Right time, right place for high-density housing

Re: Parksville Development draws opposition (The NEWS, July 11).

Every single person who lives in this town does so because, at some point, they arrived, cut down some trees, increased local traffic and encroached on the pleasure and privacy of the previous residents.

Cities are not static, and just because things were one way before, doesn’t mean that they can or should remain that way forever.

We are experiencing a critical need of more and higher density housing, so that workers and families can also live here and help provide the services which we all need and enjoy. If they can’t live here, they will go elsewhere, and our quality of life will suffer.

We’ve reached our quota, I think, of two-bedroom executive single-family ranchers for the area.

This particular location is walkable to downtown and close to schools. The adjacent blocks of Hirst Avenue and Moilliet Street both have multiple examples of higher-density housing, so if not here, then where?

I would suggest that if it affects surrounding property values at all, it will only increase them as desirable elements of a vibrant neighborhood in a growing, healthy community.

Dan LaRocque

Parksville

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