In light of North Saanich Council's vote Monday against a proposed land-swap deal, Bill Randall, representing his family which owns Sandown Park, has gone on the record as saying that the multiple hectares of land now could be sold in the very near future
On Monday, December 12, the council voted 4-3 against a deal which would see the Randalls remove 4.8 hectares of Sandown land from the Agricultural Land Reserve and have it rezoned for commercial use. The Randalls would then donate the remaining 33.5 hectares to the municipality.
Sandown Park is home to the now-defunct Sandown Park racetrack.
"We have to have an answer in a month that they (council) are reasonably amenable to going ahead," Bill Randall has been quoted as saying in an article by the Times Colonist. "To me, they were politicking [Monday] night. They should all have come to the meeting informed. If they had questions and didn't have answers, then don't hold the meeting."
Former mayor and current councillor Ted Daly was quoted as saying "…let's sort out the conditions and the costs first. There should also be room for compromise and public consultation."
(With files from the Times Colonist)
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