Council should be more supportive of small-lot homes

Small-lot homes offer many young families perhaps their only opportunity to buy a single family home in Saanich

In your Nov. 25 cover story about small-lot developments in Saanich, I was disappointed that some council members weren’t more supportive of building  smaller, more affordable homes in our municipality.

With real estate prices in our area rising rapidly, small-lot homes offer many young families perhaps their only opportunity to buy a single family home in Saanich. Many young families have been forced to buy homes in outlying communities like Colwood and Langford. As a result, many of our neighbourhoods are becoming less diverse and less vibrant, and people are commuting greater distances to work here in Saanich. Enrolment at many Saanich schools is also dwindling due to the lack of young families moving here.

In addition to the lower cost of small-lot homes, the greater density they provide can, if located correctly near regional nodes, decrease the use of vehicles and help to alleviate traffic congestion.

Council should be supporting all means of encouraging the construction of small-lot homes, where appropriate, in Saanich.

Murray Goode

 

Saanich

 

 

Just Posted

Canadians spent more than $8 billion on pet-related items in 2017

Fifty-seven per cent of Canadian households own pets

Greater Victoria teachers experienced more than 30 incidents of violence from students in one month

Shuttered behavioural programs, lack of resources creates challenges for local schools

Canadian alcohol policy gets failing grade from UVic researchers

Canadian provinces and territories collectively achieved less than half of their potential to reduce alcohol related harm

Esquimalt High robotics team heads to international competition

The Esquimalt Atom Smashers will participate in the FIRST Robotics Canada competition

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Federal fisheries minister calls for precautionary approach to fish farming

Government still reviewing Federal Court’s decision on PRV – Wilkinson

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

Most Read