By Roszan Holmen, Victoria News, July 22, 2012
The words “development opportunities” on the waterfront have taken a back seat to “public realm” enhancements in Victoria’s draft Official Community Plan.
City council debated that wording change and others during a four-hour debate last week. Based on feedback received at a public hearing June 27, councillors took turns bringing forward small, but significant tweaks to the 258-page document.
Coun. Ben Isitt suggested changing the direction to “realize development opportunities for public land west of Wharf Street.” Guidelines for that waterfront land should be to “enhance the public realm,” he said.
Council voted on a compromise: to enhance the public realm on city-owned waterfront land, and to complete the Harbour Pathway in partnership with development, where appropriate.
“We’re taking the ‘for sale signs’ off those lots,” Isitt said.