According to Dalyce Dogterom, the current fire protection on North Quadra Island does not include private dwellings. On February 12th, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) mailed the 240 property owners asking if the would like this changed. Little more than a third (84) of this number responded. While 64% indicated they were satisfied with their current protection, the results of the North Quadra Island Open Burning Survey show a great deal of indifference.
North Quadra Island Open Burning Survey
“The survey also indicates that a geographical division of opinion exists. The majority of respondents from the communities of Granite Bay and Village Bay Lakes indicated they were satisfied with the current service model whereas the majority of respondents from the communities of Bold Point, Open Bay and Copper Bluffs indicated that they were not satisfied with the current service model. The survey responses did not provide clarity on the type of service offering respondents would want. The majority of respondents indicated that they either did not know how much they would be willing to pay for a new service model or that they were not interested in paying for a new service model.” – Staff report
The largest comprehensive block of North Quadra respondents (50%) were people who simply do not want to pay any more taxes.
Only a minority (17%) state how much more they are willing to pay for this service.
Assuming that the 33% who ‘don’t know’ would also be amenable to a slight increase, half of the respondents might be okay with more fire protection providing the additional cost was under $250 per household.
A similar split – in this case 47% “no” vs 46% “yes” – occurred when respondents were asked if the same burning regulations should be applied across all of Quadra Island.
SRD staff suggests that a further report be prepared, outlining next steps for engaging with residents and property owners on north Quadra Island.
The whole matter comes before the Electoral Areas Services Committee on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
(This article was further edited, for clarity, after it was published on June 8, 2020.)