Re: the proposed zoning change at the Inkster property on Ardwell and Resthaven in Sidney.
The current R2 zoning allows for the development of 11 lots and a variety of homes. This is consistent with what exists now and has existed in this neighbourhood since we built in 1993. It is what was adopted in the OCP and zoning by-laws of 2007. Is there a need for small homes on small lots more than a mile from Sidney that is not being met by the Resthaven-McDonald Park development? Probably not.
According to a prominent local realtor, the elderly retired folk like to be closer to town; young families closer to elementary schools. Therefore, there is no reason to expand from the 11 lots allowed under R2 in order to add five to eight more small lots.
While the thought of losing the beautiful, natural green space across the road from our home is sad, I do understand both the need and the inevitability of growth and change. And, I accept without rancor the property owner’s right to develop his land. We all recognize that there is no chance for low-cost housing in this neighbourhood because the land is desirable.
Attainable housing is available in the form of those houses which have rental suites or happy in-laws who give a down payment in exchange for living with their kids and grandchildren. Haven’t all the bases been covered — and without abandoning the R2 zoning requirements? I think so.
I understand that trees must give way to homes, but I would ask that as many as possible be kept, most especially the Garry oak — it’s a truly magnificent specimen, and would be protected in most places.
Sue Foley, Sidney