Choice Is Good, Even When It Comes To Zoning
Dave Killion — July 11, 2012
Victoria Vision has posted another reason why the municipalities of Greater Victoria should amalgamate; too many zoning classifications -
“Not counting Victoria, (there are) 522 zoning classifications and 198 comprehensive development zones. This is simply utterly over the top and ludicrous. Why bother with zoning bylaws at all if we have so many of them? It is not only the number of zones that is a problem.”
“Our region is very badly zoned and will always be so until we have a unified planning and zoning process. Only amalgamation can fix this.”
If the pro-amalgamation crowd is going to advance this position, they are going to have to demonstrate that all the municipalities are badly zoned, and they are going to have to prove that areas that have more centralized governance are never badly zoned. Otherwise, assertions that amalgamation will bring about superior zoning are groundless. Plus, when bad zoning happens, it is much better to have the damage contained within one smaller municipality than spread over an entire region. That fact alone suggests that we would benefit from far more zoning choices, rather than fewer.
There doesn’t seem to be much of an appetite for discussing amalgamation right now, but should it arise, in view of the arguments proponents are offering, they are going to have a very difficult time.
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