It is somewhat indicative of human nature to presume that once you've purchased something (a Songhees condo for example), it and everything around it either belong to you, or must receive your blessing.
This kind of thinking is terribly at odds with what is (in reality) a fully working Inner Harbour, one that's not owned or influenced by those who happen to have purchased condo's on the Songhees (or elsewhere on the harbour).
As has been noted many times before, a working harbour is a living harbour - and the Inner harbour has always been a working harbour.
The International Marina, in addition to being a fully approved and vetted project, is yet one more "business" that will make excellent use of the Inner Harbour, bringing with it people, activity, money, and security ... and will further down the road be viewed as just another fixture in our amazing and working harbour.
Personally, if I were a resident in one of the condo's surrounding the Inner Harbour, and if such things as "major change" or "noise" bothered me ... I'd pay very close attention to what was around me, and what might be around me in the future.
For example, personally I'd rather live in any of the condo's around the International Marina than I would be living in a condo just a bit further up the harbour where I might awake first thing in the morning to the sound of a plasma cutter in the shipyard ... but then the shipyard precedes ALL the condo's in the harbour - so it's completely fair to presume those who are purchasing a home within ear-shot of a plasma cutter know what they're getting into.
So fair warning now to those who may down the road purchase something as yet unbuilt at Dockyard Green ... you WILL be awakened on repeated occasions by the horrific screech of a plasma cutter - so when that happens, please don't complain, or begin a campaign to try to get the shipyard shut down!
We need more light and medium industry and more business in the Inner and Upper harbour ... not less, and certainly not the haunting silence and eventual (painful) death to the Inner Harbour that a ring of NIMBY condo's would result in.
Edited by Cassidy, 10 April 2017 - 06:43 AM.