Unbelievable!

I can’t believe that you encourage laneway housing. Apparently you don’t know that you are ruining our lives! With more people we will have more cars, more fumes, more pollution, more noise, more garbage cans. We’ll also have more shade (in Vancouver we need all the sun we can get) , then we’ll have less birds, less peace, less privacy. Who wants to relax in a garden that is becoming our new neighbor only view!
Please, bring back the chickens. and wheat……they are much better than shade, noise, pollution and lack of privacy.

P.S.  Please, cancel the Laneway Housing Program

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3 Responses to Unbelievable!

  1. interested says:

    I too have noticed a huge increase in cars, fumes, pollution, noise and garbage cans. But all this excess noise, traffic and pollution has nothing to do with laneway houses, but all those older homes that are routinely torn down and replaced by 3,500 sq. foot monsters. The people who occupy these new homes (although not all do, many are left vacant) seem to have quite a lot of luxury automobiles, none of which are parked in their new and huge 600 sq. foot garages and so driving down any of the side-streets in WPG is like running a gauntlet. It’s true too that we have less birds – when the old house is demolished, the lot is subject to a scorched earth policy and all trees are destroyed. This is what has been ruining my neighborhood for a decade now and it’s extensive – every block has at least 3 construction projects going on it at any time of the year. Why aren’t people complaining about this, instead of puny little laneway houses that are a form of invisible density? Seriously.

  2. John Peterson says:

    I think what all these complaints boil down to is change. The properties are no longer 70,000k as they were in 1969, inflation adjusted $412,000 (still a large sum of money). The prices are typically 4x this amount if not higher on average. With increase in values comes increase in luxury and development. Who is going to buy a lot in WPG and live in a house that is worth less than 1/4 of the value of the lot, that has old wiring, plumbing, lead paint, asbestos, insufficient insulation, and to top it off is no where near the max square footage. The answer is almost no one. The neighborhood is also entering a period of transition with many of the long time residents downsizing, moving out or passing on. The city figures that houses on average are rebuilt every 100 years, probably more often the higher the value of the lot in the area. A lot of houses in point grey are close to the 100 year mark (where all houses on average have been torn down) and a lot of the junk 1940 bungalows which are basically garbage have been torn down.

    Really if the original poster is for sun then they should wholesale encourage the development of the neighborhood. The trees have a far greater effect on how much sun hits neighbors properties than a laneway house.

    The only really consistent complaint is parking but if you want parking build a garage on your own land, don’t rely on the city parking space that is outside your house. Move your junk out of your garage and park your car in it. I think the city should take advantage of the onstreet parking which they own and charge people to use it, an annual fee would be appropriate. It would encourage fewer cars (people we have one of the best transit systems in the world) and it would help keep our property taxes lower.

    More garbage cans is actually a benefit, this means that the overhead in delivering the service is lower than what it used to be per capita, so our tax dollars go further. Higher density means the existing water service serves more people, the existing sewer infrastructure serves more people, the existing streets, power lights, etc. All of this contributes to a tax savings. Each house pays 1 sewer/water/garage/recycling bill per unit (basement suite + laneway + main suite = 3).

    If you want a static neighborhood that isn’t going to change you have to pick something where the average age of the houses is closer to 30 years or just wait another 10 and point grey will be there given the current pace of redevelopment. Of course the mature feel of the neighborhood is partially lost due to the lack of trees. I often find that the people complaining about the redevelopment and the loss of mature landscape/trees are the ones with treeless lots to begin with. A lot of hypocrisy.

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