Den­si­fi­ca­tion foes not be­ing self­ish

Edmonton Journal - - EDITORIAL -

Si­mon O’Byrne’s com­ments to the Ed­mon­ton chap­ter of an in­ter­na­tional real es­tate de­vel­op­ment as­so­ci­a­tion are hardly sur­pris­ing, as these are the very peo­ple who will profit from greater hous­ing den­si­fi­ca­tion in ma­ture neigh­bour­hoods.

Mr. O’Byrne, as an ur­ban plan­ner, is cer­tainly qual­i­fied to ex­press his own opin­ions, but that does not mean every­one must agree with him. He dis­misses op­po­si­tion to den­si­fi­ca­tion as be­ing self­ish.

Mr. O’Byrne is Stan­tec’s vice-pres­i­dent of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and it is not clear whether he was speak­ing as a pri­vate ci­ti­zen or on be­half of Stan­tec. If it is the lat­ter, such a po­si­tion is self­serv­ing. Stan­tec will di­rectly ben­e­fit from in­creased den­si­fi­ca­tion in terms of con­tracts for planning, de­sign and con­struc­tion work with the city and de­vel­op­ers.

I am sure that there are Ed­mon­ton-based Stan­tec ex­ec­u­tives and em­ploy­ees who would not wish to have their sin­gle-fam­ily res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood sud­denly trans­formed by Mr O’Byrne’s pro­posed zon­ing changes and the sub­se­quent con­struc­tion of du­plexes, row houses and 12-storey build­ings.

Ken­neth C. Por­te­ous, Ed­mon­ton

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