Letters to the Editor

Development strains services

To the Editor,

I don’t understand the choice to encourage and allow large developments, such as 400 more houses on Mount Benson, for tax income. What other reasons are there for encouraging development?

In wiser jurisdictions, development takes place when people need accommodation. Housing developments such as this one generally attract people from out of town, thus increasing our population, while resources are decreasing.

There can’t be much gain, when we need more medical services, more paramedic services, police and firefighters. Either we are short on services and experience the degradation of our society through wanton development or we need to raise taxes again to meet the ever-diminishing social resources.

At the same time, wildlife habitat disappears and we wonder why wild animals appear to be nuisances or threats in our residential areas. In addition, we lose a natural environment that feeds our souls with peace and quiet, not to mention captures the plethora of carbon we humans are so good at creating.

It is time we adopted a sustainable housing approach, using land and natural and human resources more wisely.

Lavonne Garnett
Nanaimo

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