We must not imagine that the expansion of Wembley Mall is being built in anticipation of sales to an existing population. Oh, no. The developers have demographers, property analysts (realtors, lawyers, etc.) It is a big deal with big bucks being spent in pursuit of profits.
OK, fair enough. This note does not take issue with business. But there are, perhaps, a few questions worth considering, a few curiosities worth examining.
Just what are the projections these interests utilized? Just what increased resource demands are their own developments generating? Just what increased resource demands will be made by the anticipated population increase? What are the positions of the planning dept’s of Qualicum Beach, Parksville, the Regional District of Nanaimo?
Down at the local watering holes, most folks of long residence seem more of the opinion that the mid-Island area is over represented in retirees and under represented in businesses that make stuff, not just sell stuff. Why does this disjunction of opinion exist? I don’t know, but I wonder.