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


May, 2008 Newsletter

Dear BVCA members

The BVCA directors met on May 21, 2008.
The BVCA is providing a donation of $300.00 to the residents of Seven Oaks to be used to purchase equipment for a fitness room. Seven Oaks has generously let our directors use one of their rooms for our meetings.

The application for a subdivision at 4590 Lochside was withdrawn and is expected to return to Saanich Council with changes. A letter from the Broadmead Area Residents' Association opposing the creation of 8 lots and a letter from a cycling group apparently caused the developer to reconsider the plans for this property.

There has been an application to remove approximately 5 acres from the ALR on Mt. Douglas X Rd. This property is within the Urban Containment Boundary. The BVCA has written a letter to Saanich opposing this application as the directors felt that even relatively small parcels of land can be used for sustainable food production.

The BVCA Agriculture Committee is developing a program to facilitate the matching of farmers without land with land owners who would like to have their land farmed.

The BVCA now has a web site ( The e-mail address on that site is not quite ready to receive e-mails.

The BVCA has accepted an invitation from the Cordova Bay Association to jointly host an all-candidates meeting regarding the municipal elections this fall. It is to be held at the Claremont Secondary School in the Ridge Theatre at 7PM on October 29. The BVCA is contributing $100 towards the costs of this meeting.

The directors reviewed our AGM held in April. The attendance was down significantly from last year. We wondered if it might be due to holding the meeting later in the year (nicer weather). We also wonder if Friday is not a good evening for most people. If you have any suggestions in this regard they would be most welcome. We have also had several people not renew their membership to the BVCA and it was decided to send each a letter inviting them to renew.

Construction on Blenkinsop between Mt. Doug X Rd and McKenzie is for the development of new bicycle lanes and is expected to be completed in about 2 weeks.


With thanks,

The BVCA directors


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