Subdivision plan a disservice to existing neighbourhood
To the Editor, FIRST OF ALL, THANK you for your coverage of last week’s public meeting for the Southwood 4 project.
I would like to take issue with what Douglas Stewart of the IBI Group calls “good planning for a complete neighbourhood.” The first thing any responsible (home grown) developer should ask is, “would I want a development like this going up right across from my backyard?” The resounding answer, of course, would be ‘no’. I get the feeling that this developer, like so many others, takes profit as the main driving force behind their projects rather than some good, old-fashioned common sense.
OK, I get it. We have enjoyed farmland behind our property for about 20 years now. We have known for a long time that development was going to occur across from our home. As an environmentalist I also understand that we need to make better use of land to protect the environment. What we weren’t expecting was the approximate 40 per cent of the population base of the project nestled right across from our backyard.
Apartment buildings are an eyesore. While apartment dwellers are generally responsible, many aren’t. Noise, garbage, traffic and the phantom grocery cart parked on the road are just a few of the problems we will now face.
I’m puzzled here. Why aren’t apartments being built on the north end of town next to a brand new school? Kids from this project will likely have to be bussed. Why are the apartments being built beside an already busy road? The townhouses and apartments could really go anywhere in the development but instead they are being pushed right up against an existing, established neighbourhood.
I sniff the old adage here: Better to push the lower-income housing toward their side of the development and make it their problem rather than a problem for us. Apartments built right in the middle of some nice brand new single-family homes won’t sell as well, which brings me back to my main point: it’s all about money and maximizing profit.
A responsible homegrown developer would create this project with as little impact on existing neighbourhoods as possible. I don’t believe any of the families exposed to this project on Whippoorwill Drive would have much to complain about if some high quality, singledetached homes were built across from them. Instead, we are being force fed legal jargon about maximum density set down by the province.
It’s funny how these condensed high population developments never occur right next to your favourite golf course.