Old building code has detrimental effect

Variance to existing rules need not be a big deal

Re: Neighbours unite over two-house development (News, July 15)

I can’t for the life of me figure out why the trend in architecture in Oak Bay and Uplands is seeing a plethora of banal houses cropping up, when there are so many “experts” involved in every minor detail of any proposed change.

However, it is my experience that designing to an outdated building code can have less desirable results than a minor variance, when a skilled architect with imagination and vested interest in the community is involved, as is the case on Transit Road.

Ed Lien

Oak Bay