Gar­den suites not worth neigh­bour­hood im­pact

Times Colonist - - Comment -

Re: “Gar­den suites part of so­lu­tion,” edi­to­rial, April 18.

Be wary: The so­lu­tion is not worth the im­pact it brings.

We are liv­ing in the thick of sec­ondary suites. We wit­ness daily the im­pact on our neigh­bour­hood built for sin­gle fam­i­lies.

Park­ing: Some homes have five to six cars. In­fra­struc­ture: We now have in our small block an ad­di­tional 18 peo­ple.

B.C. As­sess­ment does not see the sec­ondary suites, the loss of prop­erty-tax dol­lars, the sin­gle-fam­ily neigh­bour­hood char­ac­ter turned into high-den­sity com­pounds, the com­mu­ni­ties turned to tran­sient neigh­bour­hoods or the con­stant flow of peo­ple.

There are no rules as to how many sec­ondary suites can be in a neigh­bour­hood. And do not let the sad story about a mort­gage-helper dom­i­nate the dis­cus­sion. What about the lifestyle of home­own­ers who do not want a suite next to them, never mind all around them?

Saanich has no idea how many sec­ondary suites it has. If you can­not mea­sure, how can you man­age?

Gar­den suites? Not in my mu­nic­i­pal­ity, un­til Saanich en­forces and im­proves its sec­ondary-suite by­laws. Bar­rie Szekely Saanich

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