Letter: Willing to ‘pay more’ for quality of community life

Send letters to editor@oakbaynews.com

A recent letter to the editor, included comments that Mayor Nils Jensen evinced a “lack of knowledge of what people want in his municipality,” when he and council rejected the proposal for The Quest.

I disagree, and thank council for responding to the reportedly over 600 petition signatures, 100-plus letters and a standing-room-only, overflowing crowd at the meeting.

We left early (11 p.m.) and to that time, not a single member of the public had spoken in favour of the current proposal.

The aspects people most disliked were the project’s size and the almost-certain demise of a healthy, mature Garry oak, on the neighbouring property.

The developer appears capable of coming up with an attractive, quality project of a size and configuration which respects community desires and the OCP, tree and all.

There is more for the rest of us to do, though. The writer of the letter questioned whether the mayor understands “where the funds come from to run his municipality.” We all know where they should come from, and while we aren’t all wealthy, the majority lucky enough to live in this municipality can surely afford their share of the tab for infrastructure and services, not to mention protection of Oak Bay’s astonishing urban beauty.

We “pay more” for lots of less important things than the quality of community life. So no complaining when taxes go up: they should – regularly.

I plan to vote for councillors who advocate just that, because I want our mayor and council to continue to make responsible decisions like this one. Decisions that show a healthy sense of custodianship of the many valuable community qualities way beyond real estate value. Decisions that prove they are listening to what people in Oak Bay want for their municipality.

Karen Nelson

Oak Bay

Just Posted

Oak Bay realtor recalls sale of home where family was murdered

Home sellers not always required to disclose violent crimes

Victoria police seek witnesses after assault reported by man in wheelchair

Cops hope to speak with witnesses near Yates and Douglas on Jan. 13 between 1:45 and 3:15 p.m.

Olympic Gold medalist rower disppointed Saanich won’t host national training centre

Adam Kreek said also he respects decision by Rowing Canada Aviron

Victoria teen with diabetes told ‘no food’ on B.C. Transit bus

B. C. Transit apologizes, saying it will look into food and drink policy

Victoria dancer shares concussion experience in a neuro-diverse performance

Stacey Horton’s Concussion explores living with and recovering from brain injury

Trudeau says politicians shouldn’t prey on Canadians’ fears

The Prime Minister was speaking at a townhall in Ontario

Chiasson nets shootout winner as Oilers edge Canucks 3-2

Edmonton moves one point ahead of Vancouver

POLL: Should people have to license their cats?

The Victoria Natural History Society has sent letters to 13 municipalities in… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Thieves steal thousands from 140 Coast Capital Savings members

Online fraud tactics included phising and ‘brute force’ in November and December

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Most Read