A Fork in Time

Yes, there are two paths you can go by
But in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on
And it makes me wonder

Einstein

We are at the proverbial fork in the road.

Looking ahead on the path we are currently on, the future is crystal clear. Higher real estate prices (which are already beyond the means of the majority of those in our service industries), higher rents, fewer rentals, and, an end to the sense of community we have enjoyed up to this point.

The other path is blocked by existing land use zoning and fears that any increase in density is impossible due to lack of water and ability to literally deal with our shite. However, beyond those manmade barriers lie a brighter future…a sustainable future.

In a nutshell, what will it take to change direction?

It must start with making the simple decision that the current direction is unpalatable to this community.

Without that decision, as Einstein noted, nothing different will happen.

Who makes that decision, and who has the power?

It is the “community’s” decision to make, and our community’s two elected representatives (Trustees), hold the power to enact the decision through amendments to OUR Official Community Plan and OUR Land Use Bylaw.

(NOTE – It is important to note that our elected representatives represent our interests to the Islands Trust. They do NOT represent the Islands Trust’s “interests” to us. The Trust’s interests are represented through the Chair of the Local Trust Committee, who is elected by Trust Council.)

If, in the best interests of the future of our community our OCP and LUB require changing, then it is incumbent upon our representatives to make those changes.

Read the following section of the Local Government Act, and ask yourself whether our current OCP addresses our “housing needs” adequately.

473   (1) An official community plan must include statements and map designations for the area covered by the plan respecting the following:

(a) the approximate location, amount, type and density of residential development required to meet anticipated housing needs over a period of at least 5 years;

(2) An official community plan must include housing policies of the local government respecting affordable housing, rental housing and special needs housing

 Yes, there are two paths we can go by, and in the short run, it is time to choose which road to head down.

To continue down the existing path and expect a different result to magically occur is…well…as Einstein said, insane.

If you agree, call or email your two representatives and tell them its time to change course.

pgrove@islandstrust.bc.ca

lpatrick@islandstrust.bc.ca
 

One Response to A Fork in Time

  1. Mr. Grove and Ms. Patrick

    In celebration of the new year to come, and with some ‘foresight 2020’ please, for the love of what is left of this delicate island’s HUMAN eco-system,It has been suggested to remind you to:

    Re-Read the following section of the Local Government Act, and ask yourself whether our current OCP addresses our “housing needs” adequately.

    473   (1) An official community plan must include statements and map designations for the area covered by the plan respecting the following:(a) the approximate location, amount, type and density of residential development required to meet anticipated housing needs over a period of at least 5 years;
    (2) An official community plan must include housing policies of the local government respecting affordable housing, rental housing and special needs housing

    Cheers and best wishes to sound decisions in favour of people.
    Paul Marcano
    Vesuvius, Salt Spring Island

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