Urban boundary move should get more spotlight

Duncan – I have been watching with interest the run-up to the Nov. 15 municipal elections.

There is one issue however that I feel has not been adequately addressed and that is to do with the University Village plan, specifically the Municipality of North Cowichan council’s vote to move the urban containment boundary from along Beverly Street northward to the dike bordering Somenos marsh.

I believe this is a decision by council that was not made with the community’s best interest at heart.

An overwhelming majority of respondents to five UVLAP open houses, including myself, voted to keep the UCB at Beverly Street.

I understand that if elected, Mayor Lefebure will be asking council to keep the urban growth boundary where it is and not build on municipal land immediately north of Beverly because he feels those lands should be used for ecological, recreational and possibly farm uses.

For the record, I do support new development. The UVLAP provides for that (and may even be improved upon to make the development process better). However, as evidenced by some previous land use decisions, where we choose to develop has serious implications. Let’s get this one right.

Gary Fitzgibbon

Duncan