Monday evening at 7:30 District planning staff will present a report to Council called "Single Family Home Renewal Initiatives Update," which is a good indication of the ways that the District is trying to balance the desires of builders with the needs and concerns of the people living in the surrounding neighbourhoods. Read it here before commenting please.
The District did an on-line survey, with a special focus on Upper Capilano. The top six themes identified by local residents were:
- New house size and impact. This category includes concerns about height, placement, building coverage, and setbacks.
- Loss of trees and vegetation. Comments include loss of green space, gardens, and mature plants.
- Transportation. Examples of comments include truck traffic, parking (during construction and overall supply), road closures, and delays.
- Garbage, debris and piles. For example, dust, materials stored on streets, debris, and garbage on or near construction sites.
- Noise. This includes comments on hours when construction noise is permitted, and general complaints about construction-related noise.
- Change in neighbourhood character. Comments reflected unease about changes to the look, feel, and loss of older houses.
As far as solutions, there will be a revision of the existing Good Neighbour package for builders, but more interesting suggestions include adding a maximum principal building size to RS-1 zoning, and examining whether there is a need for a look at "impacts of basements construction including tree and vegetation loss, potential slope stability, and groundwater impacts."
I'd be happy if they could just get construction crews to listen to something other than "Classic Rock" on their DeWalt radios.