Re: Colwood on wrong development path, Letters, April 11, 2012.
When I complained to the planning department about the clear cutting around Langford Lake and how the wind was breaking down established shrubs as well as thick 25-foot branches from the fir trees the reply was “Oh you feel the wind down there.”
Has no one noticed how close the housing is going up and yet no road allowances been made? I ended up on a drive in one of those developments and basically had to turn into someone’s driveway to turn around.
If one has visitors park on the narrow road, there is no room for through traffic to pass. It will be very difficult for any emergency traffic to get through in these areas.
I have stated many times that with the houses being built so close together, if one catches fire many houses near it will also suffer from fire damage.
Also, we don’t have the roads to support all this development. Roads need to be widened; we don’t need “beautification” lanes before need.
Most middle school students know the damage that clear cutting has on the environment but it doesn’t seem to be important to Langford mayor and council; after all, they destroyed the wetland of Hulls field. How many residents realize all the water that is pushed further into Colwood and how it begins to stink?
The Sooke School District wants to move the high school to where Glen lake school is presently located. This school is needed for all the young children that live in the area and in the new housing development that has gone in there.
Plenty of room exists at the present Belmont school location where they could start building at the back fence forward and them demolish the present school.
I see the future of Langford being like other large areas, have highways being built in the air over housing developments.
I doubt that you’d find any residents agreeable to this but hey, Mayor Stew Young and his cohorts overruled the residents who were 800 to 200 against taking Hulls field out of the Agriculture Land Reserve. What’s to stop them authorizing highways in the sky?