It was nice to see so many neighbours prove for the Cadboro Bay Native Space Plan (LAP) workshop on June 11, although opinions actually diversified. Many individuals had questions or issues for Saanich workers, however just a few simply appeared upset that issues can’t stay as they’re. The reality is Cadboro Bay is already altering: it’s not a query of if, however of what number of will profit.
The inhabitants of Cadboro Bay has been secure for many years, however the variety of households with youthful adults and younger kids has declined. Across the neighbourhood, modest older homes are being changed by huge new ones. These are modifications, however they don’t notably enhance the neighborhood. They don’t contribute new facilities or extra clients for village companies; they don’t produce extra youngsters to attend Frank Hobbs college or get their first job at Pepper’s, or volunteers to help neighborhood actions.
Cadboro Bay residents are sometimes older and wealthier than the remainder of Saanich, and fewer households have younger kids. The reason being apparent: the most important hole in our neighbourhood demographic pyramid is Gen X and Millennial adults aged 25-49. This cohort has youthful youngsters and incomes that may’t hold tempo with the surging value of housing. They’re sometimes comfortable to embrace extra sustainable housing types similar to townhouses and residences, they drive much less, and personal fewer vehicles. And plenty of would soar on the probability to reside only a few hundred metres from UVic, the second largest employer within the CRD.
We’d like average progress in Cadboro Bay as a result of it’s one of the best ways to maintain a vibrant neighborhood. Giant indifferent houses will at all times be a part of this space, however they can’t be its solely future. Shifting the village centre uphill away from the rising sea, allowing low-rise buildings alongside busier streets, and permitting older housing inventory round UVic to get replaced with multi-home buildings proper the place they’re wanted – these are constructive modifications for everybody in Cadboro Bay. As a neighborhood, I hope we help them, as a result of these modifications will help our neighborhood, too.