Although I can’t begrudge the grinding wheel of progress, I shudder and feel something not right each time I pass by the new housing development at Noel and Torrence — that funny once broom-covered spot where the sky opens up to the blood pressure lowering views southwest across the Valley.
This jewel of a spot, free relaxation to any passerby, endorphins up cortisones down, is now being ground down and piped up to make 10 more city taxable lots with great views — lucky owners.
Not all places in a community are created equal; Noel and Torrence is a case in point.
Ten lots situated 200 meters either way wouldn’t matter a lot, but right on this bluff where all the roads meet, overlooking the Valley and mountains, not good.
Something is being taken away. Once its gone we’ll say why did they let them?
Noel and Torrence should have been a place to celebrate life in the Comox Valley; a public space to savour the view, run into neighbours, rest on a good walk with benches and grass.
But not for long.
In terms of planning and strategy for community health and sustainability, the Town really dropped the ball on this one.