Langford and Colwood are negotiating a way to straightening out their wonky municipal boundaries.
Two adjustments are proposed: The first would see the boundary along 3200 block of Jacklin Road, from Walfred Road to the Galloping Goose Trail, moved from the east side of the road to the middle. The second, more complicated, change would have Veterans Memorial Parkway split down the middle from Kelly Road to Meaford Avenue.
During an Aug. 29 council meeting, Colwood agreed to initiate legal proceedings to change the Jacklin Road boundary, which will entail transferring a section of road designation from Colwood to Langford.
The swap will have no impact on private properties and the municipalities will maintain an existing agreement to share maintenance responsibilities for the road.
But the the latter boundary, which crosses VMP and Colwood Creek twice, involves swapping some un-developed land and Colwood isn’t ready to accept what Langford has proposed.
Colwood Coun. Judith Cullington, who was acting chair at the planning meeting when the swap was discussed, said the land Colwood is being offered has more development restrictions, and potentially less taxable value, than the parcel it would give up.
“We could consider a land swap, but this one is not entirely fair as proposed,” Cullington said. “We’ll keep the door open for suggestions. I think our staff have one or two ideas for how to make it a fairer deal.”
Council unanimously declined the second boundary adjustment as proposed.