I’m not ashamed to admit that I love attending Islands Trust meetings, whether it’s the Salt Spring Local Trust Committee or Islands Trust Council. I really need to get a fix more often.
Today Lions Hall was as pungent as it ever gets with the citizenry out in force to participate in the process for as long as they could before getting back to work.
There were touching and humourous moments in the town hall presentations made both for and against going ahead with a rezoning application for John Quesnel’s Salt Spring Metal Recycling operation at 440 Rainbow Rd. One of those was Jonah Marshall’s admission that he and his pals made plenty of noise as teenagers on that same spot through activities such as “refrigerator rolling.”
As usual in these sorts of complex issues, I found myself agreeing with almost everything said and am glad I didn’t have to vote.
Although I haven’t personally experienced the impacts of living in that neighbourhood, it doesn’t seem like an inappropriate spot for this activity, especially if it was better regulated, but I’m not a land-use expert.
In casting her tie-breaking vote to proceed no further with a rezoning application, LTC chair Sheila Malcolmson cited consideration for the neighbours, who had bought their property based on activities allowed by the existing zoning — and I’m sure she saw nothing but trouble down a rezoning road.
But this story isn’t over. Watch for the next chapter, starring Trust bylaw enforcement officer Miles Drew and a merry band of high-priced lawyers.
That’s how we do things on Salt Spring Island.
It gives us lots to chatter and write about, but I do wish there was a better way to deal with land-use conflicts.