Saanich Council rejects application to remove land from ALR

Saanich council rejects application to remove land from Agricultural Land Reserve for rezoning
CFAX 1070 – March 14, 2011

Saanich council has unanimously decided to not forward an application to remove land at Mount Douglas Road from the Agricultural Land Reserve, to be rezoned for 16 residential strata lots.

Saanich Councillor Dean Murdock says supporting the application would go against several of the district’s policies.

“Council has some very strong policies in the official community plan, and following the guidelines in the regional growth strategy as well as a number of our own policies around the urban containment boundary and preservation of farmland that fell definitively on the side of protecting the land.”

Murdock says the land in question was still considered to have agricultural value, with a significant garry oak forest.

“And it would be a significant loss if those garry oaks were put at risk, and if the habitat, natural preservation area created by this land, if that was lost.”

Murdock says he has heard from a number of constituents who support preserving the land.