This artist's rendering shows plans for a 61-unit condominium building near Uptown Shopping Centre received all but final ratification from council despite concerns about parking, as well as the speed and volume of traffic through the area.

LETTER: Uptown development ignores lessons of past

Plans for a 61-unit condominium building near Uptown shopping centre received all but final ratification from council despite concerns about parking, as well as the speed and volume of traffic through the area.

Plans for a 61-unit condominium building near Uptown shopping centre received all but final ratification from council despite concerns about parking, as well as the speed and volume of traffic through the area.

So here we go again. The late Vic Derman, Saanich councillor, fought tooth and nail against a massive proposed development that would have obliterated Christmas Hill, and in large part because the developers had no real concern just how the traffic from some 4,500 units would have caused permanent gridlock on McKenzie Avenue.

He was successful in part, but (as Mark Twain opined: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme”). We evidently choose to ignore lessons from history and continue with the same old, same old – despite the increasing traffic with no end in sight and no solutions from our close-minded “leadership”.

Richard Weatherill

Saanich

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