Development and Growth

Cowihcan Valley Growth
Construction workers put finishing touches on new homes near Berkey’s Corner in North Cowichan. Jacqueline Ronson/The Discourse Cowichan

How will the Cowichan Valley region meet the challenge of growing communities, increased strain on resources and an aging population? Guided by your questions and input, The Discourse is telling stories that reveal complexity and point to solutions for how we can build a bright future, together.

The Departure Bay walkway has been decades in the making. Will it ever get built?

Ever since Nanaimo’s iconic downtown waterfront walkway was developed, the city has planned to extend it. But critics say the barriers to building it are only getting bigger.

Loss in court highlights need for mining reform, Highlands group says

In a recent decision regarding a Highlands rock quarry permit, a B.C. Court of Appeal judge acknowledges the limitations in current legislation to consider climate change. SEO: Highlands

‘Make room for everyone:’ Why density could be key to liveability in Langford

Developments like My Belmont in Langford are part of the answer to ongoing growth pressures, an expert says.

The top solution to West Shore traffic woes? A dedicated bus lane, this expert says

“An absolute nightmare:” Improving the public transit experience is good for car drivers, too.

Consider climate change, Highlanders argue in quarry court appeal

The Highlands District Community Association argues climate change should have been taken into account when considering a permit for the O.K. Industries quarry operation.

Make space for the arts in new development, West Shore groups urge

These advocates say developers, municipalities and arts groups must come together to build a vibrant cultural future for West Shore communities.

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