Neighbourhood plans guide development
Re: “An independent look would get projects off to better start: Helps,” June 13. Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps thinks a neutral third party might reduce conflicts over contentious developments. Mike Miller of Abstract Developments is in favour of a mechanism that would bring “consistency, predictability and fairness to the rezoning/land development process.”
A formal neighbourhood plan is meant to bring all those elements to development, in the minds of most people. If such plans were really allowed to be the basis for development, there would be no need for a third party. City council has control over that.
As someone currently involved in helping to complete a neighbourhood plan, I know that there is a lack of trust that the plan will really mean anything in the end, and a feeling that we might be wasting our time.
Developers always want more, with several variances requested. They might ask for seven, but they will get the five they really expect. A deal for them and increased frustration for everyone in the neighbourhood.
City council has control over that, too.
I know someone who has turned an anti large-development sign upside down and affixed a white flag … making developers happy, I suppose. Donna Jones Victoria