Letter: Suite talk better than development talk

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The discussion regarding secondary suites seems to be heating up, albeit with more heat than light.

While the OCP may be “only a guide” (Oak Bay News March 9, Letters), it does express the will of the people obtained through a painstaking process of consultation and review. Subsequent bylaws are meant to be drafted that reflect the OCP. The letter writer is technically correct, but draws an incorrect inference in accord with his or her bias.

I propose that, rather than seek to provide additional housing within the municipality with an incongruous monster, damaging to the neighbourhood within which it would be situated, like the proposed United Church development on Granite Street, legalizing already existing secondary suites, ensuring they are brought up to code, allowing laneway housing, and new suites in new or renovated homes, is a much better and fairer way to proceed.

David Williams

Oak Bay

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