LETTERS: Density for density’s sake

A recent letter pointed out that a development dream can become the residents’ nightmare.

A recent letter pointed out that a development dream can become the residents’ nightmare. The case in point is the proposal for a four-story strata on Fourth Street, a site next to where we live.

This project was originally rejected by the Advisory Planning Commission (APC) in September 2015. In its December meeting the APC reversed itself.

So why is a four-story building with added density needed? In answer to questions from the APC in December, the developer’s answer was “profit.” This is not a matter of growth being integrated gently into existing neighbourhoods, consistent with community values, but rather shoehorned in for a quick buck.

If we allow this, and the 17 small lots slated for Ardwell and Resthaven, we set a dangerous precedent for Sidney.

Where does density for density’s sake stop?

Bob and Bobbie Carey, Sidney

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