This is a blog post that attempts to keep track of the momentous changes that are happening in our historic neighbourhood at 1201 Fort Street. These changes were mandated by Mayor Helps and Councillors Alto, Lucas, Thornton-Joe, Coleman and Loveday when they voted to approve the zoning change for this large property of almost 2 acres. They voted to change the character and density of Victoria’s historic Rockland neighbourhood to create more housing. They voted to approve an increase in the allowable buildable space in this new development by 4,000 square meters – that’s 43,000 sq ft – over the normal zoning of 6,000 square meters. (That means that for every 100 sq ft of built space in Bellewood, the City awarded the developer 40 sq feet.) And, none of this space could be considered affordable as the selling price is in the range of $1,000 per sq foot (and higher.) In their opinion, their vote to approve this proposal was the best possible land use decision possible during, what is considered to be, Victoria’s worst affordability crisis.