The West Shore communities are grappling with the costs and benefits of development and growth. Just as Langford and Colwood are courting big development dollars, the districts of Highlands and Metchosin are fighting to maintain their rural character under mounting pressure to allow new construction. The Discourse will not only highlight the major growth on the West Shore, but break down and reveal the nuances, challenges and issues that come along with it. This Solutions Project will begin with community consultations, to see what matters the most to West Shore residents when it comes to development. This series will tell real stories about real people behind this issue, leading to evidence-based change within the community. Coming April 2021.
Delving Into Development
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
Two weeks after The Discourse reported on West Shore transit solutions, BC Transit announced a RapidBus strategy that will see its flagship route run between the West Shore and downtown Victoria.
Developments like My Belmont in Langford are part of the answer to ongoing growth pressures, an expert says.
“An absolute nightmare:” Improving the public transit experience is good for car drivers, too.
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.
These advocates say developers, municipalities and arts groups must come together to build a vibrant cultural future for West Shore communities.