New regulations discussed for years

In response to the Friday letter over the “quick” public input on the critical area regulations, (“Proposed rules need many hearings”): I have participated in regional hearings for the public on the regulations over the last two years. The protections for our watersheds, steep slopes and sensitive lands have been painfully slow in coming. Unfortunately, the Growth Management Act with its new urban growth boundaries was passed before their completion. This has given development an almost free reign for a disastrous interim and perhaps created false expectations of quick riches for some.

At this point, my concerns do not lie with “affordable housing.” We have enough space in our urban cores to accommodate that growth with appropriate access to transit, services and entertainment. What we need to protect is our quality of life and perhaps life itself through our care for the environment!

Joan Smith


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