Protect our municipality with your vote – Chemainus Valley Courier

This upcoming election is probably one of the most critical in the history of the Municipality of North Cowichan, as it will set the nature and tone of the environment in which we live for decades to come. Although the recently approved Official Community Plan (OCP) does not provide everything for everyone, it provides a well thought out balance between the development needed for the community and the maintenance of the rural way of life that so many of us live here. That’s why we settled here.

There is however a certain segment of the population for whom the thorough development of our rural area is paramount and this group is very vocal and even hostile as demonstrated at the recent public meeting to consider the OCP. These people are seeking to completely oust the outgoing board members, who have worked so diligently for several years to formulate the OCP, and would replace them with their own candidates, all pro development. If they succeed, they will build full steam ahead, a mass of outsiders will descend on the community and move in, and yes, these developers will make a lot of money; but at whose expense? Ours, those of us who stayed behind when they left.

Their advertising is full of platitudes about the good community they want to build. It reminds me of the old adage “Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

So the choice, fellow citizens, is ours. Do we want to preserve our rural way of life, balanced with appropriate development, in the urban parts of our municipality, for example affordable housing close to existing facilities, or do we want to see urban sprawl develop in every corner and nooks available until it becomes another Langford. I urge everyone to think soberly about this choice, and decide when voting whether you want to elect those who built the OCP and committed to its implementation or drop it into the hands of the unknown, of the inexperienced, of those who support mass development in pursuit of the mighty dollar. The choice is ours.

If we give it away, we cannot get it back and we will have to live with it. If ever there was a need for the silent majority to come out and vote, this is it, before it’s too late.

Michael Porter,


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