In the past few years Elmwood residents have suffered the negative affects of the City’s unfair application of its density policies.
It appears European city planning practices are being applied to Winnipeg. Lots are being made smaller and smaller in working-class areas of the city. Affluent areas appear to be exempt from these practices.
Small developers have canvassed properties in our area and convinced property owners to divide their properties in order to build new homes on them. Unfortunately, City rules allow for variances to reduce the 22-foot lot size even further — 17 feet. Homes being built far too close to one another. There are homes in our area, including Riverton Ave. W., that have eaves troughs hanging over each other, the walls of these homes just inches away from each other. There are homes neighbouring new construction that have suffered serious structural damages. Imagine a basement being dug with heavy equipment just a few feet from your basement walls. There are usually complications regarding drainage issues with these homes. Worry about basements being flooded is a real issue in our community. And yet these small single developments are allowed because "the rules" are followed.
With larger multi-unit condo developments, like the ones on Bredin Drive and Henderson Highway, the issues affect a larger area. There are set guidelines for parking, garbage pickup, and traffic, but the density provisions enable small developers to get variances, and so these types of developments go through no matter how much local opposition there is.
What makes this issue even more troublesome is that Elmwood residents are being treated differently than more affluent parts of the City. This is unfair.
Now, new home buyers who look to move to larger or newer homes in our area, or any other area of the city, may be paying an added $18,000 to $30,000 if the City implements the new fees. If overall costs become excessive, there will be fewer home starts, and a cycle of low construction and higher unemployment in the trades, and fewer people to buy new homes.
There are consumer dimensions to any huge increase in the price of new homes.
If you have any questions or concerns, please give my office a call at 204-415-1122, or email me at Jim.Maloway@YourManitoba.ca.