LETTERS: East end of QB waiting for this proposal

I read with interest the article describing the recently tabled concept plan for Qualicum east village.

It is encouraging to me, as an architect and planner, to see a real vision, a proposal that addresses complex planning issues: unattractive abandoned buildings, renewal and connection of streetscapes, creation of urban public spaces, flexible workspaces, and several types of housing, among others, in fact, the creation of an intentional, integrated micro-community.

The east end of downtown Qualicum has been waiting for this kind of imagination for years. As a member of the Advisory Panning Commission during much of the last eight years, I am glad to see this proposal before us now. Here is a real opportunity to enhance the attractiveness, functionality, flexibility, and liveablity of the Town.

What is additionally significant to me is the response of council members to the proposed concept. Here we are, in an election year: We should notice that not all of the council members supported this proposal.

It’s time to consider important questions for potential candidates: We may know what you are against, but what is it that you are for? Do you have a vision for the future of the town? What is that vision? What changes are you prepared to accept?

Change will inevitably happen. The real question is “what kind of change do we want?” It takes political leadership to face that question directly.

Andrew Brown

Qualicum Beach

Just Posted

One new face on Qualicum school board

Laura Godfrey brings experience as Sea to Sky trustee, interest in Indigenous learning

$75K deal for advertising at Oceanside Place

RDN set to directly award contract to ad firm

Parksville Qualicum Beach students the catalyst for #TrustYourself campaign

Social media initiative urges survivors of sexual assault to seek medical care

ORCA continues push for track upgrade at Ballenas

Running association official plans to meet with MLA on Thursday

VIDEO: People with diabetes meet their alert dogs

A diabetic alert dog is trained to detect low blood sugar in people who have Type 1 diabetes

China says butt out; Canada calls for release of “arbitrarily” detained Muslims

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Canada’s envoy of going beyond their diplomatic roles

Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist’s skin removed and preserved

The skin was removed in honour of the well known artist’s work

North Cowichan is Canada’s hot spot on Wednesday

The Warmland lives up to its name

B.C. Realtor suspended after helping intern forge note about sick grandma

Vancouver real estate agent Jaideep Singh Puri has to pay fine, take ethics course

Offensive Facebook post by Okanagan Conservative riding sparks outrage

Post taken down after Conservative MP in neighbouring riding condemns it and demands removal

Judge rules against ALC on rural B.C. subdivision

The ALC can’t change the definition of an acre, the judge ruled.

John Horgan shrugs off low turnout, change to referendum option

‘No’ proportional representation group says voting should be extended

Two more government pot shops to open in Kamloops

Two private applications are also in the queue to come before city council by the end of the year

Most Read