Delving Into Development

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.

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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

New RapidBus strategy aims to address West Shore transit woes

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.

‘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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