Rezoning farmland would be a gift

Re: Caught between a cow and a hard place (News, March 27)

Re: Caught between a cow and a hard place (News, March 27)

The Albergs are in no position to “demand that Saanich guarantee subdivision rezoning before sending a request to ALR to remove the land from the Agricultural Land Reserve.”

They know what the law says. They should live with that and move along. They are only making things worse, and more costly, for themselves, their neighbours, Saanich ratepayers and the District of Saanich.

If they insist that Saanich guarantees a rezoning, they could perhaps start by paying many years of back-taxes – to the level that development property would have been taxed all those years that they have been holding on.

We the ratepayers of Saanich do not owe the Alberg family any entitlement to a huge wind-fall gift.

Robert Townsend

Saanich