Editorial: Due diligence necessary

New development needs to get information together for council

There is an application before council for rezoning of the property where the good folks at Knox Presbyterian Church wish to build housing for the elderly and the disabled.

No one denies the need for affordable and assisted care living units and there is much talk about the baby boomers and the upcoming need for places to live.

As good as the project sounds, there are some issues which need to be addressed — the height of the proposed development for one thing and the traffic situation for another.  It was mentioned that the building would be a 65-foot wall with little setback along Church Road overshadowing the neighbours across the road. The increased traffic along Anna Marie Road was mentioned as well as future access to the Grant Road connector project.

When any developer comes before council they should have their i’s dotted and their t’s crossed. Most people are visual and they like to “see” what they are voting on. The Knox folks held open houses, with drawings and such and they should have brought these before council and the public gallery.

It is a good and timely project but the developer needs to do their homework and offer up all the information needed so council can make a decision based on the best use of the land and the best situation for the neighbourhood and the town. We shouldn’t be making shortcuts for some and not others. No one wants Sooke to lose the project and it is unlikely that will happen but,  council needs to do their due diligence on this one and set a precedent for the future.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sidney company tastes sweet success with sugar kelp

Cascadia Seaweed is experiencing rapid growth after launching six months ago

Westin Bear Mountain invests $2 million to renovate newly-named spa

‘Amatista Spa’ has yet to announce official opening date

North Saanich floats tougher policies for buoys and moorings near Tsehum Harbour

Municipality also considers additional collaboration with Sidney and other communities

HarbourCats team up with Bastion Books to bring back Harvey’s Reading Club

HarbourCats and Bastions Books offer students free game tickets in an effort to promote child literacy

Central Saanich newspaper carrier gets letter of thanks, chocolates from her community for note

Ava Verscheure started her first very job by introducing herself to residents along newspaper route

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

#FoxForFiver: Support grows in B.C. to put Terry Fox on new $5 bill

Terry Fox’ Marathon of Hope raised money for cancer research

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Canadian nurses’ unions warn national standards for coronavirus protection too low

President says safety protocols nationwide are inadequate compared to those in Ontario and other countries

Most Read