Victoria's Densification Push Is Unfair - Michael Bloomfield - Island Voices - Times Colonist

"Victoria’s aggressive densification plan is unnecessary and unfair, causing people to ask: “Is accelerated densification being pursued for the right reasons, in appropriate locations, following an honest public process that puts people who live here first?”

"In Fairfield-Gonzales alone, at least 10 groups have arisen from these concerns, people willing to consider sensible proposals, but fed up with what they have experienced as an unfair process. This phenomenon is happening across the city."

"Unfairness has occurred in numerous ways:

• A questionnaire asks leading and misleading questions.

• Meetings are poorly publicized and held at inconvenient times, such as during summer.

• Anyone from anywhere is allowed to participate, diluting input from people living here.

• City consultations have been far more sales job than sincere collaboration.

• Developers are involved in what should be public decision-making.

• Community associations and land-use committees are used to promote approval."

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