On Monday, August 22, Saanich Council will consider a new local plan for the Cadboro Bay area. It’s two years of preparation. Will they vote to adopt smaller lots in the Gyro Park area, exactly where tsunami warnings are concentrated.
This seems unbelievable because it puts new citizens at risk. The proposal is to reduce the current minimum lot size from 930 square meters to 780 square meters, all below the five meter above sea level contour that Saanich Emergency Preparedness considers a First Order Tsunami Zone. .
Experts warn of a tsunami in many recent studies, and a tsunami warning in January 2018 caused Saanich emergency personnel to go door to door at 3 a.m. in that exact area. The concern was that an earthquake in Alaska would trigger a large tsunami. There were other similar events. How can the council put its citizens at risk.
There is agreement on the need for more affordable housing, but it is wrong, the wrong place and not affordable.