Seeing both sides of: Stoney Hill roadbuilding plan
The case for
Residents pay taxes to municipalities in exchange for services.
If a majority of homeowners want better access to their properties and are willing to pay for it, the municipality would be derelict in its duty if it didn’t respond.
This is an attempt to meet an existing need. It only opens the door to future development if that’s what the community wants.
The case against
Stoney Hill is one of the most rugged and remote pieces of land on the Cowichan coastline. It is parkland and forestland and secluded properties and it really should remain that way.
Council should have no obligation to improving access to property owners who knew what they were getting into when they bought.
They do have an obligation to protect it for what it is.