Garden suites not worth neighbourhood impact
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