Conserving and restoring biodiversity for the well-being of the community and future generations is critically important.
Saanich is a leader in ecological protection.
We want to keep it that way.
We all recognize the many threats to our natural environment, including climate change, habitat loss and numerous sources of pollution. Land development and other human activity in Saanich have resulted in a reduction of the original extent of the Garry Oak ecosystem to 5% of its original levels. Between 1986 and 2005:
There is ample evidence that property subdivision and development, planned in a manner sensitive to the environment, can limit damage and habitat loss.
A campaign to repeal EDPA and motions at Council, may eliminate or gut the bylaw. (See: Who would kill the EDPA). Repeal of the bylaw will reduce important protections for our environment and encourage degradation of remaining ecosystems.
Complaints about the EDPA bylaw emphasize perceived impact on property values. We support the economic study being undertaken by Saanich to determine actual impacts on property values both positive and negative.
We believe that Saanich needs to retain the EDPA bylaw to preserve Environmentally Significant Areas.
We encourage Saanich to conduct a responsible and thorough review of the bylaw to see if improvements are necessary. Please lend your support for retaining the bylaw for the sake of future generations and the species dependent on our action for their continued existence. Please join us and show your support.