It was nice to see so many neighbours end up for the Cadboro Bay Native Space Plan (LAP) workshop on June 11, although opinions actually diverse. Many individuals had questions or issues for Saanich workers, however a number of 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 youngsters 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 group. They don’t contribute new facilities or extra prospects for village companies; they don’t produce extra children to attend Frank Hobbs college or get their first job at Pepper’s, or volunteers to assist group actions.
Cadboro Bay residents are usually older and wealthier than the remainder of Saanich, and fewer households have younger youngsters. The reason being apparent: the largest hole in our neighbourhood demographic pyramid is Gen X and Millennial adults aged 25-49. This cohort has youthful children and incomes that may’t preserve tempo with the surging price of housing. They’re usually completely happy to embrace extra sustainable housing types resembling townhouses and residences, they drive much less, and personal fewer vehicles. And plenty of would soar on the likelihood to reside just some 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 simplest ways to maintain a vibrant group. Massive indifferent properties will all the time 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 optimistic modifications for everybody in Cadboro Bay. As a group, I hope we assist them, as a result of these modifications will assist our group, too.