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Local Eye Online – Susan Down

Empty is in the eye of the beholder. That was the sentiment at the highly-charged public hearing March 10 on land rezoning at Berkey’s Corner in North Cowichan.

From a tax collector’s and a developer’s point-of-view, the 2.44 hectare (6 acre) parcel is a dormant asset. But the residents near this busy hub see it as a natural resource. “I don’t see an empty site, it’s an ecosystem,” said citizen Emily Doyle Yamaguchi. “This proposal is not just about this site but about the approach to land use planning in the community. We first look at the economic benefits and then the ecological costs.”

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