RCS amendment at the CRD Board meeting next week, on Wednesday 9 April at 1:30pm, at the CRD offices in Victoria.
How to Register to Speak at the CRD Board Meeting
As a member of the public, you may communicate with the CRD Board in two ways: submit a letter to the Board Chair, or register to speak at the meeting in person. Speaking in person is preferred (as it is likely more effective).
- Submit your comments in writing to the Board Chair, Alastair Bryson: firstname.lastname@example.org. The appropriate greeting would be: ‘To the Chair and Board of Directors of the Capital Regional District’
- You are welcome to address the Board of the CRD in person. The CRD Board will meet in the Board Room at CRD Headquarters, 625 Fisgard Street. You can make an online request to speak or complete this printable form (PDF). Printed forms can be submitted by fax to 250.360.3130. You may also call the CRD main number and request to be added to the speakers list for the meeting: 250.360.3000
Your request to speak must be received no later than 4:30 pm on Monday April 7th.