Right, neighbourhoods outside of the city centre. I guess what I mean is downtown and periphery areas are the only reasonable areas for development as far as the status quo is concerned.
But then can you blame the status quo? Prior to the current administration the narrative was that if you (the CoV resident) grant us (politicians and planners) the power to densify the downtown core and build high density, highrise dwellings, we'll (the CoV) leave your (the taxpayer) single-family-dwelling neighbourhoods alone.
But fast-forwarding to 2018, officialdom has backed itself into a corner by:
- decrying suburban development and "sprawl," despite our region experiencing very, very little actual "sprawl"
- proclaiming Victoria and environs are in a housing crisis like never before
- proclaiming Victoria and environs are in an affordability crisis like never before
So what does that leave? Densification of urban single-family-dwelling-centric neighbourhoods that thought they were off the hook by agreeing to concentrate density in downtown Victoria and periphery.