So instead of building a 12 homes in a 1.5 acre parcel of land completely razing the natural area, maybe building 8 or 6 homes within it and trying to maintain a necessary corridor for habitat.
Great idea, at least superficially.
The Elkington Forest is perhaps the ideal of what you want. Too bad it has a Walk Score of 0.
The example above is pretty much exactly what is going on, on the south side of Christmas Hill currently. The chunk out of the mapping on the west side of the image below, around 4007 and 4011 Rainbow, was a removal from the Atlas June 2016. The owners claim that they don't intend to develop. Yet the developer who is currently building the Lyra project nextdoor at 4027 Rainbow, owns 804-820 McKenzie. He built the townhouses and homes further up Rainbow about 8 years ago. 4007 and 4011 Rainbow are the only two properties left on his monopoly board. They are about 1.6 acres in total area.
The scenario from Saanich that would've been approved under the EDPA, was a six lot subdivision between 4007 and 4011. For some reason the homeowners thought that would make it difficult for them to sell. Could they get twelve dwellings there instead of 6? Is there any point in making the whole situation more complicated when the development occurs? You'd think the developer and Saanich could've found a way to do things at least considering the environment. There are a bunch of oak trees in there that will come down to make way for roofs.