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District eyes more growth in 2014 Controversial change to District’s growth strategy to go to the CRD Steven Heywood News staff

A limit of up to 520 new housing units in North Saanich has been established in the District’s revised Regional Context Statement (RCS) that will be forwarded to the Capital Regional District for their ratification. A majority of council approved the new RCS in the middle of last month, confirming plans for increased allowances for residential housing in two parts of the community — the McTavish Road area and around Tsehum Harbour. Those areas were identified as likely spots for more development out of the District’s 2013 housing consultation process with CTQ Consultants out of Kelowna. Projects such as Canora Mews have broken ground, with others in the early application steps. North Saanich is now asking the CRD to approve their plan for increased residential development in those areas and at an increased pace. The change has been a priority for the council majority this term, having stated market-driven growth will help address housing shortages among the local workforce. A minority of North Saanich council, led by Mayor Alice Finall, says that Alice Finall tack does nothing to address affordable housing for those same workers. “I have been asking for (an affordable housing policy) to be put in place,” Finall said. “There needs to be something like that in North Saanich to ensure developers are providing affordable housing.” Her position, she agrees, is different than that of the council majority. She said they are hoping increased housing density at market prices will solve the issue. Finall said, however, that homes at market price will still be too high for many workers to afford. She called the drive for change led by developer demand. Please see: District needs housing, page 2

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The Corporation of the District of Central Saanich NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

2014 COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE

NOTICE is hereby given of a PUBLIC HEARING to be held in the Central Saanich Municipal Hall, 1903 Mount Newton Cross Road, Saanichton, BC, at 6:30 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014, with regardpursuant to the following proposed Bylaw to amend LAND USE127 BYLAW 1999. otice is hereby given to the provisions of Section of NO. the1309, Community harter, ofCENTRAL the Council Meeting for 2014,BYLAW as follows: SAANICH LAND USEschedule BYLAW AMENDMENT NO. 1810, 2013 (Temporary Use Permits for Non-Farm Uses in the Agriculture A-1 Zone)

January 13 Special (Open) Council In general terms, the purpose of the proposed bylaw is to establish Temporary Use Permit Areas January for 20 those lands larger than 0.8ha (2 acres) zoned Agriculture (A-1) within the Agricultural Land February 3 and Reserve, and 17 provide general conditions for the issuance of temporary use permits for Non-Farm March Uses 3 and that17 have received prior approval from the Agricultural Land Commission. The general conApril 7 ditions would specify that a temporary use permit may be issued for uses that would support an farm (Open) operation and not negatively impact the farm or neighbouring properties. Permits April 22existing Special Council May 5 would be valid only so long as the principal use of the property remains agriculture. The general also specify that a temporary use permit shall not be issued to permit the sale May 20conditions Specialwould (Open) Council of agricultural compost. June 2 and 16 July 7 and 28 (Summer Schedule – in TotheBe Confirmed) The proposed Bylaw would affect all land District of Central Saanich zoned Agriculture A-1. August 18 (Summer Schedule – To Be Confirmed) A copy of the above proposed Bylaw, Land Use Bylaw No. 1309, 1999, staff reports and other September (Specialthat (Open) of may statutory holiday) related 2information may be Council considered in by lieu Council, be inspected at the Office of the September 15 Municipal Clerk, Central Saanich Municipal Hall, 1903 Mount Newton Cross Road, Saanichton, October and 20 BC,6between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, from the date of November 3 and 17 p.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2014, inclusive. For more information, please this Notice to 4:30 phone 1theand Planning December 15 Department at 250-544-4209. All persons who believe that their interest in property may be affected by the proposed Bylaw

e Regular Special (Open) Council Meetings willeither be inheld inbythe Council shall and be afforded an opportunity to be heard at the Public Hearing, person, represenhamberstative, at the SaanichonMunicipal Hall, 1903 Newton Road, or byCentral written submission, all matters contained in the Mt. proposed Bylaw Cross at the above mmencing at 7:00 (unless mentioned time,p.m. date and place. otherwise posted). Dated at Saanichton, BC, this 23rd day of December, 2013.

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Santa dropped by Dean Park with the North Saanich firefighters on Dec. 21, helping collect food donations and $2,400 in cash for the Sidney Lions Food Bank.

North Saanich firefighters raising money for family NORTH SAANICH — Members of the North Saanich Volunteer Fire Department and Firefighters’ Association hope to help out a local family through their annual tree chipping fundraiser on Jan. 4. This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local firefighters will collect Christmas trees for chipping at the McTavish Road fire hall and at the Wain Road hall. Association spokesperson Brian Thomas says this year’s effort will be directed towards a local family. “All money raised will be split 50/50 with Santas Anonymous and this year, the Todd Caroll family,” Thomas stated in an email to the News Review. “Todd is a 46-year-old

Sidney man who has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.” Todd, added Thomas, worked as a self-employed carpenter for most of his life. Approximately 20 years ago, Todd also volunteered as a firefighter in Mesachie Lake. He rents his home with his girlfriend, Natalie, and their one-year-old son, Angus. In addition to the tree chipping program, the fire department will host an open house at the Wain Road fire hall. Thomas said everyone is welcome to join the firefighters on fire truck rides, a bouncy castle and tours of the hall. Firefighters will also be serving hot dogs, coffee and hot chocolate and everything is by donation. — News staff

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Council has debated these positions throughout their term, with clear lines drawn between the two sides and among the community. While the mayor says the District’s previous RCS allowed for such growth, Councillor Dunstan Browne said if the municipality did what the mayor wants, it would “blow the industrial folks out of the water.”

“There is a demand and the reason we’re not seeing it is North Saanich isn’t building anything.” – Ted Daly A collection of local industry employers has lobbied for increased housing development to meet the needs of its workforce. They have met with local municipalities, seeking policy that would help create more affordable homes and allow people to live closer to their jobs. Coun. Ted Daly challenged Finall’s position once again, stating there’s a need for market housing. “You’re wrong, Madame Mayor,” Daly stated at council’s Dec. 16 meeting. “There is a demand and the reason we’re not seeing it is North Saanich isn’t building anything.” Forty units are in the works at 9395 East Saanich Rd. (Canora Mews), with an estimated 95 (not including secondary suites or laneway housing options) in the Reay Creek Meadows proposal on land south of Sidney’s Summergate Village. Another three condominium buildings are proposed for McDonald Park Road, next to Parkland Secondary School. North Saanich staff will be working on a visual representation of the District’s new growth plans in 2014. editor@peninsula newsreview.com


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Keeping up with costs Greater Victoria cost of living is not all bad news Don Descoteau News staff

In the 2013 Victoria Vital Signs report, nearly half of the 1,200 respondents ranked cost of living as their most pressing issue. It also found more than 60 per cent of people were moderately stressed or worse about personal finances. Around local water coolers, people often complain their wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of basic goods. Certainly at the lower end of the wage spectrum the numbers bear that out. Last year the Community Social Planning Council calculated $18.73 an hour as the living wage in Greater Victoria: the minimum amount a couple with two children would each need to earn just to adequately get by in today’s local economy. The 2013 figure was 3.7 per cent higher than the year before ($18.07). The council pointed to higher accommodation and other shelter costs, transportation, food and shelter costs as reasons for the jump. “It always seems that when you’re on an island, your food gets here by ferries. It’s always a concern when there’s incremental increases to input costs (for suppliers),” said Dallas Gislason, economic development officer for the Greater Victoria Development Agency. The region’s average one-percent inflation rate – calculated using a different basket of goods than the living wage –  can be looked at as a positive for people looking to invest here and create jobs, he said. Gislason added the region’s economic growth has also been about one per cent, showing stability during this rebound from recession. At the same time, he said, things like older workers staying in their jobs longer, or returning to work can put downward pressure on wages for others. While the living wage report painted a rather bleak picture, the most recent Statistics Canada census showed Greater Victoria’s median total household income of $79,350 was signifi-

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Open houses with Green leader SIDNEY — Green Party leader and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May will hold a series of town hall meetings with residents of the Saanich Peninsula early in the new year. Nine town hall meetings will be held in May’s Saanich-Gulf Islands riding and the federal party leader will be interested to hear the issues, opinions and ideas of residents. The first open house will be Jan. 8 at the Gordon Head United Church

in Saanich. The last one will be Feb. 20 on Galiano Island at the community hall. On the Peninsula, May visits Brentwood Bay at the Central Saanich Seniors Centre on Clarke Road on Jan. 9 and she will be in Sidney on Jan. 23 at St. Elizabeth’s Church on Third Street. All meetings start at 7 p.m. Get details at elizabethmaymp.ca/townhalls. — Submitted

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In Greater Victoria, the cost of food went up, but not as much as in other Canadian major cities.

Other StatsCan facts and figures • Gas prices for regular unleaded ranked sixth-lowest among Canada’s largest cities as of last November. Only cities in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (ranging from 1.03 to 1.15.5 per litre) were cheaper. • Victoria’s Consumer Price Index, a function of inflation and a calculation of the increase in overall cost of such basic elements as housing, food and transportation costs, actually went up less in Victoria between 2008 and 2012 than in virtually any other major city in Canada. • While our new housing prices continue to be among the highest in the country, Victoria homes saw the greatest drop in value since 2007 among our country’s largest metropolitan areas. cantly higher than the national average of $72,240. On the housing front, the largest line item in any household budget, real estate prices have been flat for some time and are expected to remain so, along with mortgage rates. Our rental vacancy rate, meanwhile, was 2.8 per cent in October – lower than the national average of 2.4 per cent, according to StatsCan. In general, more availability keeps rental rates in check, but that hasn’t necessarily panned out.

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Average rents in October were $706 for a bachelor suite, $833 for a one-bedroom, $1,068 for a two-bedroom and $1,281 for suites with three or more bedrooms. Prices for the two smallest categories, of which there are far more in the region, especially in Victoria, have gone up between five and 6.5 per cent, depending upon location, since 2011. By contrast, the average rent for a two-bedroom unit has remained fairly constant the past two years, while larger units actually dropped in price. The supply of rental accommodation is increasing, with several buildings being constructed or renovated specifically for that purpose. And condo building construction continues unabated, meaning people should have plenty of choices to break into the real estate market. The Vital Signs report showed the poverty rate in Greater Victoria has risen to 8.6 per cent from 7.6 per cent in 2010. Gislason takes a positive approach to figures like that and the living wage. He encourages people to bring an entrepreneurial approach to their workplace. “My message to the workforce, and when we talk to people who are looking to move to Victoria, is this is probably a more difficult environment to land a job and have everything work out fine,” he says. “Find ways to add value to your company, ways to enhance what you bring to the table or to create your own job.” — Victoria News/Black Press

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ill a planned spurt in residential development on the Saanich Peninsula in 2014 do much at all to alleviate a housing crunch for people in the mid-to-lower income ranges? That’s a big question hanging over proposed new homes in Sidney and North Saanich. There are at least six potential developments at various stages of application in both communities and all look to be based on current market conditions to set their prices. Almost all proposals are of the small lot, compact style of housing, meaning generally lower prices with the potential for mortgage-helpers — or laneway houses and mother-in-law suites — that could provide options for young people or new families. That said, those options are left to the purchaser to decide. If they want a mortgage-helper, they can have one built. If they don’t, then it’s not an option - at least in the here-and-now. This means the ability for these projects to meet demands for affordable housing is, at best, random. That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that it’s all bad. With an increasing poverty rate in Greater Victoria, according to Statistics Canada and the 2013 Vital Signs report, and a high cost of living people are challenged to find an affordable place to live and have to balance that with a longer commute, access to transit and family life. Will market conditions on the Peninsula, then, create a more affordable place to live? Policy-makers in North Saanich and Sidney hope so, as municipal councils have created the environment for more growth and change. While allowing market price housing to lead the charge, these policies also create more options than a single direction of creating affordable - or social - housing. That has the potential of limiting who might want to buy here - or even build here. Peninsula communities encourage the creation of affordable homes and require developers to build that into their plans. It’s yet another option for potential buyers when they look to make one of the biggest investments of their lives. Having more options is the better way to go.

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Speak up for a free and open ‘Net Canadian government officials are working with those from 11 other nations to finalize the TransPacific Partnership (TPP). I am very concerned about the TPP, which is currently being negotiated without public input. We know from documents revealed by Wikileaks that the TPP includes an Internet censorship plan. Experts have pointed out that under the TPP, “kids could be sent to jail for downloading” and whole families could be kicked off the Internet. It would force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to become Internet police and monitor my Internet use, censor website content, and remove entire websites from my view. It would also hinder our ability to access information and criminalize our everday use of the Internet. As a concerned citizen, I am speaking out for a free and open Internet. In addition, the TPP’s proposal to force ISPs to install costly and invasive surveillance equipment into their networks gravely worries me. These added costs would drive up everyone’s Internet bills and could force smaller independent Internet providers out of business. I believe that Internet access is a right and should be kept open and affordable for everyone. Already over 120,000 have signed the Say No to Internet Censorship petition. I encourage everyone to learn more about TPP Internet

Censorship before it’s too late at this website: https://OpenMedia. org/Censorship. Don Hillman North Saanich

Emotional responses In response to Noel Gagnon’s rebuttal regarding facts applied to pipelines in Canada, I would like to make it clear that I have no association with any oil or gas enterprise. My perspective is taken from what I read and hear reported.  I have written several times but have yet to see any rational data that justifies the rhetoric of those who oppose these developments.  To date the common phrases I have seen refer to “total devastation of pristine wilderness”, or “destruction of our fishing” in the event of a pipeline leak.  No evidence of such catastrophes are presented. These are simply emotional responses. I could argue that the likelihood of an oil spill could be compared to the probability of a major earthquake on the west coast, yet we do not hear the environmental lobby suggesting wholesale migration of the west coast population to safer jurisdictions.   So far the only reasonable suggestion I have heard has been raised by a friend of mine living in the Terrace-Kitimat region that would be most affected by a pipeline spill. 

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He attended the hearings when the panel was in his area and told me he would support the northern gateway pipeline — if Enbridge would increase the thickness of the pipe carrying the bitumen to the coast.  I would hope that the NEB would concur with his suggestion. Prevention is better than reaction. Eli Fricker North Saanich

Sidney fire hall plan is a win-win I am moved to respond to a letter in the Dec. 18 issue in respect of the proposed relocation of the fire hall in the Town of Sidney.  I believe the proposal envisioned using a portion of the large playing field area adjacent to the Sidney Elementary School. What a winwin for both the town and the school district that is strapped for much needed funds and dealing with declining enrolment. I take exception to the comments of R. B. Burns of North Saanich. However, it is very reassuring to know that citizens of “ No Saanich” are keeping a watchful eye on our town.    Bob Lougheed Sidney ••• Let your voice be heard. Send your thoughts to editor@ peninsulanewsreview.com

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Coast starfish dying in record numbers Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre trying to determine the cause as samples shipped to universities Peter Rusland News staff

DUNCAN — The coast’s starfish are dying horrific deaths while scientists scramble to figure out why. They’re also worried about how seastar wasting syndrome will affect ecosystems spanning Alaska to Cowichan to California. “Since late August, we started noticing sunflower seastars dying off quite quickly,” said marine biologist Paula Romagosa, curator of Sidney’s Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. “The coastal diving community got involved doing survey dives. So far we don’t know why,” she said of the starfish die-off involving six or seven species. “I’m quite scared, to be honest. We can’t figure out what it is, so there’s no way to control it — or know if it’ll affect our food sources like fish.” Peter Luckham, a Thetis Island dive master who piloted Chemainus’ dive-reef jet, said he was stunned by the seastar decimation. He sends seastar data to the Vancouver Aquarium.

“It’s like science fiction. It decomposes into a pile of goo. If you could hear a scream under water, they’d be saying ‘I’m melting’, just like out of the Wizard Of Oz.” Populations including sunflower, sun, basket, leather, pink, common purple, vermillion, and blood stars are dying, Luckham said. “Brittle stars are the only ones I’ve noted [which have] not been affected.” “We believe its some sort of virus,” said Romagosa, “but we haven’t been able to prove it yet.” Proof of what’s wiping out about 30% of the coast’s observable starfish could come from samples sent to Cornell University, explained Vancouver Aquarium’s Donna Gibbs. Other samples have been shipped to UBC, UVic and California universities. “It’s pretty shocking. We were surprised seeing seastars in dives during research around Howe Sound in some state of decay or meltdown.” Divers started noticing melting and dissolving seastars in Septem-

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 A pink sea star shows the stress of the early stages of a mysterious wasting disease taking hold along North America’s northwestern Pacific shoreline. ber in Howe Sound. “It started with sunflower seastars, but has spread to other species,” said Romagosa. “California purple seastars are being affected more than other species.” Gibbs said she’d never seen starfish deaths on this scale. “Not on this magnitude. Before this, we saw an overabundance of these animals when they were just piled on top of each other on Hutt Island.” Romagosa noted “it could be nature taking its course from overpopulation — or some-

thing we humans have done.” Luckham was “quite alarmed” about the seastar’s demise between Nanaimo and Victoria. “It appears to be some kind of pathogen, but I’m not a biologist. It completely wipes out the entire population.” But the veteran frogman hadn’t seen the disease’s wrath below 70 feet. “That indicates it’s also temperature sensitive, and not surviving in deeper water. “What worries me is stars are a big predator; they eat everything they can find including other stars,” he said of

Wine Trails magazine expands SIDNEY — More people than ever now have access to British Columbia’s wine magazine. B.C. Food and Wine Trails has expanded its distribution and editorial coverage and modified its publication frequency for 2014. The popular magazine will now be published in March, May, July and September. The winter edition, which had been distributed in December, has been replaced by the May publication. The change to more frequency during the wine-touring season just makes sense, according to Editor Jennifer Schell. “By increasing our publishing frequency during the wine season, we are able to offer visitors more timely news and features,” Schell said. “The initial response has been incredible.”

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the critter keeping others in balance. He and Romagosa doubted the starfish crisis was sparked by Pacific radiation from the meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant. “It’s hard to believe it’s radiation affecting the Vancouver area before the closest proximity to Japan. It could be an environmental reaction to overpopulation; it could be sewage, or pollution. Some species disintegrate in a couple of days, others will last longer.” Dan Jacques, a diver and dock master at Maple Bay Yacht Club, was also shocked seeing seastar carnage in areas around the island, one of the Earth’s biggest seastar populations. “There’s no way you can tell me this is nat-

do have pain receptors, but we’ve seen no signs of distress from the ones in the aquarium. They go about their normal activities until they just fall apart.” Romagoa’s other worry is about vital starfish roles in the food chain. “Most seastars are top predators so this will affect everything in the food chain below them. All populations that depend on the seastars as a control system will start going unchecked.” “The biggest thing,” said Gibbs, “is getting photographic evidence to us.” Pictures can be sent to marketing@oceandiscovery.ca or aqua2@ oceandiscover y.ca. Also visit vanaqua.org or aquablog. — Cowichan News Leader/Black Press

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Our 2013 Highlights Include:

TRAD WELC ES PAID OME OR N FOR OT!

• 24 Years of Business • Voted #1 on Vancouver Island in Victoria and Nanaimo • 3 Island Locations in Victoria, Duncan and Nanaimo • CarProof Reports for Each Vehicle

3.99%

29,888!

$

WE HAVE A HUGE INVENTORY OF OVER 500 VEHICLES TO CHOOSE FROM TO FIT BANK APPROVAL

26,888!

$

2013 FORD EXPLORER XLT

SPEND TOO MUCH AT CHRISTMAS?

2012 CADILLAC CTS Stk #D15784

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

Stk D15650

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

We can help you buy a new car and get some of that Christmas debt wrapped into your new loan.

$14,888!

2012 NISSAN ALTIMA

Stk D15555

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

2011 FORD F350 XLT 4X4

$14,888!

2013 CHRYSLER 200 TOURING Stk D15534

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

12 Retail Lenders and Over 500 Vehicles to Choose From

Stk #D15334

Stk #D15392

$17,888!

2011 SUBARU IMPREZA Stk T15567

2013 JEEP PATRIOT SPORT

2010 MERCEDES BENZ C250

2011 HONDA CR-V EX-L

Stk # D15628

YOUR ISLAND’S FIRST CREDIT CHOICE

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

2010 AUDI A4 2.0T QUA PREMIUM Stk #D15481

Stk #D15550

29,888

$

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

2013 CHEVROLET CRUZE

24,888

15,888

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

UNDER $4,000

23,888

UNDER $5,000

24,888

4,999 4,999 4,999

$ 2006 SATURN ION Stk D14985A ............................................................................................... $ 2004 FORD FREESTAR Stk D15047A ..................................................................................... $ 2004 CHEVROLET IMPALA Stk T15191 ............................................................................

www.galaxymotors.net

Oil Change

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

UNDER $6,000

39

$

Synthetic oil and diesel extra. No other discounts can be used. One coupon per service. Expires Jan. 17, 2014. Call for details.

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

Stk D15438A

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$

$

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

2,888 3,888 3,888

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22,998

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

2010 NISSAN XTERRA SE

Stk #D15243

$

$ 2003 BUICK LESABRE CUSTOM Stk D15267 ......................................................... $ 2002 MAZDA PROTEGE LX Stk D15495 ....................................................................... $ 2002 KIA SPORTAGE EX Stk D14749A ...............................................................................

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

2012 HYUNDAI SONATA GLS

Stk #D15439

$

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

2012 VOLVO C30 T5

Stk #D15690

$

$

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

2007 LAND ROVER LR3

28,888

19,888

$

(+ $499 Documentation Fee & Tax)

1 LT Stk D15530

$

24,888

$

2009 SMART FORTWO

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95

MUST PRESENT COUPON TO REDEEM OFFER

5,999 5,999 5,999

$ 2002 ACURA 3.2 TL Stk R15253................................................................................................ $ 2005 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN Stk D14905A .................................................... $ 2005 PONTIAC G6 Stk D15037A ................................................................................................

Due to production the vehicles may not be available at time of print.

COLWOOD 250-478-7603 1772 Island Hwy.

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Location, location, location. You’ve heard it before, but what does it mean for house hunters on an island peninsula like Greater Victoria? Even with the gamut of housing options between Oak Bay and Sooke, James Bay and North Saanich, there are still long-established rules that help determine the best buy for househunters, says Tim Ayres, president-elect of the Victoria Real Estate Board. “Probably the No. 1 determinant is close proximity to work and commute time,” Ayres says. “The closer you are to work or opportunities for work, the better off you’re going to be.” The obvious location features –  proximity to water, view, lot size, access to recreation areas and amenities – are rare in combination, and most home buyers know they can’t have it all, Ayres says. “I think everybody has

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this is possible. Another big location consideration is vehicle noise, Ayres says. Keep an ear open for heavy truck traffic with homes that border main driving arteries. (Open the windows to test noise levels from inside a home if suspicious.) And be sure to ask neighbours about any distracting decibels that could drive down home value. “A busy street takes away value, whereas a

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