Character not in danger in Qualicum Beach

Residents have little to fear from relaxation of height restrictions

Qualicum Beach is being urged to grow up.

Far from being an indicator of maturity — or is it? — the town is facing a crucial time in its history as it decides on how downtown development will proceed, especially in terms of height restrictions.

A story by outgoing editor Steven Heywood in today’s edition of the The News details a fiery debate from town council Monday night when a vote passed to eliminate restrictions on building heights and reduce DCCs.

One resident, speaking at a public hearing, called this “a big change” and went a step further: “Don’t be like Parksville.” Said another: “It’s time for Qualicum Beach to grow up.”

Drawing dividing lines and placing monikers like Gang of Three on a group of like-minded councillors may be fun for some, but it cheapens the importance of the debate. A town generally gets what it voted for. If politicians have voted in a fashion diametrically opposed to what they espoused during a campaign — imagine that! — they should pay the price in the next election.

All that aside, we don’t believe the vote Monday clears the way for skyscrapers in Qualicum Beach. We did not notice a convoy of cranes crawling up the Island Highway on Tuesday. (And for the resident who said “Don’t be like Parksville,” we can report there are no skyscraper-building cranes currently clogging the streets of that city).

Future developments will still have to pass through an onerous but necessary process. What the vote did do Monday was send a message that Qualicum Beach is not close-minded and won’t immediately dismiss out-of-the-box plans. Perhaps it is symbolic, but it’s important to get that out there — a town needs to be open for business if it is going to survive past the current generation.

Does that mean Qualicum Beach needs to discard its considerable character and charm? Absolutely not.

 

– editorial by John Harding

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: Dashwood fire department offers birthday parades for kids and seniors

‘Let people know the world is still turning despite the isolation and the quarantine’

COVID-19: ER nurse from Qualicum Beach self-isolates in travel trailer, apart from family

Marcia Kent says situation is difficult but worth it to keep twin boys safe

Errington Farmers Market to go ahead with planned May opening

Strict safety measures to be put in place

COVID-19: Qualicum school district to start at home learning initiatives April 15

Last week, teachers reached out to families to discuss individual needs

COVID-19 death toll reaches 50 in B.C., while daily case count steadies

B.C. records 34 new cases in the province, bringing total active confirmed cases to 462

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

Reality TV show about bodybuilders still filming in Okanagan, amid COVID-19

Five bodybuilders from across the country flew to Kelowna to move into a house for a reality TV show

B.C.’s top doctor details prescription for safe long weekend

Yes, it includes hosting an online cooking show

BC SPCA seeks help for abandoned German shepherd puppies

Donations have ‘petered out’ as doors are closed due to COVID-19

COVID-19 PQB business update: looking for takeout food?

Email messages to editor@pqbnews.com

Most Read