LETTER: North Saanich has been clear in its disapproval of OCP review

In the November 6 article, “Companies drafting new OCP in North Saanich welcome community input after election”, Mr Oystryk said, “We are keen to…ensure draft OCP reflects range of North Saanich community values. “

This is a pretty remarkable statement, as various indicators suggest that in two and a half years of consultation, this goal has not been achieved. These indicators include backlash against the OCP project in correspondence with the council, a public rally in July 2021 expressing the same sentiment, and frequent admissions by the project team that they have lost the trust of the community. The results of the recent municipal elections showed that the five successful candidates who supported the regional growth strategy received 11,227 votes, while the other two candidates leaning towards urbanization received only 3,157 votes.

Municipal election results appear to represent community values ​​more accurately than the OCP draft. Why is there such a huge gap between actual community values ​​(rural, agricultural) and how they are represented in the draft OCP?

Mr Oystryk’s answer to the question “Why did the OCP review in Sydney and Central Saanich go so much better than North Saanich?” was puzzling. gave us a clue. He explained that these jurisdictions “to a large extent address key issues around growth and development” because “they have urban containment boundaries”.Clearly, these key issues have not been resolved in North Saanich because “the situation [there] is different. ” what?

Mr Oystryk should be aware that North Saanich, like every municipality within the CRD, has an Urban Containment Boundary (UCB). This is a core feature of regional growth strategies. In fact, key questions about growth and development have been addressed everywhere in the CRD, including North Saanich, through UCB and RGS policies. For North Saanich, UCB is the border with Sydney. For districts like North Saanich that are completely outside of UCB, growth is limited to a maximum of 5% of the district’s total.

In fact, North Saanich’s OCP review did not go well, largely because the project team obscured the existence and importance of the RGS, while inappropriately bringing urbanization topics into the process. Fortunately, the voters saw through the ruse and let the new crew into the wheelhouse.

springfield harrison

north saanich

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