Justice requires that people owning properties that we collectively want to “preserve” should be fully compensated.
Instead of rewarding behaviour that preserves nature, Saanich’s bylaw penalizes it.
The message this bylaw sends is: “If you preserve nature on your land, you risk losing your property rights. If you cover your property with black top or buildings, you can keep them.”
I guess this can’t be theft because they made it a law; but it looks a lot like it to me.