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North Saanich municipal politics…viewpoint

To our North Saanich residents, this “letter to the editor” will hopefully be published in this week’s (Nov. 10th) Peninsula News…it’s from a Dean Park resident:

Dear Sir:

As someone who keenly follows North Saanich municipal politics, I was shocked to read the flyer sent out recently by North Saanich Community Voices – in particular some of the allegations and assertions made therein with respect to development and workforce housing. Over the past three years, I have been vocal in my support for workforce housing initiatives pursued by the current council, speaking at both North Saanich Council and CRD meetings (full disclosure: I am an employee of one of the member companies of the Sidney North Saanich Industrial Group, and have advocated for the need for more workforce housing in North Saanich on behalf of the Group).

The NSCV flyer was correct to point out that the forthcoming municipal election is about two different visions of our community – but not in the way that is subsequently portrayed in the flyer. The truth is, there is a small group of residents (whose views are represented by NSCV) which is opposed to any development in North Saanich. I fully respect that point of view. I do not agree with it, but I do respect it. What I do not respect is the fact that rather than clearly stating and defending their own position, NSCV and others have continually tried to portray those of us who support the need for more workforce housing as extremists – a representative quote from the NSCV flyer reads: “In the last term, our OCP was trampled by Team North Saanich Councillors”.

Nothing could be further from the truth – Team North Saanich are the moderates in this, and support development in line with the values and principles contained within the OCP. North Saanich residents who have been involved in this land-use debate over the past years already know on which side of the debate they sit. But for those residents who are not familiar with the long history of this issue in North Saanich, I urge you to do your own due diligence on the candidates and what they stand for, and make your views on this important issue count by casting your vote on 15 November.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Hall

1620 Barkley Place
North Saanich
V8L 5E6
P: 250.655.3474

November Municipal Elections

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.

November 2014 Elections – CRD Regional Context Statement amendment

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.

CRD Board meeting – North Saanich Regional Context Statement (RCS)

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:  crdchair@crd.bc.ca.  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.