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.