Although I'm completely for a limited development of the area, the rendering of the shopping centre proposal is ridiculously huge, and will never be accepted by the locals. It's totally out of place in the neighborhood.
Even though the neighborhood is hardly untouched in terms of development (see Sayward Hill, Matticks Wood, and Hill Rise just to the immediate South of Sayward Hill), these local residents don't want to actually LOOK at the development, they want it either hidden away in the trees, or invisible over a tall rise.
The development of the two houses on Doumac should proceed as is, it will be a nice addition to the block and there's nothing to preserve in a couple of old dumps.
The development of the shopping centre requires a complete re-do, as it's way too tall, and has grossly inappropriate massing for the location.
This shopping centre location doesn't permit the development to "hide" like Sayward Hill or Matticks Wood, so the building will have to reflect the rural, beach community, "away from the madding crowds" feel that folks who live in Cordova Bay definitely want to maintain.
Something needs to be done in Cordova Bay Village to actually make it into a Village (it isn't really anything right now), and there's not a lot of opportunity to do much in the surrounding area (the shopping centre, the old gas station lot that's been empty for years now) and an old shack here and there that can be torn down are all that come to mind.
Perhaps the old grocery store by the Cordova Bay Park (the one on the beach) to the East could be redeveloped into something nice, but other than the shopping centre, those kinds of lots are relatively tiny despite whatever zoning might let them be something other than a SFD.
I support the "back to the drawing board" concept for the proposed redevelopment of the shopping centre ... if only because what's proposed will NEVER fly with the local residents.