Saturday, 22 September 2018

Letter: Proposed Bylaw Amendments to Allow STVRs in Sidney

On Monday, September 24th, Council will be providing a public hearing to listen to input regarding proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw to allow regulation of Short Term Vacation Rentals (STVRs) in Sidney. Currently, STVRs are all illegal in Sidney, but several dozen exist, provoking concerns that short term rental of housing is displacing potential long term rentals within our extremely low vacancy rate rental market. Some complaints from neighbours have also been received by Sidney's bylaw enforcment office regarding noise, parking conflicts and security concerns at some STVR locations.

As a resident concerned about availability of rental housing, and as someone whose income partially depends on the tourist segment who appear to prefer STVRs and Bed and Breakfasts for their stay in Sidney, I provided a letter to Council to support the proposed bylaw amendments.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Fire Hall - letter submission regarding variances

I submitted a letter regarding the Development Variance Permit Application for the old firehall site, which will be discussed at the September 4, 2018 Special Council Meeting starting at 7 pm.

Letter in full below the jump. This was a hard one for me - as someone dedicated to transitioning to a lower carbon future with a more resilient local economic and environmental base, advocating a position that includes building more parking than proposed was uncomfortable. However, it's where the facts lead based on the data for this site and the needs of others in the community; meeting the community where it is, exercising democracy and and letting data inform our decisions is a bigger part of building a resilient community, and that is the priority for me.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Letter to the Editor: Doing the math on building our way to affordable housing

I wrote a letter to the editor in the Peninsula News Review; you can read it as published here, and copied below.  I reference an article available here: “Disputed housing project in Sidney gets go ahead”, February 24, 2016, Times Colonist and a property listing found here

Sunday, 5 August 2018

My submission re: the BC Clean Transportation intention paper

The Provincial Government is developing a climate action strategy, "Clean Growth", that will be integrated with the Economic Development Strategy, #BCTech Strategy and Emerging Economy Task Force; to be released in fall of 2018.

They have released a set of Intention Papers, which discuss aspects of the strategy in the first of three core areas:

  • Clean Transportation
  • Clean, Efficient Buildings, and
  • Clean Growth Program for Industry
The public is invited to view these papers here, and respond to with comments by August 24, 2018.

I've written a submission, which can be found below.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

"Who is Sara Duncan?" Video up on my Facebook page

An introductory video of yours truly.. we'll see how it goes - and I thought nothing was harder than creating a voicemail greeting 
This video covers why I'm running for Sidney Council, and what values I would bring to the team.
Next installments I'm mulling will cover my thoughts on affordable housing, transportation, community building, and responding to global changes in how we use energy, and relate to the environment and each other at the local level.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018


Welcome to my page!

I will post information about me, my campaign and upcoming election-related events here.

Please follow this page by email (link in sidebar) to get updates on when I put up a new post. I will be trying to get out and hear from as many people as possible, so please come chat with me if you see me out and about.