EDITORIAL: Colwood keeps on trucking

Understated city continues to raise eyebrows with developments

Last week’s announcement that the Onni Group had submitted a proposal to the City of Colwood, to develop the first phase of the reclamation project at the failed Capital City Centre site, did not come as a surprise.

But what it did show us was that developers continue to show confidence in Colwood as a place to do business and create neighbourhoods and business areas.

The City took a lot of flack over the years from residents who grew tired of seeing giant holes in the ground, stalled developments and rusting rebar and unfinished concrete foundations, the latter being the case for this high-profile Colwood Corners location.

But many people forget the economy was in a very precarious position when many of these mega-projects were getting off the ground – the City had no control over that. And we’re pretty sure that Colwood wasn’t the only city on B.C. West Coast that saw such developments as a way to better provide for their residents as a whole over the long term.

The Allandale Pit lands, also featured in today’s Gazette, could well be the next big thing in terms of large-scale residential and commercial development.

There appears to be no slowdown in the amount of people moving to the West Shore, and if the people are here, local jurisdictions are going to open the door to business to help provide homes and amenities to service their residents.

While not everyone agrees with the speed and style with which Langford has grown, they are a good example of a community making the most of what it is given – in this case, a significant exodus of residents to an area where they can find more modestly priced real estate.

While Colwood differs from Langford in its personality, geography and expectation of growth, this city may one day find itself keeping pace with its larger, more outgoing neighbour when it comes to growth.

 

Just Posted

Victoria resident catches, cleans pigeon feet to help fight stringfoot

Hair, string tangled around birds’ feet can cut off circulation to toes and whole feet

Cyclists rejoice as the Christmas Lights Parade returns

Family-friendly 10km ride visits big Christmas displays, Dec. 21

Victoria residents advocate for funding for neighborhoods without community centres

North Park Neighbourhood Association hopes to see $75,000 to bolster nearby staff

North Saanich woman arrested after police pursuit, alleged abduction at elementary school

Two police officers were injured and one police vehicle damaged

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Scheer’s resignation tips party into internal war over school tuition payments

The Conservatives have a Toronto convention already scheduled for April

Wagon wheels can now be any size! B.C. community scraps 52 obsolete bylaws

They include an old bylaw regulating public morals

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

POLL: Do you have a real or artificial Christmas tree?

The lights are up, holiday shoppers are bustling through the streets and… Continue reading

Transportation Safety Board finishes work at B.C. plane crash site, investigation continues

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

Trudeau sets 2025 deadline to remove B.C. fish farms

Foes heartened by plan to transition aquaculture found in Fisheries minister mandate letter

Most Read