PO Box 30063, 3989 Quadra St., Victoria BC, V8X 5E1


June, 2008 Newsletter

Dear BVCA members

The BVCA directors met on June 18, 2008.

Mr. Ray Galey gave a presentation for plans regarding the BC relief map which used to be at the Crystal Gardens. About 8 nearby neighbours also attended. If the plans proceed as Ray hopes, a new free-span building will be built where two existing buildings are located just north of the present market. New parking space will not be required and the plan is to cater to local school groups and local citizens. There is no expectation of tour buses arriving for the display. The present market is expected to be replaced with a larger market. The sphinx is expected to remain for at least another year. Ray indicated that he welcomes neighbour and community input. Ray also discussed some other farming issues such as Panama Flats, wildlife control and the overgrowth of trees along Blenkinsop Rd. which hinder the movement of agricultural equipment.

Our Agricultural Committee has made some preliminary inquiries into establishing a food producing garden on Seven Oaks property. The present vision is for volunteer community help to assist the Seven Oaks residents in establishing the garden and a road-side stand.

There has so far been quite a good response to our mail-out for membership renewals. We would like to expand our membership further and would be grateful for any suggestions or help with this. We are going to run a small trial on part of Pearce Crescent with door-to-door canvassing for new members.

The Saanich Community Association Network has recently passed a motion opposing any further expansion of the Urban Containment or Sewer Service boundaries outside of the Urban Containment Boundary (UCB). An application has recently been made to alter the UCB on Holland road which is outside our area but the BVCA directors have decided to write a letter of opposition to this application. The application also is requesting that land zoned for agricultural purposes (A-1) be rezoned to residential lots which we have also opposed.

The BVCA was notified this week by Saanich that construction for the artificial turf field at Braefoot Park will start in the next few weeks and is expected to be completed by the end of September or early October.

With thanks,

The BVCA directors


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