A commentary by the chair of Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria, a non-profit, non-partisan unaffiliated advocacy group dedicated to lower taxes, less waste, and more accountable municipal government.
Why is Langford council so camera-shy? What the heck really goes on in Langford council chambers?
Unless residents beat the rush-hour traffic home from work or school, leave their kids or pet home alone, or forego supper to make a 5:30 p.m. council meeting, residents never know exactly what goes on in its hallowed chambers…
About 200 residents of Langford crammed the municipal council meeting space Monday to object to a 450-home development in south Langford.
Residents object to seeing Ridley Bros. Development Ltd., turn about 70 acres of forest at 950 Worrall Dr. and 804 Latoria Rd. into a mix of small-lot family homes, townhouses, a school and a community centre.
Residents noted the proposal will drastically alter the nature of south Langford, now dominated by large rural-style, residential lots and open spaces…
Nearly 200 people made their way to Langford City Hall Monday night to voice their concerns and oppose a 73-acre development in South Langford.
Ridley Bros. Development Ltd. has applied to rezone forested lands bordering 804 Latoria Rd. and 950 Worrall Dr. to allow for a 450-home development. It would be a mix of single-family homes on small lots, townhouses, recreational amenities, a community facility and a potential school site.
At Monday’s planning, zoning and affordable housing committee meeting, committee voted to bring the development proposal to council with the amendments that 30 per cent of the land — as opposed to the standard 25 per cent — be designated green space and that the developer is to have another public consultation before going to council…
73-acre parcel of forest to be rezoned at July 8th hearing
Langford, BC (July 2, 2019) —
South Langford residents concerned about rezoning, ask City to consider new park
South Langford residents were alarmed last week when they found out that a massive parcel of land in the heart of their community is the subject of a rezoning application. For decades, the forests, creeks and cliffs of 950 Worrall Drive and 804 Latoria Rd. have been a ‘community treasure’ in the heart of a region that has seen rapid development. Much of this land consists of Coastal Douglas Fir, which the CRD calls “among the most imperiled coastal ecosystems.” It also hosts rare Garry Oak meadows and is home to endangered species, including the northern pygmy owl and sharp-tailed snake.
While full details won’t be released by the City until Friday, the notice delivered to residents proposes a zoning category that would allow up to 400 homes to be built on this otherwise undeveloped land. In addition to the loss of greenspace, this development – one of the largest in the region – would put additional pressure on local roads and services.
At the rezoning meeting, a neighbourhood group (The Citizens of South Langford for Sustainable Development) will ask the City to consider working towards the creation of a forested park, in line with the City’s own Official Community Plan. It is also urging the City to require the developer to hold a public consultation, prior to a final rezoning decision.
The CSLSD is encouraging all members of the public to become involved in the process, by attending the rezoning committee meeting on (5:30pm, July 8th , City Hall Council Chambers) and learning more at their website, www.cslsd.ca