What is the possible justification for putting an apartment block in Berrymore? Here we have an upscale single family residential development complete with park reserves and natural trees in the river area. The proposal is to put a multi-family structure (an apartment building) complete with an underground garage adjacent to the river. To do so, the developer proposes to trade a low lying piece of land adjacent to the river for a segment of the existing park. All of the foregoing raises the following questions"
- Why should we have this multi family in-fill in an existing up-scale residential development?
- Why is Council contemplating trading valuable park land for what is basically swampland?
- Why is the City doing this when it is overwhelmingly opposed by the residents of that district and has little traction with the rest of the community?
Of course, Cathy Heron's position is "understandable". In the past she has said that "individualism is a disease" and more recently said the people of Braeside mistakenly think they own the area simply because they live there. So if you are that extreme left wing in your thinking I guess you don't respect the concept of private property and assume that the City bureaucrats know what's good for the area better than do the residents.
What, of course, is not discussed is the following:
- Why should City Hall be dictating to the residents of Braeside and in effect disturbing the quality of their neighborhood?
- Given this area was beautifully designed and developed years ago, what makes the current administration think their ad hoc in-fill to that area is an improvement?
- Since every Braeside resident bought into this secluded neighborhood on the expectation that it's character would remain unchanged, what right does Council now have to make fundamental changes to THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT?
You won't appreciate this heavy handedness when it comes to your neighborhood. However, if it is not stopped it will be in your neighborhood soon.
I've known Cathy a while now and consider her a friend. We have had plenty of discussion and disagreement on density targets as a whole. I have never heard her say individualism is a disease or people of braeside or mistaken that they don't own the area they just live there.
These are conserning comments. Would you be so kind as to provide a source? If true, this needs to be addressed.