First and foremost a minute of silence re: North York Finch & Young fatal tragedy, the loss of 10 lives and the many injured, offering my deepest condolences and support to surviving families. #TorontoStrong
And thank you Councillor Holly Back for LISTENING to your Victoria Park Neighbourhood along with of course councillors Bookham, Bell and Clark – all voting “nay!” All seeing through this flawed project – surreptitiously allocating a mere 4 below market rate rentals for seniors.
Yes we need low income housing rentals for seniors and for too many low income families who have been evicted from their rental units. But at what price, this is not the way to address low income rentals at the expense of lost green space, sunlight and in-your-face townhouses 5 feet from the sidewalk, hovering over one of our Green Necklace Gems! And NEVER to be confused with mayor Mussatto’s
Green Black Necklace!
And SHAME on our City Planners led by Mr. Epp for even “allowing” these offensive setbacks and green space injustices. And SHAME on mayor Mussatto and Councillor Keating both propping 5 foot set backs as the new precedent norm and cloths closets as the new precedent whereby residents can “only store” their winter tires, baby carriages and camping gear next to their favourite suit or dress!… And by the way wannabe mayor Buchanan, you may have been able to keep your baby carriage out in the hallway in your apartment building back in the day… but today the NORM according to city fire regulations is PROHIBITED. Also not fully addressed was “updating handicap code accessibility” to the existing tower front entrance, nor addressing “handicap scooter turning ratios” within the proposed town house units. #ShamelessPrecedents
Wrapping up the public hearing the mayor did admit that his deepest regret will be not supplying enough affordable housing for young people and seniors. Seemingly contradicting his perilous obsession in always bending over backwards in accommodating his campaign investors wishlist’s while making a complete mockery out of our toothless OCP and FOREVER CHANGING rezoning bylaws favouring developers and not NIMBY concerns. Subsequently leaving us with TOO MANY NEW MARKET VALUE STOCK RENTALS further driving low income and young families off our unaffordable shore. Adversely effecting more and more small businesses unable to maintain full/partime staff.
Our mayor wants to know WHERE are we going to find affordable housing in this city if not at this Victoria Park development. The WHERE your worship should have started back in 2015/6 by NOT fast-tracking so many UNPRECEDENTED demo-evictions – displacing countless long time residents, seniors and young families. And as you heard tonight one person/family having to now resort living out of their vehicle. This proposed building WOULD NOT HAVE HELPED any senior or young family TODAY. They would have had to wait 2 LONG YEARS for the completion of these town houses – so off our shore they will continue to go.
…And then there is the upcoming Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands Town Hall – April 26, 2018- 5:30 – 8:30 PM
2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver – 5th floor