Development editorial misguided: Colwood resident

Living in Painter/Metchosin road neighbourhood offers best vantage point to understand safety concerns

Re: Developments offer positives (Our View, May 14)

This is a very condescending and offensive editorial.

I live in Colwood and have attended meetings on the new development proposed for Painter and Metchosin roads and I wonder where the author got their information.

If the writer’s opinion is that Colwood residents are opposed to development, then our concerns are indeed falling on deaf ears. Residents almost unanimously stated that they are not opposed to development of the property, but they had serious concerns about the density and the number of dwellings proposed for this project.

They felt it would have too great an impact on the safety of students going to and from the surrounding schools, and would add an unmanageable number of vehicles – traffic and parking – to an already busy, congested street.

Who would understand the dynamics of a neighbourhood better than the people who live there and deal with it every day?

I understand that the developer wants to maximize their return on investment, and that Colwood benefits from the money these new projects bring, but this development will disrupt the lives of hundreds of residents whose opinions need to hold more weight in the decision process.

Everyone wants this new development to be something they can proudly call part of the neighbourhood, not a source of worry and irritation.

As for it being tough to envision what a development will look like, it certainly doesn’t help when the drawings don’t show driveways for nine houses on a 400-foot frontage, among other important features.

Metchosin is lovely, but many of us have made a conscious decision to live where we do. We are not people who “simply dislike change,” we are a group of citizens with legitimate concerns about a development that will significantly alter our neighbourhood and we shouldn’t be made to feel that we have to move to Metchosin if we can’t agree on this out-of-character development of 45 dwellings on a two-acre lot.

Kim Vincer


Just Posted

West Shore lands Pan Am Cross Country Cup

Event coming to Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort Spa in February 2020

Mommy’s Inside Voice: Mourning the loss of friends

Motherhood can take its toll on friendships

Victoria shoppers fund Jubilee hospital cardiac monitoring

More than $40k raised over the holidays at Canadian Tire locations

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying?

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Skier dies at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Cause of death for young man has not been released

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

R&B star has been accused of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years

More sailings coming to 10 BC Ferries’ routes

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the sailings were originally cut in 2014

Most Read