Letter: Enough is enough with the mega homes

Dear Editor,

Re: “Flexibility is key to adding property value,” Aug. 14.

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I did not know anything about the Land Use Contracts (LUCs) until I read the letter. This is the first that I have heard about it in the 30 years I have lived in Richmond. Why is it an urgent concern? 

Just come to my neighbourhood and see the mega house on Colonial Drive near Citadel Crescent. I never could have guessed that anyone would build such a large home on such a small lot.

Homes not far from my area with larger lots have been dropping like flies.

Letter-writer M. Ting, says she has been following the debate over cancelling the LUCs. This would possibly result in her losing thousands of dollars if she sold her home. She says she has concerns over the aesthetics of her neighbourhood. 

It sounds to me like she is thinking of selling in a few years and wants to get the most profit out of her property. I don’t think she is too worried about whether a developer may demolish the house and build a mega house that will not fit in with her neighbours.

We need to stop the land use contracts now! We need to send a message to council that neighbourhoods of modest homes don’t want mega homes. We like our more affordable older homes, not mega buildings in the style of apartment blocks. 

I’ve called Richmond my home for many years. I have seen a lot of changes over the years, but enough is enough. 

David Moralek


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