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SAANICH DOUBTFUL ABOUT UPTOWN SIGNAGE REQUEST

May 13, 2010 CFAX 1070

SAANICH COUNCIL HAS DEFERRED DECISION ON A REQUEST FROM THE UPTOWN CENTRE DEVELOPERS FOR RELAXATION OF THE MUNICIPAL SIGN BY-LAW. COUNCILLOR DEAN MURDOCK IS AMONG THOSE WHO HAVE RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE MORGUARD INVESTMENTS REQUEST…WHICH HE SAYS COULD RESULT IN ALMOST FIVE HUNDRED SIGNS IN A TWO BLOCK STRETCH…

“Not that we don’t have faith that Morguard, as a landlord, will want their project to be attractive; that they have of course the best interests in mind for their shopping centre as well…but Council needed further reassurance that what we were going to be approving in that area would enhance the ambience that we are attempting to create on the Douglas corridor.”

MURDOCK SAYS THE COMPANY HAS ASKED FOR PERMISSION FOR UP TO FIVE SIGNS ON EACH OF ALMOST 100 INDIVIDUAL PREMISES. THE CURRENT LIMIT IS TWO.